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New Zealand, Mental Health, Alone

WHY DOES NEW ZEALAND HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS?

November 27th, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

There’s no denying that, when it comes to mental health, New Zealand has a major problem. It seems unthinkable that in a country that ranks top ten in the United Nations’ 2017 World Happiness Report, we are struggling so much with depression and other psychological illnesses. (more…)

Stress, Fatigue

HOW TO MANAGE WORK STRESS AND FATIGUE

November 23rd, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

There’s no denying that in today’s world most of us need to work to survive. While it’s fairly common to experience small levels of stress and anxiety in the workplace, if these feelings continue for long periods of time it can seriously impact your health. Employers and employees need to learn to manage work stress and fatigue and strike a balance that enables them to thrive. (more…)

Men's health

MOVEMBER – WHAT HEALTH CRISIS?

November 22nd, 2017 Posted by Health, Insights No Comment yet

It’s that time of year again – Movember is almost over. As moustaches take over social media, and our lives, we have to ask: what’s this all about?

Movember started in 2003 when Travis Garone and Luke Slattery decided to bring back the mo as a way to fundraise for prostate cancer. From there it has grown into a global movement raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. (more…)

SHOULD ‘MIRACLE’ DRUGS LIKE KEYTRUDA BE FUNDED?

October 10th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorised No Comment yet

This article originally appeared on the New Zealand Herald Website on the 26th of September, 2017.

A 44-year-old father of four given six to nine months to live when he was diagnosed with lung cancer has seen his tumour halve in size thanks to a new treatment he describes as a “miracle drug”.

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Construction

WHY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS A PLAN B

September 28th, 2017 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

It is internationally recognised that the construction industry is facing a major crisis due to a combination of falling productivity, rising costs, and lack of skilled labour. The Economist recently reported that productivity in the American construction industry has fallen by a staggering 50% since the 1960s. While other countries haven’t experienced such a drastic slump, in France and Italy productivity has fallen by around 16% in the last twenty years, and Germany and Japan have had almost negative growth. (more…)

HOW WOULD A PROPERTY SLUMP AFFECT YOU

September 21st, 2017 Posted by Insights, Risk Articles No Comment yet

An Omen?

This season’s final of The Block NZ  felt like a bad omen for the property market, particularly in Auckland. According to data just released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Auckland’s property market might just be slowing. It shows that Auckland house prices fell by 2.9% in August when compared to the same month last year, making it one of only four regions that experienced a decrease in value (the others being Gisborne, Tasman and the West Coast). (more…)

HOW WILL THE ELECTION AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS?

September 19th, 2017 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

The 2017 General Election is this weekend, and with just days to go, many experts are saying the result is too close to call. Regardless of which party forms the next government, there are likely to be changes in the wind for business owners. (more…)

SIX HEALTH INSURANCE MYTHS BUSTED

August 24th, 2017 Posted by Risk Articles No Comment yet

With another general election just around the corner, once again the hot-topic subject of New Zealand’s public health system is in the spotlight. As usual, most of the major parties’ policies are focused on making limited funds stretch as far as possible. But with the rate of population growth in New Zealand currently outstripping forecasts, public hospitals, along with other areas of vital infrastructure, are struggling to accommodate the influx of extra patients. (more…)

PLAN A (AND B) FOR LEADING A HAPPY TEAM

August 24th, 2017 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

As a business owner, you’ve probably heard the phrase “your people are your greatest asset” more times than you can count. And it’s true, to an extent; if you’ve got staff, then the success of your business rests, in part, on their shoulders. But if your people are bored, demotivated and unhappy, then they won’t be an asset. (more…)

PLAN B IN POLITICS

August 21st, 2017 Posted by Insights No Comment yet

It’s election season and it’s been a bit of a roller coaster.

If you’re doing something risky like running for leadership, it’s clear that a bump in the tracks can leave you derailed. Not having a Plan B in place can be detrimental. Recent events in the Labour and Green parties can provide some insight: (more…)

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