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Google bucklesto tax criticism

Wellington Government moves to crack down on tax avoidance by multinational firms are already bearing fruit, with Google telling Parliament it will no longer funnel New Zealand revenues via low-tax jurisdictions such as Singapore. Google's comments, in a letter from the company's New Zealand manager of government affairs Ross Young to the finance and expenditure select committee considering measures to combat...

Little orders Human Rights Commission review

Wellington Justice Minister Andrew Little has ordered a review of the Human Rights Commission because of the way it handled a sexual harassment complaint against one of its employees. Earlier this month Stuff reported a young American woman cut short her internment at the commission after she was groped by the organisation's chief financial officer at a work party. The commission investigated...

Immigrant tradesmenoutnumber professionals

Wellington Immigrants filling trade and technical jobs are outnumbering those taking professional roles for the first time on record. Labourers are also surpassing managers, according to the latest Immigration New Zealand figures. The numbers show almost 13,000 tradespeople and technicians have been granted work visas in the current financial year, compared to about 11,000 professionals. Overall, work visas are steady, despite a tightening...

Supplement producer warned

Christchurch The producer of a supplements brand has been warned over labelling its products as 'pharmacy strength'. The Commerce Commission has issued the warning to Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd (Endeavour) over its Red Seal supplement range for using the term in product labelling and promotional material. The commission accepted that the pharmacy strength range was generally of a higher complexity than the...

Newspaper move decried

Wellington Stuff's decision to ditch 28 publications is shocking and will further isolate rural communities, Rural Women New Zealand says. Media giant Stuff, previously known as Fairfax, yesterday announced plans to ditch 28 of its community, rural newspapers and magazines. Stuff said the change was a sign of the revenue challenges affecting print publications, and was part of a strategy to increase...

Christchurch continues to rebuild seven years on

Christchurch Christchurch continues to rebuild and pick up the pieces seven years on from a devastating earthquake with the population, jobs and housing on the mend. Statistics New Zealand released a report yesterday ahead of the seventh anniversary of the quake, looking at Canterbury's rebuild through the lens of data. Christchurch was left severely damaged when the February 22, 2011, shook the...

Logging truck rolls at intersection

Tauranga A logging truck rolled this morning on State highway 2 at one of Tauranga's busiest intersections. The stretch of highway in Bethlehem at Moffat Road was partially closed to traffic as emergency services and contractors clear the scene. A police spokesman said a number of logs had rolled across the westbound side of the highway, between Moffat Road and Parau Drive. The...

Greymouth town square awaits completion

Chris Tobin Two months after the $1.9 million Greymouth town square opened, it still features patches of artificial grass matting and is missing the glass canopy feature, which is still at least a month away. Grey District Council assets and engineering manager Mel Sutherland said the steelwork had been completed for the $175,000 canopy. "It's just a case now of getting components...

Sodhi in Black Caps team to face England

Auckland Black Caps spinner Ish Sodhi has been added to an extended 14-man squad for the Black Caps' first two one-day internationals against England. The leggie comes in with good form and gives the Black Caps a third spin option ahead of their first game at Hamilton's Seddon Park on Sunday. Fellow spin bowlers Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle remain in the...

$4b boost from trade deal: Mfat

Wellington The full details of the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement have been released and New Zealand's trade department says the economy will grow by as much as $4 billion thanks to the deal. The Government today made public the controversial 11-country free trade deal's text, along with an analysis of its predicted effects on the economy. According to the Ministry of...
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