News Roundup - 18 May

18 May 2021
PM defends immigration 'reset', rejects suggestion Kiwis are work-shy
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has strongly rejected the suggestion Kiwis are work-shy and don't want to take up jobs in sectors that have heavily relied on immigrant labour.

Forestry conversions election promise misses its deadline
The government has failed to meet a deadline it set itself to give local councils more control when dealing with forestry conversions.

What do businesses want to see in this year's Budget?
support for education is a common theme on the wish list of a range of New Zealand businesspeople for this week’s Budget.

Government wants to turn down tap on temporary and skilled migrant workers
The Government wants to turn down the tap on temporary and skilled migrant workers, instead opening the door for high-roller investors and workers who can fill “genuine job shortages”. Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash outlined the Government’s intended immigration reforms in a sweeping speech on Monday evening that was light on detail.

It's a jobseeker's market, but don't count on a higher salary: Seek NZ
Job ads rose in April for the second month in a row, reaching the highest number of jobs ever advertised on the site. The average job growth on over the last three months was 68.2 per cent.

Infometrics reveals which regions got through summer in best shape
Summer gave an economic boost to some regions this year, but main centres are still feeling the pain of more people working from home, Infometrics says. It shows Bay of Plenty as the top-performing regional economy in the March 2021 quarter, growing at a rate of 3 per cent per annum as the national economy slipped back 0.3 per cent.

Myrtle’s here
A DEVASTATING discovery of myrtle rust was made at the Women’s Native Tree Project Trust nursery in Gisborne.

Twenty million trees for New Zealand’s biggest harbour restoration project
More than 20 million native trees and other plants will be planted around New Zealand's biggest harbour in the ground-breaking $200 million Kaipara Moana Remediation project.

Too many customers, not enough grapes - Marlborough winemakers struggling to match demand
Key export markets are thirsty for Marlborough wine, but low grape yields mean that demand is outstripping supply.

Villa Maria parent company FFWL in receivership, shares to be sold

Brendon Gibson and Neale Jackson of Calibre Partners have been appointed receivers of FFWL, Villa Maria Estate’s sole shareholder. The receivership only affected FFWL and did not affect Villa Maria, which was trading profitably, Gibson said.

Sacred Hill’s Hawke's Bay and Marlborough vineyards companies placed into receivership
A notice in the New Zealand Gazette said Rees Logan and Andrew McKay of BDO were appointed joint receivers of Sacred Hill Vineyards on May 6. They were appointed by Westpac, under the terms of a general security agreement from 2003, giving the bank a secured charge over all assets of the company.



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