After The Party

By Kate Pierson The largest agricultural exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere has, as things tend to do, come and gone – so the question is how well did the 42nd rendition of Fieldays, and its revamped formula, function? In case you missed it, Fieldays ran from June 16-19 at the Mystery Creek Events Centre in the Waikato. Supported by strategic partners; the National Bank and the University of Waikato, opening day saw 26,118...

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Deathly Designs
Jan10

Deathly Designs

By Bridget Gourlay Andrew Hubbard works at his IT job during the day, comes home and spends the evening at home with his partner Tamara, an economist. Instead of watching TV or playing a board game the two of them sit down and work on their coffins. Not ‘their’ coffins – they haven’t built them yet. The pair started their own business called Final Furniture a few years ago after a family funeral where Hubbard’s...

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Treasuring Complaints

Why complaints are something to treasure By Allison O’Neill Complaints are a magnificent thing — if you are prepared to address them properly. They give you an amazing branding opportunity to really WOW your customer. It is said an unhappy customer will tell 10 others about their bad experience whereas a happy customer will only tell one person. That alone is a good reason to sort your complaints systems. If you don’t take the time to...

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Thinking Ahead

By Melinda Collins There’s an adage which says ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. The message espouses the virtues of making plans and acting on them. While that’s hardly revolutionary, it couldn’t be more true if it tried. But the trouble is, it’s not always that simple and the catch for businesses can be ensuring short term goals don’t undermine long term targets. While making tactical decisions that reap instant rewards is a...

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Strategies For Growth
Jan10

Strategies For Growth

By Kate Pierson It requires time, patience, energy, dedication – and not necessarily in that order. No, we are not talking about a blossoming relationship, family network, or a developing child. But, if your business sprang to mind when considering the port of call for these tactical traits, you’re right. Because a business is like a living entity, it needs these things to survive. But unlike a human being on the...

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Liar, Liar
Jan10

Liar, Liar

It’s OK to embellish your fishing tales, but reel in your storytelling creativity when it comes to compiling your CV. We are all proud of our achievements and quite rightly so. But some of us have been known to embellish our achievements and qualifications to gain a certain job. The latest www.myjobspace.co.nz poll revealed almost 40 percent of us lie about our employment history in a job interview. Sometimes we get away with it,...

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