New areas up for exploration
The Government is opening up a massive offshore area for oil and gas exploration, bigger than the South Island, and says the prize could be billions of dollars in royalties. But critics are already lining up against the proposed exploration areas, saying they put popular beaches at risk of potential oil spills.
FITEC Merges into Competenz
FITEC is the industry training organisation for forestry, wood manufacturing (sawmilling, wood panels, and pulp and paper), furniture and biosecurity. Competenz is the ITO for manufacturing, engineering and food and beverage industries.
Entries open for PM’s Business Scholarships
Prime Minister John Key says executives looking to expand their international expertise should apply for this year’s Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, which are now open for applications. The scholarships are designed to build business capability and develop skills, particularly in management and international business leadership.
We bring benefits: Newmont
With the Government's Petroleum and Minerals expected to announce soon which companies have been given exploration permits across Northland, arguments are heating up over benefits to locals from mining. Newmont Waihi Gold says a Northland group opposed to already-permitted mining exploration at Puhipuhi has not
Emerging economies driving growth in food & beverage sector
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has today released a report showing growth in the New Zealand food and beverage sector is being driven by the Asia-Pacific region and other emerging economies. The report, an Investor’s Guide to the New Zealand Food & Beverage Industry 2013, says that Asia is now New Zealand’s largest export country destination, accounting for more than 40 per cent of export value.
Forestry markets picked to keep growing
Forestry is going gangbusters, buoyed by the giant Chinese market, with production up 9 per cent in the December quarter, the strongest growth since 1999. Statistics NZ figures, issued yesterday, show forestry and logging activity at the highest levels since the series began in 1987.
Business wants Govt to buy local
Business lobby groups hope the Government will support a local industry participation plan where New Zealand firms would have to be considered for government procurement contracts. Already in place in Australia and many other countries, local-industry participation plans stipulate that on large projects government procurement managers must show they have considered local capability and where it could fit in the supply chain.
East Coast oil & gas study shows economic opportunity
A joint economic development study has highlighted the potential of developing an onshore oil and gas industry and thousands of new jobs on the North Island’s East Coast. The East Coast Oil and Gas Development Study, released today in Napier by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges, was commissioned to look at the benefits, impacts and risks of petroleum development.
Early access to Apprenticeships Re-boot
New apprentices will be able to access the Government’s re-boot subsidy towards tools and off-job costs and start training sooner, following an announcement today by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce.
Northland Targets Auckland's Autumn Visitors
In collaboration with the Northland Tourism industry, Northland Inc has developed a major campaign to attract targeted Auckland residents and uncommitted International visitors to come north for the months of March to May.