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2 November 2017 3:56 AM Judgment: Thomson v Minister for Climate Change Issues

[1] This is a judicial review proceeding concerning the Government’s response to climate change. It is brought by the plaintiff who is a law student concerned at that response and the consequences of its alleged inadequacy on future generations. [2] It is common ground that climate change presents significant risks and that serious and prompt global 29

1 November 2017 6:39 PM The wheels haven't fallen off here

Hirschman's Cycle (From the Left, ODT Opinion, 27.10.17) refers to the United States' seesawing political system, grounded in shifting tides of private interest and public action. There is no ambulance at the bottom of an American societal cliff, you either fight to survive or you become part of the homeless underclass, living well below the living wage of $US8 ($NZ11.50) per hour. With the impending 29

1 November 2017 6:11 PM Incomes between CEOs and workers widening

The income gaps between chief executives and employees is widening, according to new research. The number of chief executives in New Zealand paid over $500,000 increased five-fold between 1997 and 2013, research from the University of Otago shows. University of Otago Business School researcher Dr Helen Roberts' study shows New Zealand chief executive 19

1 November 2017 5:59 PM Ports of Auckland Releases Draft 30-Year Master Plan

Ports of Auckland has today released its Draft 30-year Master Plan which outlines a range of projects needed for the port to keep delivering for Aucklanders until the port is moved. The draft plan can be viewed on a website also launched today at www.masterplan.poal.co.nz. Chief Executive Tony Gibson said “Our owner, Auckland Council, is undertaking 24

1 November 2017 5:33 PM 'Frenzy' goes out of NZ housing market

New Zealand property value growth slowed to an annual pace of 3.9 percent in October as inflated Auckland house prices fell for the first time in six years. The QV house price index posted the lowest rate of annual growth since June 2012 last month, state-owned valuer Quotable Value said. Values increased 0.9 percent to a national average $646,807 in the three 22

1 November 2017 9:43 AM IPO price attractive not aggressive; eyeing 18-20% growth: New India Assurance

An 18-20 percent sustainable growth for many years is achievable till India reaches global standards of insurance penetration and density, said G Srinivasan, CMD, New India Assurance. The New India Assurance IPO opened today. The issue size of Rs 9,600 crore is a combination of offer for sale from the promoter government of India (Rs 7,680 crore) and a fresh 2

1 November 2017 8:19 AM More youth turn out to vote in NZ General Election

New Zealand's youngest voters were more likely to vote in the 2017 election. It wasn't a huge surge, but the increase in younger voters was significant and perhaps linked to the popularity of Labour leader Jacinda Ardern. Turnout didn't only increase for younger voters - all voters were more likely to vote in this year's election compared to 2014, but the change 22

31 October 2017 10:55 PM Government's pay-equity focus may fuel wage inflation

Nov. 1 (BusinessDesk) - A $2 billion pay equity settlement pushed up wage inflation in the September quarter and pay pressure may continue to accelerate because the new government plans to dump a bill that would have stymied similar deals. The previous National Party-led government announced a $2.05 billion pay equity pay deal for some 55,000 aged and residential 21

31 October 2017 6:31 PM Heavy rain for parts of NZ on Friday

Rainfall totals on Friday may be higher than previously thought, as a low in the Tasman Sea slowly approaches New Zealand, creating a stream of low-level warm moist air from the subtropical oceans to the north to the lower South Island. It's slow moving due to a blocking high east of the North Island and this could increase rainfall totals. A cold front 24

31 October 2017 4:03 PM Do millennials really feel more entitled?

Are New Zealanders more narcissistic than they used to be? Do millennials really have a stronger sense of entitlement than previous generations? The answer, according to the first-ever study investigating narcissism in New Zealand, is no. The research, from the University of Auckland, tested ‘psychological entitlement’, the sense that one is entitled 22