PNG‘s quake-hit provinces given re-starter kits, vaccines

PNG‘s quake-hit provinces given re-starter kits, vaccines

Papua New Guinea‘s emergency controller says the response to February‘s Highlands earthquake is mostly shifting focus from relief to recovery. Photo: Supplied/ PNG Government The magnitude 7.5 quake in Hela province claimed at least 150 lives and caused widespread devastation in several provinces. The head of the team leading PNG‘s response to the disaster, Dr Bill Hamblin, says they‘ve been sending out re-starter kits for villagers to rebuild their lives. […]

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Bougainville Peace Agreement about peace, not unity – Lera

Bougainville Peace Agreement about peace, not unity – Lera

A member of the Papua New Guinea government has challenged the approach of prime minister Peter O‘Neill to the Bougainville referendum. The autonomous region of Bougainville is to hold a vote on possible independence from PNG next year – a step that marks the culmination of a 20 year peace process. But Mr O‘Neill this week told parliament former leaders would not want the country divided up, saying he would […]

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Lease deal announced for American Samoa cannery

Lease deal announced for American Samoa cannery

Employees at American Samoa‘s Starkist cannery. Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller In American Samoa, the US cannery StarKist has announced that it will lease the Samoa Tuna Processing facility in Atuu, which ceased production in 2016. The 10-year lease agreement was finalised on Friday. The cannery says while this is positive news for its operations, it remains difficult for American Samoa to compete with locations where labour and other costs […]

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New Caledonia will depend on China, if independence wins, Retailleau

New Caledonia will depend on China, if independence wins, Retailleau

The head of the centre-right party The Republicans in the French Senate, Bruno Retailleau Photo: AFP or licensors A leading French senator has warned that New Caledonia will end up in complete dependence on China if voters fail to opt strongly to stay with France. The claim has been made by the head of the centre-right party The Republicans in the French Senate Bruno Retailleau at the end of a […]

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New French Polynesia govt promises action on job creation

New French Polynesia govt promises action on job creation

Edouard Fritch. Photo: AFP or licensors The new French Polynesian government says job creation is a priority in the next five-year term to counter the soaring unemployment rate of the last decade. The president Edouard Fritch told the opening session of the territorial assembly that a local law would be drawn up to that end but ruled out changing the autonomy statute as demanded by the pro-independence opposition. Mr Fritch […]

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Solution for M bovis goes down to wire, expected to cost $1b

Solution for M bovis goes down to wire, expected to cost $1b

Wrangling over what to do about the cattle disease is going down to the wire but whatever the solution, it is expected to cost about $1 billion. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Federated Farmers, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ will discuss the issue with government ministers today. This last-chance meeting will form the basis of a paper going to Cabinet on Monday. Federated Farmers President Katie Milne said all […]

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MPI ‘slow, uncoordinated‘ in M bovis response

MPI ‘slow, uncoordinated‘ in M bovis response

One of the owners of the South Canterbury farm where was first found says MPI has been slow, uncoordinated and under-prepared in its response to the disease. Wilma Van Leuuwen said she knew the. “It was traced to them, up there in Cambridge in December, and nobody came on the farm to do testing straight away. “That person was able to trade stock or do whatever he wished until February […]

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Glass manufacturer‘s profit falls with soft market

Glass manufacturer‘s profit falls with soft market

Metro Performance Glass has delivered a disappointing result with net profit down 16 percent on last year. Metro Performance Glass – Highbrook Business Park Photo: SUPPLIED The glass manufacturer made a net profit of $16.3 million in the year ended in March, while the underlying profit, which excluded one-time items fell nine percent to $30.9m. Revenue rose 10 percent to $268.3 million, with a 12-month contribution from the Australian Glass […]

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Spark downgrades profit outlook

Spark downgrades profit outlook

Spark has downgraded its profit outlook as it plans to spend more on a restructuring programme, adding $55 million of costs to the bottom line. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson The telecommunications company said its full-year underlying profit would be between $971m and $991m in the June year, compared with a previous forecast of $996m to $1.02bn. However, it said it expected earnings to strengthen in the 2019/20 financial […]

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Fast fashion kills shoemaker Minnie Cooper

Fast fashion kills shoemaker Minnie Cooper

After nearly 30 years, Auckland women‘s shoe label Minnie Cooper has closed for good, citing fast fashion and no GST on online purchases as the final nails in its coffin. Checkpoint visited Ms Cooper at Minnie Cooper‘s former workshop today. Watch here: Founded by Sandy Cooper in 1989, Minnie Cooper made all of its shoes in its Avondale workshop, and had stores in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. But Ms Cooper […]

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