Maria Slade

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

Business
Jan 17, 2020

How to stop getting sunburnt without trashing the oceans

A Wellington startup is tapping into the worldwide move away from ocean-destroying sunscreens with an all-natural product.

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Business
Jan 10, 2020

Caring for the planet, and your teeth: Why bamboo toothbrushes are only the start

Sales of environmentally friendly dental care products are steadily on the rise, but as business editor Maria Slade finds it isn’t easy being green.

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Business
Jan 7, 2020

Cheat sheet: Is Wellington really in the grip of a rental crisis?

Wellingtonians claim that securing sought-after rental properties is becoming a battle royale. Are they just over-reacting, or is the shortage of places to live real?

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Business
Jan 3, 2020

Where are the women in the Business Hall of Fame?

The lack of female faces in the hallowed halls has been put down to their traditional roles in our colonial society. Now the digitisation of historical records is blowing that theory out of the water.

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Business
Dec 28, 2019

After the Deluge: The Wellington-made synthesiser storming the music world

Rohan Hill and Ian Jorgensen are having so much fun running their boutique audio equipment firm that no amount of money could make them sell.

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Business
Dec 22, 2019

How the Sistema Rich Listers are helping to tackle the housing crisis

Jo and Brendan Lindsay made millions out of plastic lunch boxes and now they are figuring out how to give back to the New Zealand that fostered their good fortune. 

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Business
Dec 18, 2019

Cheat sheet: NZ multi-millionaire Sir Ron Brierley arrested in Australia

1980s corporate raider Sir Ron Brierley has been arrested and charged for alleged possession of child sexual abuse images, Australian media reports. Who is he?

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Business
Dec 12, 2019

Decade in review: The highs, lows and hobbits of New Zealand business

From Middle Earth to outer space, New Zealand business has covered a lot of ground in the last 10 years. Business editor Maria Slade looks back.

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Business
Dec 5, 2019

Cheat Sheet: Why small businesses should be feeling happy this week

From faster payments to ‘burden hunters’ that will hunt down and cut red tape, the government has announced a set of initiatives to make life easier for SMEs.

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Business
Dec 3, 2019

Building a better life for Northlanders from the ground up

Rapidly growing Northland startup North Drill believes in making a profit so that it can hire more people and provide a better life for their whānau. 

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NZI SBN Awards 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Where does my uniform come from?

Sustainable clothing maker Little Yellow Bird is poised to burst onto the school uniform market as awareness of where our wardrobe comes from grows.

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Business
Nov 28, 2019

Fletcher Building fields questions on Ihumātao at AGM

Fletcher Building has finally addressed the elephant in the room and it has caused no more than a ripple among its conservative shareholder base, writes business editor Maria Slade.

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Business
Nov 21, 2019

The brokers, the Ardern attack ‘joke’, and the spectre of a bad-meme election

A leaked Forsyth Barr email perpetuates tediously old-fashioned ideas – and it isn't even salvaged by wit or originality.

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Business
Nov 21, 2019

Telcos declare war on phone scammers

Phone companies and the government are setting up a system that will identify scam callers within hours and hopefully stop them targeting more New Zealanders.

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Business
Nov 18, 2019

Picking up the pieces of failed businesses, and how to avoid the fallout

A corporate undertaker talks top tips for making sure you get paid, reining in rogue liquidators, and having a heart for those who’ve lost money.

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Business
Nov 14, 2019

Crimson Education’s bills keep coming, even if your child isn’t going

It’s setting up a high school and John Key is an investor, but leaked documents show the $380m education startup locks parents into tough contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars.

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Business
Nov 12, 2019

The Panama Papers: The story of how journalists discovered ‘underground rivers of money’

The Panama Papers exposed a world in which the uber-rich and powerful were able to hide unimaginable wealth. The reporters who broke the story describe how they did it.

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Business
Oct 31, 2019

What I learned that broccoli can do to me when I got my DNA tested

A genetic test showing how people respond to common medicines has the potential to revolutionise the way doctors prescribe drugs. Business editor Maria Slade reports.  

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Business
Oct 29, 2019

The Crimson Education enigma

Ambitious families are spending big money on Crimson’s services – but top New Zealand schools say they provide the same advice for free and are deeply sceptical of the startup.

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Business
Oct 23, 2019

How will the convention centre fire impact Fletcher Building – the corporate giant which cannot catch a break

Will New Zealand's largest construction firm have to write off yet more money over the troubled International Convention Centre project?

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Kōura
Oct 16, 2019

Young New Zealanders are missing out on billions by being in the wrong fund

Think you’ve got your KiwiSaver sorted? Try Kōura’s ‘robo-advice’ questionnaire and you might be surprised.

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Business
Oct 15, 2019

NZ on the grab-and-go back foot as Japan grabs our cashierless technology

In their quest for a cashless society the Japanese have beaten New Zealand to its own next gen shopping experience, reports business editor Maria Slade.

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Business
Oct 11, 2019

Women doing it for themselves: the NZ businesswomen of the 19th century

The argument that there are precious few women in New Zealand's commercial history to recognise is being turned on its head. Business editor Maria Slade discovers it depends where you look.

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Business
Oct 10, 2019

KiwiSaver numbers are up – but so are fees, and the regulator isn’t happy

The FMA’s annual sense check of KiwiSaver shows New Zealanders continue to embrace the scheme but the fees they’re being charged may not be doing them any favours.

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Business
Oct 4, 2019

Fonterra factory built to make ‘secret recipe’ mozzarella sitting all but idle

As disappointed farmers deal with Fonterra's poor performance it emerges a new multi-million dollar cheese plant is hardly being used.

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Business
Oct 3, 2019

The mortgage market just got more interesting with new super cheap rates

Simplicity has fired a shot across traditional mortgage providers' bows – and says if you think home loan rates are as low as they can go, you ain't seen nothing yet. 

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