• Proposals to tax personal use of work phones and laptops unenforceable, antiquated

    Proposals by Inland Revenue to tax the personal use of work mobile communication devices like mobile phones, tablets and laptops are both unenforceable and contrary to government’s ambition to lift workplace productivity, the Employers and Manufacturers Association...

    • Posted February 27, 2013
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  • Clarity on SOE float welcomed

    BusinessNZ has welcomed the clarity provided by the Supreme Court’s decision on the proposed share offer for Mighty River Power.  Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says the partial float provides a significant opportunity for the development of New...

    • Posted February 27, 2013
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  • Capital markets report useful but more needs to be done

    The Government’s final report under the Business Growth Agenda lists useful undertakings to enable better access to capital, says BusinessNZ. Building Capital Markets is a useful component of the Agenda to build the New Zealand economy, says...

    • Posted February 27, 2013
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  • Capital markets report identifies challenge to growth

    For New Zealand exports to rise to 40 per cent of GDP, $200 billion in capital is needed by 2020, much more than is currently invested in our export economy. That’s the scale of the challenge presented...

    • Posted February 27, 2013
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  • Living in a fool’s paradise?

     John Key recently claimed that the high dollar is a good thing, saying “For a lot of New Zealand consumers, their life’s actually a lot better because of the strong dollar.” This claim looks at only one...

    • Posted February 26, 2013
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  • Smart food and innovation in action

    Auckland-based innovation centre, The FOODBOWL, which offers food and beverage producers exclusive use of its world-class facilities, is swinging its doors open to the industry and public. More than 600 people, including equipment and ingredient suppliers and...

    • Posted February 26, 2013
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  • Let’s have a small celebration

    Small, because we can’t get too carried away – just yet. Manufacturing is back in the black with a PMI reading in January of 55.2. This is 4.8 up on December and the highest result since May...

    • Posted February 25, 2013
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  • Loss of trust in business—and what this means for the global economy

    The causes and consequences of decreasing public trust in business, and what this means for societies and the global economy, will be the focus of a public lecture on Monday at the Victoria Business School. Harvard Professor...

    • Posted February 22, 2013
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  • Use by date for Telecom workers

    There may be a lot more people experiencing the languid Friday afternoons following the announcement today that Telecom is to lay off “hundreds of workers”. This comment is not forgetting other people across companies in New Zealand...

    • Posted February 22, 2013
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  • “Best to do Nothing”

    The Reserve Bank Governor, Graeme Wheeler’s speech yesterday was essentially more of the same – an ongoing attachment to orthodoxy reinforced by a reluctance to do anything new, believing it is best to do nothing as change...

    • Posted February 21, 2013
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