News: Terrorism expert to speak at CBAFF conference


An expert in the field of global political violence and terrorism, Jolene Jerard will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Customs brokers and freight forwarders federation (CBAFF) conference.

The conference will be held at the Rydges Hotel in Wellington from May 5-7.

Jerard is an associate research fellow at the international centre for political violence and terrorism research (ICPVTR) at Nanyang technological university in Singapore. Continue reading “Terrorism expert to speak at CBAFF conference” »

News: Electronic tolling for Tauranga Eastern Link


Two electronic tolling gantries will become operational on key routes in Tauranga this year.

One of the nine-metre high electronic tolling gantries has been installed on the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) ahead of the official opening of the motorway later this year.

Each gantry has 16 cameras, which will capture an image of the vehicle’s front and rear registration plates using the latest optical character recognition technology. Continue reading “Electronic tolling for Tauranga Eastern Link” »

News: Changes to be phased in to Waikato bus network


Changes to the region’s bus network will be phased in over the next two years following the adoption of a new public transport plan for the Waikato.

The majority of changes signalled in the plan will take place on Hamilton routes and be phased in as contracts with bus operators are awarded over the next two financial years.

The extension of existing services to Hamilton’s northern suburbs will be among the first changes the council will look to introduce. Some interim services are being investigated for potential rollout later this year, ahead of full service implementation planned for January 2018. Continue reading “Changes to be phased in to Waikato bus network” »

News: Brewer: Brown must tell the Port to have a ‘cuppa’

featured_item_image_21737xAuckland councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer says Auckland Mayor Len Brown will only make Auckland residents angrier by trying to appease them with PR, a port study report, and community engagement over the current plans by Ports of Auckland to extend Bledisloe wharf.

Brewer says that Brown must tell the Port to have a ‘cuppa tea’ over the imminent Bledisloe Wharf extensions.

“It’s clear from yesterdays governing body meeting the majority of Auckland councillors now want Len Brown to show some swift leadership on issues around the Ports of Auckland’s plans to extend Bledisloe Wharf as well as addressing the wider rules around future reclamation, says Brewer. Continue reading “Brewer: Brown must tell the Port to have a ‘cuppa’” »

News: Government bill makes employer requirements clearer

old-ledger-book-and-calculatorxProposed changes to employment standards will make employer requirements clearer, says BusinessNZ.

An Employment Standards Bill will be introduced by the government to Parliament this year to clarify employers’ record-keeping requirements and introduce tougher penalties for breaching them.

The requirements for record-keeping wages, time, holidays and leave are currently not consistent across all employment legislation, increasing the risk of breaches of holidays and minimum wage legislation. Continue reading “Government bill makes employer requirements clearer” »

News: Auckland mayor walks out over port debate

220px-Len_brownAuckland mayor Len Brown has left a council meeting today as debate over port expansion heats up.

Councillors have been pushing for debate to be reopened on the expansion – a move which brown has blocked as chair of the council.

Councillor Cathy Casey then accused him of not listening to the people of Auckland, Brown demanding she withdraw the accusation – saying it was an insult. Continue reading “Auckland mayor walks out over port debate” »

News: Ballance takes full responsibility for accidental discharge


Balance Agri-Nutrients chief executive Mark Wynne says the company has taken full responsibility for it actions by accepting a fine imposed by the Court following an accidental discharge of sulphur dioxide into the air in May last year.

“The incident happened and we can’t change that. What we have done, is take full responsibility and take every practical step to prevent this from happening again.

“We treat any incidents very seriously and we are completely confident we have minimised the risk of sulphur dioxide discharges at our Mount Maunganui site. Continue reading “Ballance takes full responsibility for accidental discharge” »

News: Death confirms safety needs to be top priority


WorkSafe NZ says it has been notified today of a forestry-related death at Te Wera in Taranaki.

Inspectors are on their way to the remote forestry site where it appears that a worker has been struck by a log falling off a truck. No further details are available.

This is the first forestry death reported since January 2014 and WorkSafe Chief Executive Gordon MacDonald says the death is a tragedy for the worker’s family, his workmates and the tight knit forestry community. Continue reading “Death confirms safety needs to be top priority” »

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