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New Zealand joins international copyright treaties 16 January 2019

New Zealand has joined the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Copyright Treaty (WCT) and Performers and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) which are intended to ensure greater protection of works and the rights of their authors, producers and performers in the digital environment.

Kiwis connecting to ultra-fast broadband 21 December 2018

Nearly 1.4 million New Zealand households and businesses can now connect to some of the best broadband technology available, with more than 60,000 new connections in the last quarter.

Job advertisements rise again in November 21 December 2018

The number of online job advertisements rose by 0.7 per cent in the month of November 2018 and 9.7 per cent over the year.

Review into deportation processes 20 December 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is welcoming the findings of a review into Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) processes around deportations carried out by Mike Heron QC and will be implementing all the recommendations.

Minimum wage going up to $17.70 19 December 2018

The Government announced the minimum wage will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019 – an increase of $1.20 per hour.

Broadband extends to 99.8% of population 18 December 2018

The Government has announced significant additional rural broadband and mobile coverage will be deployed around the country over the next four years due to the expansion of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two (RBI2) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF) programme.

Health and Safety at Work Strategy launched 17 December 2018

The Government’s Health and Safety at Work Strategy 2018-28 was launched last week, setting out the Government’s vision for improving workplace health and safety across New Zealand over the next ten years.

Horse coach manufacturer fined for unlicensed electrical work 17 December 2018

A manufacturer of horse coaches has been prosecuted for undertaking electrical work that he was not licenced to carry out, with the help of his cousin.

Time is running out for landlords to meet the insulation requirements 14 December 2018

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) monitoring report released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) indicates the number of landlords insulating their rentals is not as high as it needs to be to achieve full compliance by the 1 July 2019 deadline.

Licensed building practitioner has licence cancelled for 10 years 14 December 2018

A licensed building practitioner (LBP) who underquoted work on an Auckland home by nearly $250,000 has been disciplined by the Building Practitioners Board (the Board) for carrying out building work in a negligent or incompetent manner, failing to provide a record of work, and bringing the LBP scheme into disrepute.