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KGH and Kiwibank half-yearly results

Kiwi Group Holdings (KGH) which includes Kiwibank, Kiwi Wealth, Kiwi Insurance and New Zealand Home Loans, has made a profit after tax of $65 million for the six months ending 31 December 2016, compared with $73 million for the same 6 month period in 20151.

David Flacks chairs Upside Biotechnologies

Regenerative medicine company, Upside Biotechnologies, has appointed lawyer and experienced director David Flacks as Board chair.

The Auckland-based company is developing an advanced, world-class skin replacement treatment for patients suffering major burns.

CEO transition and new director

Kate McKenzie, Chorus’ new CEO, formally steps into the role today. Ms McKenzie has also been appointed as a Chorus director from today. Ms McKenzie will not be an independent director.

WINZ breaching privacy laws with WINZ vetting rules - E tu

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices.

The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.

Cooling house market appears to have cooled price expectations

Buyer sentiment has improved in the ASB Housing Confidence Survey, but ultimately, New Zealanders still think it’s a bad time to buy a house.

Workers urge public not to boycott Cadbury's chocolate - E tu

E tÅ« says Cadbury’s Dunedin workers are asking the public not to boycott Cadbury’s chocolate, as this could hasten the loss of their jobs.

E tÅ« has spoken with workers following Thursday’s shock announcement the Dunedin factory will close.

HR health check for business launched

Human resources consultancy, Dough HR, says small and medium-sized businesses need just as much human resources support and assistance as the big guys. Hence, they’ve recently launched a health check service which is already proving popular.

Auckland’s busiest ever cruise ship week

Auckland’s busiest ever cruise ship week includes a record four ships in port in one day

Auckland has enjoyed its busiest-ever week for cruise ship arrivals, including having four cruise ships docked on the same day for the first time ever on Saturday, 18 February.

Living Wage rate to be announced

The official 2017 New Zealand Living Wage will be announced next Tuesday 21 February at 12:01am.

The Living Wage is defined as:

NZRDA and DHB bargaining - update

New Zealand’s Resident Doctors have been in negotiation for the renewal of the MECA (Multi Employer Collective Employment Agreement) for over a year now, with the key issue having been safer rosters for Resident Doctors.

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