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Budget 2016: no sweet taxes this year

03 May 2016

Who would have thought that celebrity chefs could influence Governments to introduce new taxes? Jamie Oliver has publically lobbied the UK Government to do this, and was quick to claim credit when it introduced a two tier levy on soft drinks from 2018. Unsurprisingly, Mr Oliver quickly identified further potential television markets, including New Zealand, and has extended his call further afield.

Budget 2016: will PPP opportunities go begging?

22 Apr 2016

While public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been welcomed overseas, New Zealand is late to the party; the public is missing out on the infrastructure that could be provided, and the economy isn’t benefiting from the stimulation PPPs create.

Budget 2016: time to iron out the wrinkles in aged care

20 Apr 2016

We have an increasing proportion of people in older age groups and a declining number of children. This is a hot topic globally as several other countries are experiencing this phenomenon, but what will it mean for New Zealand?

Budget 2016: time to get tough on student loans

18 Apr 2016

Here we are, over two decades down the track and more than 14b in the red. The burden the scheme is placing on our fiscal interests is exacerbated by the lack of accountability placed on borrowers and the glaring absence of some tough incentives to pay up.

Budget 2016: are the winds of change upon us?

01 Apr 2016

Successive budgets have offered little in the way of surprise or stimulus, largely due to the influence of The Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994. Of course fiscal responsibility – and transparency - is important. But for Governments, the balance between what you keep the same and what you change is, and must be, an art not a science.

Reduced disclosure regime presents challenges for NZ organisations

01 Apr 2016

For-profit and not for profit organisations can no longer use differential reporting to support financial statement filings with the New Zealand Companies Office or DIA Charities.

Budget 2016: the balancing act of taxing multinationals

28 Mar 2016

Inland Revenue is stepping up its campaign on ensuring small businesses meet their tax obligations, so naturally the finger once again points at multinationals to stump up the cash to meet theirs. After all, the tax revenue from multinationals has the potential to materially increase Government revenues.

Global survey finds women make up less than a quarter of APAC business leaders

08 Mar 2016

A global survey by Grant Thornton reveals that the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region continues to make slow progress in getting women into senior roles within companies.

NZ companies are not leveraging risk management

24 Feb 2016

‘Risk on the Rise: a Snapshot of Business Risk in New Zealand’, looks at risk management in the public, private and not for profit sectors and reveals that only 6% of respondents feel that their organisation faces less risk than 12 months ago.

NZ companies are not leveraging risk management

24 Feb 2016

Risk on the Rise: a Snapshot of Business Risk in New Zealand’, looks at risk management in the public, private and not for profit sectors and reveals that only 6% of respondents feel that their organisation faces less risk than 12 months ago.