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  • How to think like a futurist

    Monday, 16 October 2017

    How to think like a futurist

    Futurist Dave Wild explains how to spot trends before they become disruptive; and how changing your mindset can secure business certainty in an uncertain future. We live in a time of fast-moving and unpredictable change. Not. As a futurist I’ve been as guilty as anyone for talking up how fast-moving and unpredictable the modern business environment… Continue reading

  • Appeal dismissed for accountant guilty of insider fraud

    Wednesday, 11 October 2017

    An accountant who pleaded guilty to stealing $183,000 from his employer had his sentence appeal dismissed and will receive his full prison sentence. Sunil Prasad was charged with accessing a computer system and thereby obtaining property by deception and without claim or right after he stole $183,000 from his employer over an 11 month period. Prasad gained access to his employer's computer system and… Continue reading

  • Mongrel Mob president sentenced to home detention

    Tuesday, 10 October 2017

    A Mongrel Mob president who assaulted his nephew after he failed to repay a loan to buy cannabis has been sentenced to seven months' home detention. Hastings chapter president Rex Noel Timu, 50, appeared in the Napier District Court today after pleading guilty to assault, intimidation and demanding with menace last month. The three charges derive from a single incident in April this year after Timu… Continue reading

  • Principal censured for pursuing female teacher in drunken late-night visits

    Tuesday, 10 October 2017

    A school principal has been censured for pursuing a female teacher in drunken late-night visits. The married principal turned up without an invitation at the home of the teacher, a solo mother, at least three times between August and October 2015, the last time at 2am. The first time, when he arrived soon after 8pm, the teacher let him in but "made it clear that he would not be sleeping in her bed"… Continue reading

  • Christchurch grandmother Jasmine Hudson jailed for $250,000 benefit fraud

    Tuesday, 10 October 2017

    A Christchurch grandmother who admitted a $250,000 benefit swindle has been jailed for nearly three years today by a judge who called those who believe benefit fraud is not a serious crime as being "misconceived and misguided". Jasmine Kasiana Teowai Hudson, 62, ripped off the welfare system repeatedly between 2000 and 2015. Over that 15-year period, Hudson received an invalid's benefit, supported… Continue reading

  • Fed up with mobility parking thieves

    Tuesday, 10 October 2017

    A Te Puke man with disabilities is calling for more consideration from motorists parking in the town's mobility parks. John Judson says on one occasion he walked around the town centre and noted that all but one of the mobility spaces in Jellicoe St were occupied by vehicles without mobility permits. "We were taking photos but after the second one, we decided not to because my boy was afraid we might… Continue reading

  • The most important IT worker to hire

    Monday, 9 October 2017

    An overwhelming 92% of Australian chief information officers plan to increase hiring of contract IT professionals by an average of 21% in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey by consultancy firm Robert Half. Demand is strongest in IT security 34%, systems administration 34%, networking 29% and database management 28%, software/ application development 27% and business analysis 26%. “There… Continue reading

  • Business owner sentenced for defrauding government-funded trust

    Friday, 6 October 2017

    A business owner has been sentenced to home detention for defrauding a government-funded trust. Atish Narayan, 39, was sentenced today in the High Court at Auckland by Justice Mark Woolford to six months' home detention for two counts of breaching the Secret Commissions Act by corruptly giving an agent reward or inducements and one charge of obtaining by deception. Narayan, the owner of Pit Stop… Continue reading

  • Surge in demand for contingent workers

    Wednesday, 4 October 2017

    Surge in demand for contingent workers

    The number of advertised temporary, contract and casual job vacancies in Australia increased significantly over the past four years, with white collar professions as the fastest-growing users of contingent hires. According to the Contingent Job index report by fund manager Kinetic Super, there was a 43% jump in the number of contingent workers nationwide… Continue reading

  • Blockchain will “dramatically change” insurance

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017

    Blockchain technology will “dramatically change insurance transactions” but is often misunderstood, according to the chief risk officer at a firm which says it is the world’s first blockchain company. The technology is about identity, data ownership and integrity, not cryptocurrencies, says David Piesse, CRO at Guardtime. “It will get customers closer to insurers, reduce errors and omissions… Continue reading

  • Why employers should adopt pet-friendly offices

    Thursday, 21 September 2017

    One of Australia's top workplaces has revealed one of its secrets to greatness: it allows pets in the office. Mars Petcare Australia was named best workplace of businesses with 1000 or more employees in Great Place to Work Australia's recent announcement of Australia's best workplaces. Mars Petcare Australia's Barry O'Sullivan says employers around the world are recognising the link between workplace… Continue reading

  • The key to staff happiness and performance

    Thursday, 21 September 2017

    The most effective approach for getting employees to promote their workplace is by aligning their role with the organisation’s narrative, according to Dr Lindsay McMillan, lead researcher at A future that works. It’s McMillan’s belief that happy employees with purpose and meaning in their work will be the best advertisement any company could possibly hope for. “Giving employees genuine purpose and… Continue reading

  • Advertisement Real diversity boosts business’ bottom line

    Thursday, 22 June 2017

    It’s time for Australian businesses to check their privilege and actively hire people from different cultural backgrounds, declared diversity and inclusion consultant Mariam Veiszadeh at TedXSydney last week. “I’m not asking you to whack photos of people who look like me on your website to tick a box. Real diversity brings about diversity of perspective of views and thoughts,” Veiszadeh told the crowd… Continue reading

  • A female CEO of a big bank? The odds are now greater than zero

    Wednesday, 21 June 2017

    When JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Operating Officer Matt Zames, long considered a CEO-in-waiting, announced his decision to leave the bank last week, attention turned to other executives on the bench -- and for the first time, there’s a non-zero chance the bank’s next leader will be a woman. That’s because two women -- Asset & Wealth Management CEO Mary Callahan Erdoes and Chief Financial Officer Marianne… Continue reading

  • Can you check an employee’s emails without their knowledge?

    Friday, 16 June 2017

    While email is a vital communication tool for businesses, an organisation is vulnerable to employees who misuse it. Employer monitoring of email may be necessary to identify misconduct or to prevent harm to the employer’s business. In a digital age where the line between personal and public is becoming increasingly blurred, the question often arises as to the rights of an employer to monitor employee… Continue reading

  • Does your workplace have a ‘macho mentality’?

    Friday, 16 June 2017

    Half of all Australian men will have a mental health problem at some point in their life and one in eight will experience depression. However, men are far less likely to open up about what is affecting them than their female counterparts, according to AccessEAP. With Men’s Health Week June 12th-18th promoting a healthy body and healthy mind, it’s important to recognise the mental health risks in some… Continue reading

  • Maternity leave and redundancy – What you need to know

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017

    HRD talks to Alice DeBoos, Partner, K&L Gates, about the three basic steps that are needed for most redundancies. Can you make a position redundant if it is filled by a person on maternity leave? The assessment of redundancy should always be on the basis of the "position" and not the person. So theoretically there should be no problem with making an employee on maternity leave redundant, right? It… Continue reading

  • ‘I thought HR needed a shake-up - and they agreed’

    Tuesday, 13 June 2017

    Edrington HR Director Ilja Rijnen outlines his HR journey which has taken him around the world. 1996: Finds a direction During a year spent travelling through Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Ilja Rijnen’s first day of a job as a kitchen hand provided him with a future direction when a manager scolded him so severely as a motivation tactic that he quit. In a roundabout way this incident prompted… Continue reading

  • Major firm explains annual closure

    Thursday, 8 June 2017

    Few employers would be quick to welcome a company-wide closure but one major firm – with more than 170 locations across Australia and New Zealand – has made it an annual occurrence. Equipment rental company Kennards Hire shuts up shop once a year for Family Day – an event which sees staff and their loved ones invited to celebratory events. Sally Craig, general manager of people and culture, says the… Continue reading

  • ‘HR may not be looking out for you’

    Thursday, 18 May 2017

    The former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has warned workers against reporting sexual harassment in the workplace to HR. Carlson argued that because it’s the companies who pay HR professionals it's therefore important to have new reporting mechanisms in place. "Is human resources really the right place to go? Because what I always equate it to is: Who's giving them the paycheck?” she said. “In the… Continue reading

  • Police seek Tony Gorrie who failed to appear in court and has a history of violence

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017

    Police seek Tony Gorrie who failed to appear in court and has a history of violence

    A man with a history of violence is wanted by Otago Central Lakes police. Tony Ashley Gorrie, 47, has a history of violence, including police assaults and escaping custody, police said this morning. Gorrie is believed to have been driving a stolen rental car involved in a police pursuit in Arrowtown at the weekend. A warrant for his arrest was… Continue reading

  • Man jailed for 15 years after trying to smuggle more than 175kg of methamphetamine

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017

    Man jailed for 15 years after trying to smuggle more than 175kg of methamphetamine

    A Hong Kong national has been sentenced to 15 years and five months' jail for his role in the attempted smuggling of 176kg of methamphetamine into New Zealand. Kai Yip Cheung, 20, was also told by Justice Simon Moore in the High Court in Auckland that he must serve at least nine years behind bars. Cheung, who had earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of… Continue reading

  • Women can cure a lacklustre economy, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017

    Women can cure a lacklustre economy, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says

    Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has prescribed an unusual remedy for America's ageing, low-growth economy: Harness the under-tapped pool of female talent. Yellen, the first woman to run the country's central bank, said the lack of family-friendly work policies stifles women's participation in the labour force and ultimately stalls growth. "A number… Continue reading

  • Mum robbed of young daughter's memories

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017

    A mother struggling to come to terms with the loss of her daughter was robbed just four weeks later. Kiri Andrews' "beautiful" and "loving" daughter Natalia Andrews took her own life two months ago and thieves have taken many of the family's remaining memories of her. "As if losing a daughter isn't enough. It is horrible they have taken all of my baby's things, her clothes, shoes and jewellery and… Continue reading

  • New Zealand Air Force helps find 400kg of heroin hidden on ships

    Tuesday, 9 May 2017

    The New Zealand Defence Force has helped in the seizure of 400kg of heroin, worth about $220 million. A New Zealand Air Force surveillance plane was on patrol as part of the Combined Maritime Forces CMF, when it spotted two ships believed to be bound for Africa and Europe. The French ship FS Surcouf tracked down the ships and found 200kg of heroin stashed on each. The RNZAF Orion helps comb more… Continue reading

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