Tamihere agrees with ACT on Treaty

The idea that Stephen Franks, ACT's trenchant Treaty critic, and John Tamihere, Labour's leading advocate for urban Maori, could conduct a friendly discussion, let alone agree on the direction of the nation may surprise many, but it happened.

It happened in a Wellington pub at lunchtime as a small crowd looked on and joined in one of series of "conversations" organized by the ACT party on selected election issues.

Talent Management approach wins plaudits for Audit NZ Human Resources

Published in Human Resources May 2005

Getting the best performance from staff is a continuing challenge for Human Resources managers. Audit New Zealand has adopted some practices that focus on managing talent as the foundation of their HR strategy.

And that organisation has been recognized for its successful pioneering efforts by winning the inaugural Talent Excellence Awards (TEX awards), set up to recognize and encourage organisations to manage the talent of their staff.

Epsom tradeoff still looks unlikely

Published in the National Business Review of 24 June 2005

ACT's final shot at staying in Parliament may lie with its leader's long-standing ambition to win the Epsom seat. On current polling ACT is out of Parliament, and officially National won't make a deal to give ACT an electorate seat.

While National has consistently and persistently ruled out any electoral accommodation, it has left a narrow bolthole for itself - should it need to use it.

Capital Lawyer seeks Hanan's liberal mantle

Published in the National Business Review of 24 June 2005

Chris Finlayson fits the description of a scholar and a gentleman. After a career in law and many years of service to the National Party, he now wants to enter Parliament and with a list ranking of 27, he's got a very good chance of doing so.

His political hero is the late Ralph Hanan, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General from 1960 to 1969 and a noted law reformer.

Experts back nuclear option to uphold Kyoto

Published in the National Business Review of 20 May 2005

Nuclear power has again been raised as the only alternative to a new gas field discovery, dependence on imported oil for transport, and the use of coal and lignite.

The latter scenario using Waikato coal and Southland lignite would blow away any prospect of adhering to the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.

Do you Blog? Webblogs may be hot but do they matter?

New Zealanders don't think that blogs have much impact and they don't read them or use them, but internationally blogpower is a proven force in politics and media.

Consider these examples.

Rivals back off from NZPA to share news internally

Published in the National Business Review on 4 March 2005

Changes in the operations of the New Zealand Press Association will encourage the two major newspaper groups to source more of their own copy and retain content within their own groups.

Fairfax NZ has already led the way with the setting up of the Business Day section in the DominionPost, Press and Waikato Times.

The Fairfax and APN groups control over 90% of the daily newspaper sales, and there is no city where the two groups compete head to head in the same time zone.

Hide seeks spending restraints

Published in the National Business Review of 15 April 2005

ACT leader Rodney Hide wants to curb politicians' ability to spend by limiting any increase to the rate of inflation plus the growth in the population..

He proposes in addition to the Reserve Bank Act and the Fiscal Responsibility Act

  • A taxpayers Bill of Rights
  • A Regulatory Responsibility Act
  • Statutory limits on spending

Lions' supporters targeted for 100% Kiwi experience

Published in the National Business Review of 15 April 2005

When the thousands of supporters for the British and Irish Lions walk across the air bridges into New Zealand airports next month, they won't just be attending the biggest sporting event New Zealand has ever hosted.

The 25 000 plus supporters will be the target market for a campaign to turn these "interactive travellers" into word of mouth advocates for the New Zealand tourist experience.

Authorities push industry shakeout

Published in the National Business Review 8 April 2005

A shakeout in New Zealand's international education industry is being quietly encouraged by the industry's marketing arm, Education New Zealand, with the support of the government.

This follows the boom, burst and bust cycle of student numbers over the past decade. For example, the number of Chinese students grew from 816 in 1997 to a peak of 53,606 in 2003, and is now back to about 39 000.