Maria Slade

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

Business
Feb 5, 2020

Farewell to cheques: How Kiwibank is helping customers into a new era

The idea of paying someone by signing a piece of paper may seem archaic, but less tech-savvy New Zealanders are having to adapt to a world without cheques.

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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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Business
Sep 26, 2019

Fonterra gets back to basics as it tries to move on from $605m loss

Fonterra has unveiled its new pared-back ambitions along with its dismal 2019 result. Business editor Maria Slade analyses what it all means. 

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Business
Sep 25, 2019

Justice for small operators as government clamps down on unfair contracts

Moves to finally outlaw the exploitation of dependent contractors is vindication for a pair who have done battle on their behalf.

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Society
Sep 25, 2019

Let’s take a tip from Europe and prioritise plazas over car parks

Maria Slade wonders what New Zealand can do to create more spaces for people to gather and hang out. 

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Business
Aug 26, 2019

How businesses are making hay while the low interest-rate sun shines

Record low borrowing costs are a precious opportunity for business owners who now need to make savvy decisions about what to do with the cash.

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Business
Aug 26, 2019

The crisis in capitalism: NZ CEOs on the good, bad and ugly of social media

We asked business leaders how they're grappling with the almighty power of a technology that barely existed 20 years ago. 

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Business
Aug 21, 2019

Cheat Sheet: Fletcher Building unveils huge profit amid Ihumātao outcry

New Zealand’s largest construction company and controversial owner of the disputed Ihumātao land near Auckland airport has made a $164m profit, a big turnaround from its losses last year.

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Business
Aug 20, 2019

The fashion site, the millionaire and the Instagram star: How Fashbae fell to earth

Backed by businessman Eric Watson and launched in a blaze of publicity online trader Fashbae disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived. Now its founder is traversing the globe in a jeep.

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Business
Aug 14, 2019

NZ Fashion Week’s secret plan to bring big tobacco to the catwalk

Several labels turned down a proposal that would have seen a multinational cigarette manufacturer pay their fees and venue costs. Business editor Maria Slade reports.

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Business
Aug 12, 2019

Cheat Sheet: Why Fonterra has taken a massive financial hit

New Zealand's largest company has warned it will lose as much as $675m this year. What has happened in dairying and are we doomed?

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Business
Aug 9, 2019

Go out and spend: the message behind the OCR cut (and why we shouldn’t panic)

Adrian Orr has brought out the big guns to put a sorely needed bomb under the New Zealand economy and now the government needs to do its bit, a top …

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Business
Aug 7, 2019

The crisis in capitalism: NZ CEOs reckon with their roles in climate change

Last week we asked New Zealand CEOs whether greed is still good. In the second part of our series on the ethics of NZ businesses, we put them on the spot over their environmental impact.

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Business
Aug 2, 2019

The Blackbird has landed: the investment firm giving hope to Kiwi startups

Longed for stirrings in the local investment sector are a positive sign that New Zealand businesses may be able to keep calling Aotearoa home.

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Business
Jul 31, 2019

Revealed: the regulatory hole that sees fatal truck crashes escape investigation

Authorities are failing to probe the root causes of truck accidents despite a rise in crash fatalities.

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Business
Jul 29, 2019

The crisis in capitalism: NZ CEOs respond to a worldwide loss of faith

Do New Zealand firms still think greed is good – or are the days of unfettered pursuit of profit over?

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Business
Jul 23, 2019

Where Kiwis donate their money, and why starving children in Africa don’t rate

New Zealanders are as parochial about charity as they are about sport, with only a fraction of the money we donate leaving our shores or even going outside our local areas.

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Business
Jul 19, 2019

Finance companies: No regulation please, we’re the good guys

Finance companies say they shouldn't have to be 'fit and proper' even though in some cases they charge more than the planned clampdown on high cost lending. 

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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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