Common New Zealand employment agreement mistakes

NZ Entrepreneur

In New Zealand, employment agreements (formerly known as employment contracts) set out the terms and conditions that govern the employment relationship, and under the Employment Relations Act 2000, every employee must have a signed, written employment agreement. If you are in the process of hiring a new team member, or have staff that have been with you for a long time, you should absolutely guarantee you have a written employment agreement for each of your employees.

How the Internet of Things is impacting New Zealand businesses

NZ Entrepreneur

And while it may seem like a relatively new technological advancement, IoT has in fact been in use for many years in its simplest form – however more recently there have been advances in how effectively it can be used. With further progresses continually being made in the field of IoT, there of course has been an influx of new trends in the technology marketplace.


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Technology trends in the New Zealand business market

NZ Entrepreneur

Darren Oxlee is the Small and Medium Business Customer Program Manager for Microsoft New Zealand and has seen two key themes emerging amongst businesses: the first being a large migration to Cloud-based technologies and secondly, more businesses are starting to leverage deeper insights into their operational processes because of advanced data tools. The post Technology trends in the New Zealand business market appeared first on NZ Entrepreneur Magazine.

HomeAway Buys a Stake in Bookabach of New Zealand


Austin-based HomeAway just increased its presence in Asia with the acquisition of Bookabach Limited, a New Zealand-based vacation rental site. The world’s largest online marketplace for vacation rentals announced Wednesday that is has secured a 55 percent stake in Bookabach which has more than 8,000 property listings in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific islands. […] The post HomeAway Buys a Stake in Bookabach of New Zealand appeared first on SiliconHills.

Potential Progress On Dealing With Software Patents

Feld Thoughts

While we continue to struggle with patent trolls in the US – which used to be called “non-practicing entities” (NPEs) but now apparently prefer to be called ”patent assertion entities” (PAE) – the New Zealand government has announced that software will no longer be patented. Patents functional claiming new zealand

Kiwi lean startup + Australia next

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, February 28, 2010 Kiwi lean startup + Australia next Wrapping up a fabulous few weeks in New Zealand, where I had the privilege of attending some great events, like Kiwi Foo and Webstock ; met some amazing entrepreneurs and inventors (yes, including a jet pack ); and generally enjoyed a supportive and enthusiastic reception. If youre in Europe, for example, keep an eye out for the innovative YikeBike , a new kind of personal transport device.

It’s not trendy if it’s appropriating

NZ Entrepreneur

Appropriation of indigenous cultures is not a new issue, but examples of appropriation are increasing at an alarming rate, and the issue needs to be addressed. ori imagery in this way, because this use is a celebration of what is uniquely Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Why our small businesses are a BIG deal

NZ Entrepreneur

But while it’s true that New Zealand needs more globally successful brands bringing us in mountains of foreign cash, there are some very real reasons we need to place more emphasis on valuing and supporting our small businesses and small business owners. Population growth attracts new competitors to the market and just one new competitor could put you out of business. 2) Small businesses keep profits in New Zealand.

Interview: Simeon Burnett, 5 years of Snowball Effect

NZ Entrepreneur

It’s been five years since New Zealand equity crowdfunding company Snowball Effect got the go ahead from the Financial Markets Authority to bring Kiwi founders and investors a new way to raise and invest capital in ambitious New Zealand business ventures.

Tips for developing strong brands

NZ Entrepreneur

New Zealanders have traditionally favoured a non-regulated approach—#8 wire, Kiwi ingenuity and innovative thinking drive our cultural identity. But the value of a robust intellectual property portfolio hasn’t always been on the radar for New Zealand businesses.

NZ product standards? What you need to know

NZ Entrepreneur

If so, there are various product standards you should know about to enable your product to be sold in New Zealand. Creating a bold new product to meet a gap in the market – or even importing one – is exciting stuff. If you don’t keep New Zealand’s standards regulations in mind when developing your product or checking out an import opportunity, you’ll end up doing a good impression of a Renaissance-era test pilot yourself (i.e.

Supporter Channel: Storytech

NZ Entrepreneur

” When award winning ad man James Hurman set out to provide New Zealand businesses with access to brand consulting services typically only affordable for large companies and household brands, it was this reasoning that drove him. Today we are pleased to welcome James Hurman and his new company Storytech onboard as new #nzentrepreneurs contributors, providing expertise and insights on the subjects of brand building, marketing and compelling story telling to name a few.

Supporter Channel: Firefly Digital

NZ Entrepreneur

Aged just 23 at the time of launch, and now 28, Baxter has since grown that initial $100 investment into an agency with 15 staff serving customers throughout New Zealand and internationally, and revenues approaching $2M pa. Hear Anthony talk to Richard Liew about the state of digital capability in New Zealand, understanding the modern buyer journey and what it means to be an entrepreneur in the podcast above. Listen on Soundcloud.

Go global or grow local? The Kiwi startup quandary

NZ Entrepreneur

A new study considers whether it is better to “go global” from day one, or to grow locally first. The study revealed that if Niesh first targets growth domestically in New Zealand, they will be better able to replicate their model in overseas markets and have appropriate growth strategies. New Zealand startups need to know that the local market is limited by the relatively small population of 4.8

What Government funding is available for startups in NZ?

NZ Entrepreneur

One of the questions we’re often asked is, “What Government funding is available for startups in New Zealand?” For the majority of new business owners, there are no Government funds that will give you the founder, cash to start your new business. Needless to say, if this is your only strategy or hope for funding your new business you’re probably not ready for entrepreneurship anyway!

COVID-19: A message to business owners from our Editor

NZ Entrepreneur

In this message for New Zealand business owners, Richard Liew, founder and editor at #nzentrepreneur magazine shares some words of advice and encouragement for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note this message was recorded prior to the NZ Government raising the New Zealand COVID-19 alert level to Level 3. To get back on our feet, New Zealand will need you to be more entrepreneurial, innovative and creative than ever.

Patent protection or design protection?

NZ Entrepreneur

Inventions are effectively the concept residing in a new product or process. In most countries, including New Zealand, the term is 20 years. Most patents are filed for new products, machines, electronics, compositions, processes, and software. The first New Zealand registered design for an animal ear tag was filed in 1952 and since then over 100 different ear tag designs have been protected. A design registration lasts 15 years in New Zealand.

Build a winning IP programme for successful innovation

NZ Entrepreneur

Let’s take New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks®, as an example. Their programme is designed to identify new talent at the start and to grow the talent with physical and skills training, education and good mental health.

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Four cash flow tips to boost small business

NZ Entrepreneur

Ranked by the World Bank as the easiest country in which to start a business, New Zealand has in many respects become the poster-child for entrepreneurship. According to Xero , on average, only 50 percent of New Zealand’s small businesses were cash flow positive in the past year. Adrienne Church is General Manager at Prospa New Zealand.

Finance and accounting biggest headache for small biz owners followed by tech

NZ Entrepreneur

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, and you’ve struggled at any point with mastering a new business management skill, you’re not alone. Half of the challenge with learning a new business skill can be finding the right resources and tools to suit your schedule, learning style, and skill level. Adrienne Church is General Manager at Prospa New Zealand.

[Asia] Asian Attitudes Towards Creativity And Education Differ: Adobe Study


68% of respondents from Australia-New Zealand strongly agree that basic digital media skills are essential for a 21st century workforce, much higher than the APAC average of 54%. This compares to Southeast Asia’s 62% and 58% in Australia-New Zealand, yet garnered only 45% in South Korea.

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What Is The Forex 3-Session Trading System And How To Leverage It


However, the Asian market encompasses more than 40 individual states and nations, including China, Australia, New Zealand and even Russia. We close with the North American trading session, which is underpinned largely by the iconic New York Stock Exchange. The foreign exchange is unique in the financial market, as it remains accessible to investors 24-hours a day and six days a week.

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Online reviews are essential but remember their real purpose

NZ Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur you want a positive online presence to drive new customers in-store but it’s crucial is that you remain genuine and actually listen to what your customers have to say – because customer reviews are more than just free advertising. Research by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows that over half of all consumers are likely to seek out additional information, often through online reviews, to check the validity of product claims.

Build your network, build your business

NZ Entrepreneur

The pluses are many, but there’s also a flipside – like the stresses of grappling with new skills, juggling multiple responsibilities or having to be “always on”, not to mention the added financial pressures and concerns. A quick Google search will turn up dozens of regular networking events all over New Zealand. Adrienne Church is General Manager at Prospa New Zealand.

How NZ entrepreneurs can up their capital raising game

NZ Entrepreneur

In the first of a three part series on early stage business investment, we asked serial entrepreneur and investor Josh Comrie what three key things New Zealand entrepreneurs must get better at when it comes to seeking angel investment. Plus, the discourse process always leads to new insights. There are many in New Zealand (and abroad), and you’ll pay from $200-1000 per hour.

Entrepreneur’s 5 Month Journey Transforms Her Business Philosophy


In 2014, Maggie cycled for 5 months around the mountainous roads of New Zealand, towing her two-year-old son the entire way. My five month journey cycle touring New Zealand was nothing short of adventure. We began our adventure in Christchurch where my mothers’ best friend dropped us off at our starting point and then we circumnavigated the south island of New Zealand on our bikes. Entrepreneurship has evolved.

Most Overused Buzzword On LinkedIn Profiles? Creative.


New Zealand: Creative. So in Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden and United States, professionals used the word creative in their profiles to give themselves an edge in the careers… except that many others also describe themselves similarly. If there’s one word most people describe themselves with professionally, it’s creative.

Tips to optimise your online presence: Part 2

NZ Entrepreneur

But we want to go beyond that, to help Kiwi SMEs with their own digital transformations so they can make the most of the world class broadband we now have in New Zealand. Part Two: Mapping the customer journey.

Common Intellectual Property mistakes made by startups

NZ Entrepreneur

This includes new methods, products, expressions of ideas, trade secrets, brands and logos. This article is the third of a three-part series by Baldwins Intellectual Property that focuses on the importance of intellectual property for startup companies. What is intellectual property?

[Event] Over 540 Young Entrepreneurs To Converge On Global Startup Youth


Malaysia will see over 500 youth descend on its capital Kuala Lumpur this October for Global Startup Youth (GSY) , a three-day idea accelerator program aimed at helping young entrepreneurs shape and launch new projects that will hopefully evolve into sustainable global businesses.

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JFDI.Asia Announces 2013 Startup Lineup


DayTripR, from Singapore and New Zealand, have an online data collection utility. Singapore-based technology startup incubator Joyful Frog Digital Incubator – better known locally as JFDI.Asia – today unveiled a lineup of eight technology startups set to participate in its 100-day accelerator program this year.

Last week I shared my startup experiences with the Metro Atlanta Chamber…

Jeff Hilimire

My favorite bit: The company, Spunlogic, moved out of his mother’s basement and into an office after landing a deal with a New Zealand company. As hopes heightened and excitement built, the New Zealand company went bankrupt without a penny spent on Spunlogic. “It …and they were kind of enough to write this article about some of the stuff I said.

How To Market In A Time Of Crisis


Figurative language is something to be particularly wary of, and phrases that are usually innocent could now be seen in a new light. New Zealand, for instance, has controlled the outbreak more successfully than the US and many countries in Western Europe. Edward Coram James, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Up Ltd.

How to make the January ‘quiet time’ work for you

NZ Entrepreneur

Being a small business owner often also means having to juggle a number of new and different roles and responsibilities – but learning new skills isn’t always easy. Maybe you need to purchase new equipment, hire staff, or buy materials for an upcoming job – but are unsure how to fund that opportunity. There are a growing number of alternative lending options available to small businesses in New Zealand. Adrienne Church is General Manager at Prospa New Zealand. Shows You Where Movie Scenes Are Shot


We were more impressed to find out that some of the actual scenes in the film featuring those landscapes were actually shot on location in New Zealand. I remember when The Lord of the Rings trilogy first came out, viewers were totally in awe of the magnificent, soaring landscapes in the movies.

Trade Mark Check tool a “world-first” for IPONZ

NZ Entrepreneur

A world-first new tool is now available that you can use to identify in one click if a trade mark image, logo or word is unique or not. Using a phone, tablet or laptop, you can quickly find out if a brand name, logo, or even a hand-drawn scrawl of a logo, is already on New Zealand’s trade mark register, or looks similar to one that is. IPONZ estimates there are approximately 10,000 new businesses each year that don’t register their intellectual property.

COVID-19 NZ Government business support package – are you eligible?

NZ Entrepreneur

The New Zealand Government has activated a business relief package to help affected businesses navigate these challenges. billion support for New Zealanders and business. The COVID-19 outbreak is at the front of many people’s minds right now, especially for business owners. Here’s what you need to know. The business support package. The government announced its $12.1 This package includes: $2.8

If you’re not making video content, you’re not on the radar

NZ Entrepreneur

Co-founder of Little Cactus Media he’s worked across New Zealand, the USA and Canada with some of the biggest companies from Skycity to Zillow to Microsoft. He’s a key member of the Firefly ecosystem collaborating with clients like Anytime Fitness as well as advisory for my own personal brand including my new Youtube show the #SmarterHustle. Only half of all SME’s in New Zealand at that time had a website.

The Importance Of Cultural Understanding In Business


You would expect a company like Nike to follow suit in regards to cultural sensitivity, but the footwear and clothing manufacturer got it badly wrong when introducing a new line of patterned leggings in New Zealand. Inspired by the traditional tattoos of Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand, this product was soon scrutinised and considered to be a violation of the indigenous people of the Pacific.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 14 – Planning– Major General Mike Fenzel

Steve Blank

We just held our fourteenth session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War. There are the traditional partners, like Australia and New Zealand and the Philippines.

What intellectual property (IP) steps should a startup take?

NZ Entrepreneur

I was involved with the preparation of an investment disclosure statement for a well-known New Zealand company that wanted to raise capital to expand their service into the US. They had been running their very successful business in New Zealand for 10 years. Patent infringement was certain had the New Zealand company entered the US market. This is because many forms of registered IP rights need to be in place before new initiatives are made public.

The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

Up and Running

Recent developments – including an influx of new college grads and the well-deserved (if you ask me) popularity of a TV show based in the city and bearing the same name as the city – have also made it cool again. New Zealand. Queenstown, New Zealand, where the Lord of The Rings movies were filmed. You’ve no doubt heard what they say in real estate: location, location, location. When you’re looking to start a business, it rings just as true.

Do right and do better in business

NZ Entrepreneur

million to social enterprise projects in 16 countries including here in New Zealand. Business can be very rewarding and is usually setup to create a profit and return for its shareholders, however something magical happens when business is setup to do good and make the world a better place. This might sound cliche, but it’s true and it’s what the world needs today more than ever.