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  • The only certain thing about the recent general election is the uncertainty it’s created for our future.Business is closely watching the political manoeuvring and negotiations as the various parties seek to stitch together an administration with some hope of achieving effective government for the coming three years.Let’s face it, the country has enjoyed a period of sustained growth during recent years, but many would argue this was in spite of government policies rather than because of them.
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  • One natural products company in New Zealand is setting up an office in Hong Kong to expand into that market and China, after attending the recent seminar in Auckland held by the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association, says association executive director, Michael Chin.The Hong Kong Government is keen to promote Hong Kong as a gateway to China, which is becoming more popular as a trading partner.Chin says Hong Kong has the infrastructure and dual language ability that can ease foreign exporters into China.
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  • Local business knowledge held by New Zealand politicians has almost all gone to waste.Since the September election and the re-jigging of portfolios, we have lost Jim Anderton, generally respected economic and regional development minister who has been replaced by former education minister, Trevor Mallard.Many articles and columns in Business to Business over the years have praised left-wing Anderton (formerly Alliance leader and now Progressives leader) for his achievements in the role. Even more conservative voters have been appreciative.
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  • Retailers, designers, international media and sponsors gave rave reviews about the fifth Air New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland last month, says Fashion Week managing director, Pieter Stewart.About 14,000 guests and 600-700 buyers and media, representing more than 14 countries, attended the 37 catwalk shows over the course of the week. Forty-six labels showed and 54 businesses showcased fashion products in the exhibition (up from 35 in 2004).
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  • We hear a lot these days about the need for protection of intellectual property, but is there another side to the coin? Most people are exposed to counterfeit consumer items at some time, even if inadvertently. Who’s to know whether a bag you got for your birthday was a Louis Vuitton, and do you care? You probably do, but isn’t it surprising how pirates can produce something which appears just as good, for a fraction of the price?Are we as consumers the ones being had by the global brand owners and their marketing millions?
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  • Property investors have a bad name for no good reason and the Auckland Property Investors Association is gearing up to counter this.The Association recently appointed its first chief executive, says president, Andrew King.“This is the first time a property investment association in New Zealand has appointed a full-time CEO. It will reinforce our role as the voice of the property investment industry in Auckland, as well as allowing us to undertake a wide range of new initiatives”.
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  • The Australian-born marketing guru, Bob Pritchard, said, “In Aussie you’re as good as the best thing you ever did. In the USA, however, you are only as great as you were that morning.” How do New Zealanders stack up in the good or great market? I looked around at figureheads who have endured, and decided to ask them what they thought. I had an interest in the characteristics that personify good humour and positivity, as well as how that might influence others. I began with Georgina Beyer.
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  • As 2006 gets underway, we wish you great opportunities and fresh starts.If the New Year brings pressure to be better and bigger than before, if it all seems like a ponderous task — with overlying predictions of a near-recession looming — then take a look at some very constructive ideas in the pages of this first 2006 issue of Business to Business. The Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) presents practical advice about improving productivity on page 17; Dr Mike Ashby and John Shattock have useful tips in their columns on pages 19 and 18 respectively.
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  • A rebuild of the Mangere sewerage plant won last year’s supreme award for engineering excellence.A consortium comprising Fletcher Construction, CH2M BECA LTD, Bovis Lend Lease and New Zealand Watercare Services undertook the $450 million scheme.The members of Project Manukau received their award at the Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony.
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  • Forty-two businesses from the Pacific Islands will be exhibiting their wares at the inaugural Pacific Trade Expo in Manukau next month. Another 49 booked displays are from New Zealand-based traders and organisations. The New Zealand-Pacific Business Council is hosting the event on March 13-14 at the Telstra Pacific Events Centre, after the 2006 Pasifika Festival on March 10-11 at Western Springs.
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