Maria Slade

Maria Slade is The Spinoff's business editor. You can contact her on maria@thespinoff.co.nz

Politics
Mar 21, 2019

Define firearms ban carefully to defeat gun lobby, expert warns

The government's language so far is imprecise and it must word its ban carefully to stand up against a ferocious lobby from pro-gun groups.

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Society
Mar 21, 2019

The answer for gun law reform lies across the Tasman at Port Arthur

Australia has had no mass shootings since the 1996 massacre in Tasmania. Not one. New Zealand has much to learn from Australian gun laws, an expert says.

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Politics
Mar 18, 2019

Gun City owner defends sale of suspected murder weapons as Ardern pledges reforms

As New Zealand grapples with the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shooting anger is growing over the 'gaps, omissions and errors' in our gun laws.

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Business
Mar 14, 2019

City of snails: Auckland’s traffic is worse than Sydney’s

A report commissioned by Uber says Auckland wins Australasia's traffic congestion grand prix and needs to embrace point-to-point transport.

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Business
Mar 14, 2019

Digital taonga: The ambitious bid to record whakapapa using blockchain

Researching ancestry is a spiritual matter for Maori and platforms like ancestry.com don't cut it. A startup believes the mysterious technology of blockchain holds the answer.

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Business
Mar 12, 2019

Out-of-packaging experience: The rise of the plastic-free retailer

Refilleries such as GoodFor and Be Free Grocer say their time has come, with consumers from Ponsonby to Palmerston North seeking a zero-waste option.

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Business
Mar 8, 2019

Rainbow disconnection: ‘Gay Oscars’ founder lays police complaint

The business partnership behind the controversial LGBTI Awards has gone nuclear with one director accusing the other of theft. It's the latest fracas over awards the Kiwi rainbow community doesn't want.

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Business
Feb 27, 2019

NZ truckies queue up to take cases against food giant Goodman Fielder

'Dependent contractors' say they are forced to fight numerous battles against corporates like the Australasian company owing to New Zealand's lack of regulation

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Business
Feb 21, 2019

The most nuclear takes on the proposed new capital gains tax

"A mangy dog", "an assault on the Kiwi way of life" and "yesterday's cold porridge": Business groups and opposition politicians are less than flattering about the proposed new tax.

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Business
Feb 19, 2019

Salvation Army marches in with an ethical shopping truck for South Auckland

The Sallies are so fed up with mobile traders preying on poor areas and trapping people into crushing debt that they're firing back with a rival service.

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Business
Feb 13, 2019

The great Kiwi cooling machines creating a new export industry

From extracting hemp oil to African artificial insemination programmes, a Christchurch-developed super refrigerator is taking the business of freezing to new levels.

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UnitecS1
Feb 5, 2019

How asbestos ‘compost heaps’ could be the natural answer to a toxic problem

A team of researchers at Unitec believes it has come up with a biological way of breaking down asbestos and making soil safe again.

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Business
Jan 24, 2019

The Queenstown eco-project selling ‘million dollar view’ sections for $350k

A property developer and a restaurateur have spent $10m purchasing a Queenstown mountain they plan to turn into a commercially viable eco-haven.

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Business
Jan 17, 2019

Make Shakespeare Great Again: What voters can learn from Richard III

President Trump has been compared with Shakespeare's autocratic Richard III. New Zealanders watching their diminishing KiwiSaver balances should take note.

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Business
Jan 16, 2019

Transport’s dirty little secret: The truckers breaking the law just to survive

Drivers peeing into a bottle because they can't afford toilet stops and migrant workers sleeping in depots: The trucking industry is in a race to the bottom, a new study says.

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Business
Jan 8, 2019

Female tech power finding tools to tackle sexual misconduct

A graduate of a women-only startup incubator is using crowdsourcing to gather usable data about patterns of sexual assault.

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Business
Jan 1, 2019

Summer reissue: Sour grapes – Nobilo wine family feud over a ‘squandered’ fortune

The sons of pioneering immigrant vintner Nikola Nobilo are embroiled in legal action over the family inheritance, with one accusing the other of losing it all.

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Business
Dec 20, 2018

IKEA is coming! Or is it?

After seeing so many reports over the years of the Swedish flatpack furniture giant coming to New Zealand, business editor Maria Slade is having a crisis of faith.

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Business
Dec 20, 2018

The business year: Construction woes, CTO sagas, and so much corporate jargon

Business editor Maria Slade reflects on lessons learned from her truncated career in corporate PR and the enduring importance of journalism. Not so long ago I did a stint in the …

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Business
Dec 14, 2018

The murky meth mess: why we still don’t know how much P is too much

Howls of indignation over state housing evictions based on spurious meth testing have masked the reality of New Zealand’s two-speed P standard.

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Dec 12, 2018

‘Get over it!’ A Silicon Valley guru on why Kiwi businesses need to lose the humility

Kiwis need to get over their cultural bashfulness and start faking it until they make it, businesses were told at Australasia's first 'Startup Grind'. Guy Kawasaki looks at me as if …

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Business
Nov 28, 2018

Harnessing the power of gaming for good: Attitude Awards nominee Tim Young

Kids will spend hours playing video games anyway so you may as well hook them into an online adventure that teaches them something, an Attitude Awards nominee says.  Tim Young says …

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NZI SBN Awards
Nov 22, 2018

Making money, saving the world: all the NZI Sustainable Business Award winners

Big businesses such as New Zealand's largest ever transport infrastructure project are tackling real sustainability issues instead of the greenwashing of the past.

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Business
Nov 21, 2018

Tinder for homecare: The controversial service that lets elderly choose their carers

Opposition to a new online homecare service could be a sign of things to come, as the ageing population pits workers’ employment rights against the right of older people to choose who cares for them.

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NZI SBN Awards
Nov 15, 2018

Outsourcing ethics: how All Heart NZ is helping businesses go sustainable

All Heart NZ proves the proverb that one man's waste is another's treasure.

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Business
Nov 8, 2018

Claims of electricity giants’ ‘rip-off’ as independent retailers face closure

Householders are losing out as 'unjustified' wholesale prices cause a wave of power company closures, a group of independent power retailers have told the Electricity Authority. 

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