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Hot Spots: Trade Trends For The Coming Year

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By Melinda Collins There’s a lot to be said for free trade and its economic covenants. But flipping a coin and throwing product at a reluctant country is unlikely to bode well for anyone. To celebrate a new year and new horizons, Auckland Today went seeking trade trends for 2011. Europe, the Middle East & Africa What sectors align well? New Zealand Trade and Enterprise regional director Anne Chappaz says austerity measures in Europe represent opportunities for ICT and services sectors. Chappaz, whose areas of responsibility oversee...

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Simplicity Will Succeed

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Simplicity Will Succeed

For someone who loves words and writing, it is humbling to be completely lost for them in face of such devastation and tragedy. Our quiet little Christchurch slice of life has been turned asunder as God leaned on the smite button like you press harder on the remote when the batteries are flat. It’s probably fair to say, when surveying the scale of loss and damage, that most people asked, “Well, where do we go from here?” Not a bad question and one we’re broaching in our cover story. My take is that we need to take John Kirwan’s advice for...

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Where To From Here?

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Where To From Here?

By Bridget Gourlay If I could relive a moment, it would be one from September 3. It was a rainy day, but the promise of spring was in the air. The blossom and daffodils had come out after a long winter. The temperature was creeping upwards. Coats were still needed, but not hats or gloves. That lunchtime, I walked from the Academy newsroom on Colombo Street to an appointment across town. As I wandered along the bustling footpaths of the inner city, I admired the place. The historic facades, the green spots, the corner shops and enticing...

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Hitting The Hinterland

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By Katie McKone Christchurch’s hinterland is experiencing its own set of aftershocks resulting from the February 22 earthquake. The movement of people, goods and services has been felt in ebbs and flows throughout the South Island and beyond, testing infrastructure and industry. Agriculture With reportedly minimal damage sustained within the rural community, its immediate response has been on alleviating the effects for their urban counterparts. The common view within the sector is that the wider economic impacts, both short and long term,...

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Look Before You Leap

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By Katie McKone One simple and pertinent message is being conveyed to Christchurch businesses – look before you leap. As garages around the city turn into makeshift offices and boardroom meetings are held in suburban lounges, people are realising it is time to utilise all networks and take a new approach to survive. Yet an element of panic and desperation is also evident as many start to consider what their futures may hold. Canterbury spokesperson for the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Marty Braithwaite is among those urging businesses...

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Mind Over Matter

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By Katie McKone While the physical scars may be starting to fade, the devastating Christchurch earthquake will be forever etched in our minds. The February 22 disaster has put a huge toll on the psyche of those left to pick up the pieces — from the many businesses forced to start from scratch, to the thousands of uprooted and displaced families unable to return to their homes. Tragedy on such a scale is not something that can simply be erased from our minds; it will take time and effort before things start to return to normal — whatever, or...

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Spreading The Load

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By Kate Pierson A crisis always seems to happen when you least expect it — you can thank Murphy’s Law for that. When your business is hit by its arch-enemy, chaos, head on, it can feel like you’re living proof of the saying ‘everything comes in threes’, as one calamity leads to another. It’s like when the first of many precariously balanced dominos gets knocked over — one by one, they’ll all come tumbling down. It is a scenario Christchurch and all Cantabrians are now more familiar with than they would have ever chosen to be. The worst part...

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Footsteps To Success

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Footsteps To Success

It may sound crazy, but in Copenhagen they have taken the cars out of one street in the CBD a year over the past few decades as part of a strategy to enliven the Danish capital. It’s now one of the most efficient, environmentally friendly cities in the world with flocks of tourists (and city planners) visiting it each year. Others have followed suit. Hong Kong pedestrianised its famous Sai Yeung Choi Street in 2003 and the Parisians are getting rid of cars around the inner city canals and instead allowing only walkers and cyclists to enjoy...

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Paying The Bills

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Paying The Bills

Paying your business’ bills is not just a goodwill gesture; it is about meeting your obligations in a trade relationship. In New Zealand, we are falling short on fulfilling this obligation. In a recent report released by leading credit reporting and debt collection company, Dun & Bradstreet, it was that revealed New Zealand firms took on average 43.9 days to settle their trade accounts in the December quarter — a figure which remains two weeks above the standard 30 day payment term. The latest business payments research from Dun &...

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Business Fads: Friend or Foe?

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By Kate Pierson We are a nation of fad-lovers in New Zealand — some might even say we’re a collective of walking clichés. Call us what you will, but we Kiwis live and breathe trends and if it’s hot right now, you can guarantee we’ve got it. It may be that the sheep to human ratio in New Zealand has rubbed off on us, and we’ve adopted the follow-the-leader nature of our woolly counterparts, or it could be the fact we know a good thing when we see it. Either way, our inclination to become love drunk on trends is a Kiwi characteristic through...

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