Labour has highlighted a drop in the export sector's share of the economy, as it continues to accuse National of a dangerously narrow focus on primary produce and an inability to deal with an over-valued New Zealand dollar.
China's Consul General in New Zealand Niu Qingbao has warned New Zealand's Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye and Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings at a forum in Auckland that New Zealand should be even more open on food safety and environment issues to maintain its '100% Pure' image.
Prime Minister John Key has sounded a note of caution about the prospects for a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in the wake of inconclusive talks in Singapore last week and growing talk that Japan may oppose the inclusion of dairy in such a deal.
Submitters to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on Thursday argued for amendments to the proposed new environmental reporting regime to ensure it was not subject to any "political leverage".
Dairy NZ says the dairy industry is no longer willing to be the "whipping boy" for any decreasing water quality of New Zealand's streams and rivers, while Fish and Game has called for a public inquiry into the water quality issue.
Former Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier told Parliament's Commerce Select Committee on Thursday he believed last year's botulism scare ended up providing "a net benefit" to New Zealand's reputation.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise chairman and former Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier shared his "unauthorised" view of the ongoing TPP free trade talks with the Commerce Select Committee on Thursday, saying he was "not confident" of seeing negotiators reach an agreement soon.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise chief executive Peter Chrisp explained to the Commerce Select Committee on Thursday how some of the new funding received by NZTE will be used to develop ways of commercialising, or "monetising" the intellectual property concentrated within the public service.
Prime Minister John Key has revealed Budget 2014 will include NZ$69 million of new spending on NZTE over four years to beef up its operations in China, the Middle East and South America.
Prices in Fonterra's fortnightly auction of dairy commodities fell 8.9% overnight, extending the fall in commodity prices since mid February to 18.1%.