The Dunedin H&J Smith department store will close in 2021, it has been confirmed. On Friday, managing director Jason Smith said the department store will close on January 30, as well as the Armoury Store, which operates in the Wall St precinct, affecting about 85 employees. Earlier this month, the company also confirmed the closure of its Te Anau and Balclutha stores on July 31, the downsizing of its Gore store, and the closure of Outdoor World at Remarkables Park in Queenstown at the end of August, affecting about 60 employees altogether.
Emirates will resume services to Auckland from July 1. The Middle Eastern airline will launch flights three times a week to New Zealand, its first passenger services since March. The airline has been running a freight service over the last few months. The airline is offering connections through Dubai for 40 cities in total.
More than 150 long- and medium-term jobs have been created with the building of a new distribution hub for Countdown supermarkets. Construction has started on the new, purpose-built distribution centre in Palmerston North. More than 100 construction workers will be employed on the 38,000sq m project which is three times the size of the current distribution store.
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