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Supporting Canterbury’s Continued Regeneration

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Supporting Canterbury’s Continued Regeneration

Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister Canterbury is a region that all New Zealanders can be proud of – it has made a positive contribution to this country’s success in the face of many challenges. We have stood by Canterbury as it has rebuilt and regenerated. Since the first earthquake, we’ve spent more than $14 billion rebuilding Canterbury – and the progress is tangible. Today, Canterbury’s population has topped its pre-earthquake numbers; the economy here is growing faster than in many other parts of the country and its unemployment rate is...

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The Making of a Manager

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The Making of a Manager

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz Management has always required people with high levels of competence and performance to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role, and secondly, to lead others. At the end of the day the senior management leadership challenge is to add value and this can be achieved by building the confidence of those we lead. It is critically important that we direct, lead and inspire the next generation of managers, so as to ensure they have the skills to carry...

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Mind Before Matters

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Mind Before Matters

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz Okay so let’s really talk about the elephant in the room. Running a business and keeping your mental health stable. Is an accountant really qualified to help keep your mental state appropriate? Hmmm… maybe not. But… typically your advisor is aware of the business factors. By nature there comes an awareness of the mental issues that might come with dealing with IRD (especially if in arrears etc.). Business is not always plain sailing – and on that note, a quick congrats here to Team New...

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The Landlord’s Responsibility

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The Landlord’s Responsibility

John Shingleton Director of Onlinelawyers www.onlinelawyer.nz There is a little-known section of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSAWA) which places a specific health and safety obligation upon landlords, in addition to the primary obligation of all PCBUs. What has surprised me is how many leases do not specifically address this potentially significant liability. Briefly, within the wording of s42 of the HSAWA is an obligation on landlords to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the premises, any fixtures, fittings or...

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SME Tax Relief Has Arrived

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SME Tax Relief Has Arrived

Chris Cunniffe Chief executive of Tax Management NZ www.itmnz.co.nz Difficult to get right, expensive to get wrong – that’s how many business owners describe paying provisional tax. However, that statement no longer rings true. New rules mean you don’t have to constantly estimate your liability throughout the year anymore. Inland Revenue (IRD) will no longer hit you with interest if you pay your provisional tax based on a five percent uplift of last year’s liability (this is known as the standard method). Many will pay their first instalment...

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Training to Retain – Is it Worth it?

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Training to Retain – Is it Worth it?

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz One of the hot topics amongst employers today is employee retention: the dual challenges of finding good employees – and keeping them. I agree it is a challenge for some sectors and yet, more money and more training isn’t the ‘white-knight’ answer for every situation. Ongoing training is a brilliant solution when retention matters most. Here are three really good reasons to invest in a development or training programme. Ask yourself: Can we...

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Take Your Website From Average to Awesome

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Take Your Website From Average to Awesome

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz Having an online presence is essential for any company to do good business in 2017. You might want to stop and think for a moment about how people would find your company if they couldn’t Google your website. Yes, they might see you on Facebook or hear about you on the radio, but your information is likely to be quite superficial and where do you send them for more detail… your website. Yes, we’re back to that again. Whether you’re big or small, new or old, or selling a...

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Want a Healthy Workplace? Start with the Basics

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Want a Healthy Workplace? Start with the Basics

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz In my experience, most organisations want to look after their staff well but, given the seemingly intangible nature of wellness, are unsure of the best way to spend their dollars. After all, how do you know if your investment and commitment to the cause is going to be worth it? How do you measure if you really are getting a healthy return? My advice is to start with the basics. A challenge every workplace has, regardless of the business type, is that people come in all shapes and...

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It’s Time to Get DIY Out of Our DNA

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It’s Time to Get DIY Out of Our DNA

David Vinsen Owner of Quinovic Parnell www.quinovicparnell.co.nz Here’s a sobering statistic: About 25 percent of New Zealand residential landlords use a property management company. In Australia, that figure is around 80 percent and it’s even higher in the UK. Why are we so out of step with other countries? More to the point, what is it costing us? One reason we’re out of step is because we’re a nation of DIYers. Who doesn’t love the Mitre 10 ad with the kids discussing putting up a retaining wall. “Nah, do it yourself, mate,” says the...

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Budget 2017

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Budget 2017

Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister When presenting Budget 2017 on May 25, Finance Minister Steven Joyce spoke about the growth New Zealand is experiencing – and the need for investment in infrastructure, public services and business to support and sustain this growth. In Auckland, growth is tangible and the opportunities it presents are significant. That is why Budget 2017 invests in sustaining the city’s economic growth, and ensuring the benefits of it are directly shared with all Aucklanders. This budget delivers for New Zealanders,...

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