News Roundup - 3 February 2021

03 Feb 2021
Climate Change Commission plan 'a big challenge' for New Zealand
New Zealand is heading for a major upheaval under a landmark plan to combat the climate crisis - but the sectors in line for the most serious change are already showing signs of resistance.
The Climate Change Commission has released a draft blueprint with recommendations on how to slash emissions to ensure the country is carbon neutral by 2050.
Among its proposals: a ban on conventional car imports, slashing livestock numbers by about 15 percent, the closure of Tiwai Point, and a ban on gas hobs in new houses.

Unemployment fell to 4.9% in December quarter
The unemployment rate has unexpectedly fallen as more people found jobs in the rebound from the pandemic.

Shock fall in unemployment to 4.9 per cent
Unemployment dropped back under 5 per cent in the December quarter, Statistics NZ says.
The shock drop in the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate from 5.3 per cent to 4.9 per cent confounds even the most optimistic expectations of economists.

Government warned not to ruin corruption-free status
New Zealand has tied with Denmark as the world’s least corrupt countries, Berlin-based transparency watchdog Transparency International says.
However, the group’s New Zealand head has warned Kiwi agencies still need to be careful to maintain public trust in areas like government tenders.

Employers look to hire harvest workers on the spot at recruitment day
Employers recruiting for the 2021 harvest will be looking to hire workers on the spot at a Ministry of Social Development-organised “harvest hiring” day, scheduled to be held at Motueka on February 10.

Kiwi conservationists count wins in war on wallabies

Pest control experts say they are finally starting to make a dent in New Zealand's exploding wallaby population, as a battle to stop them destroying native forests rages on.




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