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
Jun 14, 2018

Nine women for TradeMe founder Sam Morgan to follow on Twitter

Having axed nearly all the people he follows on Twitter, Sam Morgan is proudly down to fewer than ten. So why is he only following men?

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Business
Jun 13, 2018

Three reasons our wages are (finally) going to rise

After years of disappointing wage growth have the stars aligned for a lift?

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Business
Jun 11, 2018

Kris Faafoi says he's ready to take on clampers, high interest lenders and other bad actors

Measure twice, cut once. New Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi is on a mission to make our laws fit for purpose.

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Business
May 25, 2018

Bingeing, brawling and drunken sex: Is this responsible alcohol promotion?

Licensing trusts say they exist to sell alcohol responsibly. So why did a West Auckland trust ask people to recount their 'craziest' moments with hard liquor?

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Business
May 22, 2018

Online genius or tailspin troll? Meet Todd Scott, NBR boss and tweeter-in-chief

Against a backdrop of Twitter grenades and staff disquiet, we talk to outspoken NBR publisher Todd Scott.

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Budget 2018
May 17, 2018

Grant Robertson and the blame-it-on-the-last-bunch budget

Labour is seeking to sell today's funding announcements as an exercise in cleaning up National's mess

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Business
May 16, 2018

Breaking: we’re treating our minimum wage workers like crap

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, are minimum wage workers being exploited and underpaid?

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Business
May 10, 2018

Ten numbers which show how addicted to our cars we still are

How could it be Commute Week without an ode to New Zealand's favourite mode of transport?

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Business
May 7, 2018

Kiwi AS? The rules for claiming Made in New Zealand

Made in New Zealand. Four words that attract a premium price. But who says what's Kiwi made and what's not? 

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Business
May 4, 2018

Who is reclusive Kiwi billionaire Christopher Chandler? And is he a Russian spy?

A British politician claims he has evidence that the billionaire might be secretly working for Russian intelligence services. So who is the New Zealander at the centre of a bubbling Brexit scandal?

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Business
May 1, 2018

Ten numbers that show we’re getting ripped off for petrol

A leaked email from a BP manager has exposed the tactics fuel retailers employ to increase prices at the pump. But do we all just pay too much anyway?

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Business
Apr 27, 2018

Cheat sheet: What’s up with Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner fleet?

What on earth is going on with Air New Zealand's new Boeings?

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Business
Apr 26, 2018

Financial advice from business mogul (and Real Housewife) Bethenny Frankel

On a recent visit to Auckland, Rebecca Stevenson tapped the Real Housewives of New York star for her top financial tips.

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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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