General observations

Event: Design Trends seminar to support orphaned Latin American kids

Check out this upcoming design trends seminar. All proceeds will go to NPH New Zealand, a charity set up to care for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thursday, 31 July 2014 6.30 – 8.30pm, Cavit&Co, 547A Parnell Road Tickets $60 NPH stands for Nuestros Pequenos...

Malaysia Forum in Auckland (6 Dec)

Those of you who are doing business in Malaysia, or keen to do so are welcome to sign up for this forum in Auckland. You are invited to attend the Malaysia Forum on Friday 6 December in Auckland. Malaysia is New Zealand’s eighth-largest trading partner, the largest ASEAN market...

Japanese Film Week 25 – 30 Nov (FREE Japanese movies) in Auckland

Some awesome Japanese movies screening week of 25 November in Auckland. Free (but booking required), courtesy of Japanese Consulate in Auckland. Scroll down for movie details and check out the official Japanese Film Week site. Details of movies part of this festival, including some amazing award winning films. Abacus And...

Rich Barton on power to the people at GES2013

I am blogging live from the Global Entrepreneur Summit in KL this morning. Rich Barton talking about “Power to the people” companies. Thanks for the reminder on the importance of having a BHAG to rally the customers, staff etc. “If it can be raided, it will be raided.” Awesome...

Chinese vs Kiwi approach to using the library

Interesting incident at the Parnell library (behind our Euroasia Parnell campus) today. Chinese lady walked up to counter with granddaughter, wanting to return a book. She said this in Chinese but obviously the Kiwi librarian had no clue what she was on about. Chinese lady asked granddaughter to translate....

New Zealand best place to be a working woman

It’s not surprising that if you’re a working woman, New Zealand is the place to be. The Economist compiled a “glass-ceiling index” to show where women have the best chance of equal treatment at work. It compares five indicators across 26 countries: the number of men and women respectively with...

Long overdue hate mail from random stranger

So I return to the office to find some random stranger’s message on my voicemail telling me why I should leave New Zealand. I do get some hate mail every now and then, usually after I stand up for wealthy Chinese investors, poor migrant workers or ripped off international students. Even...

What are Kiwi values? Who is Kiwi?

Sometimes I’m asked what are Kiwis like. What makes someone Kiwi? This is a tough question. The other day I posted a guest blog by Dr Phillipa Smith on what it means to be Kiwi, which she studied for her PhD topic. I’ve been thinking about this some more....

Elocution lesson

‘The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.’ Actually, as a matter of geographical fact, it doesn’t, but never mind: this rather dreary sentence is used not to convey a message as uninteresting as it is inaccurate, but instead to get us to work on our elocution. ‘How now, brown...