Category: Blogs


Synergy by name and by nature

Synergy (noun) – “The interaction or cooperation of two or more organisations, substances,or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” James Alexander and Alex Ward are clear on one thing; a foundation of their success in business is their complementary skills. Since starting Synergy Flooring nearly two […]

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Dark clouds on the horizon

With a number of new government policies and initiatives taking bite, businesses are facing a new, more challenging environment. The latest ASB business confidence survey showed business confidence was at its lowest level since March 2009, with New Zealand business confidence falling to more than a 10-year low in the quarter to June 2019. Across […]

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Magnetic Appeal

Resilience, innovation and sheer Kiwi determination – that pretty much sums up FlexiDRILL’s evolution from business start-up drilling contractor to international market leader in magnetic and mechanical induced vibration drilling equipment for the mineral extraction industry. Bruce Munro is a man of business. He sits on a number of boards of directors and manages a […]

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Passion for the bean

It’s easy to see how someone could get hooked on the business of coffee… once you understand the journey from green bean to cup, it leaves you hankering to learn more. At least, that’s how it happened for Chris White, founder of the gold-standard coffee wholesaler Altura Coffee Company Limited. His father wouldn’t let him […]

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R & D Tax Credits – here we go again

Back in Budget 2007 the then Labour Government introduced a short-lived Research and Development (R&D) tax credit scheme that only lasted for the 2008/09 income year before it was abolished by the in-coming National Government in favour of R&D grants. Fast forward to 2019 and the now Labour Government has reintroduced a R&D tax credit […]

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IRD Use of Money Interest rates

In a time when business confidence surveys are at a 10 year low, and economists have indicated two further official cash rate reductions are imminent, the Inland Revenue has announced an increase to their “use of money interest” rate.  Although the IRD have always stated the use of money interest is not a penalty, clearly […]

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2019 Year End Checklist

With the new financial year almost upon us, there’s not much time left to ensure you have your ‘house’ in order for 31 March. Our 40-point checklist below will guide you through the year-end process and ensure you maximise your tax deductions and minimise your annual tax bill. Assets Assets purchased costing $500 or less […]

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The Demise of the Residential Rental Loss

Not only have residential investors recently been hit with the extended 5-year bright-line test, the new loss rules will mean many residential rental property owners may struggle to cashflow the costs of owning the property. Draft legislation has been released proposing the ring-fencing of residential rental losses to be in place, in full, from the […]

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