The Battle Of The Bulge
Jan08

The Battle Of The Bulge

By Bridget Gourlay   Serious money has been invested in sport by the Government in the last year, some of it going directly to schools. In June, the Government announced it would establish a new High Performance Institute to oversee investment in elite sport and to foster a culture of excellence. A sum of $15 million will be going towards the expansion of the Millennium Institute, which will become the National Training Centre...

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Passing The Buck

By Kate Pierson The phrase ‘price hike’ has a tendency to offend. So, it’s no surprise talk of the financial impact on New Zealand businesses due to the effective Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and impending GST hike has many hot under the collar. And, as if almost reading the minds of concerned business owners, the Commerce Commission is already reminding commercial entities about their obligations under the Fair Trading Act not to...

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The Running Men
Jan08

The Running Men

By Bridget Gourlay In October, the mayoral seat is up for grabs when the people of Christchurch decide who gets the job of running the city for the next three years. We take a little look at who’s offering what. Bob Parker The current mayor is seeking a second term. Parker swapped broadcasting for local body politics in the early 1990s when he became a member of the Banks Peninsula community board, then the district’s mayor...

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Running Out Of Puff
Jan08

Running Out Of Puff

By Kate Pierson It is widely accepted the earth was formed more than 4.5 billion years ago. Then came a single, large land mass, or super-continent called Pangaea, which divided into two large continents, Gondwana and Laurasia. Due to the tectonic plate movements of the Earth’s surface, Gondwana drifted into the southern hemisphere and about 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, the great super-continent of Gondwana...

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One For All
Jan08

One For All

By Bridget Gourlay Like it or not, Auckland’s councils are merging and the ‘supercity’ is being formed. In October, we’ll know who will be mayor of the new area stretching from Rodney to Franklin. The point of the supercity is to unite the region under one jurisdiction — making resource consent and planning easier and to create a vision for the whole area. The powers the new mayor will have will be enormous and unprecedented — the job...

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Pardon The Interruption
Jan08

Pardon The Interruption

By Kate Pierson When someone’s accused of being distracted, it’s usually done with a negative connotation. Deemed the arch nemesis of employers and the antithesis of productivity, a distraction is considered a monopoliser of time and only leads employees astray. Aligned with the practice of procrastination, distraction in the form of objects, people, or practices that induce wandering eyes and minds, are considered breeders of bad...

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