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Chamber calls for mandatory vaccinations

Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Michael Barnett says the Government needs to make vaccinations against Covid-19 mandatory for workers. A recent survey indicated that 90 percent of the Chamber’s members endorsed mandatory workplace vaccination. “We have had government make it clear that 90 per cent vaccination is the target for New Zealand,” says Barnett. […]

Kiwi duo set to transform contactless payments

Shane Marsh and James McEniery are two kiwis who, due to Covid-19 returned home to New Zealand from Singapore. The pair have just launched a digital wallet which they believe will enable individuals and businesses alike to make contactless payments. Their app called “Dosh,” a colloquialism for money, instant payments to businesses for goods and […]

Queenstown home sells for over $3 million

A local Queenstown buyer has purchased a home which overlooks the CBD for $3.1million +GST. The home was the police station in two series of New Zealand made TV drama One Lane Bridge. The Auckland based vendor decided to sell the property he had owned since the mid-’90s due to a “change in circumstances.” New […]

A “Blast from the Past” to increase vaccination numbers.

Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern this afternoon announced that this Saturday would be a televised ‘vaxathon’ which she hopes will set new records for kiwis receiving the Covid-19 vaccination. There is capacity to perform 100,000 vaccinations in a day and has set that as a target for ‘Super Saturday.’ The previous best in August was 93,000 […]

Business awards postponed in the Waikato

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone this year’s business awards until vaccination levels make it safe to run large events. The annual awards, which have attracted record entries this year, were set to be announced at a gala dinner on November 12 in Hamilton. Chief executive Don Good said the chamber team […]

Entry deadline nears for Bay of Plenty artists

Above image courtesy of artist. Emerald Lakes, Tongariro, 2021 by Kayrene Trask. With some fantastic artworks already submitted, Bay of Plenty artists are reminded to have their entry in by October 1, to be part of the first ever Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition. Already artwork submissions cover a wide variety of media including, stone […]

NZ’s energy system among world’s best but energy security casts shadow

New Zealand’s energy system has performed strongly against the rest of the world, but concerns remain over its energy security. It ranks ninth equal out of 127 countries in the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index, which compares how nations balance energy security, equity and sustainability. Business NZ said the country’s energy system continues to […]

United States Postal Service suspends mail deliveries to New Zealand

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has suspended mail deliveries to New Zealand due to an unavailability of transportation. The USPS said on its website that it was temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for a number of destinations. It said this was due to “impacts related to the Covid-19 pandemic and other unrelated service disruptions”. […]

Hospitality New Zealand Welcomes Visa Extensions For Onshore Migrants

Hospitality New Zealand welcomes the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer. “This is great news for the hospitality sector with the start of the high season just two months away,” says Chief Executive Julie White. “This is […]

Free pizza for vaccinated people at Christchurch restaurant

A Christchurch restaurant is offering free pizza this weekend to anyone who has had at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. Spagalimis Pizzeria on Salisbury St will offer the promotion on Saturday between 11am and 4pm. Customers will need to purchase a pint of beer, glass of wine or a mocktail to get a […]