Agriculture, Food Safety and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor has decided to keep the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) intact as one ministry, but it will reorganise it into four branches.
In this morning's email, we pointed to Bernard Hickey's profile of Adrian Orr. Also, Sam Sachdeva looked in depth into the debate about China's growing use of 'soft' power in Australia and New Zealand, while David Williams reports on a damning review of the Mackenzie Basin High Country Tenure review.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards argues New Zealand needs to have a careful debate now about China's use of soft power to influence our political system, rather than ignore it and face a nasty one later.
Rod Oram looks this week at Fonterra's apparently ground-shifting announcement about reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. He writes Fonterra's caveats mean the plan is not as impressive as it looks.
Protectionist sentiment within Europe’s agriculture sector should not stand in the way of a free trade deal between the European Union and New Zealand, a senior European official says.
Rod Oram looks into the controversy around the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that the ingredient used in Roundup was unlikely to be carcinogenic. He finds the government's Chief Scientist and the Ministry for the Environment have concerns about the EPA's performance.
DairyNZ, supported by Fonterra and the Government, has formulated a "Dairy Action for Climate Change" plan, but it is unlikely to slow down the calls from environmental groups for a cut in cow numbers, reports Lynn Grieveson.
Prime Minister Bill English has announced an extra $91.3 million in spending on trade diplomacy over the next four years as he grapples with growing trade protectionism in a post-Trump and post-Brexit world.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Friday, including nine things to note from the Reserve Bank's MPS and the latest on Auckland's housing market from Trade Me and REINZ.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Thursday, including details of the Government's surprise surplus, what Solid Energy said about restructuring its debt and the latest Chinese clampdown on New Zealand infant formula imports.