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Board Directors put CEOs in the innovation driver’s seat

20 Jul 2016

This week Grant Thornton New Zealand hosted an interactive innovation workshop for 29 independent directors in association with Appoint Better Boards. The session explored whether or not innovation should be a fixed item on the Board agenda and if Boards and CEOs are well equipped to drive innovation.

Partner appointment: Andrew Castleman, Grant Thornton New Zealand

01 Jul 2016

Grant Thornton has announced the appointment of Andrew Castleman as a Partner in its Operational Advisory practice in Auckland.

Budget 2016: Christchurch progress on shaky ground

27 May 2016

When modelling for economic growth it is difficult to compensate for your second largest city suddenly dropping off the balance sheet. Yet that is exactly what happened for New Zealand in 2011 following the second Christchurch earthquake. Importantly, Christchurch wasn’t just an economic hub in its own right, but the gateway to the South Island.

Budget 2016: The secrecy of your tax information

27 May 2016

The Government delivered its 2016 Budget with no new tax initiatives, other than reinforcing the positively received SME-friendly tax package from last month, and continuing to signal its commitment to ensuring New Zealand maintains robust international tax rules.

Budget 2016: cyber security move needs follow up

23 May 2016

At the recent Cyber Security Summit in Auckland, new measures including a national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a credentials scheme for business were announced. Like most new endeavours, the implementation will present a number of challenges and even more opportunities to build on these positive steps.

Budget 2016: can money buy innovation?

23 May 2016

Innovation is crucial to the success of any organisation, or economy for that matter. So how can you grow innovation?

Budget 2016: increase housing supply, not taxes

13 May 2016

There is a children’s riddle that asks “what goes up but never comes down?” The answer is “your age”. These days Auckland property prices could also be an acceptable answer.

NEST egg tax: Budget 2016 - change taxing of super schemes

13 May 2016

The introduction and success of KiwiSaver has undoubtedly helped New Zealanders save more effectively, but it won’t be enough to ensure that participants in the scheme will be comfortable when they retire.

Budget 2016: inequality is about more than income

10 May 2016

There is a growing income gap in New Zealand and as some Kiwis get further ahead, some fall further behind with, it is argued, not enough money to meet their needs, enjoy their lives or to participate in society.

Budget 2016: free education comes at a cost

05 May 2016

Visit www.education.govt.nz. The website proudly states that between the ages of 5 and 19, your child’s education is free. But is it really?