Category Archives: NZ Business

Do Oxfam, Amnesty and World Vision support petrol consumption?

Some unsolicited email spam (not to me) from Littlelot, who replace your Android or PC wallpaper with advertisements: Aside from the problems of this email being unsolicited, they also have a problem of giving away gasoline. This seems out of … Continue reading

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Should anyone else adopt the Internet Party policies?

The Internet Party‘s website just launched, but sadly for them this is what happened when I tried to play on the video at the top of the site: I tried a bit later and had a different sort of error … Continue reading

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Raising money is about to get a little easier

Via the NBR in print, is Andrew Lewis’s excellent primer on the April and December changes introduced by the Financial Market Conduct Act. It’s a timely reminder. One change is that certain small offers, those under $2 million per year with less … Continue reading

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$91 million for “new visa processing technology”

Buried in an otherwise excellent report on NZ Tourism (found through this NZHerald article) is the statement: “Immigration NZ is investing $91 million in new visa processing technology that will enable visitors to apply for their visas online” That feels … Continue reading

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Do you have your business licenses?

New Zealand rightly gets credit of being an easy place to do business, but sometimes we forget. As a reminder here’s an excerpt from an article on the tax implications of Kickstarter projects: In the United States, if you accept money … Continue reading

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No more little children being dropped off by their mummies

When I went to school over 30 years ago the norm was to walk, cycle or take public transport. Similarly a colleague I spoke to yesterday said that when he went to school in Tauranga 20 years that there were … Continue reading

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Finding great advice and advisors for founders

There are a few different sources of advice for founders, with the most important ones being end users and paying customers. Below I have put a list of sources of advice in  order of importance, just to push the point … Continue reading

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Telecom’s Broadband – getting there but room to improve

I decided to check out with Telecom’s broadband sign-up page to see how the impact of Telecom’s ongoing transformation is affecting end users. Overall things seem much easier to navigate than previously, and the plans are better. But there are … Continue reading

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Telecom’s burden is marketing: Spark

What does Telecom do? For me it’s simple – as a telco (leaving aside Gen-i) it provides reliable internet and voice connectivity. That connectivity is accessed over the air and via copper and fibre, and there is a strong switch … Continue reading

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Let’s fix the New Zealand Food System

In 2001, while I was living in the USA, I read the book Fast Food Nation, shortly after it was released. I stopped eating meat. The USA’s food system was so broken that the quality of the meat being consumed … Continue reading

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When broken forecasting means billions wasted

This line records use of a certain item by New Zealand population since 2000. Where do you think it will be in say 20 years time? The statistic went up, and then down, and so the best estimate to me … Continue reading

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Our new US ambassador has a tough act to follow

The nominee for the USA’s Ambassador to New Zealand is one Mark David Gilbert. Here’s the text from the Whitehouse.gov press release, 4 months ago: Mark D. Gilbert, Nominee for Ambassador to New Zealand, Department of State Mark D. Gilbert … Continue reading

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The end of Kiwibank?

<updated to clarify this is for Kiwibank’s Core Banking System> Fairfax Media report that Kiwibank is signing up to SAP as their “principal computer platform” provider for their core banking system. The core banking system runs the business of the bank – … Continue reading

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UFB progress at 1.5% – who wants other 98.5%?

It’s great to see the UFB project continue, with the Quarterly Broadband Deployment Update for December 2013 showing over 27% of premises passed to date. The real question is how we can increase the pace of actual connections, currently at 1.5%. I’m … Continue reading

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What Board Skills and Experience do you need?

BHP Billiton created this deceptively simple chart on the skills and experience of their Board of Directors in their excellent 2013 Summary Review. I challenge all boards to do the same. The categories in the table are interesting as they … Continue reading

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