By Lachlan Colquhoun A workplace can offer practical – even life-saving – support to victims of domestic violence. For Lisa McAdams, the workplace was not only her place of employment, it was her refuge. With an abusive partner at home, going to work for McAdams was a break from the relentless barrage of verbal and… Read More Protecting people
By Jennifer Black Why finance professionals have a responsibility to help their organisations create resilient businesses and a more sustainable world. Finance professionals have a big role to play in developing sustainable, resilient business models, says the Germany-based former CFO of sportswear manufacturer Adidas. But Robin Stalker, the New Zealander who headed the company’s finance… Read More “This is part of our job”
By Steve Lewis PwC has created a big data model for the New Zealand Ministry of Justice that aims to identify youths at risk of offending so they can be set on a better life path. While its title would be right at home in the newspeak of George Orwell’s 1984, New Zealand’s Whole-of-Population Micro-Simulation… Read More Fighting crime with statistics
By Aaron Watson What all finance professionals need to know about their marketing colleagues. “If there is one thing that marketing people do that accountants definitely know about it is that they spend the marketing budget,” says Patrick Barwise, emeritus professor of management and marketing at the London Business School. Beyond that, finance teams tend… Read More Ad value
By Toby Fehily A beard tax? Not by the hairs of our chinny chin chins, says the Beard Liberation Front. A rift tore through the United Kingdom last year, threatening to plunge the country into chaos. It wasn’t Brexit, nor even the English soccer team’s shock loss to Iceland, but a British barber who believed… Read More Facial share
By Aaron Watson Each year people fail to pay their tax on time. We asked the Australian Tax Office and New Zealand’s Inland Revenue for some of the strangest excuses they have received – and uncovered 14 tales of thieving mailmen, marital breakdown and urban animals with a taste for tax documentation.