NZ Q2 retail sales volumes rise more than expected

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ Q2 retail sales volumes rise more than expected; kiwi dollar gains

By Tina Morrison

Aug. 22 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand retail sales volumes accelerated more than expected in the second quarter, led by hardware and building supplies. Read more »

Graduation day for 60 new Police officers

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Sixty new constables celebrate the end of their studies at the Royal New Zealand Police College at their graduation this Thursday, 23 August. Read more »

Town square development to proceed with community support

Press Release – Panuku Development Auckland

22 August 2018

22 August 2018

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Book Awards Judges announced for 2019 Ockham New Zealand

Press Release – New Zealand Book Awards

An experienced panel of 12 judges – including prize-winning writers and poets, as well as historians, academics, curators and one of the country’s most respected booksellers – will select the best books published this year for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Read more »

Dylan Thomson Rallysport – Thomson wraps up titles

Press Release – BB Media

Christchurch’s Dylan Thomson has added another three New Zealand Rallying titles to his CV after another maximum points score over the weekend at the Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally Coromandel, the fifth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Read more »

Spark annual profit falls 7.9% as Quantum costs kick in

Article – BusinessDesk

UPDATED: Spark annual profit falls 7.9% as Quantum costs kick in
By Paul McBeth

Aug. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Spark New Zealand posted a 7.9 percent decline in annual profit as the country’s biggest telecommunications company booked restructuring costs as it chases the mantle of being the lowest cost operator. Read more »

PwC Herald Talks – The Experience Economy

Press Release – PwC

Customers today expect fast, convenient, personalised and consistent brand experiences. For business to succeed and cut through increasing competition and digital noise, customer engagement must be at the forefront of any business strategy. A great experience leads to growth in sales and brand loyalty. Read more »

Te Kura finalist in Best Design Awards 2018

Press Release – Te Kura

A school’s online learning environment, which has transformed the way distance students learn, is a finalist in the 2018 Best Design Awards. Read more »

Fletcher Building expects to resume dividends in FY119

Article – BusinessDesk

UPDATE: Fletcher Building reports loss but expects to resume dividends in FY19

(Updates to add detail throughout, broker comment) Read more »

Feel the searing female rage and gaze of MEDUSA

Press Release – Elephant Publicity

The historic emblem of female rage is reclaimed and brandished in all its glory in MEDUSA, created by visionary feminist theatre makers Nisha Madhan, Julia Croft and Virginia Frankovich. MEDUSA premieres at Circa Theatre Sept 20 – Oct 6, before moving north to Q Theatre Oct 24 – Nov 3 as the fourth work in the powerful MATCHBOX 2018 Season. Read more »

Mahuta: Water Infrastructure Speech [16/8/18]

Speech – New Zealand Government

16 August 2018

Water Infrastructure Speech

Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Local Government

Safe, clean, and affordable water – from the source to the tap and back again Read more »

Auckland Council should follow Parliament’s lead on pay

Press Release – Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance

Pay rates for Auckland Councillors, Local Board Members, and the Mayor should be frozen to reflect the level of pressure on ratepayers, says the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance. Read more »

Vodafone faces charges over expired contracts

Press Release – Commerce Commission

Issued 22 August 2018
Release no. 28

Vodafone faces charges for billing customers after contract finished

The Commerce Commission has laid 10 charges against Vodafone New Zealand Limited (Vodafone) alleging it made false representations in invoices sent to its customers. Read more »

Spark annual profit falls 7.9% as Quantum costs kick in

Article – BusinessDesk

FIRST CUT: Spark annual profit falls 7.9% as Quantum costs kick in

By Paul McBeth

Aug. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Spark New Zealand posted a 7.9 percent decline in annual profit as the country’s biggest telecommunications company booked restructuring costs as it chases the mantle of being the lowest cost operator. Read more »

German views on dietary research explored

Press Release – Massey University

Nutritional Sciences PhD student Nikki Renall has recently returned from Germany, where she spent six weeks at the Max Rubner-Institut (MRI) in Karlsruhe, approximately 150 kilometres south of Frankfurt. Read more »

Tatau launches first AI-ready supercomputing platform

Press Release – Tatau

Tatau, a technology company delivering cost-effective and efficient computing outcomes to the artificial intelligence industry, today announced the launch of its blockchain-based supercomputing platform. Read more »

New Zealand’s Leading Literary Fellowship Opens Doors

Press Release – Grimshaw and Co

Applications for the 2019 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship are now open. Read more »

Fletcher Building’s FY operating earnings within guidance

Article – BusinessDesk

FIRST CUT: Fletcher Building’s FY operating earnings within guidance

By Rebecca Howard

Aug. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Fletcher Building reported a full year loss, reflecting losses at its Building + Interiors unit, but said that its operating earnings excluding those losses were within guidance. Read more »

New Zealand artists to feature in major UK exhibitions

Press Release – Royal Academy

Ten of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading contemporary visual artists will have their work featured in the United Kingdom’s first major exhibition of Māori and Pacific culture next month. Read more »

Davis: Over-representation of Māori in criminal justice

Speech – New Zealand Government

21 August 2018

Criminal Justice Summit: Plenary discussion on over-representation of Māori in the system

Hon Kelvin Davis Read more »