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The Dark Web – Beware!
What is the dark web?  The dark web is a part of the internet that is not indexed by search engines and is a hidden collective of internet sites only accessible by a specialised web browser. It is used for keeping internet activity anonymous and private, which can be helpful in both legal and illegal applications. While some use it...
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Return of the Brains trust
If there is a silver lining when talking about the global COVID-19 pandemic, it has to be the return to our shores of thousands of highly skilled Kiwis. For years, New Zealand has been a casualty of what has been termed ‘brain drain’, as highly qualified New Zealanders left in search of opportunities aboard. Recent figures show that over 50,000...
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The business pivot
While “Pandemic” was voted as the 2020 Word of the Year, you probably haven’t heard the word ‘Pivot’ used with quite so much frequency as you did last year. We’ve all heard amazing stories of companies that have taken up opportunities to shift their focus by changing their product offering, their target consumers, their delivery method, or the way they...
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3 ways business intelligence can accelerate your business
Business intelligence (BI) and the ability to draw higher-level understandings from your data is fundamental for any organisation striving to be agile, future-proofed and ready for tomorrow. Business intelligence, or BI, is how organisations collect, organise and contextualise data, often using BI reporting tools to provide data-driven insights at a glance and in easy to understand formats. BI refers to...
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Are RMA reforms the solution for HB’s housing issues?
In February, Environment Minister David Parker announced the government’s proposals to repeal and replace the RMA with the following three Acts: 1. Natural and built Environment Act 2. Strategic Planning Act 3. Managed Retreat and Climate Change Act These actions are in response to a broad consensus that the system introduced by the RMA has not adequately protected the natural...
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The increasing value of ‘SOMO’
The post lockdown activity levels and value growth throughout 2020 was a surprise to all, especially as it was contrary to what most experts and economists predicted. The performance of the residential market during the last quarter of 2020 was simply staggering. Hawke’s Bays’ residential housing values grew 19% during 2020. However, it is not just the precipitous increase in...
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Welcome to 2021!
In the lead up to writing this article I was thinking that things were going pretty well on the COVID front and was looking forward to the fantastic spectacle Hawke’s Bay puts on for Art Deco week. It just goes to show how fast things can change and that COVID-19 and its various strains are highly unpredictable and, while a...
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Record making start to 2021 in commercial property activity – Danny Blair – Colliers HB
Colliers Hawke’s Bay has kicked off 2021 with the largest January and February since inception in 2004. The economic rebound experienced in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 post the lockdowns led to a rise in a number of local economic indicators, as a broad range of sectors reignited in an attempt to make up for the lost periods...
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Should I work in or Workout
A structured health and fitness routine should be high on the priority list for us all this year. We are seeing a big uptake of people locally and online making it a priority. This is a positive. However, many of these people are presenting with aches, pains and niggles and having trouble finding balance in their lives. The assumption is...
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Employers need to balance growth with volatility from COVID-19
No doubt we are all spending a lot of time considering what sort of year 2021 will be. New Zealand has been very fortunate compared to the rest of the world, however, there are still plenty of challenges we are facing particularly for those in certain industries such as tourism and events, most recently highlighted by the cancellation of the...