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Cut Down to Size

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Cut Down to Size

    Is tall poppy syndrome killing your bottom line? “Unfortunately tall poppy syndrome is still alive in New Zealand, which is a shame because it restricts a lot of people from getting external recognition,” Ross Buckley, executive chairman of KPMG New Zealand, says.  If you are Kiwi, you have probably heard of tall poppy syndrome, which is defined as a perceived tendency to discredit or disparage those who have achieved wealth or prominence in public life. In short, it is cutting down those who have grown taller than their peers....

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New Tax Rules for Contractors

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New Tax Rules for Contractors

  Good news for contractors: from April 1, 2017, contractors subject to the schedular payment rules are now able to elect their withholding tax rate without having to apply to Inland Revenue for a special tax code. This provides increased flexibility, makes it easier for taxpayers to self-manage their tax obligations and aims to minimise the overall cost to the system. Prior to April 1, a contractor subject to the schedular payment rules was subject to a flat rate of withholding. This rate often did not match a contractor’s actual income...

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Lost in Translation

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Lost in Translation

  The workplace today is a multitude of generations. Between graduates, long time professionals and those somewhere in between, and then superiors, subordinates and colleagues, it can be a difficult scene to navigate. A good place to start is with effective communication. Communication is most commonly defined as a transfer of information, thoughts or ideas to create a shared understanding between a sender and a receiver. But it’s even more complex than this. Each generation has its own unique set of communication preferences. These...

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Disaster Control

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Disaster Control

  Nowadays a simple mistake can turn into a viral sensation within a matter minutes. Take for example the infamous United Airlines debacle. The footage of a passenger being dragged by security off one of their flights has been viewed more than five million times on Facebook and now every move that United Airlines makes is in the spotlight. It has since come to light that the passenger himself was no saint before the incident but that hasn’t hindered the backlash United Airlines has received. Though most cases will not go to that extreme,...

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Five Top Tips for Passing Building Inspections

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Five Top Tips for Passing Building Inspections

  If you are planning a building or renovation project, it’s likely you will need to obtain an approved consent before beginning work. The process of gaining a consent and following through to obtain a Code of Compliance Certificate at the end can be daunting, time-consuming and frustrating. There are some simple things you and your builder can do to save hours, weeks and dollars on building inspections. Jeff Fahrensohn, inspections manager for Auckland Council’s Building Control team, says there are some simple things you and your...

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Rushing Towards Disaster

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Rushing Towards Disaster

  As 2017 is now well under way, many companies will need to think about recruitment, either to replace staff who changed jobs during the summer, or to expand their current workforce. Often a poor recruitment process leads to serious workplace problems. We’ve all worked in a business or heard of a situation where the completely wrong person has been hired for the job. It is a very expensive, but sadly common, mistake. There are many factors that lead to poor recruitment, such as inexperience, poor interview structure and unintended...

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Going to Pot

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Going to Pot

  It’s the conversation that never goes away. Whether you love it or loath it, marijuana is one of the most debated drugs in New Zealand.  This particular debate has been raging on since its illegalisation under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. Though it does seem in recent years people are becoming more open to the benefits of marijuana, both medicinally and economically, currently we as tax payers are forking out thousands of dollars yearly in the legal fight against it, when there is potential to be making a large profit from it. In a...

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Eastern Etiquette

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Eastern Etiquette

  Doing business in China is about relationships and subtleties. New Zealand company director Annie Govan says two things are absolutely essential to doing business in China – building relationships and understanding the many subtleties that come with the Chinese culture. Actively involved in several business streams with China, a few years ago she and husband Bert Govan founded Challenge Steel – a company which has quickly risen to become one of New Zealand’s largest importers of fabricated structural steel. As the company’s...

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6 Startup Secrets

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6 Startup Secrets

  CoziGo creator Emma Lovell’s light bulb moment was the outcome of flying and using an in-flight bassinet with a very distracted and overtired baby. She used masking tape and a sheet to try and create anin-flight canopy for her baby. Emma also grew frustrated when the blanket covering her daughter’s pram would fly off, fall off or get pulled off. CoziGo – Sleep on the Go, was her solution to both of these problems and in 2014 she launched her universal stroller and airline bassinet sleep cover. Emma appeared on Shark Tank and...

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Rushing to Disaster

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Rushing to Disaster

  As 2017 is now well under way, many companies will need to think about recruitment, either to replace staff who changed jobs during the summer, or to expand their current workforce.  Often a poor recruitment process leads to serious workplace problems. We’ve all worked in a business or heard of a situation where the completely wrong person has been hired for the job. It is a very expensive but sadly common mistake. There are many factors that lead to poor recruitment, such as inexperience, poor interview structure and unintended...

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