Maria Slade

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

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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Business
Nov 1, 2018

Turning beauticians into digital whizzes: welcome to the future of work

No science or engineering background? No problem. A new apprenticeship scheme is addressing the skills shortage by training up people with no previous technical know-how.

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Society
Oct 31, 2018

Motorists v cyclists: Why the growing anger on our roads is a danger to us all

A cyclist filmed delaying a driver on a west Auckland road is so alarmed at the reaction that he’s issued a plea for Kiwis to come to their senses and end the cultural war.

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Business
Oct 24, 2018

Grab-and-go revolution: Cashierless shopping comes to NZ

A Kiwi startup is at the cutting edge of a technology that knows what you put in your shopping basket, eliminating the need for checkouts and queues.

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Business
Oct 23, 2018

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
Oct 19, 2018

Feeding the world, blissfully

From hand rolling bliss balls, to exporting to South Korea, Maria Slade spoke one half of Tom & Luke about taking their healthy bars and balls global.

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Business
Oct 12, 2018

Blockchain 101: All you ever wanted to know but couldn’t be bothered asking

If your eyes glaze over at the very mention of the word, purple-haired ‘community strategist’ Savannah Peterson is here to change your mind about blockchain, writes Maria Slade.

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Business
Oct 10, 2018

Housing minister dismisses calls to rein in rogue property managers

Politicians have been ignoring pleas to control the wild west property management industry for over a decade, including the latest lobbying effort.

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Business
Oct 10, 2018

The Chinese students on a crusade to expose immigration fraud in NZ

An anti-corruption student media start-up says there's an ugly underbelly to building a new life in Aotearoa.

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Business
Oct 9, 2018

The great imposter: Xero boss Craig Hudson on his mental health battles

The New Zealand head of accounting cloud platform Xero talks to Maria Slade about battling his demons, and helping Kiwi businesses through their own dark days.

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Business
Oct 2, 2018

Zuru is using its toy manufacturing nouse to build better houses

From blow-up water balloons to prefabricated buildings: Homegrown toy giant Zuru is now flexing its manufacturing muscles in the direction of the housing shortage.

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Business
Sep 25, 2018

‘What are you doing to stop further deaths?’ Auckland wharfies plead for action on safety

Following the death of a young wharfie there are claims Ports of Auckland is encouraging unsafe practices by paying bonuses for moving cargo faster.

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Business
Sep 14, 2018

Same-sex nuptials on the cover of a Kiwi magazine – a wedding world first?

While the Aussie wedding mags are still apparently getting used to marriage equality their New Zealand counterparts are ahead of the game.

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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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