Boris the Barbaric threatens more than UK

Boris the Barbaric threatens more than UK

This is a blog by Kāpiti’s Ian Powell offering second opinions on health systems, labour…

July 18, 2021
Kāpiti rentals likely to remain high

Kāpiti rentals likely to remain high

Cindy Foote, owner of Jade Property Management in Kāpiti says the rental market appears to…

July 9, 2021
Metlink at alert level 1

Metlink at alert level 1

Following the Government’s Alert Level 1 announcement, Metlink has confirmed that face coverings are still…

June 29, 2021

Covid Vaccine info for Employers

May 18, 2021

With Covid19 Vaccination programmes underway there are many questions for employers and employees about the process and requirements. Employment expert Julia Palmer of Star People in Kāpiti addresses some of the rights and obligations. A common question is can employers make their employees get vaccinated. Ms Palmer says no. “Employers can only require that certain roles are performed by employees who are vaccinated, for instance if the…

Bowling Autumn Leaves

May 3, 2021

An opinion piece By Ian Powell I’m what’s known as a cricket nut (or cricket tragic as some cruelly say). I played cricket for well over 40 years at school and in Wellington, Christchurch and Kāpiti Coast. I even reached the heady heights of best bowler for my Kāpiti President’s grade team for three successive years and got my only hattrick in my last game. I bowled…

NZ could be a global digital health leader because of covid

April 13, 2021

The covid pandemic is an opportunity to make New Zealand a world-class digital health technology exemplar, a new report says. New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT), an industry leader of the Aotearoa’s digital health sector, has just released its 70-page paper – Hauora, Mauri Ora: Enabling a Healthier Aotearoa New Zealand. In today’s covid world, digital technologies offer unique opportunities to strengthen health systems and help meet the…

Regular savings for long-term gain

August 22, 2020

As the economic impact of COVID-19 begins to be felt, there are growing concerns over increasing unemployment. Many people are considering ways to reduce their expenditure so that they are able to weather any potential negative consequences arising from reduction or loss of household income. For some people, buying one or two fewer coffees each week will be their preferred way to save money, whereas those who…

COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy

August 18, 2020

A two-week COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy payment will be available nationally for employers, including self-employed people, who are financially impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19 and changes to COVID Alert Levels. Here’s what you need to know: You must have had or expect to have a revenue drop of at least 40% for a 14 day period, between 12 August to 10 September 2020, compared to a…

Butchers want Covid Change

August 15, 2020

Open Letter to The Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to you on behalf of the independent butchers of New Zealand to urgently reclassify local butcheries as essential services in line with dairies. Like dairies, local butcheries have been the foundation of Kiwi communities for decades and are entwined in our community fabric. They proudly provide consistent, quality, nutritious products to…