- A record number of 102 Delta variant cases have been reported in Auckland and Waikato regions.
- Auckland’s Santa Parade gets cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, while the NZ cycling event has been postponed.
- Retail giant, The Warehouse, is planning compulsory vaccination of its staff.
- Greenfern Industries, offering medicinal cannabis, gets listed on the NZX.
Let us delve into the latest developments pertaining to the Kiwi nation.
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Record COVID-19 cases emerge
In NZ, 102 new community cases have been detected, the largest single-day number since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 94 from Auckland and eight pertaining to Waikato.
This takes the current Delta variant cases to 2,260 and total cases to 4,956 since the pandemic began in the country.
Auckland’s Christmas parade and NZ’s cycling event stand cancelled
Santa Parade, the Christmas parade in Auckland, has been cancelled for the first time, owing to the pandemic.
Moreover, the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, NZ’s largest cycling event, has been postponed for the same reason.
The cycling event, which was earlier scheduled for late November, will now be held in mid-February next year.
Launch of NZ Podcast Ranker
World-famous company in the field of digital audio and podcast industry, Triton Digital, has revealed the launch of its first NZ Podcast Ranker, which would offer insights into the top 8 networks, as well as top 100 podcasts in New Zealand.
It is pointed out that the said tool is a milestone in the NZ podcasting space.
The Warehouse plans compulsory COVID-19 jabs for its staff
Another company considering mandatory vaccinations for its employees is The Warehouse Group Limited (NZX:WHS).
The retailer will join the league of companies like MediaWorks, PwC, Russell McVeagh, which have made compulsory vaccination for all staff members.
It is noted that the retailer has already announced a NZ$100 incentive for each of those receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Greenfern, a medicinal cannabis company, marks its debut on NZX
Greenfern Industries Limited, the Taranaki-based medicinal cannabis company, has now been successfully listed on the NZX, with 84,300,384 shares and a market cap of NZ$21 million.
The said Company, operating in hemp, and the hemp food space, has a ticker code of GFI.
Auckland hotel to permit only doubly vaccinated guests
The Hotel Britomart, an Auckland-based inner city hotel, has announced to allow only fully vaccinated guests inside its premises from November onwards.
Those not being doubly vaccinated would be turned away.
NZ Hops appoints new chairperson
New Zealand Hops Ltd, the famous grower, and the cultivator of hops, has announced appointing Maurice Noone as its new Chairperson and Paul McGilvary on its Board. With these new appointments, the Company aims to become the leading supplier of hops across the globe.
NZ passes bill related to climate disclosures
NZ Government passes the world’s first climate reporting legislation, thereby ensuring disclosures by financial organisations related to climate-related risks and opportunities.
The said law is expected to make a vital contribution to the country's target of going carbon neutral by 2050.
NZ signs new FTA with the UK
New Zealand enters into a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, focusing on reconnecting, rebuilding the nation from the lows of the pandemic.
The said deal aims to provide an impetus worth NZ$1 billion to its GDP, with unparalleled access to the UK market by NZ exporters.