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New Zealand Contractors' Federation Welcomes National Super Fund Plans

16 October 2008 - The New Zealand Contractors' Federation has welcomed the National Party's announcement that it would inject billions of dollars from the "Cullen Fund" into infrastructure.

Federated Farmers Bees Backs Erma Decision

16 October 2008 - Federated Farmers Bee chairman, John Hartnell today acknowledged a decision by ERMA to decline an application from Bayer New Zealand Ltd to import the chemical, Checkmite+ to control varroa mite in beehives.

Reserve Bank Loans For Infrastructure Are Best Deal

16 October 2008 - "Labour's election promise to 'borrow and spend New Zealand out of a depression' is worthless if the funds are borrowed from any source other than the Reserve Bank" said Stephnie de Ruyter, Leader of Democrats for Social Credit.

2008 Decisions Highlight Funding Tensions, Says Pharmac CEO

2008 Decisions Highlight Funding Tensions, Says Pharmac CEO

16 October 2008 - The past year has emphasised the difficult trade-offs that PHARMAC faces in allocating pharmaceutical spending, says CEO Matthew Brougham.

Consumer Credit Market Slows To Four Year Low As Defaults Increase

Consumer Credit Market Slows To Four Year Low As Defaults Increase

16 October 2008 - Consumer credit applications are at their lowest point in four years, according to the latest snapshot of the economy from the country's largest credit information provider, Veda Advantage.

Manufacturing Activity Remains In Contraction In September

16 October 2008 - New Zealand's manufacturing sector remains in contraction, according to the Bank of New Zealand - Business NZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

TelstraClear Offers VDSL2 To New Zealand Businesses

TelstraClear Offers VDSL2 To New Zealand Businesses

16 October 2008 - TelstraClear is now offering New Zealand businesses the fastest DSL broadband technology in the country, VDSL2.

After a successful period of trialling TelstraClear now has VDSL2 available in seven centres and it will be offered in 14 before Christmas.

'World Must Learn Lessons From Food Price Crisis'

'World Must Learn Lessons From Food Price Crisis'

16 October 2008 - Small farmers in developing countries have not benefited from higher food prices, thanks in part to flawed trade and agricultural policies that have made them vulnerable and weakened their positions in markets, said international agency Oxfam in a new report released today, Worl

Kiwi Farmers 'Take A Bow' On World Food Day

Kiwi Farmers 'Take A Bow' On World Food Day

16 October 2008 - On World Food Day 2008, Federated Farmers President, Don Nicolson, called on all New Zealanders to stand up and celebrate the contribution farmers make to both the economy and the world's need for food. Mr Nicolson said:

Maxim Institute Releases New Research Questioning The Fairness Of Our Current Tax System

16 October 2008 - "Deciding how to tax, what to tax and how to spend the money are issues that all democratic governments have to grapple with," says Alex Penk, Maxim Institute's Policy and Research Manager.