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Crucial credit card data stolen; posted online

Crucial credit card data stolen; posted online

As per the media reports, data containing minute details of credit card was recently stolen, after which it was posted on a blog site. The stolen details include information of thousands of people, including many New Zealanders.

An Australian newspaper, which discovered the data online, reported that it included thousands of Visas, MasterCard and American Express numbers, including expiry dates, together with home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Huge welcome to Primary investment funding

Agriculture and Forestry Minister David Carter

During yesterday's budget, government investment for primary industries was welcomed with wide open arms, in spite of criticism from some for a scrapped tax credit for research.

Whopping $190 million of funding was given to a new Primary Growth Partnership over the next four years, reaching $70 million a year when fully operating in 2012/13.

The industry would match the government investment that would lead in an annual investment of up to $140 million.

Staff not to be made redundant by Kawarau building firm

Staff not to be made redundant by Kawarau building firm

As per the media reports, 200 of about 500 workers would be employed by one of the country's largest building firms on the tormented $1 billion Kawarau Falls Station construction site at Queenstown.

According to Chris Hunter, chief executive of Hawkins Construction, despite receivership news which surfaced this week, no one was being made redundant. The firm has total workforce of 200 on the site.

$1.2 billion paid in penalties by depositors to Banks

$1.2 billion paid in penalties by depositors to Banks

As customers overdrew accounts or fell behind on credit card and loan repayments since the nation was hit hard by recession last year, almost $1.2billion was paid in bank penalties.

However when the fee haul were attacked by political leaders and consumer groups, the banks declared that only if customers change their behavior was there a chance to reduce fees.

As per the latest figures unveiled by the Reserve Bank yesterday, total fees collected by banks rose more than 8 per cent to $11.6 billion last year, the fastest growth rate in five years.

Expensive earth digger purchased by a three year old NZ child; parents shocked

Expensive earth digger purchased by a three year old NZ child; parents shocked

A New Zealand couple received an email demanding NZ$20,000 (US$12,247) for an earthmoving digger this week, which came as a surprise expensive shock.

Astonishingly, the digger was bought by the couple’s three-year-old child, Pipi Quinlan on the online trading site Trade Me, while the parents were sleeping.

Pipi's mother Sarah said in shock, “The first I knew about it was when I came down and opened up the computer.”

Increasing Number of Infants Allergic to Cow’s Milk

Increasing Number of Infants Allergic to Cow’s Milk

According to Auckland University, there has been an increase in the number of infants with "cow's milk protein allergy".

In order to find out further facts related to this matter, a study funded by the Auckland District Health Board and led by Auckland University adult and child allergy specialist Professor Rohan Ameratunga, will be carried out.

This study will find out the number of children suffering from cow's milk protein allergies, and common symptoms.

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