Greens grow in Europe, but politicians can’t take all the credit

Lamberts contends the Greens could gain in Italy in the 2024 European elections from voters disillusioned with the Five Star Movement. His optimism is not borne out by recent opinion polls, which show Italy’s Europa Verde almost invisible at 1%. But his main hope is for France and Germany, after Greens won major French cities […]

Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passes away at 74

Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, 74, passed away on Sunday morning in New Delhi after a prolonged illness. He had been admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi in the second week of August with post COVID-19 complications. He was under treatment for lung infection and was put on […]

Brain drain: Loss of leadership experience at Air NZ raises culture concerns for union

Like the Government, Air New Zealand went hard and early in its response to Covid-19. Just days into New Zealand’s alert level 4 lockdown in March the airline said it would be downsizing to a third of what it was pre-pandemic.

Air NZ’s cash crunch: Shane Jones accuses airline board of delaying raising funds

By underwriting a capital raise the Government would guarantee the raising of funds by picking up any shortfall of rights that shareholders did not subscribe to, while also taking up the rights of its existing shares, potentially resulting in the Crown holding a greater stake in the airline.

Jane Campion Netflix film in line for $6m NZ government rebate

As well as Wellington-born Campion being the screenwriter and director of the film, several key The Power of the Dog crew were also New Zealanders. But, apart from being filmed in New Zealand, partly thanks for key crew being allowed past New Zealand’s Covid-closed borders, it is by many measures an international film.

Retailers and credit card companies square off over $300m payment card controversy

The New Zealand Bankers Association said “a premature regulatory response” could have unintended consequences. There was a risk that any regulated cuts to interchange fees would not be passed on by retailers to consumers, and could ”inhibit innovation”, it said.  

Election 2020: Labour promises to slash paywave, credit card fees and lend billions to small businesses

“We will tighten regulations around merchant service fees charged by banks to retailers. Retailers are estimated to pay on average $13,000 more than their Australian counterparts each year on merchant service fees. This needs to change,” Nash said.

What can NZ organisations learn from the recent cyber attacks?

For years, ‘ICT security specialist’ has been on Immigration New Zealand’s long-term skills shortage list. According to the Digital Skills Forum, the country has relied on supplementing the insufficient, local workforce with imported talent. But strict border controls in place in response to Covid-19 are likely to impact the numbers of skilled migrants able to […]

Fact Check: Joe Biden Claims Trump Does Not Deserve Credit for USMCA

Last week, former Vice President Joe Biden sat for a rare interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper in Macomb County, Michigan. Tapper asked Biden about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), one of the signature foreign policy achievements of the Trump administration. Biden tried to claim that Trump did not deserve the credit for it, because it was […]

Biden offers ‘Made in America’ tax credit to bring back jobs, penalty for offshoring

Biden accuses Trump of creating loopholes in his 2017 tax plan by not taxing the first 10% of the profits earned by companies that had manufacturing and service jobs abroad. In contrast, his plan proposes doubling Trump’s offshoring tax rate and applying it to all income.