4 December 2019
Many New Zealanders will be waking up of Christmas morning with plans to spend time with family, friends or just enjoying the New Zealand summer. Others will be getting ready for work in roles where the work doesn't stop just because Santa has visited.
Many businesses close down over the Christmas and New Year period as a matter of custom as the period includes 4 public holidays. Other businesses are prevented from operating on Christmas Day as it is a restricted trading day in New Zealand.
A number of workplaces providing essential services will always be in operation on Christmas day - such as hospitals, prisons, and the police who will face no less work than any other day of the year. More ...
4 December 2019
Reality TV has exploded in recent years, with viewer demand spawning an ever growing number of cooking competitions, renovation competitions, dancing competitions, dating shows and even shows where participants marry complete strangers.
Reality TV shows draw their viewership and notoriety from making everyday people interesting.
This often requires a combination of placing participants in difficult or high pressure situations, and then using producer influence and selective editing to portray an interesting or scandalous narrative that will attract viewers. More ...
20 November 2019
People watched aghast as the new SkyCity Convention Centre burnt for days in Auckland.
It seems that the oversight on the part of a contractor leaving a heating fan going without supervision sparked the fire. No doubt a formal enquiry and possible litigation might determine things with more accuracy.
Former prime minister Sir John Key and the Auckland City Council will have watched a dream go up in smoke, or at least be delayed for several years. More ...
6 November 2019
Accounting firm EY has given permission to the workers to swap their Labour Day public holiday for a different day off is significant, the Dominion Post reported.
It points to how much we are changing as a society.
They said they made the change to recognise that there were multiple holy days in different religions and workers should be able to celebrate the days that were most important to them. More ...
23 October 2019
Older readers will have seen many established New Zealand businesses taken over by ambitious entrepreneurs shaking the old company to its foundations.
Credit Suisse has followed a similar pathway. It had a halo in Switzerland and was the bastion of the Zurich establishment. But in 2015, the board hired a chief executive to give the place a shake up, one Tidjane Thiam.
He certainly has made an impact. Much of what gave the bank its distinctive character has been dismantled. More ...
9 October 2019
There has been a lot of media attention on the performance of referees in the Rugby World Cup.
In fact, after several contentious calls in early games of the tournament, World Rugby issued a statement acknowledging that the performances of the match officials "were not consistently of the standards set by World Rugby and themselves".
But at what point is the expected standard that of perfection?
Keen-eyed rugby watchers look out for referee blunders from a wide assortment of camera angles. Passionate supporters will be watching every move looking for anything that disadvantages their preferred team. More ...