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Going to Pot

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Going to Pot

  It’s the conversation that never goes away. Whether you love it or loath it, marijuana is one of the most debated drugs in New Zealand.  This particular debate has been raging on since its illegalisation under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. Though it does seem in recent years people are becoming more open to the benefits of marijuana, both medicinally and economically, currently we as tax payers are forking out thousands of dollars yearly in the legal fight against it, when there is potential to be making a large profit from it. In a...

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Eastern Etiquette

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Eastern Etiquette

  Doing business in China is about relationships and subtleties. New Zealand company director Annie Govan says two things are absolutely essential to doing business in China – building relationships and understanding the many subtleties that come with the Chinese culture. Actively involved in several business streams with China, a few years ago she and husband Bert Govan founded Challenge Steel – a company which has quickly risen to become one of New Zealand’s largest importers of fabricated structural steel. As the company’s...

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6 Startup Secrets

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6 Startup Secrets

  CoziGo creator Emma Lovell’s light bulb moment was the outcome of flying and using an in-flight bassinet with a very distracted and overtired baby. She used masking tape and a sheet to try and create anin-flight canopy for her baby. Emma also grew frustrated when the blanket covering her daughter’s pram would fly off, fall off or get pulled off. CoziGo – Sleep on the Go, was her solution to both of these problems and in 2014 she launched her universal stroller and airline bassinet sleep cover. Emma appeared on Shark Tank and...

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Rushing to Disaster

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Rushing to Disaster

  As 2017 is now well under way, many companies will need to think about recruitment, either to replace staff who changed jobs during the summer, or to expand their current workforce.  Often a poor recruitment process leads to serious workplace problems. We’ve all worked in a business or heard of a situation where the completely wrong person has been hired for the job. It is a very expensive but sadly common mistake. There are many factors that lead to poor recruitment, such as inexperience, poor interview structure and unintended...

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Turning the Employment Tables

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Turning the Employment Tables

  The ever-increasing number of job seekers expecting employers to turn up on their doorstep, with an offer in hand, means employers are now having to play a different game to get the staff they desire. Research from global talent solutions company Hudson shows a significant shift in the job seeker mindset, placing pressure on employers to be more proactive when it comes to finding candidates, in the most competitive hiring market since 2008. According to Hudson’s Talent Insights research of more than 1,500 professionals in New Zealand,...

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Feeding Our Own Demise

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Feeding Our Own Demise

  Food waste is a global economic issue right now. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), roughly one third of food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Bringing those statistics closer to home, the average New Zealand household in 2015 lost around $563 through food waste (Household Expenditure Statistics: Year ended June 2016, Statistics New Zealand). The economic disadvantages of food waste don’t just occur within...

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Fit for Work

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Fit for Work

  Exercise is known to lower blood pressure, strengthen your immunity, reduce stress, tension, depression and anxiety, help maintain a healthy weight and improve overall health and well-being. This is common knowledge, but how often do you exercise? Moreover, when do you find the time? After a hard day at the office it’s time for dinner prep, tidying and a bit of much needed R&R – exercise doesn’t fit into that equation. Often lack of exercise is due to motivation over time limitation; which is what Apollo Projects’ HR manager...

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Through the Looking Glass

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What shape will our workforce of the future take? Opposition Labour Party finance spokesman, Grant Robertson, said in a recent press release that Kiwis are working harder than ever before and getting less and less for their hard work. He’s right in that the New Zealand labour force is not the prettiest of pictures right now: The rate of unemployment increased to 5.7 percent from the previous quarter’s 5.4 percent The working-age population grew 0.5 percent to 3.76 million; The participation rate was an all-time high of 70.5 per cent Labour...

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Digital Diligence

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Eighty five percent of cyber attacks are directed at startups and small businesses. Here’s how to protect your privacy and security.  If you are a startup or small business owner, your priority is probably the growth of your company. You are dealing with long working hours, payroll and many hassles that are a part of building your own business. Most likely, cybersecurity is not on top of your mind, unless something happens that makes you realise how important it is to protect your sensitive business information right from the start. According...

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Getting Off to a Positive Start

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It’s that time again – yes the New Year has arrived which means it’s time to get out that pen and paper and write up a fresh list of goals and ambitions.  Are making changes and improvements to the way your business is run on that list? If so, good on you. It’s never a bad idea to make improvements and implement new processes, but getting everyone on board can be a challenge and can be the difference between your ideas becoming a success, or being a complete failure. So that you and your team are on the same page, here are some tips to help...

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