Dodgy KiwiSaver investments? Fisher Funds responds.

Dodgy KiwiSaver investments? Fisher Funds responds.

Like many New Zealanders, I was pretty horrified to read NZ Herald’s report yesterday that $150 million of KiwiSaver funds have been invested in assets that are blacklisted by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. These blacklisted assets include investments in companies involved with: Cluster munitions Anti-personnel mines Nuclear Human rights abuses in developing worlds (and sale of whale meat) Tobacco The report made for pretty grim reading, and suggests...
3 Exercise Ideas for the Modern Dad

3 Exercise Ideas for the Modern Dad

Not so long ago I became a dad. I’m very lucky in that my wife has opted to be a ‘stay-at-home-mum’ to our new son, and so he’s been very well looked after. Having said that, I’m keen to be an active part of his life, rather than that guy he mostly sees on weekends because his dad works late during the week. But that tends to mean that I’m either working, spending time...
A Week with the Huawei Smartwatch

A Week with the Huawei Smartwatch

I love gadgets and watches, so you can imagine my delight when I was asked by an old friend if I’d like to spend a week with the new Huawei Smartwatch, available through the gorgeous Huawei Watch website, particularly as I’d already been considering jumping on the wearable-tech bandwagon. Having a unique opportunity to trial a model for a week before making a decision was an unexpected surprise. During...
360° Panorama of Christchurch from its Tallest Building

360° Panorama of Christchurch from its Tallest Building

I was honoured to be invited to my cousin, Doug’s, secret photography spot; the off the Rendezvous Hotel, Christchurch’s tallest building since the earthquake toppled the rest. Doug is one half of The Heather and Doug Records, a professional photography couple. He has special permission to visit the roof of the hotel for his photography projects. While up there, I snapped a few photos myself (obviously only as an...
The Motorola MBP36 Baby Monitor

The Motorola MBP36 Baby Monitor

Late last year I became a father. The fun thing about being a dad, particularly of a boy, is that you get to play with toys again. One ‘toy’ I was tasked with buying recently was a baby monitor. While there are hundreds of options available, I only really managed to find a small few brands that were available to purchase in New Zealand (including the Motorola MBP36 –...

Christchurch Cathedral Square in November 2013

I’ve just got back from a walk around Christchurch CBD. I was inspired to visit again after I attended a marketing course at the Rendezvous Hotel – a modern and fresh looking building surrounded by rubble and flat gravel areas. Quite iconic of Christchurch right now, but this time I could also see New Regent Street and Cathedral Junction, with trams finally operational and plenty of tourists around. A...

How to track scans on a QR Code

Ok lots of people – marketing professionals and digital specialists included – will mock me for talking about QR Codes. QR Codes are something that it’s just easy to hate. They look ugly and people holding up their phone to scan a QR Code in public are easy to take the mick out of, but I genuinely believe QR Codes serve a purpose. Although only if they’re used in...