Maria Slade

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

Budget 2019
May 13, 2019

What even is a 'Wellbeing Budget'? The Spinoff talks to Grant Robertson

This month sees a landmark moment in the economic approach of the Ardern government, with the first 'wellbeing Budget' unveiled. How is it different, and what can we expect?

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Business
May 11, 2019

How not to do it: Disgraced Fuji Xerox warns others as part of its redemption

The printer company has worn sackcloth and ashes since being caught out exaggerating its New Zealand revenue by $350m. Boss Peter Thomas tells the tale of lessons learned.

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Business
May 5, 2019

The robots are not coming for your job. With a few exceptions

There are serious flaws in the theory that the ‘jobpocalypse’ is nigh, and technology is not about to replace New Zealand workers anytime soon, according to a new book.

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Business
Apr 20, 2019

A millionaire wants to land a helicopter on the beach. Herne Bay is ready to fight

In a polite Herne Bay kind of way locals are gearing up for a battle royale with retailing millionaire Rod Duke over his plans for a helipad on the neighbourhood beach.

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Business
Apr 16, 2019

Closing the gap: Why this Budget may offer hope for cash-starved NZ firms

If commentators are reading the tea leaves right the government is gearing up to put its money where its mouth is and help businesses caught in New Zealand's infamous funding gap.

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Business
Apr 9, 2019

The business – and benefits – of building next generation racing yachts in Aotearoa

The 36th America’s Cup may still be two years away but Emirates Team New Zealand’s campaign is already near top gear and Kiwi industry is winning.

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Business
Apr 9, 2019

Give it up, Rod: Your helipad by stealth is beneath you

Briscoes boss Rod Duke continues to fight to have a helipad protruding over a picturesque Auckland beach, just so he can get to his golf games quickly.

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Business
Apr 8, 2019

Hallelujah: New Zealand music is a money-earner once again

After years of watching its income dwindle as it transitioned into the digital age the New Zealand music industry has turned a significant corner.

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Business
Apr 4, 2019

The ad agency making business more about people than profit

Annointed by Forbes magazine as one of Asia Pacific's rising entrepreneurial stars, Ben Forman has a vision for building an honourable advertising industry in his home town.

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Business
Mar 27, 2019

Q&A: everything you need to know about the cyber armies coming for your democracy

One of the most powerful tools of the 21st century is being allowed to operate with impunity and it's hurting humankind.

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Politics
Mar 26, 2019

The cop who shot David Gray calls for end to NZ’s ‘uncontrolled’ gun culture

Tim Ashton was one of the police officers who shot and killed Aramoana gunman David Gray. Christchurch has hardened his resolve to effect meaningful gun control reform.

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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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