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R18: The Warehouse Group Praised For Removing Games

The decision by New Zealand’s largest retailer The Warehouse Group (TW Group), to withdraw stocks of the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) and other R18 games, has been praised by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation. More>>

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Air NZ Wine Awards: Victory For Villa Maria As Pinot Noir Thrills

It was a night to remember as Villa Maria Estate picked up one of the highest accolades of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy, at the 28th Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough ... More>>

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Future Brighter Money: RBNZ Releases New Bank Note Designs

New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year. More>>

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Commerce: Supermarket Inquiry Finds No Breaches By Countdown

The Commerce Commission inquiry into anti-competitive behaviour by Countdown supermarkets, alleged by former Labour Party MP Shane Jones, has found nothing to warrant prosecution, although it warns supermarkets to take care in the way they communicate... More>>

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Crown Accounts: English Flags ‘Challenge’ To Budget Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning next month’s half yearly fiscal and economic update from the Treasury may not forecast a budget surplus, saying that returning the government’s accounts to surplus in 2015 will be “a challenge”, given the decline in commodity prices and weak global inflation. More>>

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March 2015: Netflix To Launch In Australia And New Zealand

World’s Leading Internet Television Network to Offer Original Series, Movies, Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials and TV Shows for Low Monthly Price More>>

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Price Of Cheese (Is Up): Dairy Product Prices Fall To Five-Year Low

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction to the lowest level in more than five years, led by declines in rennet casein and skim milk powder. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Australians Scoring Trade Points Against Us With The Chinese
It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser... To top it off, Australia has just signed a FTA with China that has far better provisions on dairy exports than what New Zealand currently enjoys in our own FTA with China. More>>

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Iwi & Local Consultation: Oil And Gas Block Offer 2015 Begins
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the start of the Block Offer 2015 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits. More>>

Industrial Action: Stats NZ Throwing Public Money Away Duplicating Data
The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ are throwing money away by collecting the same data twice for official statistics such as the Consumer Price Index... As part of the ongoing industrial action, field interviewers who are PSA members are continuing to collect data, but are not sending it through to Statistics NZ. More>>

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Space: Rosetta's 'Philae' Makes Historic First Landing On A Comet
After more than a decade traveling through space, a robotic lander built by the European Space Agency has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet. More>>

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Lending: RBNZ Keeps LVR Restrictions In Place
The Reserve Bank will retain restrictions on low-equity mortgage lending because governor Graeme Wheeler continues to see risks in the housing market, particularly given strong migration flows. More>>

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GlobalMode: InternetNZ Bemused By Chief Censor's Interference
InternetNZ is surprised and bemused by recent comments from the Chief Censor that he is considering 'prosecuting' Slingshot over its GlobalMode service that enabled Internet users to access sites that were otherwise blocked in New Zealand. More>>

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Scoop Business: Air NZ Ditches 7 Domestic Routes, Flags $300M On New Planes
Christopher Luxon chief executive of Air New Zealand has told customers the national carrier will stop service on seven of its domestic routes because of the cost of maintaining the regional fleet, while flagging a $300 million investment in new aircraft. More>>

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APEC: Leaders, Business Engage On Future Of Regional Economy
The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies commenced their two-day gathering in Beijing on Monday, engaging with Asia-Pacific business executives who called for accelerated regional integration to promote sustained growth and recovery in the region while adapting to new business realities. More>>

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Statistics: Card Spending Rises In All Retail Industries
Retail spending using electronic cards increased by a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent in October 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. This rise followed a flat result in September. More>>

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Crown Accounts: NZ Govt Deficit In Line With Forecast
The New Zealand government’s operating deficit was in line with pre-election forecasts as company and income tax came in ahead of expectations, offsetting the lower domestic consumption which has been weighing on GST. More>>

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NZTA: Haast Pass Re-Opens To 24/7 Traffic
State Highway 6 through the Haast Pass re-opens today to 24/7 traffic – 14 months after a slip at Diana Falls closed the highway to night-time travel. The NZ Transport Agency’s Regional Performance Manager Pete Connors says it is pleasing to have the highway re-opened to 24/7 traffic in time for the busy summer tourist season. More>>

Scoop Business: Dairy Product Prices Steady, Whole Milk Powder Rises
Dairy product prices were relatively stable in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, with the whole milk powder price index advancing. More>>

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Scoop Business: NZ New Vehicle Sales Jump To Record In October
New Zealand new vehicle sales reached a record in October and are on track for the highest ever annual total this year as a buoyant local economy and cheaper prices underpin demand. More>>

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Media: Julian Wilcox Leaves Māori TV
Māori Television has confirmed the resignation of Head of News and Production Julian Wilcox. Mr Maxwell acknowledged Mr Wilcox’s significant contribution to Māori Television since joining the organisation in 2004. More>>

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Genetics: New Heat Tolerant Cow Developed
Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress. More>>

Scoop Business: NZ Net Migration Rises To Annual Record In September
New Zealand’s annual net migration rose to a record in September, beating government forecasts, as the inflow was spurred by student arrivals from India and Kiwis returning home from Australia. More>>

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Scoop Business: Fletcher To Close Its Christchurch Insulation Plant, Cut 29 Jobs
Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, will close its Christchurch insulation factory, as it consolidates its Tasman Insulations operations in a “highly competitive market”. More>>

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Scoop Business: Novartis Adds Nine New Treatments Under Pharmac Deal
Novartis New Zealand, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals firm, has added nine new treatments in a far-ranging agreement with government drug buying agency, Pharmac. More>>

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Crown Accounts: English Wary On Tax Take, Could Threaten Surplus
Finance Minister Bill English is warning the tax take may come in below forecast in the current financial year, as figures released today confirm it was short by nearly $1 billion in the year to June 30 and English warned of the potential impact of slumping receipts from agricultural exports. More>>

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Fractals: Thousands More Business Cards Needed To Build Giant Sponge
New Zealand is taking part in a global event this weekend to build a Menger Sponge using 15 million business cards but local organisers say they are thousands of business cards short. More>>

Auckland Outage: Power Mostly Restored Overnight
Vector wishes to advise that all but 324 customers have been restored overnight. These customers are spread throughout the network in small pockets. The main St Johns feeder was restored around midnight allowing most of the customers in all affected areas to have power this morning. More>>

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Bad Day For Rope: Donaghys Job Losses Another Blow To Dunedin
The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. More>>

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Oil: 2014 New Zealand Petroleum Summit
Simon Bridges: Our abundance of energy and minerals resources provides us with unique opportunities to build the New Zealand economy.
Over the past three years the Government has made significant changes to how the sector is regulated. More>>

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