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Australian banks need extra $8.5B to meet tougher rules

WELLINGTON/HONG KONG — Australia’s major banks shrugged off concerns about further weakness in dividend payout ratios and earnings downgrades after New Zealand announced tougher capital requirements on Thursday.

LOTR series in NZ

WELLINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO — New Zealand will be home again to hairy feet and pointed-ear Hobbits after Amazon Studios confirmed the Pacific country will be the location for its new The Lord of the Rings series, a TV show widely tipped to be the most expensive ever made.

8 Mindanao youth making a difference chosen for New Zealand training

A COMMUNITY worker who assists women-traders in Tawi-Tawi, a volunteer who was part of the team that evacuated some 1,700 residents trapped during the Marawi siege, and a Davao City-based rugby coach to less-privileged children — they are among the eight young leaders from Mindanao who are off to New Zealand on Aug. 23 for a four-month leadership program.

POEA warns vs work-reside in New Zealand scams

THE PHILIPPINE Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned the public against paying high fees for schools in New Zealand that promise residency, noting that this is not in line with any existing policy of the country nor between the two nations.

Agreement signed on welfare of Filipino workers in New Zealand

THE Philippine Embassy in Wellington witnessed the signing of a “landmark deal” with New Zealand employers to ensure protection of Filipino workers, particularly in the construction sector.

One by one, bond markets around the world are flashing same...

JUST MONTHS after rising bond yields spooked markets, they’re now tumbling to the lowest levels in years to underscore concerns about slowing global growth.

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Wellington, New Zealand -- New Zealand became the latest country Friday to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying they...

NZ’s best kept secret: It’s food

AS PEOPLE who keep up with showbiz and society news know, actress Anne Curtis and businessman Erwan Heusaff had a fantastically stylish New Zealand wedding last year. At a June 13 dinner which Mr. Heusaff hosted in collaboration with Tourism New Zealand, he sounded as if he were in love with a place as well as with his wife.

New Zealand explores partnerships, investments in Cebu

THE NEW ZEALAND government is helping its exporters forge linkages with businesses in Cebu and explore potential investments, specifically on food and beverage, wood...

New Zealand, the land of sheep and Lord of the Rings

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua AFTER A HALF DAY-LONG plane ride I found myself in the southern hemisphere, battling the chilly winds that somehow...

Beyond cows and hobbits

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter New Zealand is often associated with two things: dairy products and The Hobbit. But there’s more to this...

Sight, taste | New Zealand wines

A visit to Waiheke Island’s Stonyridge Vineyard. Waiheke Island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Auckland, New Zealand, is an oenophile’s paradise. The island’s rolling hills...