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  • Some private building certifiers are having trouble insuring themselves in the wake of the weather tightness controversy and global tightening of insurance markets post September 11, 2002.Insurance companies are saying the certifiers cannot be offered indemnity insurance for inspecting some cladding on buildings – because of the risk of the buildings leaking.And without “appropriate” insurance, the certifiers cannot operate under the Building Act.
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  • Small business is not likely to benefit from New Zealand’s proposed free trade agreement with China, says Export New Zealand.On the path to talks next year for a free trade deal with China, the Government plans to sign a recently agreed, formal Trade and Economic Cooperation Framework with China, in June.
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  • Importers and exporters represented by the Trade and Travel Coalition are considering legal action against the government.The Coalition believes the proposed introduction of a $20 million a year border security tax on traders is “unprincipled and unjustifiable”.
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  • Tap ware from Methven New Zealand Ltd in Avondale is sold in Australia through a company it bought last year.Methven acquired the major shareholding of one of Australia’s leading shower product supply companies as a distributor, and renamed it Methven Australia Pty Ltd. The move set up the company’s planned expansion into the Australian market.In six months the Australian company has proved to be an ideal vehicle for entry to the Australian market, first with sales of mid-range, single lever products, says chief executive in Auckland, Rick Fala.
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  • Auckland might as well establish its own trade office in Dubai because the government export agency New Zealand Trade and Enterprise doesn’t support businesses trying to export there, says Norm Morgan, Tradex (NZ) Ltd managing director.And he reckons if there’s one market in the world that is perfect for New Zealand’s small exporters, Dubai is it.Tradex organised the New Zealand and Australian pavilions at the Big Five construction and allied industries show in Dubai last year (November 29 to December 3).
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  • A REVAMPED scheme for finding private contractors for Government development assistance projects (international aid) will be launched in March, said the chief executive of aid agency NZAID, Peter Adams.About 90 per cent of projects for individual contractors in the past were worth less than $50,000.However, the “approved consultants scheme” has been changed to lift the limit of contracts to a maximum of $100,000, he told a meeting of Export New Zealand members last month.
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  • ONE hundred jobs have been created on the North Shore with market research company ACNielsen transferring its Australian telephone interviewing operation to Auckland.And data processing for the company’s Asia Pacific divisions is also likely to be based in New Zealand, says New Zealand managing director based on the North Shore, Alistair Watts.The Australian company recently moved its call centre to the 50-seat call centre facility in Takapuna. Another 100 seats are being added.There are a number of reasons, says Watts.
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  • NEW National Party leader Don Brash will have to brush up on his people skills to lead New Zealand back to competing in the world. “He is very logical and analytical in his arguments and discussion so he should now engage the hearts and minds of New Zealanders,” says Denis Orme, chief executive of Bartercard New Zealand and author of The Impassioned Leader, which he published this year.
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  • A PETITION has been launched to push for a referendum on the abolition of access to the Privy Council.Last month Government replaced the Privy Council as the highest court, with a new, New Zealand Supreme Court, to be operational from July 1 next year. The petition to Parliament asks for an indicative referendum to be held on the question: “Should all rights of appeal to the Privy Council be abolished?”Signatories are asked to write yes or no to the question.
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  • TWO Auckland company owners are among nine advisors appointed to advise the Government about small business issues.Alison Quesnel is general manager of Blackmores (NZ) Ltd and a director of Business in the Community Ltd free mentoring service. The other Aucklander is Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, a clothes designer and co-founder of World fashion label and retail stores. She is also a director of two other companies and board member of Heart of the City retailers association and the Design Institute of New Zealand.
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