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Is your company culture hurting your profits?

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Company culture has long been linked to business performance, and while a strong culture doesn't guarantee business success, it does provide a foundation for it. Conversely, a poor culture can actually damage your business.

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Our November "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with November's hot desking date

"Put away that wallet mate, your money's no good here" ...

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NZ trust law to be overhauled

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The Trustee Act has been under review for some time. The changes being proposed are to make trust law easier to access and understand.

On 1 August, Justice Minister Amy Adams introduced the Trusts Bill to Parliament. This will be the first significant change since the introduction of the Trustee Act 1956.

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Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name (pt 1)

Part 15 of our blog article series: "Strategies for business success"

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(and part 1 of 2 of our mini blog series on "Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name")

One of the very first things on the to-do list when starting up a new business is deciding on a great name.

Choosing a name can be a fun exercise, an opportunity to let your creativity flow, however it can also feel like an overwhelming responsibility – much like the angst associated with naming your newborn.

But fear not! We'll take you through some suggestions on how to get started on compiling a list of potential business names, and in part 2 we'll run through some of the things a good brand name should do, to help you whittle that list down to just one.

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Taxing relaxing - when is holiday home income taxable?

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If you sometimes rent out your holiday home, you may have to pay tax on that income. Inland Revenue says you have a "mixed-use" holiday home if, during the tax year, you use it for:

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Our October "non-hot desking" date at The Orchard

Vodafone emails shut down 30 November - make the switch now!

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Vodafone has announced it will close its email service down on 30 November 2017. They declared their "email service is no longer delivering the sort of experience [their] customers need today".

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Jessie and Pam welcomed as members of CA ANZ

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CA ANZ logo - orange 'C' and blue 'A' with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand underneath

We are very proud of our two team members who were honoured at the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand's Northland Gala Dinner 2017, held at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri last Friday.

Jessie Alison and Pam Brown were formally acknowledged and welcomed as new members to CAANZ, where they were presented with certificates to mark their achievement after many years of hard work and study.

Jessie Alison is now a Chartered Accountant, and Pam Brown is an Accounting Technician. Congratulations to you both!

Check out their photos below:

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The boarder line - when is rental income not taxable?

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If you receive income, you must pay tax. So if you have rental income, you have to pay tax on it, right? Maybe, maybe not – if you receive rent from boarders.

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With the first public holiday since the beginning of June approaching (Labour Day, which will be observed next Monday, 23 October 2017) we briefly remind employers of workers' entitlements on NZ public holidays:

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Meet The Team

Ean Brown
Director/ Chartered Accountant
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Barbara Collinson
Team Manager/ Chartered Accountant
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Andrea Allen
Chartered Accountant
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Flynn O'Meara
Accountant
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Jared Slatter
Chartered Accountant
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Jessie Alison
Chartered Accountant
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Pam Brown
Accountant
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Sally Adams
Chartered Accountant
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Valeria Maw
Chartered Accountant
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Vicki Cozens
Chartered Accountant
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Bonny Rowson
Administration
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Julie Jenkins
Administration
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Renee Marais
Reception
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Sheila Ujdur
Administration
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