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Short-staffed KFC workers under pressure but it's 'hard to get a job there'
Sun, 29 May 2016 17:33
Workers at KFC restaurants have had objects hurled at them by angry customers as they buckle under the pressure of being short-staffed, a union says.


Stonewood Homes lays off 15 staff in Christchurch
Sun, 29 May 2016 18:03
More than a quarter of Stonewood Homes' Christchurch staff, including the general manager, have been laid off by the company's new owners.


Cable network fault causes 'degraded' web browsing
Sun, 29 May 2016 12:35
Vodafone says customers may be getting poor performance from its high-speed internet service in Christchurch.


Early stages of mineral investigation at seaside village raises concern
Sun, 29 May 2016 14:23
Rumours have been swirling in Kawhia that mining is set to get under way at a 1200-hectare forest wedged between the town and coastal beaches, local environmental campaigner Davis Apiti says.


'Modern slavery' laws put Kiwi companies under pressure to stamp out abuse
Fri, 27 May 2016 13:54
A new law in the United Kingdom is putting pressure on New Zealand companies to track down slavery or human rights abuse in their supply chains.<br> <br> Under the Modern Slavery Act, companies doing business in the UK are now required to publish an annual statement on slavery and human trafficking on their websites.<br> <br> Firms have to either describe steps taken to ensure no such activity is taking place in their business and supply chains, or admit that nothing has been done.<br> <br> Many Kiwi companies have a presence in the UK, and all of those with a turnover greater than ã36 million (NZ$78 million) will be affected.<br> <br> <strong>READ MORE:<br> * <a href="" title="">Which New Zealand fashion retailers make the ethics grade?</a><br> * <a href="" title="">Customers push for fashion - without exploitation</a><br> * <a href="" title="">Human trafficking, exploitation 'rife' in New Zealand</a><br> * <a href="" title="">Slavery on NZ seas: rape, bonded labour and abuse widespread on fishing boats</a></strong><br> <br> Daniel King, a consultant at the Nature of Business who helps companies identify labour risks, said other countries were taking the law change seriously.<br> <br> "In Denmark, everyone's falling over themselves to put something in place."<br> <br> King said New Zealand organisations should definitely be concerned, with abuses not just taking place in supply chains overseas.<br> <br> "There are certainly cases of employees, especially migrants, being exploited here in our country."<br> <br> Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue said there had been cases of exploitation in the likes of the hospitality, horticulture, viticulture and dairy industries.<br> <br> "People think it's not happening in our backyard, but it certainly is."<br> <br> Blue said some operators would be aware that abuse of labour rights was taking place, and needed to be dealt with seriously.<br> <br> Other businesses might be oblivious of what was going on, with more education "desperately needed".<br> <br> Blue said the majority of businesses with overseas supply chains would not necessarily have thought about labour rights issues.<br> <br> But with "huge momentum" gathering internationally, Kiwi companies would increasingly be expected to have a policy in place.<br> <br> Blue said some companies were proactively leading the way, including the likes of Coca-Cola, Unilever and Countdown.<br> <br> The UK law change was a response to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.<br> <br> Eight countries have created national action plans to implement the principles, while another 30 or so are developing plans.<br> <br> Blue said developing a national action plan for New Zealand would not happen overnight.


Union warns enforcement, regulation issues could lead to further quarry deaths
Sun, 29 May 2016 20:13
More quarrying deaths like one in South Canterbury could come from dismissive attitudes to workplace safety, a union representative says.


More Panama Papers revelations due Monday
Sun, 29 May 2016 20:09
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Wellington brewery Garage Project to set wild yeasts free in new warehouse
Sun, 29 May 2016 19:47
Setting wild yeast free to create crazy new beer flavours will be the focus for Wellington brewery Garage Project, which has expanded into a warehouse in the heart of the city.


Asian importer eyes South Canterbury produce
Sun, 29 May 2016 19:27
South Canterbury fresh food growers and suppliers are in the sights of a Malaysia-based importing business.


Fonterra catches break from Nathan Guy in milk market overhaul
Sun, 29 May 2016 17:20
A shake up of the $15 billion milk market is on the cards.


Southland Equine Expo attracts hundreds
Sun, 29 May 2016 16:13
What is believed to be Southland's first Equine Expo has been a huge success, the organiser says.


Rain puts dampener on St Arnaud bull walk, but animals strut their stuff anyway
Sun, 29 May 2016 15:40
Bulls are a bit like people, they come in all shapes and sizes, and every so often one comes along that has the X-factor, a breeder says.


Invercargill Cab company taking on ride-sharing service Uber
Sun, 29 May 2016 13:42
An Invercargill cab company hopes to take on ride-sharing service Uber with its low cost chauffeurs.


Banks change tune when talking dairy debt
Sun, 29 May 2016 12:35
Farmers who have dealt with the same friendly face from the bank for years are finding a pair of suit-clad strangers at the farmgate as banks switch tactics in tough times.


Budget 2016: A bare-minimum budget for children
Sun, 29 May 2016 11:17
This year's Budget makes no mention of poverty or inequality, in spite of the fact that Prime Minister John Key claims child poverty is a priority for this term of Parliament.


New Zealand's saddest malls
Sun, 29 May 2016 11:07
<strong>OPINION:</strong> While I was growing up, the "mall" was an enticing idea.


Rod Oram: Invest more in the economy, not less
Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00
The Key government prides itself on two economic hallmarks above all others - being careful with the books and good for business.


Health and safety leader David Wright says NZ on right path to safer workplaces
Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00
A leader in workplace safety is confident New Zealand will be able to meet government targets in reducing injuries and deaths in the workplace.


GCSB Intercepts: secret details of The Budget 2016 intercepted
Sat, 28 May 2016 23:00
<em>Last Thursday morning the nation's spoof spy agency @GCSBIntercepts picked up a live feed of John Key, Bill English and Steven Joyce discussing the final draft of the 2016 Budget.  Here's the transcript in full â¦</em>


Agent woos house sellers with Chinese demand
Sat, 28 May 2016 20:22
The Government may be denying the hot-property interest of Chinese investors but real estate agents are opting for the reverse tactic in a wave of new marketing material being sent out to homeowners.


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