Month: March 2021

New Zealand and Scandinavia – Two ends of the world that seem well suited for co-operation

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The New Zealand Scandinavia Business Association (NZSBA) was founded 30 years ago, but the relations between the two goes back much further than that, with goods and services having been traded for over a hundred years. It is the purpose of NZSBA to continue this relationship …

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Carlos Menem: The playboy president who upset applecarts from Wall Street to Wellington

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The only Argentine President to have paid a state visit to New Zealand is Carlos Saúl Menem who died this year on Saint Valentine’s Day in Buenos Aires, aged 90. New Zealand’s exemplary bi-lateral relationship with Argentina was kick-started by Menem’s 1998 state visit which, despite …

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No Jab? No Job

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The COVID-19 vaccination is currently one of the most hotly debated topics in New Zealand. There is a lot of confusion around an employer’s ability to offer employment or terminate existing employment on the basis of whether or not an applicant/employee has had the vaccination. There …

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What are ‘germs’?

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The word ‘germ’ is a generic term for bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and helminths. These are collectively known as microbes. Microbes as the word indicates, are very small and can only been seen under a microscope and not all of them are bad for us, in …

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Opportunity Post COVID-19 to look at skills required in Manufacturing

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin Manufacturing has been identified as a key sector for our economic recovery post COVID-19, but many manufacturers cannot find the skilled staff they need to help them increase production and help the nation recover. This issue is not new and existed pre-COVID-19. The lack of suitable …

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Terminating Employment (Particularly Restructuring and Redundancies) during Covid-19

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin This article looks at the ‘ins and outs’ of ending employment relationships during Covid-19 and its aftermath. Furlough or stand down The concept of a “furlough” is essentially an unpaid suspension of employees during a period of business crisis. This is a foreign concept to the …

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