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Greening The Silver Screen

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Greening The Silver Screen

By Corazon Miller Walking into the front yard of a house on the side of Christchurch’s Cashmere hills, I find Kathleen Gallagher, peace activist, poet, playwright and environmental film director lying stretched out across her sofa. Situated in an ideal setting, under a small alcove beneath her house, surrounded by the untamed shrubbery and a shining sun – it’s the perfect image of someone living the story she tells. It is clearly evident this successful documentary maker immerses herself in nature, in reality, just as much as she does on the...

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Can House Prices Be Controlled?

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Can House Prices Be Controlled?

It’s clear that house prices and rents are rising. The media run stories of astounding prices being achieved for what are sometimes old houses in less than mediocre condition. By Olly Newland It’s clear that house prices and rents are rising. The media run stories of astounding prices being achieved for what are sometimes old houses in less than mediocre condition. Various talking heads have been asked “what should be done?” but have had no real solution other than saying more land should be made available. I’m sorry to tell you this, but...

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Aon Cements Itself In Christchurch

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Aon Cements Itself In Christchurch

Aon New Zealand has become one of the first companies to open doors on a new office space in Christchurch since the February 2011 earthquake. The newly built Aon House, officially opened by Prime Minister John Key, has been constructed to the new seismic code which requires a substantial increase in a buildings ability to withstand earthquakes. Since the February 2011 quake, more than 50 Aon staff have maintained operations from a temporary office space after their office in the BNZ Building in Cathedral Square was rendered uninhabitable and...

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Getting In The Zone

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Getting In The Zone

Christchurch’s quite literally changed business landscape has seen companies of all shapes and sizes relocate to blur traditional zoning demarcation lines. At the same time designated industrial areas have benefitted as the demand for hot business spots has risen. A good example is the Izone Southern Business Hub in Rolleston. Being more than 180ha makes Izone the largest industrial park in New Zealand and already home to the likes of The Warehouse, Westland Milk Products, Solid Energy and PGG Wrightson. One of the newest residents is New...

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Giving Customers What They Want

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Giving Customers What They Want

Photos by Delphine Ducaruge Massey executive MBA student Delphine Ducaruge, recently undertook a study tour around Scandinavia to visit and understand the business models of some of the most successful local companies. She tells us what she learnt from one of Sweden’s largest companies: IKEA. IKEA is an iconic Swedish company that sells modern and contemporary designer furniture and accessories, such as beds, coffee tables, vanities, lamps, frames and now its even started selling plants. But IKEA is much more than just a retailer. It sells...

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Business Optimism Increases, But Challenges Still Lie Ahead

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Business Optimism Increases, But Challenges Still Lie Ahead

A survey of a sub-set of Canterbury small businesses severely impacted by the earthquake, shows optimism is on the increase and sales are trending up, but they are still facing some weighty issues. These businesses identified as being particularly adversely affected by the earthquake, continue to face challenges with respect to cashflow, marketing, fatigue and rebuilding issues. The Recover Canterbury survey questioned businesses which had received support from Recover Canterbury or the Canterbury Business Recovery Trust. These were...

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