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Pro Legal
Have You Got the Right Lease?
It is probably fair to say that most small businesses do not own their own premises and, in such situations, it is necessary to “lease” premises. An Agreement to Lease (ATL) is usually the preliminary document, prepared by a commercial real estate agent, that contains the basic information agreed on by the Landlord and Tenant. The formal Deed of Lease...
Pro HR
The Value of Longevity
I started working in HR a long time ago – I won’t say how many years because it ages me. Back then it was very common to have benefits in employment agreements to recognise length of service. There was long service leave, salary scales with automatic increments based on service, generous service-based redundancy formulae, extra annual leave after so many...
Pro IT
It’s Planning Time
What would happen to your business if you lost a server, had a hard drive failure or lost/broke a laptop, tablet or mobile phone? Would your business be able to pick things up and continue to operate the business? For those with a Disaster Recovery Plan, probably yes, and for those without one, possibly but with more difficulty than those...
Pro RMA
Statutory acknowledgements & RMA
A number of different co- management initiatives have been established in recent times, however in the world of resource management it’s the Statutory Acknowledgements framework that is likely to be encountered on an everyday basis. Statutory Acknowledgements have arisen from a number of Treaty of Waitangi settlements around the country as part of cultural redress for Maori. They relate to...
Pro Finance
When keeping calm and carrying on paid off
Recently I had the pleasure of traveling around New Zealand with economic commentator and journalist Bernard Hickey’ where we have been presenting to AdviceFirst clients and local professionals about themes important to today. We have also been joined by fund managers Fergus MacDonald of Nikko Asset Management and Craig Stent of Harbour Asset Management. Our event series included a Hawke's...
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If it aint broke… why change?
It's Long Term Plan time across the local councils. They've all got some big spend items – Hastings with water($47m), Napier a Master Plan for Park Island ($15.8m) but its the huge rate hike at the HBRC and the possible loss of some funding for tourism that is the hot topic. The HBRC says a major priority for the next...
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New residential development for Arataki
The largest residential development in Havelock North in the last seven years will be released to the market over the next six months. Greenstone Land Developments which has a successful track record of residential developments in Havelock North and Hastings has purchased the ex-Arataki Motor Camp. The company bought the camping ground from the former owner, who recently purchased it back...
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Celebrating Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Excellence
The 2018 Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards has this year recognised the outstanding contribution of seven past, present and future leaders in their field. The 2018 winners are: Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year - David Danks Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year -  Charlie and Michelle Bogard Hastings District Council Primary...
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Pioneering courier business delivers 35 year milestone
New Zealand’s pioneering courier delivery network Fastway Couriers is celebrating 35 years. The company, which was established in Hawke’s Bay in 1983, is celebrating the milestone at its annual conference, to be held in Nelson on April 12-13. Fastway Couriers chief executive Scott Jenyns says the businesses has come a long way from “one man in a van” to a...
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New container depot a win-win
A new shipping container depot in Napier has been officially opened with property owner Mana Ahuriri Trust regarding it as a long term win-win with the prospects of job creation for its people and certainty of sustainable growth for tenants ContainerCo Limited. Mana Ahuriri Trust chairman Piriniha Prentice said the Mersey Street land is part of its Waitangi Treaty Settlement...