Confidence related to business at seven year high

business confidence

As per the media reports, business confidence has hiked up to its highest levels for more than seven years.

The general business conditions are expected to be improved by a net 19 percent of firms in the coming 12 months, up from 5.5 percent in June. It should be mentioned here that the July reading is the highest level since March 2002.

Record profit reported by Abano


A record after-tax net profit of $9.7 million has been reported by specialist medical company Abano, amidst improved demand across all healthcare sectors.

The company says that for the year ending May 31, the profit was up 24% on last year.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (editda) of $31.5 million has been reported Abno, which is higher 35% from last year; with a 21-cents-per-share dividend for the 2009 financial year.

June value of issued building consents lowest since September 2007

Statistics New Zealand

According to Statistics New Zealand (SNZ), during the month of June, the issued value of non-residential building consents was the lowest monthly figure since September 2007, at $307 million, that came after record non-residential values in April and May.

SNZ, while making the figures public today, said that since the monthly series started in 1965, the 14,175 new dwellings authorized in the June year was the lowest annual number.

Blue Coat streamlines its distribution line-up

As per the media reports, the distribution line-up has been streamlined by Networking vendor, Blue Coat, which has brought in changes to its Australian and New Zealand strategy.

It should be noted that the tweak will witness Westcon Group becoming the vendor's exclusive representative in New Zealand, with the Australian partnership terminated.

Auctions for the 'ultimate' cellphone numbers


A series of TradeMe auctions for "trade name" numbers were today launched by the new communications company, with proceeds headed to children's charity KidsCan. The auction will also include 022 BUILDER and 022 COURIER.

The auctions also saw participation from doctors, lawyers, pastors and sailors.

Over the next three weeks, more than 80 new numbers would be auctioned, with first names including 022 MATTHEW; and lucky numbers like 022 888 8888 would be auctioned next week.

New computer system sought by Civil Defense

National Crisis Management Centre

It has appeared that a new internal computer system for its National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) is being sought by the Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management.

With this, the several systems currently used by the NCMC would be replaced.

Vince Cholewa, public information manager said: "We're looking for one system or package, rather than the plethora of different ones we are using at the moment." The system will be used by Civil Defense after an emergency, when the NCMC had been activated.