Telecom sold AAPT for NZ$450 million, JB Were cited political risk in downgrading New Zealand's stock market and ANZ announced special 4% loans to dairy farmers investing in farm conversion, irrigation and effluent management.
Chorus launched a High Court challenge to the Commerce Commission's ruling on copper broadband pricing, John Key took corporate manslaughter off the table in the debate around workplace safety and Key was careful not to offend China in comments about the new air defence zone over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
The Commerce Commission cleared the merger of PropertyIQ and Terralink and announced a review of Transpower's more costly North Island Grid Upgrade. Chorus' shares slumped and Meridian Energy's installment receipts fell below their float price.
The Reserve Bank announced a strategic review of its payment systems, Chris Finlayson announced all legislation would be put online for free from January, a former Merrill Lynch executive was appointed to replace Sean Hughes at the FMA and Hekia Parata announced NZ$31 million of funding to improve Maori secondary school education.
Jonathan Coleman reported public servant numbers squeaked in one below National's 2012 cap, Gerry Brownlee celebrated the imminent start to building of the Mackays Crossing to Peka Peka expressway north of Wellington, Nick Smith turned the sod on a Housing NZ building project in Petone, Brownlee dropped the Clifford Bay port plan and the Chief Coroner called for an NZTA panel to consider better cycle safety.
David Cunliffe called on the Government to force government funds who were shareholders in Pike River to pay compensation to the families of dead miners, Rebecca Kitteridge was appointed the new SIS head, Police were given a clothing tax break, Craig Foss announced accounting industry reforms and librarians said Local Government reforms threatened the future of libraries.
The Government agreed to NZ Post's plan to cut mail deliveries to 3 days a week but kept most rural deliveries at 5 days a week, Local Government NZ said online voting was not enough to lift voter turnover from record lows, the Government approved a single Trans-Tasman patent application portal and the Insurance Council said storm claims had already hit NZ$157 million this year.
Nick Smith calls Labour's privileges complaint a political stunt, John Key reallocated John Banks' portfolios, Paula Bennett reported Sole Parent benefit numbers dropped 3,000 in the last quarter, Parliament's Justice and Electoral Committee announced a review of the Local Body elections and former oil and gas industry executive Nicola Crauford was appointed to the Environmental Protection Authority.
ACC announced an operating model review, Solid Energy reported an annual loss of NZ$335.4 million and Barack Obama canceled his trip to the APEC leaders meeting in Bali.
IRD asked for bids for the first stage of its NZ$1.5 billion IT transformation project, the Government invested NZ$29 million in NZ's biggest social housing project, Auckland house prices hit a fresh record high in September and NZ$17 million was injected into the rebuild of Christchurch's Polytechs.