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Restyle, Revamp, Rebrand Sydenham

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Restyle, Revamp, Rebrand Sydenham

By Karen Pasco If you’ve driven past Sydenham lately you’ll have noticed a change. There’s a new vibrancy and life to the area with new and revitalised retailers, offices and more people enjoying the perked up suburb. What was once a bit of a tired and belittled part of town has been transformed. It was hit hard in the earthquakes losing some of its iconic heritage buildings and suffered from the shut down of footpaths and roads in the area. Although some of the heritage of the past is now gone, new life is being injected into the area with...

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Staring Down The Barrel

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Staring Down The Barrel

In its simplest definition peak oil is defined as the point in time when the global production of oil will reach its maximum rate, after which production will gradually decline. Add the range of differing opinions and this definition manifests itself into a highly complex and volatile mix of political, economical and geological issues. A common misconception is peak oil is what happens when oil runs out; unfortunately it’s not so black and white. Yes oil is a finite resource, but long before we hit the bottom of the well experts say the cost...

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The Rotten Truth

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The Rotten Truth

Leaky home facts and figures regularly appear in news headlines. Often times we discount them, casually shrug, or even have a moan about the cost to the taxpayer. But what happens when it turns out that the leaky home belongs to you? By Karen Pasco It was a phone call three years ago which completely turned the lives of Auckland couple Bruce and Meryle Kenny upside down. The call came from the Auckland City Council and the news the couple were receiving down the line was absolutely unimaginable. “The council rang to advise the building was...

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Stop Criminals Before They Get Into Your Business

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Stop Criminals Before They Get Into Your Business

Nearly 16,000 unlawful entries and burglaries were reported in Canterbury last year, so the obvious question is; is your business protecting itself against intruders and theft? Those likely to enter your property with ill intent are smarter and more brazen than ever. As security technology gets smarter – so too do those trying to avoid detection. With Christchurch moving closer to rebuilding, the team at Ross Galt Security recommend businesses take a proactive and integrated approach to their security options – both electronic and traditional...

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Heading Back To The Centre

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Heading Back To The Centre

The return to central Christchurch for Malley & Co Lawyers is a signal of intent; the company has faith that a thriving city centre will once again be realised. As the doors to its new Colombo Street office opened on July 30, its previous Cathedral Square office was being slowly reduced to a small pile of rubble. Partner and acting general manager, John Shingleton says the 115 year old Canterbury firm has always had a central city presence and it was important for them to be among the pioneers leading the charge back to the heart of the...

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Do Your Meetings Suck?

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Do Your Meetings Suck?

I read a survey recently where participants were asked “What frustrates you most about meetings at work?.” The top reported frustrations about meetings were: No clear purpose or objective for the meeting Meeting doesn’t start on time, stay on track, or finish on time Repeating information for late arrivals Too long Not organised. No agenda No specific action items or tasks assigned Allowing attendees to ramble Weak presenter (unprepared, not inspiring or motivating). Some writers say there should be fewer meetings. What nonsense!  The number...

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Local Moves

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Local Moves

Moving an entire furniture-manufacturing workshop and showroom into a new premises with less than one week’s notice would have seemed impossible in pre-earthquake Christchurch. But in these ‘new-normal’ times, learning that your building does not come anywhere close to meeting the building code due to earthquake damage and having to vacate almost immediately, simply means you begin to think outside the square and do what has to be done. Davies Furniture found itself in this position after receiving its detailed engineering report in mid June...

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Mapping Out Our Future

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Mapping Out Our Future

By Corazon Miller The blueprint designed to put the heart back into the garden city’s CBD is out. It has been heralded on one hand as an ambitious plan and lambasted by others for taking the focus away from those in the earthquake-damaged suburbs. The plans for our city’s future are undeniable pretty, with the proposed “green” frame around a small compact inner-city core including a state-of-the-art stadium, metro sports facility, a performing arts precinct and a new convention centre. But in the days after the Christchurch City Development...

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Zero Tolerance

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By Karen Pasco It’s difficult to find a hotter topic right now than climate change and the extent of our impact upon it. Considering what’s at stake, the old stiff-upper-lip approach of ‘keep calm and carry on’ doesn’t really cut it, and this is where carboNZero comes in. The carboNZero programme was established in 2001 by Landcare Research New Zealand Limited. The programme is based on more than a decade of research on climate change, greenhouse gas measurement and carbon monitoring. Its goal is to provide robust tools for individuals,...

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An Environmental Ultimatum

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An Environmental Ultimatum

By Corazon Miller This side of the millennium has seen its fair share of green placard waving, so much so that many have become immune to the call of the environment. But even here in New Zealand, with our vast expanse of green pastures and huge spreads of marine environment, there are problems left over from generations of slow action. One New Zealand teenager has taken matters into her own hands; challenging the global community to step up and protect the planet from further environmental and economic decay. At this year’s United Nations...

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