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Science and scientific curiosity have long driven developing societies. The lifting of the GE moratorium late last month in this country follows a long and sometimes agonising journey of inquiry and d... More...

Arguing for the facts about GM in New Zealand

An article published in the NZ Farmer's Weekly by Sustainability Council leader Sir Peter Elworthy has drawn responses from Chairman of the Life Sciences Network, Dr William Rolleston, and Federated F... More...

GE witch hunts - Lance Kennedy

Witch-hunts usually target people, Lance Kennedy writes. But in recent years one of the most successful witch-hunts targeted an innocent technology.It all began in 1997 with a piece of incredibly ... More...

Biotenz News Update - 7 November 2003

The latest issue of Biotenz News Update has been posted to the Biotenz website Index:Fund Managers Show Interest in BiotechImportant News for Food ExportersRemindersFDA Announcement Goo... More...

German region welcomes GM crop trials

The German region of Saxony-Anhalt is to sign an agreement with six chemical and seed companies to grow genetically modified crops, the Financial Times Deutschland reports, citing the region's agricul... More...

MAF destroys US douglas fir cuttings

Biosecurity officials have seized and destroyed a shipment of douglas fir cuttings from the United States found to be infected with a fungal disease capable of wiping out New Zealand's pine forestry s... More...

OGTR approves GM cotton trial

The Gene Technology Regulator has made a decision to issue a licence in respect of CSIRO’s application to undertake the limited and controlled release of herbicide tolerant GM cotton (DIR 038/2003). T... More...

Genetic trio linked to auto-immune disease

Researchers have discovered a trio of genes that may help provide the complex origins of psoriasis, the itchy skin disease triggered when the immune system runs amok. The genes, when defective, in... More...

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Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>



Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>


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