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ADVOCATE COLUMN 4th WEEK MAY 2017 Although the Whangarei and Northland is vastly different from Auckland in so many ways, this does not mean recent conversations in Auckland in regards to issues such as bed tax hold no relevance to…

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ADVOCATE COLUMN 2nd WEEK MAY 2017 To those people fortunate to own property then paying council rates is going to be an unavoidable fact of life.  For those that do not own property but rent then they also will contribute…

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ADVOCATE COLUMN 4th WEEK MARCH 2017 Earlier this month government announced further investment in State Highway 1 south of Whangarei.  Obviously most Northlanders, particularly those based in Whangarei have welcomed the prospect of improved road links between us and the…

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ADVOCATE COLUMN 4th WEEK APRIL 2017 Small and medium enterprises employ 20 people or less but make up 95 per cent of registered businesses and are responsible for about 50 percent of New Zealand jobs.  They are often referred to…

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ADVOCATE COLUMN 2nd WEEK APRIL 2016 For the last 40 years NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland has been organising and coordinating the Northland Business Excellence Awards.  For a large part of this time Westpac has been the event’s major sponsor. …

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ADVOCATE COLUMN 4th WEEK FEBRUARY 2017 Given that a vast majority of businesses in New Zealand are very small and that a big portion of these very small businesses don’t actually employ anyone, it is not difficult to see why…

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ADVOCATE COLUMN 2nd WEEK FEBRUARY 2017 Whenever the conversation turns to what makes it hard for businesses to operate or what constitutes a business-friendly environment the focus generally falls on local and central government and the regulatory framework and organisational…

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ADVOCATE COLUMN 4TH WEEK JANUARY 2017 Often people start thinking about new ventures and new businesses at this time of the year.  Traditional wisdom suggests that all businesses need a business plan. Particularly when someone is looking at starting out,…