Microsoft has announced plans to open its first data centre in New Zealand, providing cloud services to public and private sectors, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The technology giant already had 59 data centres around the globe and would be the first multinational cloud service to open one in New Zealand.
StatsNZ has revealed the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose 0.2 percent over the last quarter or 0.1 percent annually. It is now the highest it has been since the December 2018 quarter, when it sat at 4.3 percent.
One of the country's oldest furniture and appliance retailers, Smiths City, is to restructure, which may see stores close and jobs go. The company is starting consultation with its employees and negotiations with its landlords. It anticipates subdued trading conditions when its stores re-open under alert level 2.