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Let The Celebrations Begin

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Let The Celebrations Begin

Harness Racing New Zealand is excited about Cup and Show Week in November and believes it’s just what Christchurch needs. Marketing and communications manager Andrew Morris says Cup and Show is always a highlight in the garden city’s social calendar, but this year more so than ever. “I think one of the crucial things that we’re looking forward to is that it’s a chance for Canterbury to get back on its feet,” he says. “It’s one of the first opportunities after the earthquakes that we’ll have to bring the local community together for a positive...

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Capital Visions

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Capital Visions

With submissions now closed, Wellington CityCouncil’s strategy for the capital’s future,‘Toward 2040: Smart Green Wellington’ is nearly ready to roll. Concepts were laid bare at a day-long symposium hosted by the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in July, featuring leading design practitioners. Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the public consultation process was one of the broadest the council has undertaken in her time as an elected member. The goal was to canvass long term visions on how the capital...

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Synthetic Cannabis Fair Game

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Growing use of synthetic cannabis could leave employers exposed if their staff have accidents in the workplace. Employers wanting to test workers for synthetic cannabis use need to review their drug and alcohol policy now that the Government has banned 16 synthetic cannabis-like substances, including Kronic. The New Zealand Drug Detection Agency (NZDDA) last month reported that out of 39 random samples which tested negative for cannabis and methamphetamine, 26 percent tested positive for synthetic cannabis. The agency is now able to test for...

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Inclusion The Pathway For Economic Growth

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Inclusion The Pathway For Economic Growth

A new initiative is being launched by the Office of Ethnic Affairs to improve the contribution ethnic businesses make to the New Zealand economy. Ninety-seven percent of businesses in New Zealand employ fewer than 20 people and many of these small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) are estimated to be run by ethnic minorities. The more efficient and productive they are, the more efficient and productive New Zealand is. However, many ethnic business people find it difficult to understand the business culture and regulations within New Zealand....

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Eliminating E-Waste

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Eliminating E-Waste

We think about recycling our glass, newspapers and plastic, but where do you think all of our old office equipment winds up? An estimated 80,000 tonnes of electronic waste is dumped into landfills each year. And not only is it the fastest growing type of waste in the world, it is more toxic than normal household rubbish. According to eDay, a not for profit recycling organisation, computers and other electronic devices can contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. The plastic casing and wiring of computer equipment can also...

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Stress In The City

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Stress In The City

Six years in the making and finally our day of days arrived. As the curtain lifted that September evening, Auckland sparkled in perfect springtime stillness. But under the harsh glare of a global spotlight flaws in the picture came to light. The opening night of Rugby World Cup 2011 was the city’s big chance to set a precedent, not just for a one-off event but for its future. Instead of it being a great leap forward, launched on the back of good planning, the city of sails revealed itself to be still haunted by transport and infrastructure...

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Tourism

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Tourism

The vulnerability of global tourism to oil prices, concern over future oil constraints and whether sufficient investments are being made in sustainability, is coming under increasing scrutiny. Leading industry researcher Dr Susanne Becken, associate professor at Lincoln University, is set to raise questions over current global tourism growth projections at the second World Green Tourism Conference in Abu Dhabi this December. Currently leading two government-funded tourism programmes in New Zealand, Dr Becken will speak on ‘Tourism in an...

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Have Business Leaders Lost Their Mojo?

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Have Business Leaders Lost Their Mojo?

By Roger Kerr I was struck by a recent ‘economic state of the nation’ article by award-winning business journalist, Jenni McManus. The article was a kind of valedictory for McManus, one of this country’s finest journalists, who recently left the media for the corporate world. Her article reported on a survey she had done of the off-the-record views of 40 business people and industry sector leaders on the Government’s management of the economy over the past three years. Collectively those interviewed, or their members, employ hundreds of...

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Click On To Online Shopping

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Click On To Online Shopping

By Bridget Gourlay I recently read an amazing book, the type where you become so engrossed in the world the author has painted that when you are pulled out of it you look around, blinking, momentarily startled at your surroundings. With a friend’s birthday coming up, I knew it would be the perfect gift. So I hopped online and checked out what Amazon was selling The Tiger’s Wife for. It’s a popular book that recently won the Orange prize so I wasn’t surprised to find I could get it delivered to my door for $10. To buy it in hardcover, it was...

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Dealing With Difficult Employees

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Dealing With Difficult Employees

By Dr Mary Casey Every manager knows the frustration of a difficult employee in the workplace — from the late starter to the incessant whinger. While diversity in a workplace can bring the best set of skills to the business, managers need to be alert to any behaviour which can harm the business and its culture, says a leading workplace communications expert. Most managers, at some point, have had to deal with an employee who has soured the workplace culture, reduced productivity, wasted time or discredited co-workers. When dealing with a...

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