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TPP trade pact in "milestone" signing by 12 nations 4 Feb 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by ministers in New Zealand.

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TPP 11 members commit to moving forward quickly 21 Aug 2017

New Zealand is hopeful a TPP 11 – Trans Pacific Partnership without the US – will get the green light in November after it formally approved a negotiating mandate for the countries remaining in the deal.


New Zealand ratifies TPP trade pact 12 May 2017

New Zealand has become the second country, after Japan, to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact following the US's decision to pull out from the deal.


Zara moves into New Zealand with first store 7 Nov 2016

Fast fashion brand Zara has opened its first store in New Zealand, as part of ongoing plans by parent company Inditex to increase its presence in the south hemisphere.


StretchSense wearable sensors secure funding boost 7 Jul 2016

Wearable sensor company StretchSense has secured key funding from Japan’s largest online apparel retailer, which will propel it to its next phase of growth.


Reda inks $45m NZ Merino five-year wool deal 3 Jun 2016

Italian wool mill Successori Reda has signed a new US$45m, five-year contract to use wool from the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) in its high-end suiting fabrics and active product ranges.


Final TPP text released before signing next month 29 Jan 2016

The New Zealand government has cleared the way for next month’s signing ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal by releasing the final text of the agreement.


Pumpkin Patch fails to find a buyer for the business 8 Jun 2015

Australasian children's wear brand Pumpkin Patch has said it will continue to focus on initiatives to improve its performance - effectively abandoning plans to find a buyer for the struggling business.


SmartWool inks $8m NZ Merino wool deal 16 Apr 2015

US based manufacturer SmartWool – a unit of VF Corporation – has signed a new $8m fibre supply contract to use wool from the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) in its socks and clothing.


Pumpkin Patch to shutter stores amid turnaround 3 Dec 2014

Clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch will make “fundamental changes” to the business after another challenging year in fiscal 2014, including the closure of loss-making stores.


NEW ZEALAND: Pumpkin Patch reveals management changes 22 Sep 2014

Australasian children's wear brand Pumpkin Patch has announced a series of management changes, including the retirement of chairperson Jane Freeman.