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World Rivers Day: Boost For Water Quality Data

Understanding and improving our waterways requires high quality information and communities can now access the latest on their rivers, lakes and streams thanks to fresh data available today. . More>>

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StatsNZ: Economy Grows 0.8% In June Quarter

“Strong export and domestic demand underpinned growth this quarter,” national accounts senior manager Gary Dunnet said. “Demand for exports has resulted in strong production growth in manufacturing and service industries.” More>>

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Stats NZ: Annual Net Migration Remains High

Annual net migration was 72,100 in the August 2017 year... Migrant arrivals reached 132,200, a new annual record, and migrant departures were 60,100 in the year ended August 2017. More>>

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Expert Reaction: Cassini's Grand Saturn Finale

After a 20 year mission, NASA's spacecraft Cassini will meet its demise this week by plunging into Saturn's atmosphere and burning up. More>>

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Fuel Leak: Refinery Prepares To Repair Damaged Pipeline

Refining NZ has confirmed that it is to start repairs on a section of its multi-product fuel pipeline which was shut down following a jet fuel leak last Thursday. More>>uption.htm">More>>

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Jurisdiction: Court Rejects Cathay Unit's Retirement Age Of 55 For Pilots
The Supreme Court has backed two Auckland-based Cathay Pacific pilots who claimed local law meant they couldn't be forced to retire at 55. More>>

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Supreme Court: AFFCO Loses Lockout Appeal
The essential question in the appeal was whether those who presented themselves for work at the beginning of the 2015/2016 season were at that time “employees” for the purposes of the lockout provision... This Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal. More>>

China FTA: NZ Govt Agrees On Negotiating Mandate For Upgrade
The New Zealand government has agreed a negotiating mandate for the upgrade of the free trade agreement with China, with a goal of $30 billion of two-way trade by 2020. More>>

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Statistics: Measuring International Migration Using Travel Histories
“With the pending removal of departure cards, developing the ‘12/16-month rule’ is a part of our work towards ensuring we can measure migration without depending on traveller cards,” population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said. More>>

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Last Scheduled Speech: Dollar Dips On Wheeler
The New Zealand dollar dipped briefly after Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler made what may be his last official attempt to jawbone the kiwi lower ... More>>

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Mycoplasma Bovis: Three New Properties As Positive
“All three properties have links to existing infected properties, and this is an entirely expected pattern at this stage of the response,” MPI Response Coordinator David Yard says. More>>

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Crown Accounts: Slightly Softer Growth Expected In PREFU
A slightly softer growth forecast is the main feature of largely unchanged Pre-election Fiscal Update compared to the Budget forecasts three months ago, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

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Water: Farming Leaders Pledge To Help Make Rivers Swimmable
In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealand’s rivers swimmable for future generations. More>>

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Unintended Consequences: Liquor Change For Grocery Stores On Tobacco Tax
Changes in the law made to enable grocery stores to continue holding liquor licences to sell alcohol despite increases in tobacco taxes will take effect on 15 September 2017. More>>

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban
The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

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Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost
New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>

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Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan
Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>

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Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon
The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>

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Split Decision - Appeal Planned: EPA Allows Taranaki Bight Seabed Mine
The Decision-making Committee, appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight. More>>

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New Report: Waitākere Kauri - Look After It, Or Lose It
With no cure for kauri dieback disease and treatment options still being trialled, the Auckland region faces a very real threat – take urgent action in the Waitākere Ranges or risk losing kauri from our forests altogether. More>>

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Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 1.75% And Rate Track Intact
Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 1.75 percent with future projections unchanged, disappointing some analysts who had been tipping an even later start to a tightening cycle. More>>

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Customs: Pacific Aerospace Charged For Breach Of Sanctions Against DPRK
The charges are in relation to the export of aircraft parts, and for making an erroneous declaration about parts exported inside the aircraft but not declared. More>>

Issues Paper: Transitioning To A Low Emissions Economy?
The Productivity Commission today published an issues paper for its inquiry into New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy. “Moving towards a low-emissions economy will require significant changes for New Zealand businesses and households.” More>>

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Hold The Phone: Bill To Modernise Telco Act To Be Introduced
Communications Minister Simon Bridges will introduce a Bill to Parliament today that brings New Zealand’s telecommunications regulatory framework into the 21st century. More>>

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Labour v National: Auckland Transport
Generation Zero: "It’s relieving to see so much attention on the transport crisis from National and Labour... It deserves to be an election issue. We need investment in public transport." More>>

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