Keeping it kiwi
Aug21

Keeping it kiwi

Ben Kepes’ quest to return quality, ethical manufacturing to New Zealand At first glance, you wouldn’t guess that Ben Kepes, co-founder and director of Cactus Outdoor, was a high school dropout. Son of refugees to New Zealand and expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and study medicine, Ben chose to go against the grain and took on an electrician’s apprenticeship – until he figured out he didn’t like it one bit. From there, it...

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What Next?
Jun17

What Next?

  How much damage has the economy incurred and how do we lessen the impact? The Alert Level 4 and subsequent lockdowns were a public health necessity for New Zealand, there’s no doubt about that. Looking abroad at countries fraught with COVID-19 – from over 1.8 million cases and well over 100,000 deaths in the United States, to Sweden (often compared with New Zealand’s Covid response due to the similar size) with over 40,000...

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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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The Mental Edge
Oct24

The Mental Edge

  David Niethe, renowned mental performance coach, known for his work with New Zealand’s top athletes and business people, says the mind is our greatest tool. Do you believe in mind control? It’s what sets the elite apart from the ordinary. It’s a silent determination, an ability to replace the self-doubt with unwavering confidence to enable peak personal performance. Regardless of how successful a person may be, the mind...

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