New Zealand

Solution for leaky homes asked from Minister

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson is being urged by a group, helping people who have lost their homes and income due to leaky homes, to find a solution for the persistent problem.

It has appeared that Williamson has clarified that it is a big surprise for him to learn about the enormity of the leaky homes saga. He predicts the repair bill for 20,000 homes to be nearly $3.6 billion.

The Homeowners and Buyers Association are apparently shocked at his comments.

Seek defeated by Trade Me Jobs on local page impressions

Seek defeated by Trade Me Jobs on local page impressions

Seek has been officially defeated by Trade Me Jobs, which delivered 15 million domestic page impressions for July 2009; while 14.5 million page impressions for the same period were achieved by Seek.

It should be mentioned that this is for the first time that Seek has been taken by any competitor on a key measure of market leadership.

Poorer performance expected by Wakefield Health

Poorer performance expected by Wakefield Health

It has been forwarded by private health services company Wakefield Health that its upcoming six-monthly earnings in November might be quite lower than the figures for the same period last year.

Tuesday saw the company specifying that from the record earnings of the first half of the last financial year, the tax earnings could be 30%-40% lower for this year.

Wakefield Health, which saw the patient numbers decreasing, said that the outlook for DHB contracting work is uncertain, as is ACC funded work.

Ministerial housing rules to be reviewed

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

A review of the rules for ministers was recently announced by Prime Minister John Key - the rules would pertain to accommodation expenses in Wellington. He claimed that, in future, some ministers can get lower allowance.

The Ministerial Services have been asked by Mr. Key to review the current rules for ministers. The instructions come after the last week release of expenses information, including accommodation and travel, claimed by MPs and ministers.

Youth initiatives supported by Business NZ

Business NZ CEO Phil O'Reilly

As per the media reports, the government's proposed $152 million employment scheme is being supported by Enterprise advocacy group Business NZ.

The scheme, which will be launched in the next 18 months, comes with the objective of creating 17, 000 jobs for unemployed youth in the 18 to 24-year-old bracket.

There were 4,000 16 to 24-year-olds on the dole last June, while the figure now stands at 17,000.

$2 SIM cards to be offered by 2degrees

$2 SIM cards to be offered by 2degrees

Retailers of 2degrees have already begun providing SIM cards and devices to consumers, even though there is still one day to go before the company reveals all.

But it should be noted that this move has been taken since the 'big secret' had already been made public by Progressive, which owns a range of supermarkets, via its online shopping website.

It should be noted that $2 SIM cards online are being offered by the website, with $2 already loaded onto the card, while Warehouse Stationary is already offering nine prepay mobile devices and SIM cards.

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