Economist says KiwiBuild should be sustainable

Tom Furley The government’s flagship KiwiBuild housing project could save millions of dollars if homes are built sustainably, a Report says. Commissioned by Green Building Council, a not-for-profit building organisation, the Report said that all 100,000 KiwiBuild homes should include factors such as energy efficiency, warmth, and the amount of building waste. The Report’s author, Economist Shamubeel Eaqub, estimated that if…

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New Zealand marks milestone with EU trade talks

Chris Bramwell  New Zealand and the European Union have formally launched negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said it was an important milestone in EU-New Zealand relations and that the negotiations would aim to remove barriers to trade in goods and services, as well as develop rules to make trade easier and more sustainable.…

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Mortgage Brokers-Rachana Dave

Being the first Indian woman to receive the ‘Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage) of the Year Awards at the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards in 2017 has given Rachana Dave multiple opportunities to grow personally, financially and socially. “In this growth, I have focused on PICA, allowing me to grow as a leader at home, at work and in the community. PICA describes my…

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Fiercely independent, Chief Ombudsman protects your Right to Know

Official Information Act retains power with the people The House (Radio New Zealand) Report The term ‘independent government watchdog’ doesn’t normally evoke an enormous amount of passion, even from the most tragic political junkies. But when New Zealanders need answers on pressing domestic issues, such as an alleged Defence Force cover-up in Afghanistan, whether restrained prisoners were treated inhumanely or if a government employee…

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Singapore Airlines adds flights from Wellington and Christchurch

Venkat Raman While Singapore Airlines scored a global first when the new Boeing 787-10 aircraft touched down at the Changi International Airport on March 27, 2018, the carrier continues to maintain its lead as the largest customer for Boeing. The Airlines’ Sydney based Regional Vice-President Philip Goh said that delivery of new Boeing 787 series and Boeing 777-9 aircraft will…

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