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Executive Success: Planning for change
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Executive Success: Planning for change

It wasn't a 3am, lightbulb moment that set Steve McCrone on a different path, it was a realisation of the whirlwind change shaping today's business environment.

Cost quest in good health
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Cost quest in good health

Finding a remedy for high energy use is creating healthy connections between staff at Wellington's Capital Coast District Health Board. The

Think ahead, KiwiSavers urged
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Think ahead, KiwiSavers urged

When it comes to getting people thinking about retirement, one provider is blowing competition out of the water.

Audit yields double payoff
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Audit yields double payoff

A brand new factory commissioned in 2000 gave Millennium Plastics the high tech edge but an energy audit less than a decade later

People power key to efficiency
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People power key to efficiency

Six steps to staff engagement 1: Set up a team. 2: Research attitudes and behaviour. 3: Identify actions and timelines. 4: Implement

Helen Twose: Sisterly love buys a home
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Helen Twose: Sisterly love buys a home

COMMENT: Anyone who has been a KiwiSaver member for at least three years and hasn't previously owned a home may be able to withdraw their savings.

Twose: Taking nature into account
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Twose: Taking nature into account

COMMENT: You don't always know what you've got until it's gone, but a new tool is helping businesses appreciate the natural resources they use.

Energy upgrade's double dividend
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Energy upgrade's double dividend

A grand design for energy efficiency has paid dividends for both the tenant and owner in a Christchurch office makeover. When Goodman

Helen Twose: When you're 65 ...
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Helen Twose: When you're 65 ...

COMMENT: Your member tax credit is based on how much you contribute during the KiwiSaver year, not on the calendar year.

There is a time limit on starting
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There is a time limit on starting

For those who have joined KiwiSaver prior to turning 65 there is no requirement to withdraw the funds or close your account once you are 65 or eligible to access the money.

Helen Twose: Can I buy a plot of land?
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Helen Twose: Can I buy a plot of land?

COMMENT: HomeStart grant, which can provide a boost of $3000-$20,000 depending on your circumstances, has different hurdles to the KiwiSaver withdrawal.

Twose: It's all about getting a start
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Twose: It's all about getting a start

COMMENT: Housing NZ assesses applications on behalf of KiwiSaver providers to understand if the applicant is in the same financial position as a first-home buyer.

Online shoppers short on loyalty
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Online shoppers short on loyalty

Adland's highly airbrushed images are no longer cutting it with today's beauty product fans, opening up new opportunities to get under the skin of consumers.

Words give way to building tools
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Words give way to building tools

Auckland's sky-high house prices were the catalyst for a former advertising executive to chuck in a 20-year career and pick up tools.

'First-home buyer' means what it says
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'First-home buyer' means what it says

One of the criteria to qualify as a first-home buyer is that you have never held an "estate in land", either solely or jointly with another person.

Death and the KiwiSaver
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Death and the KiwiSaver

What happens to KiwiSaver money when you die? This question was asked by a young guy at a KiwiSaver seminar I was attending, writes Helen Twose.

From high tech to simple words
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From high tech to simple words

The ideas Matt Gould talks about veer into the stuff of science fiction, but they're likely to be commonplace in the next five years, he says.