Andrew Barnes in NZ Management

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Andrew Barnes, managing director of trustee company Perpetual Guardian, concedes he’s “more a leader than a manager”. He can now reasonably extend his credentials to include entrepreneur, given that he was a finalist in New Zealand’s 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Reg Birchfield talked to Barnes about his rise to the top of his adopted country’s …

Christmas Poll Reveals Kiwis are More Organized and Better Budgeted this Christmas; Retailers Confident in Face of Earlier Spending Surge

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  With the silly season in full swing, the annual Christmas poll by AMP Capital Shopping Centres (AMPCSC) is revealing Kiwi shopping patterns in Auckland (Botany Town Centre), Tauranga (Bayfair) and Christchurch (The Palms) from the perspective of both consumers and retailers – and identifies some surprising habits in the lead-up to this 25 December. Watch Desiree Clark, Marketing manager …

Motocross daredevils pull big crowds at The Palms

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Shoppers at The Palms were treated to some high flying freestyle motocross action for free on Saturday, as the crew from Rob Turner’s Hard Core FMX let loose and got some serious air over a 75 foot gap between two ramps. Five Hardcore FMX bikers performed jaw-dropping stunts for thousands of shoppers at The Palms, in Christchurch on Saturday. Promoter …

Philanthropy New Zealand unveiled its Giving New Zealand report

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Giving from the grave is expanding rapidly, say Liz Gibbs, chief executive of Philanthropy New Zealand, and Andrew Barnes, chief executive of Perpetual Guardian. Philanthropy New Zealand unveiled its Giving New Zealand report at a Who’s Who philanthropy event at Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology on Wednesday. It revealed a boom in people leaving money to charities in their …

Naomi Ballantyne, Partners Life founder, has some clear money advice for young people

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“Students should be made to short course on debt management and be accredited before being able to apply for a student loan.” Save between 10 and 20 per cent of your income, is the best advice Naomi Ballantyne, founder of the successful Partners Life insurance company, has for the young. Savings are a springboard for life, such as being able …

Beneficiary risk: The new reason to change your will

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Charlotte Lockhart, sales and marketing director at trustee company Perpetual Guardian, said changes in the lives of the testator’s beneficiary was a little-recognised reason to change your will. This can be termed beneficiary risk, and it is very real in a country where many people own their own businesses, and have signed personal guarantees with lenders like banks. Many people change …

GFNZ first-half profit soars 423% on lending growth

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GFNZ Group [NZAX: GFL], the finance company formerly known as Geneva Finance, posted a 423%  jump in first-half profit as the lender benefited from an expanded loan book. Net profit rose to $1.5 million, or 0.31c per share, in the six months ended September 30 from $288,000, or 0.07c, a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Net …

Mark Lowndes talks about leadership development.

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What are some of the leadership challenges you’re facing in the business? I do a lot of reading about what’s happening in the legal profession and I think it’s clear the profession is changing at a fast pace and there are some quite large pressures on us. Clients are absolutely demanding more demonstrable value. There’s also a real skill shortage, …