Rebecca Stevenson

Rebecca Stevenson is business editor at The Spinoff and is former editor of the Western Leader and Nor-west News. Email her on rebecca@thespinoff.co.nz

Business
Apr 23, 2018

Mind on my money: The Spinoff takes Nigel Latta's money personality quiz

Don’t be scared, information is power right? And a new money personality quiz built by our partners at Kiwibank could help you tackle your money issues. The Spinoff took it for a spin – here are our results.

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Business
Apr 13, 2018

Meet the councillors moonlighting as West Auckland's booze and gambling tsars

Gambling and booze, booze and gambling. Those delicious legal – but potentially devastating – vices. Rebecca Stevenson investigates how a handful of men hold a tight grip over West Auckland bars.

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Business
Mar 29, 2018

The people deciding the future of tax in NZ

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, what is the Tax Working Group anyway – and what is it up to?

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Business
Mar 29, 2018

Ten amazing (and big) numbers about tax

Tax, tax, lovely tax. We all pay it, in one way or another, and we rely on it to pay for things like schools, healthcare and roading – our tax does some wonderful things. Here are ten tax numbers you need to know.

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Tax Heroes
Mar 28, 2018

How much tax did our largest companies pay last year?

Tax Heroes: We take a closer look at how much tax our 50 biggest companies paid in 2017.

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Business
Mar 27, 2018

10 Numbers which show the rise and fall of retiring Sky TV CEO John Fellet

Rebecca Stevenson uses key numbers to look back at the reign of Sky TV’s legendary CEO John Fellet, who yesterday announced his intention to retire within 12 months.

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Business
Mar 24, 2018

Farewell to Fonterra’s $8 million man

Has it really been seven years? Yep, it has. Rebecca Stevenson takes a look back at the tenure of 'Mr Milk', Theo Spierings, atop our biggest company.

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Business
Mar 16, 2018

Tap that: why we love contactless debit cards

New Zealand’s new unofficial flag isn’t Laser Kiwi, its the increasingly ingenious and in-your-face way our retailers give us the news that hurts (but not our pocket) – no Paywave. Rebecca Stevenson investigates the rise of tap and go.

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Business
Mar 14, 2018

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Yup, it’s a plane

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, the 'everyday air taxi' that’s taking off in Canterbury.

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Business
Mar 7, 2018

30% cheaper to build and pre-consented: is this a solution to the housing crisis?

An old cigarette factory in Masterton, a remnant from the Think Big era, has been re-purposed to tackle our affordable housing crisis. How one plant in the Wairarapa is producing modular homes on the cheap.

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Business
Mar 6, 2018

WTF is happening with the census?

It happens every five years (unless there is a major disaster), it helps to guide what we spend billions of dollars on – but did you know it was happening today? Rebecca Stevenson finds the census is causing concern.

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Business
Mar 2, 2018

Why property managers are terrible – for everyone

Property managers. Two words to make the blood run cold, whether you are a tenant or a landlord. Rebecca Stevenson weighs up the data and anecdotal evidence, and her ruling is final: property managers suck.

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Business
Feb 23, 2018

Ten numbers that tell the story of A2 Milk’s astonishing $10 billion value

A2 Milk Co briefly burst through a landmark this week, reaching a market capitalisation of $10 billion on news of its deal with Fonterra. Here are ten numbers which encapsulate the milk brand's inexorable rise.

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Business
Feb 17, 2018

Pay your bills: The Spinoff survey of corporate payment times

Imagine you didn't get paid for a month or two for your work. Big businesses have been using this tactic to keep cash in the bank – but how long do our corporates take to pay? Rebecca Stevenson investigates.

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Business
Feb 14, 2018

Ten numbers that tell the story of Fletcher Building’s astounding $660m loss

Fletcher. The name is synonymous with construction and building in New Zealand, and has been since, well, forever. But it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately – here are ten numbers that sum up the company’s bad news streak.

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Business
Feb 13, 2018

The rise and fall of CricHQ, the star-backed ‘Facebook for cricket’

Founded by Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum, CricHQ capitalised on global interest in both cricket and internet startups. It attracted a starry lineup of investors and seemed hugely successful. Then, in October, it went into receivership.

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Business
Feb 9, 2018

Cheat Sheet: Could we work less for the same pay?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, should we all work a four-day working week?

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Business
Feb 7, 2018

Cheat Sheet: Are we facing stock market armageddon?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, we take a wild ride with global share markets.

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Business
Feb 5, 2018

Is this the end of the road for the humble plastic bag?

Our two supermarket chains have agreed to get rid of plastic bags by the end of this year. Does this mean the end of the seemingly humble plastic bag? Rebecca Stevenson caught up with Wellington City Council's Roderick Boys to find out why we need to say goodbye to them, for good.

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Business
Jan 15, 2018

The Kiwi company shaking up the peanut butter industry

Peanut butter maker Fix and Fogg has grown from the farmers' markets to the biggest online marketplace in the world, Amazon. Rebecca Stevenson caught up with founder Roman Jewell, and discovered Kiwi ingenuity at the heart of this small business success story.

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Business
Dec 31, 2017

Summer reissue: The Block NZ is the perfect way to learn about NZ’s broken tax system

The Block NZ signifies everything that’s wrong with our tax system. Takapuna tax expert Terry Baucher fills Rebecca Stevenson in on how we can get a lump of cash, and keep it all to ourselves.

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Business
Dec 26, 2017

Summer reissue: The new work order

If robots are going to be the accountants, what is the point of getting a degree? Rebecca Stevenson reports on the future of work, and finds old skills are getting a new relevance.

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Business
Dec 18, 2017

First do no harm: How to be a responsible investor

How can Kiwis, particularly new KiwiSaver investors, know how to invest without causing harm? Rebecca Stevenson caught up with Kiwi Wealth's Steffan Berridge to discuss the ins and outs of ethical investing.

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Business
Dec 14, 2017

Who is Firefly Search? One of the fastest growing tech companies in Asia

More than 40 New Zealand businesses have been ranked as some of the fastest growing technology companies in the Asia-Pacific region by revenue growth. But the big surprise came from a digital marketing company that's only been operating for about three years, Rebecca Stevenson reports.

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Business
Dec 1, 2017

Adding up the little things: How Callaghan’s Māori team is unearthing the next big Māori business

A review into the Government innovation agency published last year found weaknesses with its management, but its Māori unit was singled out for praise. Rebecca Stevenson caught up with Callaghan's Hēmi Rolleston to find out how its helping Māori entrepreneurs build their businesses.

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Financial Markets Authority
Nov 29, 2017

Am I in the right KiwiSaver? I haven’t the foggiest – let’s find out

The Financial Markets Authority has launched an interactive tool that let's you access, and compare, basic fund information. Rebecca Stevenson extracts herself from KiwiSaver ennui to take a look at the numbers.

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