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The Battle Of The Bulge

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The Battle Of The Bulge

By Bridget Gourlay   Serious money has been invested in sport by the Government in the last year, some of it going directly to schools. In June, the Government announced it would establish a new High Performance Institute to oversee investment in elite sport and to foster a culture of excellence. A sum of $15 million will be going towards the expansion of the Millennium Institute, which will become the National Training Centre for High Performance Sport. From July this year, there will be a $1.2 million contestable fund available for...

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Passing The Buck

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By Kate Pierson The phrase ‘price hike’ has a tendency to offend. So, it’s no surprise talk of the financial impact on New Zealand businesses due to the effective Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and impending GST hike has many hot under the collar. And, as if almost reading the minds of concerned business owners, the Commerce Commission is already reminding commercial entities about their obligations under the Fair Trading Act not to mislead customers about any potential price increases and refrain from passing the buck in light of these...

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The Running Men

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The Running Men

By Bridget Gourlay In October, the mayoral seat is up for grabs when the people of Christchurch decide who gets the job of running the city for the next three years. We take a little look at who’s offering what. Bob Parker The current mayor is seeking a second term. Parker swapped broadcasting for local body politics in the early 1990s when he became a member of the Banks Peninsula community board, then the district’s mayor (2001-2006). After leading the amalgamation of the Banks Peninsula District Council and the Christchurch City Council he...

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Running Out Of Puff

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Running Out Of Puff

By Kate Pierson It is widely accepted the earth was formed more than 4.5 billion years ago. Then came a single, large land mass, or super-continent called Pangaea, which divided into two large continents, Gondwana and Laurasia. Due to the tectonic plate movements of the Earth’s surface, Gondwana drifted into the southern hemisphere and about 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, the great super-continent of Gondwana began to break up into the various land masses we know today — South America, Africa, Australia, Antarctica,...

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One For All

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One For All

By Bridget Gourlay Like it or not, Auckland’s councils are merging and the ‘supercity’ is being formed. In October, we’ll know who will be mayor of the new area stretching from Rodney to Franklin. The point of the supercity is to unite the region under one jurisdiction — making resource consent and planning easier and to create a vision for the whole area. The powers the new mayor will have will be enormous and unprecedented — the job will be more similar to a mini-prime minister than a city mayor. After all, this area will include a good...

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Pardon The Interruption

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Pardon The Interruption

By Kate Pierson When someone’s accused of being distracted, it’s usually done with a negative connotation. Deemed the arch nemesis of employers and the antithesis of productivity, a distraction is considered a monopoliser of time and only leads employees astray. Aligned with the practice of procrastination, distraction in the form of objects, people, or practices that induce wandering eyes and minds, are considered breeders of bad habits. Not helping is that the digital age has delivered distractions like never before and the ensuing war to...

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Getting Frank About Franchising

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Franchising Confidence Index Quarterly Survey Franchize Consultants’ Franchising Confidence Index is a quarterly survey of 383 New Zealand franchisors and 115 specialist service providers (e.g. consultants, banks, accountants, lawyers and publishers) to the franchising community. The Franchising Confidence Index represents confidence in key measures critical to the success of franchising in this country by reporting attitudes toward general business conditions, as well as key franchising growth determinants including access to capital,...

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Working To Rule

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By Kate Pierson Our lives are democratically governed by an intricate web of civic laws and legislation. And despite the occasional frustrations that arise from fleeting feelings of imposition, the rational law abiding citizen in all of us knows their presence is not the result of a governmental ‘power trip’; it’s a fact of life that societal laws exist for a reason. And, contrary to the convictions of one general Douglas MacArthur, who said laws are made to be broken, the reality is, they’re not; particularly when it comes to providing...

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Supercity Business

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By Bridget Gourlay It doesn’t matter if you live in Flat Bush, Forest Hill or Freeman’s Bay. The long talked about supercity has happened and the same mayor, the same council and the same rules apply from Rodney to Franklin. The point of the cities merging was to put an end to rampant bureaucracy. With the new supercity, the council is now focused on thinking about what is good for the whole region, not just ‘what’s good for my patch of grass?’ says Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett. This means, (hopefully) a lot less...

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The Santa Spend

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The Santa Spend

By Bridget Gourlay It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the cheesy Christmas carol goes. While that might be debatable for some of us, the silly season certainly gives retailers arguably their biggest boost of the year. But 2008 was rough. 2009 was better, but not great. What will 2010 be like, and if it’s not a humdinger, will some SMEs be able to survive another year? NZ Retailers Association CEO John Albertson is fairly positive this Christmas will be a good one for retailers. He says it has been a tough 12-18 months with the...

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