Monday , January 22 2018
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Shake-up ahead for mobile and online content providers in major NZ telecoms review


New Zealand’s government has commenced the biggest review of the telecommunications and broadcasting markets since the advent of the internet with today’s release by Communications and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams of a discussion paper for public submissions. “Regulating Telecommunications for the Future” kicks off a full review of the Telecommunications Act 2001 to …

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Auditor-General Lyn Provost probes Saudi live sheep scandal


The Auditor-General is mounting a probe into the Saudi Arabian agri-hub created at a cost of $15.5 million to the taxpayer in 2013 as part of efforts to restore relations with Saudi Arabia after the New Zealand government confirmed a ban on live sheep shipments to the Arab nation. Among the four broad …

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Labour gives conditional support for TPP


The Labour Party is giving conditional support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, with party leader Andrew Little saying Labour is “pro-free trade” but will only support TPP if it contains “key protections” for New Zealanders. “Labour supports free trade,” he said. “However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New …

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No more govt sweeteners to keep Tiwai Point open, Key says


The foreign owners of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter have had discussions with Finance Minister Bill English about further sweeteners to keep the New Zealand’s most energy-intensive industrial plant open and been told there is no scope for further assistance, says Prime Minister John Key. The smelter’s majority owner, Anglo-Australian …

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National takes big hit in latest Roy Morgan NZ poll


The National Party has lost more than 10 percent of its support in two months, as measured by the New Zealand arm of Australian pollster Roy Morgan, to run neck and neck at 45 percent support, with its coalition partners, against a combination of the Labour and Green parties for the first time since five …

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70 years on: Korean Reunification – Bonanza or Bust?


This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and also the 70th anniversary of Korea’s division into North and South. Last month the World Journalists Conference was held throughout South Korea under the theme ‘the 70th anniversary of the division of Korea: Thinking about unification …

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NZ US Partnership Forum: What’s next?


The NZ US Partnership Forum provided the opportunity to present recommendations for what should come next in the relationship between New Zealand and the United States. There was overwhelming support for New Zealand to lobby for entrepreneur visas, similar to the E-3 visas granted to Australians. New Zealand has a …

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