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  • Three overseas experts form half a Digital Strategy Advisory Group, named by the Government.The trio will bring global perspectives to the group, says Information Technology Minister, David Cunliffe. "These advisors are highly-respected business leaders and experts in their fields. With their New Zealand connections, they are well-placed to advise on international developments in the New Zealand context.”The international advisers are: • Chris Liddell, ex-pat Kiwi, chief financial officer of Microsoft, US,
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  • Small businesses are being encouraged to complete an international survey on barriers to exporting.Survey organisers — the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are surveying thousands of owners of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) about the barriers they face as exporters.
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  • A forum in Wellington will focus on how to ensure tertiary education equips design, business and engineering graduates with skills to work in design-led businesses. The Design in Business Academic Forum in March is a project of government-funded agency, Better by Design. Last November, academics from the disciplines of design, engineering and business looked at ways to enhance the delivery of design-led capability in NZ. The Forum aims to produce commitments from tertiary education organisations on implementing interdisciplinary curriculum change.
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  • The number of unqualified school leavers could soon outstrip the quantity of jobs available to them.In 2004, there were more than 4200 school leavers in Manukau and numbers are expected to increase over the next 10 years.A youth economic report by Ernst and Young Corporate Finances predicts Manukau City will need to create 4500 jobs a year to keep school leavers and new migrants in work.
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  • Good governance is the secret weapon of effective and agile organisations, but it has to be done right.What is governance? While the subject continues to be a hot topic, everyone seems to have a different notion about what it is. In its broadest sense, corporate governance can be expressed as: “the interaction among internal stakeholders, external stakeholders and the board members in directing a business for value creation”. Expressed more directly, the original concept of governance focuses on decision rights and accountabilities between groups of people.
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  • Employers are required to help all their employees aged 18 to 65 sign up for the KiwiSaver retirement savings scheme from next year, but not act as financial advisers.The KiwiSaver Bill had its first reading in Parliament on March 2, and is expected to be referred to a select committee and opened for public consultation for six months, returning to the House in about October, says spokesperson for finance minister, Michael Cullen.The scheme was announced in Budget 2005.
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  • The “Buy Kiwi Made” campaign led by the Green Party requires input from interested parties, says campaign leader Sue Bradford. She said at last month’s workshop on Buy Kiwi Made, held by the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Central) in Wanganui, “The question now is, what will be the design of such a programme?”
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  • Former US President Bill Clinton said in Auckland recently the major issue facing the world was not terrorism, HIV, AIDS or a bird flu pandemic, but climate change!At the Global Business Forum in Auckland, Clinton spoke as if he had moved on from the relatively simple life of US President to assuming some sort of responsibility for all the world’s challenges. It was a role he appeared to have taken on with comparative ease — he certainly demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the big international picture and at the same time, the detailed minutiae of its make-up.
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  • Funding for the Government’s Buy Kiwi-Made campaign in Budget 2006, being announced this month, will allow planning to be more focused, says campaign spokesperson, MP Sue Bradford.Earlier this month she held four regional workshops with invited representatives from interested businesses, unions and business groups, to discuss the issues that need to be resolved to encourage New Zealand consumers and Government to buy locally made goods and services.In Auckland about 20 people attended the workshop.
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  • Legislation to change Easter trading rules has been read in Parliament and referred to the commerce select committee for consultation.It is National Party MP Jacqui Dean’s Member’s Bill, The Easter Sunday Shop Trading Amendment Bill.
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