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Issue number 038 April/May 2014

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From the editor Hello everyone,


nce again, a packed magazine full of great advertisers and articles which means there’s something for everyone. We had a number of functions over the last two months as you can see from all the photographs. I must mention the function hosted by The New Zealand Southern African Business Council where Sir Stephan Tindall was the guest speaker. He spoke about the innovation of New Zealand businesses and especially the IT sector working together, not only with kiwi companies, but with the USA and the UK too. Kiwi ingenuity prevails. To date, the Tindall foundation has given over $125 million to start-up, fledgling businesses. What a fantastic effort for a small country like New Zealand. If you have a strong business with potential to grow but need mentoring and money contact the Tindal Foundation at Another excellent function was the one held by the North Harbour Club with Stephen Joyce as the guest speaker. He is a fluid speaker and has all the statistics committed to memory. He gave a complete run done where the National Government has curbed excess spending and brought the country through the Global Financial Crises without too much pain. Better than any other country in the world including our across-the-ditch cousins, Australia. See page 22 for Joyce’s full speech. This was all confirmed by Craig’s Investment Partners at a State of the Nation function held at the Spencer and Byron Hotel on Wednesday. We need strong leadership if we are going to see prosperity going forward into 2015, and beyond. Please make sure you vote. Regards, Peter Woodberg


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Free choice of employment:

does this right still exist in New Zealand? he year 1991 hailed in a new era with the promulgation of the Employment Contracts Act 1991 by the National government. The Act allowed employers and employees to enter into individual contracts and resulted in the unions losing their membership, which today is around only 12% of all employees.


Protective measures, such as the concept of ‘harsh and oppressive’ terms, were included in the legislation to protect employees from unscrupulous employers who had the upper hand when negotiating contracts. An example would be a clause stipulating that a manager who no longer suited ‘the image’ of the company could have their position declared redundant. This would contradict in principle the definition and intention of when a redundancy arises.

Senior Management considers who is their most talented and hard-working manager (B), and they restructure B’s division by off-shoring some of the work, and subsuming the rest under another manager (C). This leaves them free to declare B’s role redundant and to require B to accept A’s role, which B does not want, nor will B agree to be trained for the role. B is dismissed.

This is an unforeseen outcome which the employer perhaps did not expect. After all who would want to be unemployed rather than have a job? Though having lost B, the employer still is the Eska Hartdegen winner. The company still has all B’s redundancy compensation in the bank, and B has no job and no Where an employee had signed a contract including such a clause, and the employer relied on the clause redundancy compensation and, best of all, says the employer, B can do nothing about it as B has no legal remedy! to declare the employee’s position redundant, the employee could challenge the redundancy claiming the clause was This poses the question: Are people free to do the work of their ‘harsh and oppressive’ and could also apply to the Court to choosing? What does a “calling, vocation, career”, etc, mean? Can have the clause struck out. an employee be forced to do a job which they are not interested in, In 2000, the EC Act was scrapped and replaced with the Employment Relations Act by the Labour Government. The concept of ‘harsh and oppressive’ no longer features in the new Act. In a recent case currently before the Employment Court, one question to be decided is whether a particular clause in the contract is harsh and oppressive and thus unenforceable. The clause provides that were an employee’s role declared redundant, the employer has the right to insist that the employee accept another role. If the employee refuses the other role, they will have their employment terminated and will forfeit their redundancy compensation. In the particular case, a substantial sum.

have no experience in, do not wished to be trained in, or which runs counter to their morality? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which New Zealand is a signatory, states in the Preamble ‘Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’. The Declaration provides under Article 23(1) that ‘everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and the protection of unemployment’. It will be up to the Court to decide, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

Although both roles are at managerial level, they are in totally different areas of work. The employee faced with the new role has no experience in the new area of work, is not interested in it, and is not prepared to work in that role. The employer says they will train the employee for the role, which training the employee refuses. So why would an employer include such a clause in a contract of employment? The answers are myriad and many, but it essentially allows the company to make internal changes and to move managers around, even against their will, for the benefit of the company. Let’s say a pivotal manager (A) resigns and the position remains unfilled for 6 months because the Board has imposed a hiring freeze, so no outside person can be appointed to that particular role. The South African


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Do you understand \RXUÀQDQFLDOVZLWK real clarity? Virginia Stallard of Vision Accounting Solutions sheds some light on making best-practice accounting accessible. Vision’s major aim is to give its clients clarity amongst those pages of confusing ‘numbers’.


ew business owners have studied accounting and yet it’s an integral part of running any successful operation. Many disassociate themselves from ‘the numbers’; leaving it up to their accountant. But, as Virginia explains, they are likely to be missing some fantastic opportunities.

“We understand why some business owners are reluctant to look too deeply into their accounts,” says Virginia. “And, in my experience, it’s mostly because they’re unfamiliar with reading their financials. To be brutally honest, I know some accounting practices preferred it that way… it’s one of the reasons I started my own practice many years ago. “I was a numbers person from an early age – even back when my family first came to New Zealand from the Netherlands and I helped my younger sister with her Maths homework, which was a topic I enjoyed; so I set about explaining the in-and-outs to her. I believe everyone can understand the ‘numbers’, as long as they’re explained with clarity and empathy.” But don’t business owners know their financial position? Virginia explains, “Some do, but many don’t fully. Most come from a position of excellence in their field. They are usually more passionate about what they do than the accounting side of things, which is fair enough. But we’re here to help each client succeed and a vital part of that is understanding the implications of financial decisions before they make them. You can only do that when you understand all of the numbers with full clarity.” She continues, “In a previous life I lost count of the times I sat in a client meeting where the Senior Accountant would say, ‘Leave it with us, we’ll sort it out’ and the client would depart relieved but none the wiser. That’s not how Vision does business. I don’t believe it’s helpful in the long run. Of course we do sort out the problems but we make a point of helping the business owner understand how to proactively avoid them. I’d rather we, as a practice, had more clients who were enabled to be more self-sufficient, confident and involved.” Are there some business owners who don’t want to know the details? Virginia says not in reality. She explains, “What we’ve found is that those who have been used to the ‘leave it to us’ school of accounting are revitalised when they come to us. Having an environment where you feel able to ask questions because you get easy-to-understand answers gives business owners much more control. “There is no such thing as a silly question here. And the impact of that knowledge is evident when a business owner proudly tells The South African

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Having been co-owner and business partner of East Coast Bays Dental for the previous 6 years, I have now made the decision to relocate my dental practice to new premises. I am committed to keeping my fees as affordable and reasonable as you have come to know over the years. Our Face book page, Greville Dental, is now also up and running and by ‘liking’ our page, we will keep you informed of any upcoming specials and you will be able to access our printable vouchers as well. I have been practising as a general dentist for over 20 years and have completed numerous additional modules in surgical procedures including implants, periodontal disease, crown lengthening, etc., but it is being able to provide a complete service that makes dentistry for me exciting and rewarding. Your oral health and functionality is my main concern and together we can plan to achieve this for each individual and any budget. All children, from when they start secondary school until they turn 18, will be seen for free at the surgery. I will take care of their treatment myself and this has the benefit that by the time they turn 18, and are not covered under the school system anymore, they will be familiar with me and will have received the best possible treatment. I am also providing orthodontic treatment to a number of patients at very reasonable cost. We will also be offering discounted rates to Gold Card and Super Gold Card holders. We are very excited about the new surgery and would like to invite you and all your family and friends to join us in this venture. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the surgery soon. Any referrals to family and friends would be greatly appreciated.


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Always love your dog When I was a little boy, my Daddy said to me, “Boy, you must always love your dog.” And I used to say “Why, Daddy?” And my Daddy used to say “Because boy, your dog loves to lie beside you.” And I said, “OK, Daddy. I will always let him lie beside me.” Then my Daddy said: “If he gets hungry you must feed him.” And I said: “How will I know when he is hungry, Daddy?”

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ost people are conscious of the beneďŹ ts of early diagnosis of disease through regular health checks. These include screening for conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and common cancers like breast, cervix, and prostate. There is also a government-funded push for individuals to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;know your cardiovascular riskâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.


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Hypertension affects about 25% of the adult population and about 20 000 Aucklanders will develop new high blood pressure in 2013. Unfortunately, many will go undiagnosed for a long time. Some young and middle aged people, especially men, can go for years without a blood pressure check. In some, high blood pressure is ďŹ rst diagnosed when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re presented with a severe complication like a stroke or acute kidney failure. Bottom line: Everyone needs an annual blood pressure check. You should know your own blood pressure (eg, 120/80) and also what your target is because it varies with age and some medical conditions. People already on blood pressure medicine should get their blood pressure checked at least every 3 months. The South African

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he Prime Minister, Mr John Key, has announced that the 2014 general election will be held on 20 September 2014. Every year thousands of New Zealanders become eligible to enrol to vote for the first time and every vote counts.

New Zealanders are lucky to live in a democracy and we can all play our part in keeping our democracy strong by getting on the electoral roll and voting. It means we can take part in local elections, when we choose the people who will make decisions about our local areas, and general elections, when we choose the parties and politicians who will represent us in Parliament. In New Zealand the law says that you must be enrolled on the electoral roll. You must enrol if you are; • 18 years or older, • Living or have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some stage • Are a citizen of New Zealand, or • A Permanent Resident of New Zealand. To register to vote, enrol on the website

Mortgage-free Faster t might not be easy but it is simple: The longer you take to pay your debt, the more it costs. Interest compounds! When you save money, you earn interest on interest, and so on and so on. When you are repaying a mortgage this works in reverse, the less you owe, the less interest you pay, and the less you owe, and so on and so on.


Moral of this story is that you really, really do want to be paying off your mortgage as fast as you can and you must consider all options to speed up those repayments. Regularly paying a bit extra makes a much bigger difference than you’d think! Even a $10 per week increase in repayments can take years off your mortgage. Add one extra weekly payment per month, and you will shave up to 10 years and thousands of dollars from your mortgage. Also, investigate the use of a Revolving Credit Facility on your mortgage. Your income will be credited directly to this facility as a form or repayment. Over time, until your next salary payment, the money will slowly be withdrawn (drawn down) by you for other expenses until only the actual repayment amount remains in the facility. For the window of time that the extra cash sits in the facility the balance of your mortgage is reduced, thereby, of course, reducing the interest payments. Used correctly, this facility can reduce the term of your mortgage and thousands of dollars in interest. Please contact me if you would like a personalized illustration of how extra payments could reduce your mortgage. This month, the Reserve Bank raised the Official Cash Rate for the first time in 5 years, by 25 basis points, bringing most banks Floating rate to around the 5.75% – 5.99% mark. Fixed rates were not affected as the increases have already been factored in. Commentators are expecting the Mortgage rates to rise to around the 7% mark by the end of 2014, and up to 8% by end of 2015. Now is definitely the time to buckle down and do all you can to reduce this debt as soon as possible. The South African


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“Bank goes full steam ahead on rate rises”

“Yesterday’s OCR lift to 2.75pc is just the start with April, June and July rises tipped. Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler increased the official cash rate (OCR) to 2.75% on 13 March 2014 from the 2.5% level where it had been for the previous two years. He suggested further OCR hikes in April, June and July, which is what the economists at the BNZ and Westpac expect him to do. Looking further out - where there is more uncertainty around such projections - the bank is foreshadowing a cumulative 200 basis points of tightening by the end of next year and another 50 points in 2016, by which point monetary policy will have veered from tailwind to headwind.” This relates to the OCR potentially reaching 5.0% during 2016.

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ie around 3% to 3.25% higher than the OCR. Floating rates could thus be around 8.0% by 2016, as indicated by the upper red line in the chart.

“If a central bank is going to commence a tightening cycle, it has to give a clear message that it means business and will do whatever it takes to ensure the economy is managed into a non-inflationary state,” Toplis said. “Wheeler has given the clear message that interest rates will simply keep on rising until such time that the economy and its participants behave.” One of the key aims of the planned interest rate increases is to slow the rate of increase in property prices. However, the driving forces of increasing demand and limited supply, especially in Auckland, will maintain upward pressure on prices.


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1=D3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F7LJHU By Steven Joyce Economic Development Minister

he economic omens for New Zealand this year are good. We start the year with business conďŹ dence at levels not seen for 15 years, while consumer conďŹ dence is at its most positive in seven years.


We have already spent most of last year in the unaccustomed position of growing at a faster rate than most developed countries, including Australia. The top independent world economic brains in the OECD and IMF expect us to continue to outstrip most developed countries in the next couple of years.

But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the whole story of New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic revival. We have been steadily removing the roadblocks that discourage investment in New Zealand by new companies. A lot of work has been done and laws have been changed to ensure New Zealand is more welcoming of new investment while protecting against the risks. You need constant new investment to replace some of the old industries that become obsolete as a result of revolutionary technologies such as the internet. So how do we keep growth happening? How do we lift New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longer term growth rate so that we add more jobs, reach our potential, and become a true â&#x20AC;&#x153;PaciďŹ c Tigerâ&#x20AC;? rather than just a short-term success story? I think there are several key things:

At last, we have the potential to Steven Joyce â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Economic Development Minister make a serious move up that fabled OECD ladder. Net migration to Australia has also dropped 1. Keep opening our markets and building strong people to people sharply. At around 1000 a month, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about a quarter of what it was, relationships. The lesson of the China FTA is obvious. If we can and close to its lowest point over the past decade. get a good TPP deal, then we should grab it - along with other There are risks - the world remains in economically uncharted FTA and trade opportunities. waters. However, if we remain cautious and conservative in our 2. Innovate, innovate and innovate. The National-led Government approach, we should do better than most. is putting a lot of taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money into assisting ďŹ rms and their And, of course, one or two good years do not change the fortunes ideas. As a country we are starting to see the power of innovation of a country. We need many years of higher growth to provide better in our industries but we need to keep lifting private sector opportunities for Kiwis and their families. investment in research and development to international norms. Many people offer only two reasons for our change in fortune: the dairy trade, particularly with China; and the Christchurch rebuild. Both are contributing factors, but they are nothing like the whole story. The Christchurch rebuild is providing us only with a long-awaited upside after the earthquakes held back our economy in 2011 and 2012, with particularly damaging impacts in tourism and international education. Our trade with China is growing rapidly and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big positive. New Zealand would have been a much quieter place without Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demand for our goods and services over the past few years. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth noting our dairy trade with the world is only around 20 per cent of our total exports of goods and services and only a quarter of that goes to China. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most encouraging is that a range of our companies across a number of industries are successfully selling their goods and services around the world, despite tough economic times. In industries like ICT, high-tech and medium high-tech manufacturing, engineering services, tourism, international education, wine and other food and beverages, New Zealand ďŹ rms have got leaner and more savvy in the past few years and all that work is starting to pay off. The big thing driving the success of our entrepreneurs is their commitment to innovation; to developing products that allow them to demand a premium price in world markets. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that which determines their long-term success. 22

3. Keep building the skills of a successful and innovative trading nation. Encourage more of our young people into the careers that breed innovation, like engineering, ICT, and science. 4. Encourage more capital to invest in New Zealand. The mixed ownership programme has helped set up a stellar year for our stock exchange. We need to build on that. Capital investment in competitive industries creates sustainable jobs. 5. We need to keep removing red tape and provide certainty to investors, especially in resource industries. That means making decisions quickly and effectively, while also working to improve environmental outcomes. 6. We need to keep building infrastructure to support a growthoriented country. Great progress has been made in electricity transmission and ultra-fast broadband. Those projects need to be ďŹ nished. And we need to keep investing in our transport systems for safety and efďŹ ciency. That means high-quality four-lane roads in and out of our main centres, resilient highways elsewhere, and quality public transport that people want to use. Finally - and above all - we need to make responsible ďŹ scal and economic decisions that keep the tax burden low and pay off debt. We need to keep rewarding New Zealanders with efďŹ cient public services and lower income taxes than elsewhere. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talented, hard-working Kiwis who get out of bed every day that make all this happen. Kiwis strive and succeed because they see the beneďŹ ts of their hard work. If politicians keep remembering that then New Zealand will truly become a PaciďŹ c Tiger. The South African

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