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
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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Business
Nov 10, 2017

The fast crew: The Kiwi companies to watch

Wanna run with the fast crew? Rebecca Stevenson takes a look at Deloitte’s Fast50 index to see how quickly Kiwi companies' revenue is growing.

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Business
Nov 9, 2017

Hero to Xero? Our most exciting technology company is exiting the NZX

Cloud accounting technology company Xero just announced two things: a very positive half-year financial result, and that it is exiting the New Zealand stock exchange. Rebecca Stevenson considers what this means for our investment landscape.

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Business
Nov 7, 2017

Offshore trusts are pretty legal – until they’re not

Imagine having money or assets and not having to pay tax on them! Sounds like a dream right? But for the super wealthy, it can be very real. Rebecca Stevenson takes a dive into the muddy waters of offshore trusts.

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Business
Nov 1, 2017

The Māori economy is small business, too

It’s been estimated to be worth $26 billion, with significant stakes in the fishing and forestry industries. But underneath the story of the Māori economy is also a humming small business story in Frankie Apothecary and Huia Publishers, Rebecca Stevenson finds.

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Business
Oct 18, 2017

Sharesies the love: how an online investing startup took flight

It's only been going since June, so how did startup Sharesies capture thousands of customers and over $1 million of their hard-earned money? Rebecca Stevenson caught up with Sharesies founder Sonya Williams to find out how they did it.

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Business
Oct 17, 2017

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
Oct 13, 2017

Why our Super Fund just got compared to the All Blacks

New Zealand’s Super Fund is one of the best performing sovereign wealth funds in the world – and yet isn’t quite what it could have been. Rebecca Stevenson explains what it is and why it matters.

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Business
Oct 13, 2017

How is this legal? Why unregulated wheel clamping is still a lucrative hobby

$760 for half an hour of illicit car parking? Seems steep. Rebecca Stevenson investigates how the clamping industry operates.

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Business
Oct 6, 2017

How to launch your first restaurant… in Melbourne

He's an award winning young Kiwi chef but William Mordido's first pop-up restaurant will be held in Melbourne this month. Rebecca Stevenson finds out why.

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Business
Oct 4, 2017

Why New World and Countdown’s battle of the bags is a win for the environment

A petition signed by more than 16,000 Kiwis prodded parliament to look into single use plastic bags last year. Now our two major supermarket retailers are going toe-to-toe to clamp down on them – and that's good news for all of us, writes Rebecca Stevenson.

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Business
Oct 2, 2017

Eat My Lunch: the business of doing good

Eat My Lunch (EML) has changed the way New Zealanders think about where they buy their lunch and the power of their purchase. Rebecca Stevenson talks to founder Lisa King about the EML model, making a profit, and the company’s growth.  

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Business
Sep 20, 2017

NZ makes its own oil. So why are we paralysed when a pipeline breaks?

A digger hit our pipeline! But don’t panic – we produce more than 40 million barrels of oil each year. Problem is, almost all of it is exported. Rebecca Stevenson finds out why.

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