Fear of empty petrol stations becomes reality as ten gas stations in New Zealand's largest city have run out of gasoline. Just days ahead of an election, the government has sent in tanker trucks to overcome the shortage.
A New Zealand supermarket chain has found needles in a box of Australian strawberries and is withdrawing the brand. Australia itself has seen more than 100 such alleged incidents in recent weeks.
In an attempt to curb rising house prices, New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying certain properties. Statistics show China and Australia are the biggest buyers, but Australia won't be subject to the ban.
A trial of the reduced working week at Perpetual Trust found productivity went up and stress levels went down. The four-day work week is now set to become permanent, with employees receiving the same pay as before.
New Zealand plans to introduce a tourist tax to expand its infrastructure as visitor numbers grow. Entry visas will become more expensive this November.
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