The latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) survey reveals that New Zealand businesses are among the least concerned in the world about future access to raw materials. Only five out of 34 countries surveyed demonstrated less concern than New Zealand about raw material access. "These findings tell us that businesses in New Zealand largely don’t see any substantial threat to their supply of raw materials." This is both interesting and concerning.
Activists for sustainable renewable energy used fake security passes to gain entry into a petroleum summit held by Norwegian deep sea oil drillers Stateoil held over the weekend. "Statoil needs to go home, we don't want deep sea oil drilling in New Zealand," says protester Abi Smith. "I'm not overly worried, you sort of expect come to expect these sort of things," says Mr Bridges, the Energy Minister. The protesters want more focus on sustainable energy.
This face Julie Bishop may of made when she told members of the Major economies forum at weeks UN Summit for Climate Change that Australia was intending to stick with its low target of 5% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2020. Claiming Australia only represented 1.5% of worldwide emissions. Barack Obama keynote speech included that only can the fight against climate change be successful with a joint effort from every nation.
New Zealand companies are falling behind their overseas counterparts on corporate social responsibility (CSR), research by the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility shows. This is reflected in the small numbers of New Zealand organisations who implement CSR programmes and take the next step of formally reporting on their CSR activity
ACT have been the last to begin their election campaign. Today the ACT party has proposed their support for the abolition of the Overseas Investment Office and deregulation of foreign investment. This has been a touchy subject this election between parties. ACT leader Jamie Whyte says foreign investment is good for the economy.
With the scandalous release of Nicky Hager new book 'Dirty Politics'. Labour party leader David Cunliffe believes that when New Zealanders start to inform them selves of the details that this book dicloses. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will change their mind from choosing National on election day. Despite this. Current seat estimates leave labour down 2.3% this week, with national up about 2%. David suggests that these polls are not an accurate depiction of the real picture.
The Green party today released their new ad campaign 'creative'. The ad campaign is controversial in the manner that the adverts emphasise major New Zealand issues in an attempt to enlighten kiwis that everything is 'not okay'. An example of the new advert is the recent Rena oil spill, gridlocked traffic and mining scars on landscape. The 'creative' campaign is an opposite direction from the Greens Party usual marketing strategy that portrays New Zealand's clean, green image.