Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a “ratification of the status quo.”His…

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Friday; mortgage rate cuts, fewer on benefits, Aussies seek NZ jobs, milk output up, prices down, swap curve flat

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today. TODAY’S MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES Westpac cut some of its fixed mortgage rates today although none were market leading. Kiwibank also cut a couple, with the three year ‘special’ rate of 5.39% among the lowest in the market for that term. TODAY’S DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES No rate …

Houston hop part of Air NZ growth spurt

Air New Zealand is launching a fresh near half-billion dollar push into the United States with services to Houston from Auckland this year.The airline is on a rapid growth path this year, expanding by around 12 per cent over the…

Business boot camp inspires new generation

A group of 70 aspiring future business leaders have spent the week touring businesses across Auckland as part of Massey University’s second annual Business Boot Camp.Massey Business School finance lecturer Dr Jeff Stangl said the…

Outgoing environment watchdog boss talks about walking the tightrope between keeping NZ clean and green and enabling cash to flow into our coffers

Shell Todd Oil Services’ Maui A platform off Taranaki coast The outgoing chief executive of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) talks to Jenée Tibshraeny about how the watchdog of our oceans is managing its growing pains. Rob Forlong says the EPA has faced a “bumpy road” since establishing itself four years ago, and working under the new Exclusive Economic Zone …