12 Dec 2014

Business Briefs

7:10 pm on 12 December 2014

Air NZ to have direct flights to South America

Air New Zealand says it is launching its first scheduled service to South America, with direct flights between Auckland and Buenos Aires.

It said it would use a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the return flight, three times a week.

The flights are set to start in December 2015, with tickets on sale in March.

The airline said the new route further strengthened its network in the Pacific Rim.

It said flights would commence from December next year, with tickets on sale in March.

The airline's chief executive officer, Christopher Luxon said the 12-hour flights to Buenos Aires further strengthened Air New Zealand's network in the Pacific.

Air New Zealand will enter into a code share agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals.

Wynyard facility to go in Chch precinct

The crime analytics software and services company, Wynyard Group, will establish its new global research and development facility in a redeveloped historic building in Christchurch's Innovation Precinct.

The facade of the McKenzie and Willis building, at the corner of Tuam and High streets, will be restored and included in the new building, which will house about 100 of Wynyard's staff and double as a training centre.

Only a few historic buildings are being included in the rebuilding of the earthquake-damaged South Island city.

Veritas appoints Nosh general manager

Veritas Investments has appointed Rod de Vries as the general manager of the Nosh Food Market business, which it bought in September.

Mr de Vries has extensive experience in the food retail sector, including several years as the chief operating officer at Restaurant Brands, and the general manager of KFC and Pizza Hut.

More recently he was the director of operations at the Compass Group, a food services business.