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  • In the build-up to signing a free trade agreement with China, the New Zealand Government has organized the NZ-China Trade Expo Week.It will be held on August 9-14 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland central.The Expo will bring together a delegation of a large number of entrepreneurs from China’s major industrial areas to meet their New Zealand counterparts and to display their products and services to interested buyers, and will be prepared to do business.
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  • Helping more franchises to export is one aim decided by the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation at its annual meeting, in Auckland last month.New Zealand franchises are slow at exporting, as indeed most are worldwide, said Simon Lord, chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand.The Confederation members agreed education was needed in each country for franchise managers to take them to the next level, and they would develop a core curriculum.Australia is a model of development and education processes, with an effective, legally mandatory code of conduct.
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  • A world-first online recipe development site that allows chefs to analyse the nutritional value of meals could change the way in which menus are developed and presented, in restaurants to rest-homes.Called MyRecipes, the site was developed by Albany-based menu consultancy company, Menu Du Jour, which specialises in maximising profits through menus.
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  • Frustration with transport in Auckland is at the heart of a pre-election campaign being run by the Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern (EMA).Launching in August, the campaign is based around the EMA’s website www.revup.co.nz.Billboards and radio advertisements (funded largely by the EMA) will encourage people to text or email the site about their transport woes, says EMA chief executive, Alistair Thompson.The Auckland Business Forum has also agreed to support the EMA campaign.
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  • Nominations for parties and individuals for the general election on September 17 open on August 23.Parliament dissolves on August 11, says Prime Minister Helen Clark. “Labour will campaign for its third term in Government both on its strong record of achievement and on new policies for the next three years.” Party policies can be checked on www.policy.net.nz and Business to Business will provide a summary of the business-related policies of the top-polling parties in our September issue.
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  • The new vehicle industry has agreed on a voluntary Code of Conduct for the administration of safety-related recalls on used vehicles imported by third parties. Under the new code, new vehicle franchise holders will work with the vehicle manufacturers to monitor safety-related recall campaigns, says Perry Kerr, chief executive of the Motor Industry Association (MIA).
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  • More than 30 potential investors and supporters of the Pacific Islands attended a seminar in Auckland last month to learn about investing in the region.The Jewel in the Isles - Tourism Investment Roadshow was organised by the Auckland-based Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission.
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  • Leadership New Zealand is calling for nominations for New Zealand’s future leaders to take part in its 2006, year-long programme. Participants will attend 11 sessions throughout the year, with a graduation ceremony held in December.
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  • The Employers and Manufacturers’ Association (Northern) revved up its pre-election “Revup” lobbying with initiatives such as Honk Day on Friday, August 12.It distributed press releases to media asking the public to blow their vehicles’ horns, all together, at 8am that Friday. Honk Day aimed to give Auckland’s commuters a chance to vent their frustration with traffic, says EMA chief executive, Alasdair Thompson.An unknown number of Aucklanders showed they supported faster transport work by sounding off on their horns.
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  • As the dust of the election settles, among questions business people are asking is how could the polls be so wrong?They might also ask why if researchers can’t get this right, what value should be placed on research as an aid to decision-making?Both are valid questions and the lessons are clear for businesses considering research:• Ask the right questions. Two different questions on the same issue can yield widely differing results.• Accurately target important audiences. The right questions are worthless to the wrong people.
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