GST, an issue for retailers, immigration advisors

In a welcome development, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has released an Issues Paper, discussing the GST treatment of corporate companies. There has been a longstanding uncertainty as to whether a body corporate can register for GST. This has led to inconsistent treatment – some corporates have registered for GST, while others have not done so. Interim choice The Issues…

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Fame sets the flame for business success

I was asked at a recent meeting, ‘What are the biggest challenges faced by Small and Medium Enterprises?’ and ‘What are the biggest capability gaps restricting the success of owner and operators?’ “Focus, Attitude, Mathematics, and Execution (FAME),” I replied. Business success does not require an MBA, despite what Universities claim. It comes down to a very simple mathematical equation:…

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Corrupt official detained at home

The Auckland District Court sentenced former Commercial Property Manager Christopher David Green (66) to five months’ home detention on June 14. Mr Green’s offending occurred between 2003 and 2010 when he was responsible for ensuring the portfolio of premises that his employer occupied around New Zealand, were appropriately insured. Herbert Insurance Group (HIG), acted as insurance broker for Mr Green’s…

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Maori leader finds cultural affinity with India

A Maori leader has outlined the similarities between Maori and Indian culture and the affinity of the Maori faith with that of Islam. Kaumatua leader Samuel Teraki described the ‘oneness of the cultures and faiths’ during a presentation at the ‘Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’ate Islam Lahore New Zealand Centre’ in Papatoetoe on July 2. His presentation covered language, culture, and faith.…

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Online art contest for primaries

Mata Amritanandamayi Satsang Group Inc, a social service organisation based in Mt Roskill (Auckland) has announced an online art competition for primary school students. Project Coordinator Sangeeta Kalra said that the proceeds of the contest will be donated to Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust. “This project is a part of our intergeneration programme, aiming to create awareness among children of the…

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