Tag: Retail

Gordon Campbell on tobacco politics, and the TPP death watch

Column – Gordon Campbell Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmmthere do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning , … Gordon Campbell on tobacco politicking, and the TPP death watch Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. Avast ye hordes of faceless bureaucrats aiming to put tobacco products in plain packets! David Seymour is in the House! Plain packaging may save lives, but does it have to be such a dull way of saving lives? Is there no other hero prepared to fight for Philip Morris, and for the God-given right of Benson and Hedges to peddle their deadly wares in luscious golden packaging? Do we want to live in a world without Marlboro Man billboards? There is a principle at stake here. And...

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Plain packaging: why are we waiting?

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition The Smokefree Coalition, along with groups like the Cancer Society, has been advocating for plain packaging since the measure was adopted in Australia back in 2011. Similar legislation was introduced here in 2014 but has been back-burnered due to Government …Plain packaging: why are we waiting? Dr Prudence Stone, Executive Director, The Smokefree Coalition, 11 April 2016 The Smokefree Coalition, along with groups like the Cancer Society, has been advocating for plain packaging since the measure was adopted in Australia back in 2011. Similar legislation was introduced here in 2014 but has been ‘back-burnered’ due to Government fears that we’ll be caught up in expensive international arbitration like Australia has been. Back in February Prime Minister John Key indicated our legislation could soon be back on the cards, but since then we’ve heard exactly zip. We’ve signed the TPP in which tobacco companies are excluded from litigation against governments; the public seems ready and willing; and the evidence is in that plain packaging will help prevent a lot of suffering and death. So why are we still waiting? The move by Philip Morris International (PMI) to litigate against Australia has shown good returns. It may not have won, but the millions of dollars’ worth of red tape it takes to fight such a deathly rich international company has frightened many governments and slowed the...

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Top Ten Predictions 2016

Press Release – Colliers International In our 2016 predictions for New Zealands property market we discuss views on market demand, politics, planning, emerging investor groups, how the office, retail and industrial sectors will fair and our opinions on the ever popular residential, hotel …Top Ten Predictions 2016 In our 2016 predictions for New Zealand’s property market we discuss views on market demand, politics, planning, emerging investor groups, how the office, retail and industrial sectors will fair and our opinions on the ever popular residential, hotel and agribusiness and rural sectors. 1. Investment demand increases Post-GFC global economic and financial management by Reserve Bank governors has driven down cash and bond yields, propelling property to the forefront of decision making for ‘yield hungry’ investors. The low inflation, low interest rate environment with buoyant business activity has produced a ‘snowball effect’ on value growth that has picked up speed and will not slow down in 2016. Comment by Gareth Fraser, Director, Investment Sales: Demand for commercial investments and add-value opportunities continues to accelerate across Auckland. We are seeing unprecedented yields being achieved for investment grade properties in the commercial, industrial and retail sectors. Our auction clearance rate at 73% is at its highest level ever. Commercial investors continue to compete for properties and chase yield. This trend will only continue for 2016 given historically low interest rates. 2. Politics and planning...

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Gordon Campbell on the TPP finishing line, and Amazon’s woes

Column – Gordon Campbell If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasnt such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny. Heres Trade Minister Tim Groser on RNZ this morning: The finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is in sight after … Gordon Campbell on the TPP finishing line, and Amazon’s woes by Gordon Campbell If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny. Here’s Trade Minister Tim Groser on RNZ this morning: The finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is in sight after talks in Australia over the weekend, Trade Minister Tim Groser says. And here’s the Japanese media report on the very same TPP meeting in Sydney: After meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday morning on the margin of the plenary session, TPP minister Akira Amari said the finish line for their bilateral talks is not yet in sight… Clearly, if these guys can’t even get their clichés in order, no wonder they’re having trouble around the negotiating table. Oh, and that old standby ‘significant progress’ was made on the weekend at the Sydney talks, says Groser. A while ago, I summarised the number of times that ‘significant progress’ has been made, even though – like Zeno’s arrow – things never quite reach the target. Let’s revisit some of those...

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National must back Malaysia’s tobacco carveout in TPPA

Press Release – Jane Kelsey It is great news that the plain packaging tobacco law will be introduced to the House next year, albeit more than three years after the Maori Affairs Committees report on how to make Aotearoa New Zealand effectively smokefree by 2025, said …17 December 2013 For immediate release Plain Packaging Tobacco Bill: National must back Malaysia’s tobacco carveout in TPPA ‘It is great news that the plain packaging tobacco law will be introduced to the House next year, albeit more than three years after the Maori Affairs Committee’s report on how to make Aotearoa New Zealand effectively smokefree by 2025’, said Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey, author of a Ministry of Health-funded report on the implications of New Zealand’s trade and investment agreements for the Smokefree 2025 policy. ‘The last we heard from the National government it was planning to wait for the outcome of cases against Australia that are being brought, or supported, by the tobacco companies in the World Trade Organization and under a bilateral investment treaty with Hong Kong.’ Submissions from tobacco companies on the exposure draft of the legislation threatened similar legal action if the plain packaging law was introduced in New Zealand. There are risks under New Zealand’s existing agreements, but the legal arguments are not clear-cut. Professor Kelsey said the biggest threat to New Zealand would come from...

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