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OPI’s White sentenced to 250 hours community work, A$100,000 penalty

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By Suze Metherell Sept. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Craig White, a former director of OPI Pacific Finance, has been sentenced to 250 hours of community work and A$100,000 in reparations after pleading guilty to two Securities Act charges laid by the Financial Markets Authority. White pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges under …

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Wynyard Group’s security software used to help catch global wildlife traffickers

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By Fiona Rotherham Sept. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Wynyard Group, the security software firm, says its software is being used to help track down global wildlife trafficking – the fourth-largest illegal trade in the world after drugs, humans and weapons. Auckland-based Wynyard’s investigative case management software is being used to help the recently-launched, …

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NZ ‘holding our ground’ in TPP dairy talks, says Groser

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By Pattrick Smellie Sept. 23 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand negotiators are “holding our ground” in talks to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment treaty with some improved access expected for dairy exports to the highly protected markets of North America and Japan, says Trade Minister Tim Groser. He acknowledged that comments from Prime …

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China’s Guoxin International commits US$2 bln to Christchurch rebuild

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By Pattrick Smellie Sept. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Christchurch City Council is rolling out the welcome mat for Guoxin International Co, one of China’s largest infrastructure development companies, which is committing to raise a US$2 billion fund for investment projects in the city as it enters the mature phase of its post-earthquake reconstruction. …

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While you were sleeping: Clinton sinks drug makers

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By Margreet Dietz Sept. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Wall Street rose along with equities in Europe, though gave up some of its earlier gains as shares of drug makers dropped on a tweet by Hilary Clinton that she will detail a plan to curb “price gouging.” Adding to rate hawks, US …

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Key gives guarded view on TPP dairy deal prospects

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By Pattrick Smellie Sept. 21 (BusinessDesk) – Prime Minister John Key has given a guarded view of New Zealand’s chance of striking the “high quality” deal it has always sought in the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment negotiations, saying that “at least it will be the very best we …

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Rugby World Cup puts CSx’s concussion software on the try line

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By Fiona Rotherham Sept. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Concussion management software developed by Kiwi technology company CSx has been put to the test by teams in Rugby World Cup 2015 as a UK medical chief calls for rule changes to protect players from head injuries. The Auckland-based company, founded by former …

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SkyCity get Auckland Council resource consent for convention centre

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By Jonathan Underhill Sept. 18 (BusinessDesk) – SkyCity Entertainment Group, New Zealand’s only listed casino company, said it has gained resource consent approval for the convention centre. The company gets some $458 million of gaming concessions as a result of agreeing to build the convention centre in a deal with the government. In May, SkyCity …

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