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NZ businesses take up the Climate Change Challenge Statement

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  • July 12, 2018
NZ businesses take up the Climate Change Challenge Statement

The business community has been taking progressive steps to limit environmental impact. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) has released a report which shows growing support for conscious decisions around plastics, as 60 New Zealand businesses take up the Climate Change Statement.

The report showed a large level concern for plastics that are still being used. The array of environmental claims being made about plastic packaging might easily lead to misunderstandings, so the report has placed its results in a full online question and answer resource.

From the nature of questions, it is clear that the concern for conscious use of plastics is still high. The report covers issues such as what types of plastics are not biodegradable, what to do if you think a business is lying about environmental practises, and what ‘certified’ materials actually mean. 

Greg Harford, public affairs general manager for Retail NZ says the association welcome the report, as it shows consumers are aiming to be more sustainable in their own ways.

“There is increasing customer demand for more sustainable forms of bags to carry shopping home in and retailers generally want to do the right thing by both customers and the environment,” he says.

"Retail NZ welcomes the information released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and agree that Government leadership is required on the whole issue of plastic bags, including compostable and biodegradable bags. There is a host of questions, both about science, but also about the availability of end of life recycling and disposal. Government is best placed to lead on these issues."

Sticking with the theme of climate concern, 60 businesses making up nearly fifty percent of New Zealand’s emissions have joined forces to tackle the issue of climate change.

Countdown has strengthened its involvement by committing to the Climate Change Statement which says:

“For the generations after us, for the country we love, for the viability of our businesses, we are ambitious for action on climate change. If we act now we can forge a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders. We are committed to playing our part to make that future real. If we don’t, our competitiveness is at risk.”

Countdown’s general manager corporate affairs, Kiri Hannifin, says Countdown is proud to be part of such a concerted commitment by the New Zealand business community to do more on this issue.  The businesses, from a range of industries, make up nearly 50 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions.

 “While action on climate change is something everyone has a role in, seeing a number of businesses come together for a common purpose is really heartening due the scale of impact we can have,” says Kiri Hannifin.

 “Our collective goal is to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and, in doing so, create a positive future for New Zealanders, business, and the economy,” she says.

Other businesses include the leaders of Z, Westpac, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Vector, Air New Zealand, Spark and NZ Post. All with the same goal to create a positive future for New Zealanders, business, and the economy.

By committing to the statement, these businesses are recognising the role that business can play in bringing about change and signing a joint statement, which commits their companies to action.

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Kiwi Property makes $138m net profit for the year

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  • May 21, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Kiwi Property makes $138m net profit for the year

Kiwi Property has reported a strong full year underlying profit, as it continues to reinvest in its Auckland retail and office properties.

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Thankyou’s latest campaign combines scent and charity work

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  • May 21, 2019
  • StopPress Team
Thankyou’s latest campaign combines scent and charity work

Australian charity product organisation Thankyou has launched its latest Kiwi campaign, combining that fact that 100 percent of its profit goes towards helping end global poverty with its use of perfume-grade botanical oils in its products.

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From edible insects to beautiful homeware: Made of Tomorrow’s co-founder talks its new venture

  • Design
  • May 21, 2019
  • Idealog
From edible insects to beautiful homeware: Made of Tomorrow’s co-founder talks its new venture

Most people would be in agreement that bugs, planters and room dividers don’t have much in common, but Matt Genefaas and Dan Craig would beg to differ. The two juggle running an edible insect company, Crawlers, as well as a homeware company, Made of Tomorrow. Genefaas has a chat about what the new furniture range, Space Between, was inspired by, as well as how him and Craig spend their days in slashie roles moving between pushing dried insects to the world, as well as polished mirrors and space dividers.

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Why is the next generation so anxious? Here's how young founders can avoid burn-out

  • Opinion
  • May 21, 2019
  • Jennifer Young
Why is the next generation so anxious? Here's how young founders can avoid burn-out

There may be good reason to be concerned about our young entrepreneurs. Millennials and Generation Z have been labelled generation burn-out, generation snowflake and described as narcissistic, entitled, tech-dependent and fragile. They’re also oversaturated with headlines about the raft of issues like climate change they have to tackle, plus concerns about the impact of technology and social media on their mental health. Jennifer Young explores possible reasons why the younger generation is so anxious, as well as what young founders can do to avoid burn-out.

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Vodafone NZ sold to private investors for $3.4b

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  • May 21, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Vodafone NZ sold to private investors for $3.4b

Infrastructure investor Infratil is teaming up with a Canadian investment firm to buy the local operations of Vodafone for $3.4 billion.

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Readings present revised plan for Courtenay Central

  • Property
  • May 16, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Readings present revised plan for Courtenay Central

The company that owns Courtenay Central in Wellington says it has big plans for redeveloping the complex - which is closed due to earthquake risks.

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