Maria Slade

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

Business
Jul 10, 2019

Forget quotas: How an opt-out system could boost women in leadership

Quotas for women at the top are creating a backlash and an 'opt-out' system of considering all suitably qualified females for promotion is a better way forward.

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Business
Jul 8, 2019

A new NZ platform rates the whole supermarket on health and sustainability

An online shopping platform that lets you see with one click how healthy and sustainable a product is and whether it's locally made is on the way.

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Business
Jun 25, 2019

The man behind the rogue National ad is fighting predatory lending controls

In the same week as Steve Brooks placed an unorthodox election ad for National his fringe lending business has called for looser restrictions on its activities.

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Business
Jun 18, 2019

Why ANZ chief executive David Hisco has left under a cloud

One of the country's highest paid chief executives has lost his job after an embarrassing brouhaha over personal expenses. Business editor Maria Slade tries to make sense of the mess.

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Business
Jun 15, 2019

A big purple weapon against exploitative truck shops

The Sallies are taking on unscrupulous mobile traders with their own rival service. Business editor Maria Slade went riding with the Good Shop for the day.

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Budget 2019
May 31, 2019

The well-meaning budget

Labour's debut wellbeing budget is a solid jump to the social spending left but could hardly be described as transformational.

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Budget 2019
May 30, 2019

Budget 2019 at a glance: boost for beneficiaries, vulnerable children, mental health

Budget 2019: Fresh from the parliamentary budget lockup, Spinoff business editor Maria Slade summarises the funding announcements from Labour's first Wellbeing Budget.

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Budget 2019
May 30, 2019

Labour’s rules for responsible spending and how it’s changing them

What are the Ardern government’s much-talked about Budget Responsibility Rules, and why doesn't it have to stick to them?

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Business
May 29, 2019

The Allan Hubbard disaster was a warning for NZ that we’re yet to heed

Think the dark times of the finance company collapses are well behind us? The regulatory environment that allowed the collapse of South Canterbury Finance exists to this day.

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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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