Tag: Manufacturing

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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Goodhew: Speech to ForestWood Conference 2016

Speech – New Zealand Government It is wonderful to see such excellent industry-wide attendance at this conference. The ForestWood conference is an important event for the forestry and wood processing sectors. During this address I would like to briefly outline some of my priorities …Jo Goodhew 29 MARCH, 2016 Speech to ForestWood Conference 2016 Government’s Priorities for the New Zealand Forestry Sector [Slide 1 – title slide] E āku rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou. Good morning. Thank you to (Dr) James (Buwalda) for the introduction, I am delighted to be here today. I would also like to thank the New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA) for the invitation to present, as well as to the other conference organisers: • Woodco • Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) • Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA). I would also like to acknowledge the international speakers: • Russell Taylor • Doug McKalip • Annette Cotter • Ben Gunneberg • Adam Beaumont It is wonderful to see such excellent industry-wide attendance at this conference. The ForestWood conference is an important event for the forestry and wood processing sectors. During this address I would like to briefly outline some of my priorities in my capacity as the Associate Minister for Primary Industries with responsibility for forestry, and highlight how the Government is working to accelerate growth...

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Key sees dairy rebound as Asia demand recovers

Article – BusinessDesk March 22 (BusinessDesk) – Prime Minister John Key says he’s confident dairy prices, which have slumped below the cost of production, will rebound as growing Asian populations boost demand. PM Key says low dairy prices will rebound as Asian demand recovers By Tina Morrison March 22 (BusinessDesk) – Prime Minister John Key says he’s confident dairy prices, which have slumped below the cost of production, will rebound as growing Asian populations boost demand. Dairy product prices have fallen for five of six auctions on the GlobalDairyTrade platform this year, as the European Union signals it will underpin production even in the face of global oversupply, and amid continuing Russian import bans and weaker demand from China following a build-up of inventories. Prices have remained lower for longer than expected, putting pressure on dairy farmer incomes, dairy debt levels and spending in rural communities. Key told the Platinum Primary Producers annual conference in Wellington that he was confident prices would rebound on Asian demand. “I understand dairy is weak at the moment,” Key said, however, he said the factors behind the lower prices were “temporary”. “People, as they are wealthier, want protein and that’s happening in Asia,” he said. “They are going to come right and they are going to come right because that consumer demand pattern is just enormous, it’s not going to change. There is...

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Gordon Campbell Fonterra, Affco and Todd Barclay

Column – Gordon Campbell Fonterras explanation for its behavior towards the small firms it engages it has reportedly asked its suppliers to reduce their charges in order to boost efficiency is the sort of behavior you’d expect from Tony Soprano. As in : … Gordon Campbell on the sense of entitlement shared by Fonterra, Affco and Todd Barclay Fonterra’s explanation for its behavior towards the small firms it engages – it has reportedly asked its suppliers to reduce their charges in order ‘to boost efficiency’ – is the sort of behavior you’d expect from Tony Soprano. As in : we sent around Silvio and a couple of the boys and suggested that it would be in their best interest to reconsider their charges… Fonterra has extended by two months the time it takes to pay suppliers, from 30 to 90 days, saying that matches what it does in other countries. It has also asked them to cut their charges, which it says is about boosting efficiency. Yes, that’s exactly what we don’t want to see: our biggest multinational subjecting New Zealand firms to the same practices that Fonterra can get away with in Sri Lanka or Malawi. And using its market dominance to pay its own bills at a pace that forces small local suppliers (ie, electricians and the like) to function as a bank extending a line of...

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TPPA – Good news for New Zealand Cosmetic Manufacturers

Press Release – CTFA Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – Good news for New Zealand Cosmetic Manufacturers and Exporters Garth Wyllie Executive Director of the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association of New Zealand today said The Trans Pacific Partnership is good news …Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – Good news for New Zealand Cosmetic Manufacturers and Exporters Garth Wyllie Executive Director of the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association of New Zealand today said “The Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for New Zealand based cosmetic manufacturers who export their products to the TPPA countries thanks to the inclusion of clear guidelines’. Mr Wyllie said that “New Zealand cosmetic manufacturers would see technical barriers to trade removed progressively as part of the requirements under Annex 8-D while at the same time this would not place any additional burden on New Zealand”. “While other countries would need to adapt in some areas, New Zealand has a very well structured regulatory control in place for Cosmetics sold in New Zealand and it was already internationally aligned”, he said. “Removing requirements for authorisation numbers, mandatory certificates of free sale and renewal of licence requirements would save New Zealand exporters significant costs when selling to TPP countries”. “In short, for our exporting cosmetic companies, this is a major win that will improve our market access and reduce costs for that market access” he said. “The CTFA...

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