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Government confirms plastic bag ban for middle of 2019

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  • December 3, 2018
  • Courtney Devereux
Government confirms plastic bag ban for middle of 2019

The New Zealand Government has confirmed the mandatory phase out of single use plastic bags, retailers will now have six-months to organize more environmentally friendly options in lieu of plastic bags.

August this year saw the first announcement of the plastic bag ban, with the government now giving retailers until the middle of 2019 to comply with the new rules. The confirmation follows a five week public consultation where 92 percent of submitters supported the phase out.

Associate minister for the environment, Eugenie Sage, says the changes were calculated before being implements but are ultimate what is needed to help the environment.

“Single-use plastic bags often end up polluting our precious coastal and marine environments and cause serious harm to marine mammals, sea-birds and other marine life… Many retailers and individuals have already stopped using single-use plastic bags and recent research shows 50 percent of New Zealanders now say they always bring reusable bags when shopping.”

Sage says a shorter time frame was requested, but for the sake of retailers and manufacturers who will be affected by the change, a longer time period was approved.  

The exact date for the ban to come into effect will be known once regulations are considered by Cabinet in December.

The move has also been backed by the Retail NZ association, with Retail NZ's GM public affairs Greg Harford saying, “Retailers large and small have been working hard over time to reduce or eliminate the number of plastic carrier bags being issued, and the formalisation of the phase out will ensure that there is a level playing field right across the retail sector.”

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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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How to tell if you're a born retailer

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  • May 16, 2019
  • David Farrell
How to tell if you're a born retailer

Retail is a profession, but true retailers are born not made, says Dave Farrell.

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Sustainable soap wrapper among major winners at Pride In Print Awards

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  • May 15, 2019
  • Sue Archibald
 Sustainable soap wrapper among major winners at Pride In Print Awards

A sustainable, heat sealed soap wrapper that is claimed to saving tonnes of PET plastic film, petrochemical wax and glue from landfill each year, has won a major award in the Pride In Print industry awards. Sue Archibald, Pride in Print Awards manager, shares more.

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  • May 15, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
Inside Little Yellow Bird’s equity crowdfunding campaign

Wellington social enterprise Little Yellow Bird is seeking to scale its ethical apparel operation to the next level with an equity crowdfunding campaign.

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Auckland design agency wins gold for retail packaging

  • News
  • May 14, 2019
  • Courtney Devereux
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As a benchmark for impeccably designed packaging of consumer products, The Dieline Awards this year saw creative agency Onfire walk away with recognition for fantastic design for their retail products. We spoke with Matt Grantham, creative director at Onfire Design, about the importance of a strong visual brand in the retail product sector.

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BYO containers policy live from June 1 at Foodstuffs stores

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  • May 14, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
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