Paying The Bills
Jan08

Paying The Bills

Paying your business’ bills is not just a goodwill gesture; it is about meeting your obligations in a trade relationship. In New Zealand, we are falling short on fulfilling this obligation. In a recent report released by leading credit reporting and debt collection company, Dun & Bradstreet, it was that revealed New Zealand firms took on average 43.9 days to settle their trade accounts in the December quarter — a figure which...

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Business Fads: Friend or Foe?

By Kate Pierson We are a nation of fad-lovers in New Zealand — some might even say we’re a collective of walking clichés. Call us what you will, but we Kiwis live and breathe trends and if it’s hot right now, you can guarantee we’ve got it. It may be that the sheep to human ratio in New Zealand has rubbed off on us, and we’ve adopted the follow-the-leader nature of our woolly counterparts, or it could be the fact we know a good thing...

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Bee Afraid
Jan08

Bee Afraid

By Mike Adams Cell phone towers may be ultimate cause of honeybee population collapse It’s one of the signs of the approaching food collapse our world will soon be facing: honeybees are disappearing at a truly alarming rate all around the world. Up to 30 percent of the honeybee population is collapsing in North America every year, and there’s no end in sight to “the silence of the bees.” Honeybees, of course, pollinate about a third...

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The Sustainable Way
Jan08

The Sustainable Way

By Bridget Gourlay They say travel changes you. That’s certainly true for Sustainable Business Network (SBN) founder and CEO, Rachel Brown. As a New Zealand-raised child, her schoolteacher parents encouraged her do sediment sampling in local mangrove swamps. The family went sailing around the top of the North Island, admiring its pristine environments. And she was hugely inspired by her lecturer Jeannette Fitzsimons at university. But...

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Steady Progress
Jan08

Steady Progress

Property values continue to stabilise By Jonno Ingerson According to the QV indices for April, residential property values remain relatively stable at a national level. Nationwide, property values have now been relatively stable for several months after falling slightly throughout most of 2010. Values are now 1.9 percent lower than the same time last year, and 5.8 percent below the market peak of late 2007. The levelling of nationwide...

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Employers And The New NZ Copyright Act
Jan08

Employers And The New NZ Copyright Act

By Ian Knott On September 1 this year the highly controversial Infringing File Sharing Act kicks into action. Despite its well documented shortcomings, discrepancies and punishments for repeat offenders, the law has the potential to have an impact on small and medium sized businesses. Of course, it will impact on large businesses too, but these are often the ones with dedicated IT personnel, detailed employee IT policies, solid...

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