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Three Kiwis, Two Charities, and One Epic Adventure

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Three Kiwis, Two Charities, and One Epic Adventure

    Sometimes it’s okay to live a little. For four to six weeks, from mid-July, three brave Kiwis from Christchurch are off an experience of a life-time. Robert Trott, alongside partner Michele Wilson and good friend Matt Wills, have signed themselves up for The Mongol Rally, dubbing themselves the Pirates of the Car I Be In (the pirates). It takes a unique personality to have the ability to drop everything and set off on a harrowing adventure through the Mongolian desert with no set route and no support teams, but this witty and...

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The Lesser Evil – Marijuana, Aociety and the Impact of Heavy Consumption

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The Lesser Evil – Marijuana, Aociety and the Impact of Heavy Consumption

    And so, the debate continues; as stated in our previous articles, an overwhelming number of New Zealanders are in favour of law reform when it comes to the Class C drug marijuana. It appears marijuana can do no wrong and everything is pointing in its favour – even Sir Richard Branson is suggesting we use marijuana to our advantage. Economically speaking it seems to stack up. But socially – that’s another story. The age-old argument is that marijuana is the lesser of two evils when compared to alcohol, unfortunately that is a...

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Breaking Down Barriers

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Breaking Down Barriers

    Apple, along with other companies with global name recognition like Amazon, Gap, Google, Ikea, McDonalds, Microsoft and Starbucks, have had a lot of media coverage of late expressing concern that they pay little or no tax in the countries where they make sales around the world.  Adversity can be hard to overcome, sometimes it feels as though the world is against you and the easiest thing to do is give up. But any hardship thrown your way can be used to your advantage if you use it as the driving force behind achieving your...

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The “Apple Tax” in New Zealand – Tax Politics and Tax Policy

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The “Apple Tax” in New Zealand – Tax Politics and Tax Policy

    Apple, along with other companies with global name recognition like Amazon, Gap, Google, Ikea, McDonalds, Microsoft and Starbucks, have had a lot of media coverage of late expressing concern that they pay little or no tax in the countries where they make sales around the world. Most of the global brands are selling to New Zealanders, leading many commentators to observe that these entities seem to be paying little or no tax here. This article considers why that may be so under our current laws, and how changes to international...

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Manifesting Success

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Manifesting Success

    Some people believe you can manifest your destiny. What does the science say?  We are taught manifestation from an early age through the power of positive thinkingand goal setting. Tangible or quantifiable and in incremental steps, this is what form we are told our goals should take to be achievable. As we age these goals take the form of intentional behaviours that forge our path to personal and career success. Some people are able to set and achieve their goals on their own with ease, and others require, or prefer, outside...

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Sharing the Load

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Sharing the Load

    It is continuously noted that when team members feel valued and respected in their workplace they are more likely engage and commit themselves to the company. One way to make your team feel like they are an integral part of the business is to allow them to partake in the decision-making process. Staff are the greatest asset to any workplace and it’s vital for a thriving business that you make them feel that way. Business Mentors’ Canterbury manager, Ellen Pender, says by adding a level of transparency to decision making, people...

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What a Little Disruption Can Do

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What a Little Disruption Can Do

  When what was once regarded as an operational matter becomes a boardroom matter, you know that somewhere along the way, it’s become of fundamental importance.  A recent issue of Boardroom magazine said it all: we’re in an age of digital disruption and convergence, and Boards of Directors need people around the table equipped to address its ramifications. What once lived in the realm of the IT and marketing departments has found its way to the top floor. Disruption will do that  Now here’s a related point: Just as Boards of directors...

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7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

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How often have you found yourself in this situation: you’ve needed to remember something really important, so important that you are certain you will remember it and don’t need to write it down, only to later realise that you can’t for the life of you remember what it was… According to popular source of health advice, Mercola, you could have less of that, with more of this: 1. Eat right The foods you eat (and don’t eat) have a crucial effect on your memory. Of the foods believed to provide the best brain power, popular favourites...

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Letting AI Call the Shots

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Letting AI Call the Shots

    Would you trust artificial intelligence to make key business decisions? Artificial intelligence and its place in a modern world: It’s been the topic du jour for some time now and as of late it’s made big commercial advances.  One example is BRiN, the world’s first artificially intelligent business advisor. BRiN uses artificial intelligence – the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence – to provide personalised education and human-like support to millions of...

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Weedonomics

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Weedonomics

    In the previous issues of Canterbury Today and Auckland Today we began our review of the legal status of Class C drug marijuana.  In this issue we look at the economic impact of legalisation worldwide and the predicted impact – good or bad if any – that marijuana would have on our economy were it decriminalised or legalised. The economic impact of legalisation in other countries The medical value of marijuana is being recognised by an increasing number of medical professionals and policy makers worldwide and the medicinal use of...

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