Radio New Zealand


Fears for economy if rates keep rising

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Unions and some business groups warn economic activity may stall if interest rates keep rising. The Reserve Bank lifted the benchmark rate to 3 percent on Thursday - the second time in six weeks.

China restrictions could hurt exporters

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy with Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye.

About 50 small infant formula companies in New Zealand could be barred from exporting to China under new rules.

Laid-off workers 'treated like cattle'

Timber sawmill.

The union for some Otago workers laid off from a major timber company says they have been treated like cattle.

New food safety council set up

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The Government has established a new food safety council to give it independent advice on food safety and risks. The Green Party said the new council is not in fact independent.