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SFO lays charges against MediaWeb director Victor John Clarke involving $2.2 mln

The Serious Fraud Office has laid Crimes Act charges against Victor John Clarke, a former director of failed media company MediaWeb, in the Auckland District Court for alleged offending involving $2.2 million. The two false accounting charges including using a forged document and obtaining by deception in his role as overseeing the accounting and financial aspects of the failed business. …

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Kim Dotcom et al seek further delay to extradition

Kim Dotcom and his fellow Megaupload co-accused have again sought to delay their extradition fight with the US, claiming natural justice has been denied as they’re unable to pay for expert witnesses outside New Zealand. In the Court of Appeal Justices John Wild, John Fogarty and Jillian Mallon reserved their decision, while Justice Wild said they were “presented with an impossible task” given the size of the submissions …

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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 reflect the fact that current regulations were created in an …

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Inland Revenue seeks feedback on withholding tax on foreign property buyers

The Inland Revenue Department is proposing to introduce a withholding tax on foreign buyers of residential property from July next year as part of the government’s plans to crackdown on speculators. The tax department is proposing to implement the tax, which would require an amount to be withheld on the sale of residential property, to support the introduction of the …

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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 terms of reference of the inquiry will be “whether the …

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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 Zealand’s sovereignty.” The Labour caucus had agreed five ‘bottom line’ …

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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 metals giant Rio Tinto, wrung $30 million in cash out of …

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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 months before last September’s general election. Labour and the Greens …

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