Maria Slade

Maria Slade is The Spinoff's business editor. You can contact her on maria@thespinoff.co.nz

Business
Nov 8, 2018

Claims of electricity giants' 'rip-off' as independent retailers face closure

Householders are losing out as 'unjustified' wholesale prices cause a wave of power company closures, a group of independent power retailers have told the Electricity Authority. 

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Business
Nov 1, 2018

Turning beauticians into digital whizzes: welcome to the future of work

No science or engineering background? No problem. A new apprenticeship scheme is addressing the skills shortage by training up people with no previous technical know-how.

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Society
Oct 31, 2018

Motorists v cyclists: Why the growing anger on our roads is a danger to us all

A cyclist filmed delaying a driver on a west Auckland road is so alarmed at the reaction that he’s issued a plea for Kiwis to come to their senses and end the cultural war.

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Business
Oct 24, 2018

Grab-and-go revolution: Cashierless shopping comes to NZ

A Kiwi startup is at the cutting edge of a technology that knows what you put in your shopping basket, eliminating the need for checkouts and queues.

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Business
Oct 23, 2018

Sour grapes: Nobilo wine family feud over a ‘squandered’ fortune

The sons of pioneering immigrant vintner Nikola Nobilo are embroiled in legal action over the family inheritance, with one accusing the other of losing it all. A bitter battle over money …

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Business
Oct 19, 2018

Feeding the world, blissfully

From hand rolling bliss balls, to exporting to South Korea, Maria Slade spoke one half of Tom & Luke about taking their healthy bars and balls global.

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Business
Oct 12, 2018

Blockchain 101: All you ever wanted to know but couldn’t be bothered asking

If your eyes glaze over at the very mention of the word, purple-haired ‘community strategist’ Savannah Peterson is here to change your mind about blockchain, writes Maria Slade.

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Business
Oct 10, 2018

Housing minister dismisses calls to rein in rogue property managers

Politicians have been ignoring pleas to control the wild west property management industry for over a decade, including the latest lobbying effort.

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Business
Oct 10, 2018

The Chinese students on a crusade to expose immigration fraud in NZ

An anti-corruption student media start-up says there's an ugly underbelly to building a new life in Aotearoa.

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Business
Oct 9, 2018

The great imposter: Xero boss Craig Hudson on his mental health battles

The New Zealand head of accounting cloud platform Xero talks to Maria Slade about battling his demons, and helping Kiwi businesses through their own dark days.

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Business
Oct 2, 2018

Zuru is using its toy manufacturing nouse to build better houses

From blow-up water balloons to prefabricated buildings: Homegrown toy giant Zuru is now flexing its manufacturing muscles in the direction of the housing shortage.

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Business
Sep 25, 2018

‘What are you doing to stop further deaths?’ Auckland wharfies plead for action on safety

Following the death of a young wharfie there are claims Ports of Auckland is encouraging unsafe practices by paying bonuses for moving cargo faster.

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Business
Sep 14, 2018

Same-sex nuptials on the cover of a Kiwi magazine – a wedding world first?

While the Aussie wedding mags are still apparently getting used to marriage equality their New Zealand counterparts are ahead of the game.

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Business
Sep 13, 2018

Fonterra’s $200m loss explained: Why our biggest company is in the red

Milk is practically white gold, right? Turns out not so much, with Fonterra announcing a huge loss for the year.

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Tax Heroes
Apr 8, 2018

Good times at New Zealand’s third largest taxpayer

She thought about walking away from tax, but couldn't. Maria Slade finds Westpac's tax guru Jo Sawden does it for the love of it.

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Tax Heroes
Mar 31, 2018

Why the lack of a capital gains tax is letting property companies off lightly

No capital gains tax no problem? Not exactly – Tax Heroes has uncovered our biggest property players pay a much lower tax rate, Maria Slade reports.

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Tax Heroes
Mar 30, 2018

Tax has come a long way, baby

We always hear about who is not paying tax, but who pays the most hasn't been measured – until now. Maria Slade talks to the two Auckland professors behind Tax Heroes.

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Business
Nov 8, 2017

From Mexico to Cuba St: One woman’s mission to create inclusive coffee

They're helping Mexican farmers grow coffee, but The Lucy Foundation's next step is to give disabled Kiwis employment chances. Maria Slade caught up with founder Robbie Francis to find out how she is building a operating model with inclusiveness at its core.

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Society
Oct 31, 2017

If we’re going to legalise weed, should we do the same for heroin and meth?

An adviser on America’s opioid epidemic says New Zealand needs to treat all drug abuse as a health problem, not a criminal one.

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Business
Oct 26, 2017

Kiwi house prices are 65 times their 1970 levels – but is it really a bubble?

House prices are how high now? Maria Slade takes a look behind an alarming graph – yet finds NZ's housing bubble may have been overblown.

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Business
Oct 16, 2017

Inside the risky business of building an Uber for babysitting in New Zealand

Book an Uber, a place to stay and a stranger to look after your child? Maria Slade looks into the potentially risky business of online parenting services.

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Business
Sep 27, 2017

The great meth testing scam

Are Kiwis wasting thousands unnecessarily decontaminating their homes? Maria Slade looks into a business growth story which appears to be solving a problem which doesn't exist.

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