Maria Slade

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

Business
Sep 13, 2018

Fonterra's $200m loss explained: Why our biggest company is in the red

Milk is practically white gold, right? Turns out not so much, with Fonterra announcing a huge loss for the year.

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Tax Heroes
Apr 8, 2018

Good times at New Zealand’s third largest taxpayer

She thought about walking away from tax, but couldn't. Maria Slade finds Westpac's tax guru Jo Sawden does it for the love of it.

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Tax Heroes
Mar 31, 2018

Why the lack of a capital gains tax is letting property companies off lightly

No capital gains tax no problem? Not exactly – Tax Heroes has uncovered our biggest property players pay a much lower tax rate, Maria Slade reports.

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Tax Heroes
Mar 30, 2018

Tax has come a long way, baby

We always hear about who is not paying tax, but who pays the most hasn't been measured – until now. Maria Slade talks to the two Auckland professors behind Tax Heroes.

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Business
Nov 8, 2017

From Mexico to Cuba St: One woman’s mission to create inclusive coffee

They're helping Mexican farmers grow coffee, but The Lucy Foundation's next step is to give disabled Kiwis employment chances. Maria Slade caught up with founder Robbie Francis to find out how she is building a operating model with inclusiveness at its core.

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Society
Oct 31, 2017

If we’re going to legalise weed, should we do the same for heroin and meth?

An adviser on America’s opioid epidemic says New Zealand needs to treat all drug abuse as a health problem, not a criminal one.

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Business
Oct 26, 2017

Kiwi house prices are 65 times their 1970 levels – but is it really a bubble?

House prices are how high now? Maria Slade takes a look behind an alarming graph – yet finds NZ's housing bubble may have been overblown.

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Business
Oct 16, 2017

Inside the risky business of building an Uber for babysitting in New Zealand

Book an Uber, a place to stay and a stranger to look after your child? Maria Slade looks into the potentially risky business of online parenting services.

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Business
Sep 27, 2017

The great meth testing scam

Are Kiwis wasting thousands unnecessarily decontaminating their homes? Maria Slade looks into a business growth story which appears to be solving a problem which doesn't exist.

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