Weekly Digest – 14 June 2023

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MBIE opens consultation on a draft Grocery Supply Code of Conduct

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has opened a consultation on a draft Grocery Supply Code of Conduct. This code is intended to ensure fair and transparent trading between suppliers and supermarkets, and to protect the interests of consumers. Submissions close 5pm on Wednesday 5 July 2023.

Public feedback wanted on improvements of building consent system

The New Zealand Government has announced a review of the building consent system to ensure it is fit for purpose and meets the needs of the construction industry. Submissions for the consultation close at 5pm on 7 August 2023.   Following this consultation, MBIE will analyse the submissions received and work towards the next stage of the building consent system review – providing advice to Ministers on what options should be progressed as a priority and, following Government decisions on which changes to go forward with, the detailed design of options chosen.

Ruapehu bidder backs out before big vote

A bidder for the Ruapehu ski fields has pulled out of the process before the final vote. Turoa Alpine is supporting the Ruapehu Stakeholders Association bid in lieu of making its own.

Sale And Supply Of Alcohol Act (Community Participation) Bill Could Be A Major Blow For New Zealand Wine Tourism

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act Community Participation Bill could have the unintended consequence, of  having a huge impact on wine tourism and wine trails, according to Philip Gregan, CEO of NZ Winegrowers.

AI Transforms Flood Management: Enhancing Resilience to the Climate Crisis

In Piha, Auckland, a pioneering pilot project is underway, using AI to predict stormwater flooding and transform flood management practices. This article explores the benefits of AI in flood management, highlighting the Piha Flood Management System (FMS) as a prime example of the potential of this technology.

Auckland Council passes proposal to sell 7% of airport shares

Auckland Council has passed a proposal to sell 7% of its shares in Auckland Airport, following Mayor Wayne Brown’s second compromise proposal which was passed 14 votes to six, with one abstention. The sale will provide $240 million in debt reduction and free up $36 million for “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects.

Electoral Commission releases draft recommendations for each area of the electoral system

The Electoral Commission has released an interim report on the review of the electoral system in New Zealand. The report outlines the current system and the potential changes that could be made to improve it. It also provides an opportunity for the public to have their say on the review.

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