Archive for November, 2011

Four-day strike at Auckland container terminals; it will achieve nothing, says Port

Press Release – Ports of Auckland
Tomorrow’s strike action by the Maritime Union of New Zealand – Local 13 (MUNZ) will achieve nothing, Ports of Auckland Chief Executive Tony Gibson said today. Read more »

Owners confirm high methane levels detected at Huntly East mine; but they say it’s safe

Media release from Solid Energy NZ
Solid Energy says that it is very confident that its Huntly East Underground Mine is operating safety. “Allegations reported this morning are alarmist, irresponsible and simply not true,” says Solid Energy Chief Operating Officer, Barry Bragg. Read more »

Family-owned Auckland printing company wins sustainable business award

Press Release – Soar Print
Historic Auckland company Soar Printing won the ‘Medium business’ category at the prestigious Sustainable 60 Awards in Auckland tonight, adding to a growing list of accolades for its dedication to corporate responsibility. Read more »

Auckland Airport wins two awards for being green

Press Release: Auckland International Airport
Auckland Airport won two awards tonight at an event held to reward organisations who are leading the way in sustainable business practice. Read more »

Jan Dawson named as accountant of the year; first woman to head big-four firm

Press Release – Institute of Chartered Accountants
The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) last night announced Jan Dawson FCA, independent director and former CEO and Chair of KPMG as winner of the Crombie Lockwood 2011 Chartered Accountant of the Year in its annual NZICA Leadership Awards.

Jan, who became the first woman to head a big four accounting firm in Australasia, has built a reputation over her 30-year career as a leading business executive with expertise as an audit partner and a trusted advisor on corporate governance and risk management.

“Jan’s outstanding achievements as a business leader and chartered accountant at the pinnacle of her career, exemplify the huge value of the accounting profession to our economy,” NZICA Chief Executive Terry McLaughlin.

“A highly skilled business woman and strategic thinker, Jan has utilised her skills and knowledge to deliver truly transformational benefits to her employers, clients and indeed, the accounting profession in general.”

Among the four other winners announced at the NZICA Leadership Awards gala dinner in Wellington on 30 November include Westpac 2011 Outstanding New Member of the Year Joe Hanita CA, Group Accountant at Te Wananga o Aotearoa the second largest tertiary provider in New Zealand; Ernst and Young 2011 Public Sector CFO of the Year, Scott Scoullar CA Inland Revenue’s Chief Financial Officer and American Express 2011 Outstanding Service to the Profession, Kevin Simpkins FCA (full list of winners below).
“The calibre of all our winners is not only a reflection of NZICA membership as outstanding business practitioners, but testament to the opportunities that are available for NZICA members.”

As CEO and Chair of KPMG from 2006-2011, Jan transformed the struggling New Zealand firm into a unified, high-capability network, increasing its net revenue increased by 18% despite two recessionary phases during her tenure.

“For me, winning the award is recognition of what I’ve achieved with KPMG and demonstrated that as a woman I could have a family and a successful career too. It demonstrates to others that it’s possible,” says Jan

As an independent director, Jan currently holds directorships at Air New Zealand, Westpac New Zealand Limited, is deputy chair of Counties Manukau District Health Board and a member of the University of Auckland Council. During her term leading KPMG New Zealand she was a board member of KPMG Asia Pacific Region and KPMG Australia and a councillor of KPMG International. She is currently President of Yachting New Zealand.

A mother of two and a passionate sportswoman skippering an award-winning yacht crew, Jan is a strong proponent of giving back to the community. As well as being President of Yachting New Zealand she is also Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Events Committee for the International Sailing Federation.

She is also committed to supporting women leaders as a member of Global Women, along with future leaders, supporting the Committee of Auckland’s Future Leaders programme. She has been on the Board of General Trust Board of the Anglican Church’s Auckland Diocese and Treasurer for Auckland Rotary.

The full list of NZICA Leadership Awards 2011 winners are:

Crombie Lockwood 2011 Chartered Accountant of the Year:
Jan Dawson FCA – Independent Director
Westpac 2011 Outstanding New Member of the Year:
Joe Hanita CA – Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Ernst and Young 2011 Public Sector CFO of the Year:
Scott Scoullar CA – Inland Revenue Department
American Express 2011 Outstanding Service to the Profession:
Kevin Simpkins FCA
Prestige Print 2011 Annual Report by a Public Sector Organisation:
Watercare Services Ltd
Prestige Print 2011 Annual Report by a Not for Profit:
New Zealand Red Cross
Prestige Print 2011Sustainability Reporting:
Christchurch International Airport
Prestige Print 2011 Annual Report by a Corporate Organisation Winner:
Christchurch International Airport

Four top chefs win Fonterra awards, and a trip to Melbourne

Press Release – Fonterra Foodservices
The crème de la crème of New Zealand’s young chefs were celebrated at an event in Auckland tonight. Four top trainee chefs have been announced winners of the 2011 Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef competition. Read more »

Make-a-wish offers Christmas lunch on cruise liner, with floating circus

Press Release – Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish Christmas Lunch on Pacific Pearl
Monday 19th December, check-in 9.30am, finish 2.30pm
P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl, Auckland Viaduct Read more »

Shakespear Park re-opens with pest-proof fence: no cats, rats, rabbits or hedgehogs

Press Release – Auckland Council
Shakespear Regional Park reopens to the public on Thursday after a five-month closure for animal pest eradication, but the gates will stay closed to pests. Read more »

New Auckland housing construction drives rebound in October building consents

Report from BusinessDesk by Paul McBeth
New Zealand building consents bounced back last month, signalling a flurry of new construction intentions in Auckland’s residential property market. Read more »

Auckland Airport third in website awards

Press Release – Wired Internet
The fifth annual Best Investor Website Awards (BIWA) show that of the NZX50 companies, Fletcher Building’s investors receive the best communication on-line and Michael Hill International the worst. Read more »

Tiki Taane joins the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour

Press Release – More FM
In an exciting addition to an already stellar line-up, The More FM Summer Vineyard Tour is pleased to announce Musical Maestro Tiki Taane will join Aloe Blacc, John Butler Trio and Annabel Fay on the tour for an acoustic set, while local DJ favourites the Sweet Mix Kids will also be entertaining between acts. Read more »

Foo Fighters at Western Springs: more gold tickets on sale

Press Release – MG Promotions
After kicking off their Australian and New Zealand tour in Perth with a bang on Monday night, The Frontier Touring Company announce that a limited amount of gold production holds for the Foo Fighters concert at Western Springs Stadium have been released for public sale. Read more »

Power Station: Mayer Hawthorne in February

Press Release – Frequency Media
Volume, George FM, Niche and 40 Days Touring Presents…
Detroit crooner Mayer Hawthorne in celebration of his new album How Do You Do? Read more »

Power Station: alternative hip-hop in January

Press Release – CRS Management
Big Day Out and 95bfm proudly presents A Big Night In
The Powerstation, Auckland – Thursday 19 January Read more »

Will they get off the grass? The occupation which is impossible to ignore

by Angus Jowitt
Auckland’s summer looks set to be one of discontent. Like the summer of 1968 in Paris where student activism heralded a seismic shift to a more liberal ideal in post-war France, some are saying the Occupy Auckland movement signifies a re-politicisation of young people and the crystallisation of a myriad of different groups claiming to represent social justice. Read more »

Waiheke Island coastguard unit wins rescue of the year award

Press Release: Coastguard
A courageous rescue effort from Coastguard Waiheke Island has resulted in the Unit receiving the Rescue of the Year Award at the National Coastguard Awards Dinner, held in Nelson on Saturday. Read more »

Sales rise 10%, but Auckland fishing company’s profit falls 11%

Report from BusinessDesk
Sanford, the Auckland-based fishing company, reported an 11 percent drop in full-year profit after the rising kiwi dollar eroded returns in the second half, higher fuel costs and fleet disruptions. Read more »

Hamilton designers take fashion export scholarship

Press Release – DHL
The designers of Kiwi fashion label Nyne have been awarded with the $10,000 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship for 2011, and are set to make an impact on the global fashion market. Read more »

Air NZ introduces $79 tickets from Auckland to Queenstown – but they’re standby

Press Release – Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is today introducing standby fares nationwide until 30 June next year, following trials in Dunedin and Christchurch. $59 one way Standby Seat Only fares are now available to many of the airline’s 27 domestic destinations on any non-stop off peak (10am-3.30pm) flight, with the two longest routes of Auckland-Dunedin and Auckland-Queenstown available for $79 one way). Read more »

Auckland retains place as world’s third best city, and the best in Asia

Press Release – Mercer PR
Auckland has kept its rating of the third best city in the world in Mercer’s 2011 Quality of Living survey. First and second cities were Vienna and Zurich. Read more »

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