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  • The latest edition of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics shows significant separation between companies that are failing to keep their environmental commitments and those that are making significant gains in phasing out toxic chemicals, increasing energy efficiency, and making it easier for consumers to recycle older products. The full Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics can be found at
    Article - 2010-10-27 07:54
  • This November, Kiwi motoring enthusiasts have a special opportunity to enjoy a lengthy demonstration ride with the unique Can-Am Spyder roadster. Visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the ‘Spyder Experience’ travelling road show offers people the chance to take the unique, three-wheeled roadster on a group ride and experience the Spyder for themselves. Made by the innovative team at Bombardier Recreational Products in Canada, the Spyder looks like a three-wheeled, Y-configuration motorcycle.
    Article - 2010-10-28 23:03
  • It’s all go. After years of discussion, debate, design and construction, Gisborne city’s new wastewater treatment plant at Banks Street is in action – on time and under budget. The first wastewater successfully flowed through the plant from about midday today (28 Dec) after a week of testing the new system with clean water and connecting the new sewerage system to the old. Commissioning the plant before 31 December 2010 was one of the conditions of the 35-year wastewater resource consents for treatment and disposal granted in late 2007.
    Article - 2011-01-05 07:10
  •   The value of November 2010 export goods was $589 million (19 percent) higher than November 2009, Statistics New Zealand said today. The total value of goods exported in November 2010 was $3.7 billion. “The trend returned to 2008 levels in May and has remained at those levels,” overseas trade manager Neil Kelly said. “The trend in export values has risen since October 2009 and although slowing in recent months, remains similar to the previous high in late 2008.”
    Article - 2011-01-10 11:30
  • A two-year-old trophy stag billed as “a world class head” will be one of the stars of this year’s Remarkables Park Stud deer auction on Friday (January 14). High profile Queenstown company Remarkables Park says “exceptional” 2011 results from its Red Deer Stud subsidiary will be available not only to buyers attending it’s annual Helmsman Stud Auction, but also to a wider audience for the first time online.
    Article - 2011-01-12 08:30
  • Food prices fell 0.8 percent in the December 2010 month, Statistics New Zealand said today. This followsa 0.6 percent decrease in November 2010. Seasonal falls in vegetable prices were the key contributor tolower food prices in November and December 2010. Vegetable prices fell 7.9 percent in December with lower prices for tomato, lettuce, capsicum, cabbage,and broccoli. This decrease follows a 9.9 percent fall in November. "Prices for green vegetables were
    Article - 2011-01-17 10:30
  • In the fourth case of its kind over the last year, an Auckland businessman has admitted making claims that were likely to mislead consumers as to the country of origin and potency of royal jelly products. Mr Sung Yub Paik was fined $12,750 in the Auckland District Court after admitting two charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act following a Commerce Commission investigation.
    Article - 2011-01-18 13:01
  • With over 1500 members it’s hard to believe that only 5 years ago New Zealand Young Farmers had a membership of just 450 people. A membership increase of 25% in 2010 alone has created the need for a greater support base for NZYF members. Previously NZYF Club members were supported by two Rural Development Officers; one in the North and one in the South. That number has now doubled with the appointment of three new Field Officers and previous South Island RDO, Duncan Trotter, moving into the role of Extension Manager and Tasman Field Officer.
    Article - 2011-01-19 07:30
  • Total guest nights were up 2.0 percent in November 2010 compared with November 2009, Statistics New Zealand said today. The increase was caused by a rise in domestic guest nights (up 6.6 percent), while international guest nights decreased 3.1 percent. Although there was an overall increase, only five of the 12 regions had more guest nights in November 2010 than in the previous November. "Auckland had by far the largest increase, due mostly to domestic guests staying in hotels," business statistics manager Kathy Connolly said.
    Article - 2011-01-19 13:01
  • “Sell don’t tell”, too often I see managers and leaders trying to push their own agenda through by telling staff what they need to do, and yet using the art of persuasion is a much more effective tool for getting the same job done.
    Article - 2010-11-02 10:50