Minding Your Manners – How to Be a Better Colleague

Every office has one: the colleague you expediently time your lunch and coffee breaks to avoid.  Yep, who we work with can make all the difference between looking forward to stepping into the office and counting down the minutes until we leave. But what exactly is it about colleagues that make them more enjoyable, or less tolerable? And how can we make sure we ourselves are being the best colleague we can be? Aside from the obvious...

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Glass Ceilings Tackling Gender Bias at Your Place

As a nation we proudly boast that we were the first country to give woman the vote in national elections. We are also one of the few countries in the world to have had two female heads of government, and one of only two countries to have had a female head of government directly succeed another, the other country being Sri Lanka.  The government enacted the Equal Pay Act 1972 to address direct and indirect discrimination in wage rates....

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Equal Opportunities – The Benefits of Hiring Staff with Disabilities

Workplace diversity is having a higher importance placed on it as awareness about the importance and benefits of it grow. This shift is extremely encouraging, in particular for people in New Zealand who have a disability. Adults with disabilities have struggled against employment inequality, but it is high time for employers to realise the benefits and embrace these valuable members of our society. According to Statistics New Zealand,...

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Mouth Guard Design Wins the NZ James Dyson Award
Oct08

Mouth Guard Design Wins the NZ James Dyson Award

  A concussion-detecting mouth guard that makes it easier to identify and manage concussions in rugby games has won the New Zealand section of the 16th James Dyson Award. Massey University industrial design graduate, Spencer Buchanan designed the prototype mouth guard, called Nerve, with motion sensors worn by rugby players to identify concussion risks after the player has taken a rough knock. The mouth guard design utilises...

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Local Lawyer Moves Online – Digital Reluctance Inspires New, Cloud-based Firm
Oct08

Local Lawyer Moves Online – Digital Reluctance Inspires New, Cloud-based Firm

  New Zealand’s first web-based law firm is challenging the way lawyers have traditionally worked.  After 20 years of commercial law, Christchurch-based lawyer, John Shingleton sensed that the market wanted lawyers to fully embrace digital technology and his solution was to create a cloud-based law firm. “Having been the managing partner of a mid-sized law firm for several years, I could see that there were ways of offering a...

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Creating Great Ideas

Have you ever heard of a new business model or invention and kicked yourself for not thinking of it first? Some ideas seem so incredibly simple you wonder how you didn’t think of it first, while others are so ingenious you wonder how anybody could’ve thought of it at all. But those great ideas don’t come on command. And that leaves a lot of would-be entrepreneurs asking the same question: How did others get inspiration to strike—and...

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