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New adventures in Middle-earth

19 June 2013

The jaw dropping teaser trailer for the second movie in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released.

Auckland to welcome Global Ocean Race

19 June 2013

Auckland, New Zealand’s ‘City of Sails’, has been confirmed as the halfway stopover port for the gruelling, round-the-world Global Ocean Race in 2014.

Wintering over in Middle-earth – snow sports

19 June 2013

First snows are already dusting the mountain tops of Middle-earth where the countdown to New Zealand’s 2013 winter season is on.

Middle-earth is tops for visitors to New Zealand

19 June 2013

The famed ‘filmscapes’ of Middle-earth that feature in Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have played a leading role in boosting tourism to New Zealand, according to new figures.

Maori waka to tell NZ story in San Francisco

19 June 2013

Remarkable sailing craft are the hallmark of the 34th America’s Cup but it won’t just be the futuristic wing-sail AC72s turning heads in San Francisco - a traditional Maori waka (canoe) from New Zealand also has a lead role in the event.

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Sailing in the lap of luxury

19 June 2013

The luxury of a sailing holiday in New Zealand isn’t just about cruising idyllic waters or indulging in world-class wine and food - but a uniquely Kiwi, ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience.

Auckland: The America's Cup legacy

19 June 2013

Viaduct Harbour Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most vibrant tourism and entertainment precincts - a hub for more than 30 bars and restaurants, hotels and water-based tourism activities attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Winter 2013 guide to NZ's South Island ski resorts

19 June 2013

Quick guide to what's on offer at New Zealand's South Island ski resorts for the winter 2013 snow season.

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Budget Policy Statement: Spending Wins Over Tax Cuts; Big Ticket Items Get Boost

Income tax cuts are on hold as the government says “responding to the earthquakes and reducing debt are currently of higher priority”, although election year tax sweeteners remain possible. More>>

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Fishy: Is Whitebaiting Sustainable?

The whitebait fry - considered a delicacy by many - are the juveniles of five species of galaxiid, four of which are considered threatened or declining. The SMC asked freshwater experts for their views on the sustainability of the whitebait fishery and whether we're doing enough to monitor the five species of galaxiid that make up whitebait. More>>

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Crown Accounts: Smaller-Than-Expected Four-Month Deficit

The New Zealand government's accounts recorded a smaller-than-forecast deficit in the first four months of the fiscal year on a higher-than-expected inflow of corporate and goods and services tax. More>>

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On For Christmas: KiwiRail Ferries Back In Full Operation After Quake

KiwiRail’s Interislander ferries are back in full operation for the first time since the Kaikoura earthquake, with the railspan that allows rail wagons to be loaded on the Aratere now restored. More>>

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Comerce Commission Investigation: Prosecutions Over Steel Mesh Labelling

Steel & Tube Holdings, along with two other companies, will be prosecuted by the Commerce Commission following the regulator's investigation into seismic steel mesh, while Fletcher Building's steel division has been given a warning. More>>

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Wine: 20% Of Marlborough Storage Tanks Damaged By Quake

An estimated 20 percent of wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region, the country’s largest wine producing area, have been damaged by the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake. More>>

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ACC: Levy Recommendations For 2017 – 2019 Period

• For car owners, a 13% reduction in the average Motor Vehicle levy • For businesses, a 10% reduction in the average Work levy, and changes to workplace safety incentive products • For employees, due to an increase in claims volumes and costs, a 3% increase in the Earners’ levy. More>>

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