A survey of a sub-set of Canterbury small businesses severely impacted by the earthquake, shows optimism is on the increase and sales are trending up. - how IKEA leads the way Christchurch’s quite literally changed business landscape has seen companies of all shapes and sizes relocate to blur traditional zoning demarcation lines. Aon New Zealand has become one of the first companies to open doors on a new office space in Christchurch since the February 2011 earthquake. It’s clear that house prices and rents are rising. The media run stories of astounding prices being achieved for what are sometimes old houses in less than mediocre condition.
It is clearly evident this successful documentary maker immerses herself in nature, in reality, just as much as she does on the films she makes. This side of the millennium has seen its fair share of green placard waving, so much so that many have become immune to the call of the environment. It’s difficult to find a hotter topic right now than climate change and the extent of our impact upon it. The blueprint designed to put the heart back into the garden city’s CBD is out.
Small Steps to a more productive and efficient business. Moving an entire furniture-manufacturing workshop and showroom into a new premises with less than one week’s notice would have seemed impossible in pre-earthquake Christchurch.
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The return to central Christchurch for Malley & Co Lawyers is a signal of intent; the company has faith that a thriving city centre will once again be realised. Nearly 16,000 unlawful entries and burglaries were reported in Canterbury last year, so the obvious question is; is your business protecting itself against intruders and theft? Leaky home facts and figures regularly appear in news headlines. Often times we discount them, casually shrug, or even have a moan about the cost to the taxpayer. But what happens when it turns out that the leaky home belongs to you? In its simplest definition peak oil is defined as the point in time when the global production of oil will reach its maximum rate, after which production will gradually decline.
Real estate agents Barfoot and Thompson recently released their sale figures for May and the result are very encouraging. If you’ve driven past Sydenham lately you’ll have noticed a change. There’s a new vibrancy and life to the area. Two Christchurch women have laid down the ground work for a solution to the city’s looming accommodation crisis. The turbulent waters of the 2008 recession seem to be calming, there is optimism in the air that maybe, just maybe, things are getting back to normal. Your will should not be a document which you write once and never look at again. As life changes, so your will may need to reflect this.
The one year anniversary since the February earthquake is drawing closer. It struck Canterbury, changing our lives and destroying our CBD.
Market volatility is likely to continue in 2012 and traders can best equip themselves by understanding how the market responds to events and not acting in a knee-jerk fashion.
At the start of 2011, life was very different in Christchurch. We’d been hit, but were well on the way to recovering from the September 4 and Boxing Day earthquakes.
It might not be a lot, but at least some help is at hand for businesses affected by the Rena oil spill in the Bay of Plenty region.
A Taranaki business is helping to make low cost legal services a reality for locals by taking its services online.
Talk has turned into action for the agricultural sector’s love/hate relationship with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
More than 2500 businesses were impacted by the Maui gas pipeline failure in October, prompting the
Auckland Chamber of Commerce to call for a review.
Around the world, tax shifting is at the cutting edge of macro-economic policy. It discourages harmful industries, pay for the damage they cause and creates markets for better products.
The sin: Labelled as the sin from which all others arise, pride, or vanity, is the excessive belief in one’s own abilities and it interferes with, well pretty much everything.
New York City. Those three words conjure up images of a breathtaking skyline, the Empire State Building and the Sex and the City girls.
Christchurch businesses and community groups has been boosted by free access to the essentials of day-to-day business operations with the Westpac Business & Community Hub.
Before the February earthquake we were spoilt for choice. Christchurch was alive with colour and atmosphere.
I was struck by a recent ‘economic state of the nation’ article by award-winning business journalist, Jenni McManus.
We think about recycling our glass, newspapers and plastic, but where do you think all of our old office equipment winds up?
A new initiative is being launched by the Office of Ethnic Affairs to improve the contribution ethnic businesses make to the New Zealand economy.
Growing use of synthetic cannabis could leave employers exposed if their staff have accidents in the workplace.
Harness Racing New Zealand is excited about Cup and Show Week in November and believes it’s just what Christchurch needs.
Christchurch is looking forward to one of the major events on its social calendar — Cup and Show Week — following the worst year in the city’s history.
Memories of the February 22 earthquake weigh heavily on the minds of us all; none more so than those who were there on the day dealing with the disaster.
There’s a silver lining to every cloud. With continuous aftershocks, red-zoned suburbs and a demolished city centre lying eerily bare — Christchurch really needs its silver lining.
One of the deadliest earthquakes of all time occurred in Portugal’s capital in 1755. Believed to be nearly a nine on the Richter scale, the Lisbon earthquake was followed by fires and a tsunami, killing up to 100,000 people in the surrounding countries it affected. The Portuguese empire never recovered.
According to the QV indices for April, residential property values remain relatively stable at a national level.
They say travel changes you. That’s certainly true for Sustainable Business Network (SBN) founder and CEO, Rachel Brown.
Call us what you will, but we Kiwis live and breathe trends and if it’s hot right now, you can guarantee we’ve got it.
Paying your business’ bills is not just a goodwill gesture; it is about meeting your obligations in a trade relationship.
It may sound crazy, but in Copenhagen they have taken the cars out of one street in the CBD a year over the past few decades...
While the physical scars may be starting to fade, the devastating Christchurch earthquake will be forever etched in our minds.
One simple and pertinent message is being conveyed to Christchurch businesses – look before you leap.
Christchurch’s hinterland is experiencing its own set of aftershocks resulting from the February 22 earthquake.
Our precious centre has been destroyed. Our office buildings are locked away. Where will people work? Where will people play? Who will come and visit us?
For someone who loves words and writing, it is humbling to be completely lost for them in face of such devastation and tragedy.
To love and to cherish, ‘til death do us part – it’s a nice sentiment. But marriage, both matrimonial and commercial, takes time, effort and good old fashioned hard work...
Ready, steady, robe… the race for the Christchurch mayoralty is hotting up, so we look at who’s offering what...
The written word's getting put through the communication blender and emerging in a completely different form...
A changing landscape means fresh fruit and vegetables aren't just being bought and marketed as food anymore…
Has it really been a decade? Well, yes it has and as the Westpac Stadium turns 10, we look at how one structure has done wonders for the waterfront, and Wellington’s sense of soul…
There’s no point running from the impending GST rise - all you can do is approach the transition well prepared…The rising rate of loan payment failure...