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The importance of networking

17 February 2018

Whether you are building your business or developing a career there is one essential skill that you must put time into - networking.

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Older People in Housing-related Poverty

16 February 2018

The Government has recently released its report ‘Stocktake of New Zealand Housing’ which looks at homelessness and housing-related poverty. Undertaken by a team of independent experts, this report brings into the open the consequences of falling home ownership. A significant cause is the under-supply of housing; the number of houses being built has fallen behind the rate of population increase. This has pushed up house prices and rents.

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Want to lose weight? Reset your mind

16 February 2018

The New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17 found that around 1 in 3 adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (32%) and a further 34% of adults were overweight but not obese.

It’s estimated that at any point in time, one in four adults are trying to lose weight, most of the time usually by going on a diet. Most of those people are going to be disappointed because as I wrote a few weeks ago, diets don't work long-term (The BIG Con – Diets Don’t Work).

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New Zealand's ageing workforce - the elephant in the room for many companies

12 February 2018

Let’s face it, we are living longer and the old retirement age just isn't reflective of how much healthier we are. However, people who had hard physical jobs may need to scale back a bit and work less hours or consider a different twilight career.

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New Zealand's ageing workforce - the elephant in the room for many companies

12 February 2018

Let’s face it, we are living longer and the old retirement age just isn't reflective of how much healthier we are. However, people who had hard physical jobs may need to scale back a bit and work less hours or consider a different twilight career.

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Are you struggling to get quality sleep .......

9 February 2018

On Wednesday morning I woke up at 4am. The bedroom was way too hot (see below for the optimum temperature for sleep). I gave myself 10 minutes to get back to sleep and, when I didn’t, decided to get up and start work for the day. I re-framed the situation as an opportunity to use the two extra hours to progress a project I’m working on. When I turned on my PC I discovered it was #InternationalWellbeingWednesday, and that the theme for 2018 was all about getting a good night’s sleep! How timely!!

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A Lesson in Volatility

9 February 2018

Over the last few days we have been reminded of something that has almost been forgotten; that share markets don’t always keep going up. The last ten years have been very good for share investors. The long period of good returns followed the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, which prompted various central banks around the world to inject cash into their economies and drop interest rates.

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The Four Pillars of Retirement Income

2 February 2018

There are several different ways to generate cash from an investment portfolio to top up your retirement income. Many retirees make the mistake of confusing cash with income and this leads them to invest in interest-bearing investments such as bonds and term deposits to supplement their superannuation. Yet interest is only one of the ‘four pillars’ of retirement income.

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Silver Splitters

26 January 2018

It is common for two people to stay in an unhappy relationship for the sake of children and because they can’t afford to split their assets and income in half. But is seems that now, the number of people who divorce later in life is on the increase. Known as silver splitters, they are over 50, the kids are off their hands, they have a home with little or no debt and they are looking for freedom and independence.

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Time for a change?

26 January 2018

For many people, their New Year’s resolutions concerned breaking bad habits or building new, more useful ones.

If you were one of those people, then perhaps you’ve already discovered that breaking an unwanted habit, and installing a new one, can be more challenging than you anticipated.

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Build ‘your’ system

25 January 2018

There is a lot to remember when you are motivated to change your life for the better.

The first step is to make a personal plan that covers all aspects of our life which may include career or business, relationships, health, financial, friends & family, personal growth and development, fun and recreation, and environment etc. For more information on goal setting visit my blog ‘Dreaming and goal setting’

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Simplify and Automate

19 January 2018

Holiday time is a great time to declutter. Just as cupboards and wardrobes fill up with unused or out of date items, your financial affairs can become cluttered. Whether it is bank accounts, credit cards, store cards, loyalty cards, loans, investments or insurance, you can easily get to the point where you have so much going on you lose track.

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The BIG Con – Diets Don’t Work

19 January 2018

Did you read The BIG Con article in the Your Weekend section of last Saturday’s Dominion Post (written by Rose Hoare)? It carried the by-line: “If you’ve been thinking about going on a diet as part of a New Year resolution, don’t bother.”

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Goal Setting Secrets

12 January 2018

Having goals focuses your mind on what you need to know and do to be successful, so that you can make the most of your life. The start of a new year is great time to set goals. However, if you want to be able to achieve your goals there a few secrets in how you set them.

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The two keys to success often overlooked when setting goals ….

12 January 2018

I don’t know about you, but over the last few weeks, my inbox has been bombarded with offers of help and advice on setting my goals for 2018.

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Get Rid of Money Guilt

5 January 2018

The New Year is a chance to make resolutions to eat healthier food, exercise more often and manage money better. Just like diet and exercise, money is something that people feel often guilty about. Opening your credit card bill after Christmas and the New Year sales can certainly create the feeling that you have done something wrong or spent money you weren’t supposed to. However, while an initial rush of guilt can trigger desire to change money behaviours, New Year’s resolutions get forgotten about as life settles back to normal. There is an easy way to avoid feeling guilty about money and to keep on track with money goals.

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A Christmas Carol – A Mesmerising Tale of Personal Transformation

22 December 2017

A Christmas Carol published in 1843, is one of Charles Dicken’s most popular novels and has been the subject of numerous films, TV series and musicals. Dickens wrote the story in six weeks, during October and November of 1843 to highlight the plight of poor children.

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Starting Out

15 December 2017

Starting out in life after school or tertiary education is an exciting milestone. It is one of the best times in life, with a future full of potential opportunities, without the responsibilities of dependent children to support and with few financial commitments. Anything is possible at this stage of life. However, it is also a critical time as making the wrong financial decisions when starting out can have long term consequences.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE STRESS OF CHRISTMAS

15 December 2017

With Xmas Day just over a week away, how’s your stress level? Did you know that according to the UK’s Stress Management Society, one in 20 people consider Christmas more stressful than a burglary!

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Can I go swimming on my period?

9 December 2017

My advice is that we need to take extra special care of ourselves in the lead up to and during our period. At this time our body is working extra hard to clear out the lining of the uterus that it was hoping would be a nice nest for an embryo. Our immune system is challenged at this time; we feel extra tired, achy and more cold than usual, so it's common sense to take extra care and rest more. Moderate exercise is good especially just before your period and can help reduce cramping.

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How Much Risk Can you Take?

8 December 2017

Whether you are investing money, setting up a business or gambling on horses, your first consideration, before parting with any money, should be how much risk you can afford to take. Risk is not necessarily the probability of loss – it is the probability that an outcome will be different than you expect. For example, an investment might make a positive return, but a lower (or higher) return than you expected.

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IMPROVISING YOUR WAY OUT OF SOCIAL ANXIETY & STRESS

1 December 2017

On Wednesday night at the recently opened Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre in Wellington, two of the Base Jump Improv teams put on an end of term show (Improv is short for improvisation).

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The Greatest Gift

1 December 2017

Giving to others brings great pleasure and happiness and there is no better evidence of this than the joy of Christmas. However, giving is often loaded with emotion and purpose. We place various meanings on the act of both giving and receiving. In some cases, people give to make themselves feel better – perhaps by absolving themselves of guilt - or as a way of demonstrating love, particularly if they have trouble expressing love in other ways.

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3 Highly Effective Ways to Reduce Xmas Stress

24 November 2017

Last week we looked at ways to reduce the amount of pressure we experience in the run up to Xmas, and in so doing reduce the amount of stress we experience. This week let’s look at three highly effective, proven, ways to reduce and/or cope with stress at any time of the year:

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Track Your KiwiSaver

24 November 2017

KiwiSaver is an easy way to invest. Your contributions are deducted automatically, along with the contributions from your employer, and every year the Government pays you a tax credit. You could argue that KiwiSaver is a ‘set and forget’ type of investment. However, paying little or no attention to your KiwiSaver is not wise.

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Break the Christmas Debt Cycle

17 November 2017

There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year. Many families find themselves still paying off Christmas debt months later. Here are a few tips to help keep you out of the cycle of debt over Christmas:

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XMAS IS COMING – HOW’S YOUR STRESS LEVEL?

17 November 2017

For many people the run up to Xmas can be a highly demanding time that sees their stress levels soar.

Stress is triggered by the fear that one or more of our emotional needs is under threat. In the run up to Xmas the emotional need that most often comes under threat is our need for control.

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Have you ever experienced burnout?

10 November 2017

I have. It’s not a pleasant experience.

During my 30 year accounting career I experienced burnout a number of times thanks to excessively long hours in the office, working under excessive pressure, combined with inadequate exercise, nutrition and sleep.

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Your KiwiSaver Investment Strategy

10 November 2017

Now, more than ever, it is time to make sure your KiwiSaver investment strategy is matched to your investment time frame. KiwiSaver was introduced ten years ago and since that time we have seen strong growth in the share market. KiwiSaver members have not yet experienced a period of high volatility. The share market is overdue for a correction, and with all the uncertainties in the world at the moment the next few years could be quite volatile.

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Using macrons

3 November 2017

Microsoft Word doesn’t make adding macrons to Māori words in your documents a straightforward exercise, or at least it doesn’t feel like one. There’s no key you can just type them in with, and increasingly we’re becoming aware of words that we should have been including macrons on.

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Coping With Pressure - the Key to Small Business Success

3 November 2017

If you’re like most solo entrepreneurs or small business owners, you are under constant pressure from work and personal demands. The range of business related demands you face is wide ranging and ever increasing - demands from customers, suppliers, employees, new legislation etc.

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Avoid Underspending in Retirement

3 November 2017

One of the biggest mistakes retirees make is to underspend in their retirement. Retirement is full of uncertainties, so the safest strategy is to spend as little as possible. There is nothing wrong with that approach if you don’t mind going without for the benefit of your children.

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Practical Methods for Getting More Thinking Done at Work

3 November 2017

It is not always easy to work efficiently and effectively when you run your own business. There are external pressures that can de-rail you from your purpose.

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DE-STRESS TO LOSE WEIGHT

27 October 2017

Did you know stress management is a critical part of any weight-loss programme?

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Tips for First Home Buyers

27 October 2017

The apparent impossibility of buying a first home has many young people questioning whether owning a property should still be part of long term financial plan. Does it really make sense to put aside other things in life such as travel, having children, paying off student loans or simply having fun, just to save a deposit and pay off a mortgage?

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XBody NZ founder brings EMS fitness revolution to NZ Fitness and Health Expo

27 October 2017

XBody New Zealand founder Sabine Parry will this weekend present the cutting-edge Germany body-shaping technology that has revolutionised the fitness industry in Europe at the NZ Fitness and Health Expo in Auckland.

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Black Flu book asks ‘could it happen again?’

25 October 2017

The lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help inform planning for a future pandemic in New Zealand, according to historian Dr Geoffrey Rice.

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Robo-Advice is Coming

20 October 2017

The Financial Markets Authority has given the go-ahead for personalised advice to be offered online. Such advice is referred to as ‘robo-advice’. Under current legislation, personalised investment advice can only be given by certain categories of advisers in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisers. From 2018, there will be an exemption which will allow personalised advice to be given electronically, however the advice given must meet the same standards that apply to Authorised Financial Advisers.

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Top Kiwi exercise experts vying for NZ awards

9 October 2017

Top experts from Whangarei, Palmerston North, Dunedin, Hamilton and Auckland have been named best personal trainer of the year finalists in ExerciseNZ’s annual exercise industry awards.

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Toyota’s Customer Dialogue Centre gets diamond sparkle

30 September 2017

Toyota New Zealand’s Palmerston North based Customer Dialogue Centre has won the National Supreme Diamond Award for customer service in the 2017 CRM Awards.

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MKR Winners Expand Their Cooking Repertoire At Get Saucy Short Course

27 September 2017

You never know whom you’ll meet at a Le Cordon Bleu culinary short course. On the weekend, Jessica Rolinson-Purchase and Stella Robertson-Hale attended the Get Saucy Workshop. In 2015, aspiring chefs Jessica and Stella won the popular reality TV show My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (MKR).

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The PYF Principle for Growing Wealth

15 September 2017

There are two golden rules for creating wealth that stand out above all others. The first, and most important, is to Spend Less Than You Earn. The second is to Pay Yourself First (PYF). Under the PYF principle, you give yourself top priority when it comes to deciding how to spend your income. Pay Yourself First by transferring money into a savings or investment account before you pay your living expenses.

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New Aberhart exhibition rolls back the decades

13 September 2017

A new exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery—captured entirely through the lens of one of New Zealand’s most respected photographers, Laurence Aberhart—is set to roll back the decades and show the city as it once was.

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Womens Health - Belinda Falconer

26 August 2017

Hi, I’m Belinda and I’m an advocate for women’s health. As the sole distributor for Drion to New Zealand, I am passionate about the product and have experienced the amazing effects that the Drion product range has had on my own health, as well as the lives of my clients.

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Making Quantum Leaps

17 July 2017

In your personal life or business life, you may need to change the way you are approaching things if you want to take big steps forward. In fact, if you are not making progress in leaps and bounds then it is time to embrace the science of the quantum leap.

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Team New Zealand is really “Humming along”

3 July 2017

Kiwi singer-songwriter and Toyota New Zealand ambassador, Jason Kerrison, has released a song – Humming along - to celebrate Emirates Team New Zealand’s victory in the America’s Cup.

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Revenge of the Rich – Austin Mitchell returns to the fray

30 June 2017

Austin Mitchell’s new book Revenge of the Rich: The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand, published by Canterbury University Press, charts the development of a market-driven neoliberal creed, where governments are devoted to efficiency, cost-cutting and austerity at the people’s expense.

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Spies Publishing launches The Magic Pencil, the latest new children’s book by young author Ben Spies

30 June 2017

Introducing the fantastic new book for children, actually written by a child! Young eleven-year old New Zealand author, Ben Spies, publishes his second fiction title for children

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57 students win PM’s scholarships to Asia

15 June 2017

Dozens of University of Canterbury students will gain first-hand experience studying in China, Thailand and Singapore after five UC programmes have been successful in the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) funding round.

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Enter sandman: $160,000 for child autism and sleep disruption research

6 June 2017

University of Canterbury researcher Dr Laurie McLay has received an emerging researcher first grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) valued at $160,825 over three years.

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Rugby prints from the very talented Michel Tuffery

2 June 2017

The last issue of Rugby prints from Internationally reknown Wellington artist Michel Tuffrey has just been released. The perfect gift for that Rugby mad person in your house.

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Find your Motivation then use SMART goals to succeed

6 May 2017

Once you have defined what motivates you through working through what you want to achieve in your life, and understanding where you are in terms of your all-around balance between Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual desires the ability to set goals and make plans to achieve them is KEY to success.

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6 WAYS TO BE CALM DURING A JOB INTERVIEW

28 April 2017

I’ve been working with a client recently who’d secured a job interview after some years out of the workforce. My client was feeling anxious about the interview and was experiencing stress.

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Pop-up Globe a bridge to careers for young people

26 April 2017

Pop-up Globe, the world’s first temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, is providing a real boost in employment for many young events and hospitality people, ICE Events, a leading New Zealand events and hospitality career consultancy company says.

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The West Coast – 100 percent pure bliss

20 April 2017

At first glance, the supermarket aisles in Hokitika seem busier than in Auckland – but it’s just that West Coast people like to chat more and catch up unlike Kiwis from, the big smoke.

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Trineo a great example of post-quake success

4 April 2017

Growing Christchurch software development company Trineo has moved back to the city for the first time since the 2011 earthquakes which inadvertently steered them in a new direction, resulting in huge business growth and international success.

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Pilates instructor recognised as top CIO

2 April 2017

An energetic Auckland pilates instructor has leapt to the head of the tech sector by being recognised as one of New Zealand’s top 100 chief information officers (CIOs) in the latest CIO100 list.

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There are Winners and Learners, nothing else.

1 April 2017

If there is one blog I hope my children (and eventually my grandchildren) read I hope it is this one.

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“Workplace stress” is a misnomer.

31 March 2017

“Workplace stress” is a misnomer. Workplaces aren’t full of stress, they’re full of employees experiencing some level of stress.

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Creative app developer named among NZ’s top 100 CIOs

30 March 2017

A small but innovative Christchurch app developer is today rubbing shoulders with the cream of New Zealand’s top chief information officers (CIO) by being named among the top 100 CIOs in the country.

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Students urged to combat cybercrime

30 March 2017

The career options for students who want to combat cybercrime are expanding so rapidly into fields like law, research, teaching and insurance that a leading Hamilton based cyber security research centre is urging secondary school students to get serious about tapping into this exciting job market.

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NZ’s investment in infrastructure creating jobs

23 March 2017

Global engineering and advisory firm Aurecon, will be recruiting approximately 30 graduates around the country[1] in 2017, as part of its annual graduate recruitment programme.

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Personal Development on a budget #1

18 March 2017

Too many people do not start down the path of investing in their own personal development as they perceive it to be too expense. Or they feel they know it all or are too old to get into this personal development malarky…

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University of Canterbury student numbers increase for 2017

10 March 2017

The University of Canterbury campus is booming once again, reflecting the increase in enrolments to attend UC in 2017, with an especially significant rise in international students.

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15 years and 21,300 operations on

7 March 2017

New Zealand’s mobile surgical bus tomorrow marks its 15-year anniversary after more than 21,300 operations in 24 towns.

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What Hypnosis Can Do for You

6 March 2017

That might be a slight exaggeration, but the truth is that hypnosis is being used more and more regularly to treat a wide range of conditions. Apart from its well-known benefits to help people quit smoking, lose weight, gain confidence, and a host of other self-help issues, the practice is gaining wider acceptance in the treatment of illness and disease.

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Engineering students take recyclable, electric car to Singapore in world-first

3 March 2017

A team of University of Canterbury engineering students gave their fully recyclable, electric car its final test run, today, in preparation to compete at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, in Singapore.

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NZ Fine Arts student features in Venice exhibition

3 March 2017

University of Canterbury Fine Arts Master’s student Jen Bowmast has been selected as a finalist in a prestigious international art competition with her artwork to be part of the Arte Languna exhibition at the Arsenale of Venice, in Italy, this mo

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UC academic to write Global Warming Special Report for UN

23 February 2017

University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward is the only New Zealander among the world experts appointed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) to prepare the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

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ICE providing conveyor belt of government jobs

14 February 2017

A leading New Zealand early in careers consultancy company, ICE, is providing a conveyor belt of government department jobs for graduates who previously had not considered working for government agencies.

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Good in the Hood applications are open!

13 February 2017

This year, Z will give away a total of more than $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that help people who need it and/or the environment. You can apply to be part of Good in the Hood by visiting www.z.co.nz/GoodintheHood. Applications are open until 28 February.

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JobCafe Diversity Partners

11 February 2017

JobCafe is seeking to work with employers committed to building diverse teams. We will help champion your brand, market your jobs, promote you people and let New Zealanders know you are an organisation that understands the value of difference.

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How can we live well on a finite planet?

11 February 2017

It is rare for an economics text to become a best-seller, but when it was first published in 2009, Professor Tim Jackson’s Prosperity Without Growth - Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow did just that.

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Employer profile - SKY CITY AUCKLAND

28 January 2017

SKYCITY Entertainment Group is one of Australasia's leading entertainment destinations with five locations in Australia and New Zealand. Working at SKYCITY means working alongside some of the very best in the gaming, hospitality and tourism industries. Explore our locations below to find your winning career.SKYCITY Entertainment Group is one of Australasia's leading entertainment destinations with five locations in Australia and New Zealand.

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Call for applications: Fulbright New Zealand Awards

28 January 2017

Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to a range of awards for New Zealand academics, artists, teachers and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities to gain international experience and advance your career, to explore the US, to share your culture and to make friends and colleagues from around the world. Grantees undertake an exchange to their choice of leading US universities, which are world renowned for their expertise and resources.

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Otahuhu families celebrate students success

18 January 2017

Students from Otahuhu College achieved their best ever results at Level One, Two and Three NCEA in 2016. The improvement in NCEA pass rates over the last four years has been impressive, with Level Three being a highlight through matching the national average last year. Indeed in the last four years Otahuhu College has achieved its four best ever results for each of the three levels.

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Make exercise the top goal for a happier 2017

28 December 2016

The Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) wants people to put their mental wellbeing first when considering New Year’s resolutions and is emphasising how physical activity leads to people being happier and having a healthier state of mind.

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Setting up a fabulous 2017

10 December 2016

As Christmas, fast approaches, and then we celebrate the start of a new year I am preparing myself for my annual ritual of reviewing my lifelong dreams and goals and setting the course for a successful 2017.

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Tough Hilux TRD hits the road

1 December 2016

A limited TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Special Edition Hilux ute has been developed, arriving with matte black TRD accessories and a remote locking motorised ABS plastic hard lid - a New Zealand first, and exclusive to the TRD Toyota.

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Top UK expert emphasises need to prepare kids for future

16 November 2016

One of the top 50 most influential women in UK tech, Clare Sutcliffe, is touring New Zealand this week to emphasise the urgent need to prepare Kiwi children for the jobs of the future.

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Advisory group a boost for NZ smart agriculture

15 November 2016

Smart technology could help agriculture add to a predicted $6.4 billion to New Zealand’s gross domestic product from 2025, Precision Agriculture Association New Zealand (PAANZ) chair Craige Mackenzie says.

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NZ’s first fintech umbrella organisation to be launched

10 November 2016

A New Zealand tech leader today announced an initiative to bring together the national financial technology (fintech) community.

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Women can succeed in top rugby administration

4 November 2016

Can women be successful in a leadership role in rugby, gaining respect and be followed as a genuine leader in sports administration? Even if she has not played the game or because it is such a male dominate sport and industry?

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NZ facing security skills shortages

16 October 2016

Muller will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the hidden threat of the growing shortage of available people with cyber-security skills at the New Zealand security summit in Wellington tomorrow (October 17).

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UCOL chef to represent New Zealand

8 October 2016

UCOL Baking and Cookery graduate Zach Meads has booked himself a spot on the New Zealand team for the Oceania WorldSkills competition after an impressive showing at the nationals last weekend.

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The Rose Compass

27 July 2016

OK a little confession here. This is a tool I have been working on for a few years to help people at work as well as help managers, team leaders, supervisors become stronger talent managers. I have used this tactic a lot when managing staff and have been able to get great results even with those people who may not have been on the companies’ wavelength or that keen on having me take over from their previous manager. I now use this tool in my approach with my coaching clients and find it works very well for me.

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JobCafe & Assess it launch NZ Truck Driving Academy

13 July 2016

JobCafe Coaching and Assess it have combined their resources to create the NZ Trucking Driving Academy. The joint venture will utilise the skills of JobCafe Coaches to provide Career Coaching services along with Truck Driving and Civil Construction industry training which ensure all students of the Academy develop into well rounded "Great Drivers" with clear career plans, business skills and highly developed personal skills.

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Employing More Disabled People is Good for Business

22 April 2016

HRINZ is proud to have a permanent seat on the Workbridge Council. It is joined by two other “Corporate” members, being the CTU and BusinessNZ, together with a number of Disabled Persons Organisations (DPO's) such as, Deaf Aotearoa, Ngati Kapo O Aotearoa, Association of Blind Citizens of NZ, and People First, amongst others.

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Mature workers in the labour market

26 March 2016

Mature workers – those aged 55 and over – are expected to play an increasingly key role in the economy as the number of young people entering the workforce falls.

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More Ladies please ...

17 March 2016

The call for more women to enter the trades is being called out loud and clear....

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New judges announced for this year’s Hi-Tech Awards

2 March 2016

International celebrities and local high-fliers will be descending on Auckland in May to act as judges for the 2016 Hi-Tech Awards.

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Becoming Great – Part 4 Getting noticed and making impact

23 February 2016

In part 4 of my series for becoming great I would like to share my tips for you on how to get noticed, that does not mean getting noticed by everyone, but getting noticed and appreciated by those who matter. Whether those people be, our family (kids), bosses, work colleagues or customers.

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Youth Mentorship Programme Seeks Emerging Young Writers

3 February 2016

Three secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills.

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Nearly through January are you on track with your 2016 goals?

28 January 2016

January is nearly over… how are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? (oops!)

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Becoming Great – Part 2 Timeliness & Time Management

13 January 2016

Becoming great is the art of developing yourself into that person, people want to hire, buy from, listen to, and regard as being dependable. This is how you get recommended and your actions truly reward your hard work. Yes, you can still be humble yet develop a reputation for ‘being great’.

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Becoming Great - Part 1 'Loyalty'

3 January 2016

Over the following months I will share some thoughts, ideas and I hope inspirations on skills you should develop that help those of you who are looking for that next job, or deciding that maybe going into business yourself is a good move (and it probably is) but truly want to become great.

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Seasonal jobs for the New Zealand summer (Part 1)

10 December 2015

With summer just around the corner, there are a range of seasonal jobs cropping up.

Whether you’re between jobs, a student, working part-time, or studying – or want some experience in a particular industry – seasonal work can be an ideal way to earn some extra cash, get some new skills and meet some interesting people.

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MBIE 2015 Occupation Outlook

1 December 2015

The Occupation Outlook is a great place to look when thinking about your study and career options.

It contains education, employment and income information on 50 key occupations in New Zealand to give you a clearer picture of possible career paths. These 50 were chosen for their size, popularity, and potential for future growth.

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Mayors back Otago jobs fair

20 October 2015

The Dunedin City Council and Clutha District are working together on the rare venture, which will run as a speed-dating-type of job interview forum at the Dunedin Town Hall in two weeks' time on 4 November.

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Worried about drugs in your workplace?

20 October 2015

The New Zealand workplace is increasingly under threat from a significant level of people actively participating in drug taking activities outside the workplace.

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Work for Paraparaumu College kids?

3 March 2015

Jobs are required for students of all ages. If you, as an individual, or your company is able to help with providing work for individuals or groups of students, please contact the College Office on 04 902 5170 or email office@pc.school.nz

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Erica Sinclair - Photographer

2 March 2015

Story by Himiona Grace

Photography isn’t an easy business to get into. Not in this digital age that is. Everyone has a camera and many think they can take photos themselves. But there is a big difference between a good and an amazing image.

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John & Phillip - A story of cultural unawareness

5 December 2014

Have a read of this story and if you like it visit our Facebook page, if you have a story to share along these lines feel free to add it under this article on our Facebook page...

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Applications flood in after casting call for Disney's Moana role

4 December 2014

The official New Zealand casting call for Disney's first Polynesian princess Moana has opened - and sparked huge interest.

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Maori values give you an advantage

28 November 2014

He Waka Taura - Navigating Talent is a framework that uses principles like respect, integrity and well practiced communications skills to help an organisation recruit, nurture and release talent in such a way they become an advocate for you even when they have left your business.

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5 good reasons for working 4 days a week

7 October 2014

If you ask me, the idea of cutting back the workweek has finally reached critical mass. But it’s hardly a new idea—there are a lot of good reasons for moving towards a shorter, four-day workweek. Here are just a few of them.

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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

30 September 2014

This is how diversity works: by promoting hard work and creativity; by encouraging the consideration of alternatives even before any interpersonal interaction takes place.

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Catalyst's - Open Source Academy

26 September 2014

The Academy is a Catalyst initiative designed to provide training and work experience for young New Zealand technologists.

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A lesson from the USA

23 September 2014

Could Kiwi companies learn a lesson from a USA based Food franchise on how to better look after staff?

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The 7 Common (And Totally Avoidable) Mistakes New Managers Make

10 September 2014

Yes, you were good enough to get promoted but being a manger has challenges you never dealt with when you were an employee.

By Laura Vanderkam

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News Flash! Pa Boys Sequel! and Talent Search/Song Competition

9 May 2014

YUP! The Pa Boys sequel is in the works and here's your big chance, get your original song on the new album in the Talent Search Competition entries close July 1st! more details at the new website www.paboys.net

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New Zealand Employment Rights

18 March 2014

Do you know your employment rights here in New Zealand?

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JobCafe launches - JobCafe TV

12 March 2014

Checkout the latest videos from the employers who work with us.

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Cultural awareness in the 'lucky countries'

31 January 2014

New Zealand and Australia are the 'lucky countries'. We live in resource 'rich', largely safe environments, we are relatively wealthy, well-governed and politically stable first world countries.

We are both populated by people from all over the world. We are vibrant multi-cultural societies. Cultural diversity is a rich feature of our communities and an integral part of our places of work.

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Himiona Grace - the Pa Boy

9 December 2013

Checkout this article on Marae TV about our very own Himiona Grace and his Pa Boys Movie.

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How to Find a Fulfilling Career

2 December 2013

How to Find a Fulfilling Career - Richard Branson

One of the things I’m most thankful for as I wake each morning is having a job that I love. Not only that, it’s incredibly rewarding to be surrounded by people who also love what they do. Virgin is a company that prides itself on a happy, motivated workforce.

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