New Zealand Management

Articles from April

AGENDA: 10 Questions for Boards
Byline: Roger Branch Many company board meetings fall into a predictable pattern of procedure-driven activity, with excessive time given to reports from the audit, compensation, transactions, and other committees. Even in todayCOs Sarbanes-Oxley...
As I See It
Rebecca Purdy is the owner of Product Placement, a nationwide promotional sampling company with over 500 contractors in 14 regions throughout New Zealand. Primarily working on FMCG clients both in supermarkets and conducting experiential promo work...
Comment On: Government Bail Outs
Byline: Gareth Poole There has been much said on the matter of Fisher & Paykel AppliancesCO profit downturn and the possibility of a government bail out of New Zealand companies affected by the global credit crunch. Some commentators have...
CONSULTATION: When Colleagues Attack
Byline: Kevin Gaunt I have a colleague who bad-mouths me in the office. I donCOt want to make a big fuss and get our boss involved so how can I stop her? Hmm not nice. When this happens it undermines you, but also the other person loses respect,...
COVER STORY: Where the Long White Cloud Meets the Maple Leaf Governance in New Zealand and Canada
Byline: Jens Mueller, Sandy Maier Now in its fourth year, the annual C[pounds sterling]Directions Co Understanding GovernanceC[yen] survey shows solid trends in governance development in New Zealand. Looking also at the same survey data from Canada,...
COVER STORY: World Class Kiwis Talented and Tenacious; How Do You Get to Be World Class? in Tough Economic Times, It Becomes Even More Vital to Delve into the Recipes for Kiwi Success, Define Common Characteristics and Do Our Damnedest to Replicate What Has Helped Take the 2009 World Class New Zealanders to the Top of Their Game
Byline: Vicki Jayne Little country in the bottom of the world we may be, but New Zealand, as one World Class New Zealand Award winner puts it, produces C[pounds sterling]a disproportionate share of talented peopleC[yen] in all spheres of achievement....
ECONOMICS: A Tale of Two Messages
Byline: Bob Edlin The Key Government hasnCOt disabused those of us who imagined it will use fiscal policy to stimulate the economy and help see us through a deepening recession. It enthuses publicly about a $9 billion, three-year C[pounds sterling]rolling...
EDITOR'S LETTER: Making the Grade
Byline: Ellen Read Corporate governance is continuing to develop in New Zealand according to the fourth annual C[pounds sterling]Directions Co Understanding GovernanceC[yen] survey. ThatCOs the good news. The not so good news is that, according...
EMPLOYMENT LAW: Personal Grievances ,Co Minimising the Risk
Byline: Greg Cain and Amy Cunningham Sometimes personal grievances can seem like the bane of an employerCOs existence. An employee is performing badly, or having far too much time off sick. The employer tries to manage the issue and then faces a...
FACE TO FACE: Geoff Bascand: Telling It like It Is; in today,COs Deepening Financial Gloom you,COd Think the Chief Purveyor of Statistics Might Feel like a Harbinger of Bad News, but Government Statistician Geoff Bascand Is Optimistic about New Zealand,COs Future. and He Has the Figures to Back That View. by Vicki Jayne
Byline: Vicki Jayne You just have to ask Geoff Bascand what he thinks about that oft-used quote Co originally attributed to Benjamin Disraeli Co that there are C[pounds sterling]lies, damned lies and statisticsC[yen]. As government statistician,...
INTOUCH: Award Seeks Humanitarian Approach
Auckland plastics and medical device manufacturer Adept wants to unleash the ideas of clever New Zealanders to help humanity, and is offering a $50,000 prize for the winning innovation. The company hopes its CyDesigns for LifeCO award will encourage...
INTOUCH: Business Behaviour Remains Hopeful
Pessimistic sentiment runs high in the findings of the latest Sheffield Salary Review Survey, but that is not flowing through to dramatic cuts in pay, staff numbers or revenue expectations. The survey, which was conducted over November and December...
INTOUCH: Growing despite the Recession
Byline: Helen Tatham Dick Hubbard is a man who knows how to grow a company during a recession; heCOs been there before. Hubbard Foods was born in 1988, just after the sharemarket crash in 1987. AucklandCOs former mayor, now involved in business...
INTOUCH: Nominations Sought for Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards
The opening of nominations for the 2009 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards has been marked by Prime Minister John Key reviewing his own leadership Co after 100 days in the office. Key addressed a Leadership Breakfast in Auckland late last month,...
INTOUCH: NZ Women Executives on the Rise
Women in business in New Zealand are doing better than their counterparts in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries in Western Europe, including Scandinavia. The latest findings from accounting and business advisers...
INTOUCH: One-to-One Communications the Way Forward Survey Says
New Zealand businesses may be facing tough times, but marketers wonCOt be cutting their one-to-one communications spend, according to a direct marketing study conducted by Nielsen and New Zealand Post. NZ Post commissioned Nielsen Media Research...
INTOUCH: Waikato Engineering Student Takes Message to the Streets
A new advertising device recently trialled outside one Hamilton store certainly had a few passers-by doing a double-take. People walking past R&R Sport on the cityCOs main street were treated to a recorded promotion for kayaks as they triggered...
INTOUCH: Westpac Moves to Promote Eco-Choice
Westpac New Zealand is aiming to help its customers make better choices for the environment despite the economic gloom via the launch of Westpac ecoshop, an online store specialising in eco-conscious products. The product range includes personal...
JUST GOOD BUSINESS CASE STUDY: Top Coat for Paint Company
Paint is not a product usually associated with environmental leadership but Resene Paints picked up two major accolades in last yearCOs awards rounds. The company won the Trailblazer (Large & Corporate Business) Award at the Sustainable Business...
JUST GOOD BUSINESS POLICY: We Have Lift-Off
Byline: Adelia Hallett New Zealand has a greenhouse-gas emissions trading market. As this issue of NZ Management went to press, news broke of the sale of the first New Zealand credits (called NZUs), and others are in the pipeline. The trade is...
JUST GOOD BUSINESS - SUSTAINABILITY: The Roar of Business on Climate Change: Get on with It
Byline: Peter Neilson If youCOre seeing a renewed effort by special interests around the world to avoid paying their carbon pollution bills bear in mind how out of touch they are with the broader view of business people. The Parliamentary Select...
NZIM - RESEARCH: Forget the Crisis, Focus on Fundamentals; the World Financial Crisis May Throw Up New Business Models for the Future but It Is More Likely That a Return to Sound Management Fundamentals Will Deliver the Best Results. Reg Birchfield Talks to Retiring New Zealand Institute of Management National President Robin Dunlop
Byline: Reg Birchfield Robin Dunlop has enjoyed his tenure at the top of NZIM. C[pounds sterling]I have enjoyed trying to bring about some change to the organisation and getting us all singing from one song sheet,C[yen] he says resolutely. By that,...
On the Move
Mark Berry The Commerce Commission has welcomed Commerce Minister Simon PowerCOs announcement of the appointment of Dr Berry, a specialist in competition law and economic regulation, as its new chair. He takes over on 1 April, with Paula RebstockCOs...
POLITICS: Making Regulation Work Better
Byline: Colin James Rodney Hide used to chase taxis carrying overspending MPs. Since he went dancing with the stars he has been happier hunting regulators. His Regulatory Responsibility Bill in 2006 lacked drafting rigour, Sir Geoffrey Palmer...
PROFILE: Christine Rankin - Still Lighting the Flame; from Benefit to Boardroom: The Public Service Leader Once Mainly Known for Her Dangly Earrings and Racy Dress Sense Is Now Set on Transforming New Zealand Private Enterprise. She Tells Brent Leslie about Her New Life
Byline: Brent Leslie Mention the name Christine Rankin to almost anyone and they will know who you mean. ItCOs those earrings and the reputation for short skirts and plunging necklines that remain in the mind, eight years after the kerfuffle and...
REMUNERATION: Redundancy and Your Next Remuneration Package - Making It Work for You
Byline: Janet Ison Economic downturn forces everyone to take stock, to review both their current situation and future plans. You may be doing exactly that sort of re-assessment for your company given current conditions Co but now is also a good...
STRATEGY: Recession ,Co A Strategic Issue for Boards
Byline: Doug Matheson The impact of the recession has become the key strategic issue for current boards. Directors are grappling with uncertainty of a magnitude few have experienced before. To meet the challenges many boards must change the way...
TABLED: Board Director Fees Still on the Table
Byline: Sherry Maier In todayCOs environment, reviewing director fees Co let alone adjusting them Co might seem to be a losing proposition. John KeyCOs message about freezing MP pay levels and tightening belts has been received loud and clear. The...
TABLED: What Directors Need to Know about Personal Liability
Byline: Nicholas Scott You donCOt need me to tell you about the state of the current economic environment. For most in business, times are tough. As directors, there is the risk that in certain circumstances you can become liable for the debts of...
TEN TOP TIPS: Tips for Business and Asset Financing
Byline: Mike Fickling New Zealand may be in a recession but there are steps businesses can take to protect their positions Co and even expand and thrive. Whether you are planning a purchase to drive immediate cost savings or to increase productivity,...
TENURE: Has Your Board Hit Its Use-By Date?
Byline: Iain McCormick The demands by stakeholders for boards to ensure that effective business strategy is implemented are growing rapidly. Boards of directors must maximise their effectiveness in strategy development and implementation and so...
VOLATILITY: Managing in Volatile Times - Risk Review and M&A Strategies; in the Second Instalment of Deloitte,COs Five-Part Series on How to Ride out the Recession, Deloitte Partners Richard Kirkland and Chas Cable Talk about Conducting a Risk Review on Your Business and the Impact of the Recession on Merger and Acquisition Strategy
Byline: Richard Kirkland, Chas Cable Risk Co Half-empty or half-full? Richard Kirkland is a partner in DeloitteCOs Enterprise Risk Services practice. Here he discusses an approach to conducting a risk review of your business. We tend to want...
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