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Alexander Speirs

Investigating Chinese innovation

By Alexander Speirs Supported by an Asia New Zealand Foundation media travel grant, NZ Herald reporter Alexander Speirs travelled to China earlier this year to investigate the national drive towards innovation as the country’s economy moves into a new phase. His reports were published in the New Zealand Herald’s China …

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Alexander Speirs: Next time Dotcom – substance, not smarm.

Comment  It was the bomb that was supposed to flip the election on its head. The documents set to unveil a vast conspiracy by the Prime Minister against Kim Dotcom. John Key’s Moment of Truth. What a flop. There was no smoking gun. No game-changing piece of information. Instead, politically …

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Westland cuts forecast payout on falling global dairy prices, strong kiwi

Westland Milk Products, the Hokitika-based dairy cooperative, has overtaken rival Fonterra Cooperative Group in cutting its forecast payout to farmers, citing falling global dairy prices and the persistent strength in the kiwi dollar. The cooperative revised its payout forecast to between $5.40 and $5.80 per kilogram of milk solids before retentions …

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PM plays to the crowd in post-budget address

In front of the “biggest Cabinet Club of the year”, John Key delivered a rousing post-budget address in Auckland this afternoon. It was a top-drawer performance from the Prime Minister, earning full marks from the business leaders who had shelled out $500 to attend. “The bottom line of yesterday’s budget …

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5 key points for Bill’s Budget

With Finance Minister Bill English set to deliver his sixth budget for the country, looks at five key themes to consider for the upcoming year’s financial framework. 1. Surplus – It’s been six years in the making and English will finally get to confirm this afternoon that the nation’s books …

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Budget 2014 Coverage


Budget 2014  Finance Minister Bill English has unveiled his sixth budget, setting the fiscal agenda for NZ just months out from the election. Since 2009, English has worked towards bringing New Zealand back to surplus and has finally been able to confirm what seemed like a distant goal in the …

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Los Angeles embracing Silicon Beach


Zack Zalon is the CEO and Managing Partner of digital design firm Wilshire Axon and co-found of digital incubator Elevator Labs. Zalon specializes in building interactive business in Los Angeles, focused on working with highly technical and innovative companies and improving Los Angeles as an investment prospect and the perception …

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2013: Jeremy Webb “Social media in China is enormous”

By Alexander Speirs Jeremy Webb, Digital Influence Strategist and Head of Social at Ogilvy Public Relations sought to buck the trend on social media discussion in his address to the China business Summit, giving tips on making a brand – not breaking it. “Social media in China is enormous,” said Webb. …

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China Skinny looking to demystify ‘size and scale’ of China’s cities talks to the businessman behind one of China”s fastest growing marketing and research agencies, Shanghai-based Kiwi Mark Tanner, as his business China Skinny focuses on telling the “size and scale” story of China”s cities. The ?majority of foreign businesses tend to focus on China?s mega-cities. Shanghai and Beijing not …

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