https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/109304/eight_col_37013275_l.jpg?1600146680 The New Zealand Stock Exchange is set to get a new name on its main board later today. Photo: 123RF The medical services company, Third Age Health, will debut on the NZX but it will not be raising any cash. The company was founded in 2010, employs 50 staff and provides primary care for the retirement sector, as well as geriatric hospitals and secure dementia facilities. It already had about 50 contracts which included several with listed companies such as Ryman Healthcare, Summerset and Arvida Group. Just under 10 million shares will be listed a reference price of $2.15, giving the company a market capitalisation of about $21 million. Third Age Health chief executive Michael Haskell said taking the company public would allow it to raise capital in the future, should it find primary care practices it wanted to acquire. “We’ve got the earnings now to be able to ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Children and young people in more than 300 schools and kura are part of an innovative programme that brings together learning about healthy eating and drinking habits, while also taking part in quality physical activity through a joint initiative between Sport NZ and the Ministries of Health and Education. The Government has invested $47.6 million over four years to build on the success of other government programmes across physical activity and nutrition to foster healthy and active learning environments and better connection to communities. Phase two of the initiative will see it reach a further 500 schools and kura in 2022-2024. “I’m thrilled we have funded the Healthy Active Learning programme.  This is a real life example of our wellbeing approach, with different agencies working together to deliver positive outcomes for our young people,” Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson said. “Regional sports trusts, regional education offices and public ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/168314/eight_col_Ricardo_Menendez_March.jpg?1539883822 Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March says he is grateful he was not given special treatment after he applied for an emergency spot in managed isolation and had it declined. Ricardo Menéndez March is now nearing the end of his time in managed isolation. Photo: Supplied Menéndez March left New Zealand on 18 December to travel to Mexico to visit his step-mother who has breast cancer and his father who had just undergone a major operation. He and is now back in the country and nearing the end of his two weeks in managed isolation. In a statement on Facebook yesterday, Menéndez March explained that he made the trip at short notice to visit a terminally ill parent. He told Morning Report he had been postponing trips to go and see his parents, knowing it may be the last time he could, and the only chance he had to ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/255147/eight_col_Boyes_portrait_2_Feb21.jpg?1612902673 After 12 years at the helm of the investment company Infratil, Marko Bogoievski is stepping down. Jason Boyes will take over as Infratil CEO in April. Photo: Supplied Infratil is the country’s leading utilities investor with major stakes in telecommunications company Vodafone, power company Trustpower, Wellington Airport, and data centres and energy ventures in Australia and the United States. Jason Boyes will take over as chief executive officer on 1 April. He comes from the firm Morrison & Co which manages Infratil’s assets. Boyes remuneration as CEO will be paid by Morrison & Co. Infratil chair Mark Tume said Bogoievski signalled his intention to step down “some months ago” and now was the right time to begin the transition to a new leader. “Marko has been an outstanding CEO since taking over the reins in 2009, leading Infratil’s investment and portfolio strategy which has delivered a remarkable 18 percent ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The national curriculum for schooling will be refreshed over the next three-to-four years to make Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and The New Zealand Curriculum clearer, more relevant, easier to use, and more explicit about what learners need to understand, know and do, Associate Ministers of Education, Jan Tinetti and Kelvin Davis announced today During the next three-to-four years, each learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum will be refreshed – beginning with Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories in the Social Sciences learning area this year, followed with the content for Mathematics, English and Science learning areas in 2022. The refresh will review the large number of achievement objectives currently in the curriculum and aim to provide greater clarity about progress across the curriculum to ensure all learners are reaching the milestones they need to. It will also seek to strike a balance between the learning that is important nationally and ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116420/eight_col_000_8ZC23L.jpg?1611508732 Government agencies are gearing up to combat a barrage of vaccine-related scams expected to hit during the Covid-19 immunisation campaign. Photo: AFP Other countries have been dealing with cyber criminals using the roll-outs as an angle for a scam. The director of the government’s cyber security agency CERT, Rob Pope, said the e-fraudsters were always looking for a new way in. “It’s just another variation to the Kaikōura earthquakes or the horrible Christchurch mosque shootings where scammers are taking advantage of community harms, community distress and putting in quite sophisticated scams to extract money from people,” he said. The agency was working with others around the world to try to get ahead of the types of scams expected here. Many of were email based, sometimes with fake logos to look legitimate. Some asked people to pay for vaccines, to secure their place in the queue or some were fake ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114930/eight_col_201124_NZ-Housing_04.jpg?1607878698 A leading economist says increasing housing supply is the only way to fix the housing crisis and anything else is merely tinkering around the edges. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon Amid a politically damaging housing crisis, the finance minister is promising “bold” action to dampen house price inflation. Yesterday, the Reserve Bank reintroduced lending restrictions for first home buyers and investors, but there is disagreement about how much of an impact this will have. Finance minister Grant Robertson said he intends to announce new measures to reduce demand, alongside continued efforts to boost supply. He said the proposals will go to Cabinet “very soon”. “We’ll see what happens once we make the announcement but the point we’re making today is that we do want to tilt the balance in favour of first home buyers. We actually had increasing and improving numbers for first home buyers through the early part ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117072/eight_col_am_cup_2.jpeg?1612473096 An American Magic sailor signing posters at Auckland’s viaduct harbour. Photo: Sharon Brettkelly Two hundred thousand people have poured into Auckland’s waterfront to watch the 36th America’s Cup since racing started in December, but it won’t be enough to bring the economic boost of up to $1 billion that was projected before Covid-19 hit. More than $250 million in public funds from Auckland Council and the government has been spent on infrastructure and the event itself, drawing criticism that taxpayers and ratepayers should not have to support a rich man’s sport. The immediate returns from the event won’t be known until it ends in March with a revised report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  “A revised business case is being worked through at the moment which will provide us with a bit of a harsh reality,” says Steve Armitage, general manager, destination, at the economic development agency, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/152478/eight_col_hoki_fish.jpg?1527024314 Officials are urgently seeking clarification from Chinese authorities, after exports from two seafood facilities in New Zealand were halted. Hoki fish. Photo: jackf/123RF It has affected a Sanford facility in Havelock that processes mussels, and a Sealord facility in Nelson that processes finfish and fishmeal. In late January, both facilities were subject to live video audits by Chinese customs. The Ministry for Primary Industries said it was advised of the findings and suspensions on Monday evening. It said the suspensions were due to issues around how Chinese authorities have interpreted the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 guidance, and food safety management. Both premises are complying with New Zealand’s Alert level one protocols, it said. It is seeking urgent clarification. Seafood company Sealord says it has strict Covid-19 hygiene practices in place and follows China’s food safety requirements. Chief executive Doug Paulin said it had passed all previous Chinese audits and ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Business New Zealand Corporate Affairs and Affiliated Industry Group Hunter Street, Wellington   Thank you very much for inviting me today. And thank you for the relationship with Government, the willingness to share your perspectives, and the hugely valuable contribution the business community makes to New Zealand’s economic well-being. I am sure you have heard the word many times. Last year was unprecedented. It required an unprecedented health and economic response and has required significant Government investment here and around the world to support businesses and protect jobs. I would like to acknowledge the work BusinessNZ and its members have done over the past 12 months in helping our businesses and communities through the pandemic. Our collective response to this event is something that I think we should all be very proud of. So thank you. In New Zealand, our careful economic management prior to COVID-19 meant we were ...

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