August 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to our August newsletter.

August has seen a further shift in the economic balance of New Zealand with dairy prices continuing to slump due to increased production in the United States and huge stockpiles in China. We need to be reminded that it is not all doom and gloom with many other New Zealand industries projected to make significant gains throughout 2015.

With economic news aside the New Zealand public has finally begun to give their 2 cents on the looming Flag Referendum. Like it or not the referendum is coming, as are the debates surrounding whether the flag should be changed, the $26 million cost and the decision as to which flag is the New Zealand’s favourite. It is hard to believe that $18 million alone is to be spent on postal costs.

There are convincing arguments for both the traditionalists and new schoolers but we as a nation need to consider whether the current flag accurately represents the rapidly developing and increasingly multicultural nation we live in. It is hard to predict whether a new flag is going to increase our international recognition and further national pride and unity. If a new flag is accepted only time will tell.

At this point it seems as though this debate will develop further and mean much more to us than most of us currently believe.

Below we have provided some articles relating to the issues discussed above and some other informative articles.

We hope all is well with you and hope to hear from you soon.



New flag debate firing up online

The chairman of the Flag Consideration Project panel says despite a low turnout at public meetings on changing the flag, the issue has been hotly debated online. Panel chairman John Burrows has led most of the roadshow meetings where turnout has been…

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Forty flags, and only one with a Union Jack – so which one is best?

Flags featuring the Southern Cross outnumber the koru and the silver fern among the long-list whittled down from the 10,292 designs submitted for a vote on a new New Zealand flag.The Prime Minister has a clear favourite from the long list…

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Finding new business opportunities

Question one. What do you do when you have quiet periods in your business? Twiddle your thumbs? Lament? Or do the right thing start activities that bring in new clients? Question two. How good are you at business development – no matter how busy you…

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The Single Most Important Time Management Idea

The most important thing to learn about time management and our perception of the passage of time is that time is relative. There are always 24 hours in a day, but your perception of the passage of time changes in different circumstances…

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