Economist says older workers taking jobs from young people

BNZ economist Stephen Toplis says older workers appear to be snatching the jobs of young people, and the NZ Government needs to get a better grip on the way the nation's labour market is working. "There's a lot of wild and woolly stuff going on that is raising significant question marks over whether the necessary labour supply is available to meet New Zealand's ongoing growth needs," he said. Policymakers at the Treasury and the Reserve Bank would need a [...]

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Green Party attacks government over Pike River mine safety

Photo from inside the Pike River mine showing the 55 metre ladder with no safety platforms.NZ Green party MP Kevin Hague attacked the government over mine safety standards using a photo from inside the Pike River coal mine as evidence. The picture tabled in parliament showed a 55m vertical ladder inside the coal pit. Before safety rules were relaxed under a National government in the 1990s, mine ladders were required to have safety platforms every nine metres. Kevin Hague says [...]

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Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

Katrina Bach - it is a long way to fall from the top if the allegations are proven.Katrina Bach the CEO of the Government Department of Building and Housing is being investigated over allegations of verbal abuse and physical assault towards a junior female staff member of her department. The State Services Commission has confirmed that an independent inquiry had begun after "serious allegations" were made about the conduct of Katrina Bach. It is understood Ms Bach was involved in [...]

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Random samples show Kronic widespread in NZ workplaces

Legal highs like Kronic are illegal in the workplace, but workers are taking advantage of limited testing facilities.Synthetic Cannabis-like compounds, such as Kronic, are present in the New Zealand workplace, according to random drug testing done in one industry. Eleven random samples out of 42 taken from New Zealand workers in an un-named industry with critical safety requirements have tested positive for the synthetic cannabinoids, which mimic the effects of cannabis but are undetectable with standard drug testing methods. [...]

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Bank saves thousands of dollars with PC switch-off software

The use of power saving software is a positive lead from Kiwibank and HSBC that the rest of the Kiwi corporate world would benefit from following. New Zealand bank, Kiwibank is set to save $24,000 a year after it has puchased software that automatically boots up and shuts down computers at the beginning and end of each work day. Aside from the financial saving the move will help Kiwibank knock off 32 tonnes of carbon dioxide emmissions from their carbon [...]

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Synthetic Cannabis workplace testing available in NZ

Just because it is legal does not mean it is safe in the workplace.Synthetic cannabis or Kronic as it is widely known as is not illegal in New Zealand. Synthetic Cannabis is herbal mixtures sprayed with ‘psychoactive research chemicals’ and sold as ‘fake weed’ or ‘synthetic marijuana’. JWH-018 and JWH-073 are the two most common ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ chemicals found in a variety of herbal smoking blends sold in NZ, including Spice and Kronic. The name ‘Kronic’ is slang for cannabis; [...]

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Customer doubles money after Westpac error

Westpac - they are a bit like Bonus Bonds really. Once in a lifetime you might get an unexpected windfall. Another banking error by Westpac Bank has seen an Auckland man double his bank balance without doing anything. After withdrawing his savings to pay a deposit on a house, he ended up rebanking it again when the deal fell through. Checking his balance a few days later he found it was $15,000 more than he should have had. Unlike Leo Gao [...]

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