The New Zealand dollar fell as growing fears of a slowing Chinese economy pushed down metal prices and weighed on currencies of nations producing raw materials.
A nine-year exercise in experimental consensus-building among habitual combatants, the Land and Water Forum, is putting itself "into abeyance" and calling for the creation of a new government agency, a Land and Water Commission, to "provide national direction and oversight" it says is required to bring urgency to cleaning up New Zealand's freshwater bodies. Pattrick Smellie reports.
Advances in large-scale batteries for use in the national electricity system make it more important than ever to reform the way different parts of the country are charged for access to the national electricity grid, the Electricity Authority says.
Fonterra Cooperative Group wants more information from its Chinese partner Beingmate Baby & Child Food amid reports the infant formula firm didn't make sure product sourced from another supplier met its licensing conditions.
Nelson-based aquaculture firm New Zealand King Salmon Investments believes fish-farming in Cook Strait, using newly emerging submersible technology being developed in Norway, is the route to realising its ambitions for expansion. Pattrick Smellie from Business Desk reports.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters doubled down on last week's New Zealand First party attacks on the performance and leadership of Fonterra, saying the country's largest business was costing the economy more than $2 billion from food safety and animal welfare scares.
Colombia is the latest country to seek admission to the trans-Pacific trade pact, the CPTPP, which US President Donald Trump tried to kill off.
The government axed granting any future offshore oil and gas exploration licences without a formal Cabinet paper and with minimal analysis from officials, according to a dump of documents and emails from Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.
The government announced a key step towards fulfilment of one of its coalition agreement promises, committing $500,000 for a study into the potential to upgrade and expand rail services north of Auckland, including a new spur line to connect Whangarei's Northport to the rail system.
The government is actively considering whether the water services currently supplied by local government should be merged into a number of larger jointly owned entities to help both fund and ensure the quality of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.