Making remote working work
Jun16

Making remote working work

John Shingleton Managing director of First Law   www.firstlaw.co.nz About four years ago I packed in my role as managing partner of a traditional law firm and embarked on the novel idea of a law firm where lawyers worked remotely from their homes. This was unheard of back then and was met with derision by some in the legal fraternity. There was even a mention of my then venture, Online Lawyers, in Law Talk, the Law Society magazine....

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Adjusting to our new normal
Jun16

Adjusting to our new normal

Leeann Watson Chief executive of CECC   www.cecc.org.nz I am pleased to once again be back in our office in Kilmore Street and working side-by-side with my colleagues (not too closely!). The last few months have turned our lives upside down as we have all navigated a rapidly evolving environment without a blueprint, and often at very short notice. No-one could have predicted the immense impact that COVID-19 would have on our way of...

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The breakdown: COVID-19 government stimulus package
Apr09

The breakdown: COVID-19 government stimulus package

    9th – April 2020 New Zealand has declared a State of National Emergency in response to COVID-19, granting the Government special powers to restrict people’s movement and control the virus from spreading. With a Level 4 Alert that started at 12:00AM on March 26, 2020, New Zealanders were told they must stay at home and that all non-essential business must close. This drastic measure is one of the best ways to stop...

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Of Farm and Fortune
Feb20

Of Farm and Fortune

  In 1979, 25-year-old David Ellis took out his first rural bank loan. The self-made multi-millionaire and racehorse breeder, buyer, owner and bloodstock consultant has since created the greatest privately-owned empire the New Zealand Thoroughbred racing industry has ever seen in Te Akau Racing; and many New Zealanders benefit from its success without ever knowing it. Given all he’s achieved, David’s approach to life is...

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Reminiscent of a time gone by
Nov14

Reminiscent of a time gone by

  If we compare the human body to a city, the nervous system would comprise all of the many businesses that line the city’s streets. Christchurch businesses are noticeably flourishing and the city has never been healthier for it.   Director of Lumiere Cinemas, Nick Paris is just the person upon whom the responsibility for the resident cinema at the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora should have been placed. What Nick and business...

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