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NZ Refining ekes out extra margin from recent upgrades

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By Paul McBeth Oct. 22 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand Refining, operator of the country’s only oil refinery, added an extra US cent to its margins from recent upgrades, and anticipates further gains from a bigger project to be completed next month. The Whangarei-based company has lifted margins 13 US cents …

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Australia’s response to financial system inquiry, making banks hold more capital, could drive up NZ interest rates

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By Jonathan Underhill Oct. 22 (BusinessDesk) – The Australian government’s response to the financial system inquiry could drive up interest rates at New Zealand’s biggest lenders as their Australian parent banks seek higher returns because of the requirement that they hold more capital. The Australian Federal Government has largely accepted …

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GST laggards, wealthy migrants in tax department’s sights

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By Pattrick Smellie Oct. 23 (BusinessDesk) – The tax department is using big data analysis to “reliably predict customers who are highly unlikely to file GST returns on time” and try to help, while its investigators will be singling out “high-income individuals, in particular high-income new immigrants” for special attention …

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NZ Super Fund seeking more NZ investments where it has ‘hometown advantages’

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund is actively seeking new domestic investment opportunities where it believes it has “hometown advantages” but chief executive Adrian Orr said they’re difficult to find at the scale it needs. The NZ Super Fund’s 2014/2015 report released today shows it had $4.4 billion of its $29.54 billion portfolio …

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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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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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