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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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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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Buller Electricity to team up with Pioneer Generation in Pulse takeover bid

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By Paul McBeth Sept. 18 (BusinessDesk) – Lines companies Buller Electricity and Pioneer Generation plan to mount a takeover of electricity retailer Pulse Energy, though haven’t settled on an offer price yet. Pulse Energy was told by its 56 percent shareholder Buller Electricity that the West Coast-based lines company will …

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Solid Energy creditors vote in favour of 2 1/2-year wind-down plan

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By Suze Metherell Sept. 17 (BusinessDesk) – Creditors of New Zealand’s failed state-owned coal miner Solid Energy have voted in favour of an orderly sell down over the next 2 1/2 years, rejecting a last minute foreign bidder’s request to delay the watershed meeting ahead of a possible buyout. Korda Mentha …

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NZ economy grows less than expected as agriculture, mining rebound

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By Paul McBeth Sept. 17 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s economy accelerated by less than expected in the second quarter, with agriculture and mining recovering from a weak start to the year. The kiwi dollar dropped almost half a US cent. Gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent in the three months ended June …

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