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...
Christchurch Snow – June 2012

Christchurch Snow – June 2012

Last year, July 2011, Christchurch had a huge amount of snow. This year, the snow’s come a month earlier. For most of yesterday, huge fat feathery snowflakes fell and blanketed the city in soft powdery snow. Overnight, freezing temperatures meant that not only did the snow remain, but it also became pretty solid with plenty of thick ice around. Those who thought to clear the snow from their driveways...
An Open Letter from a New Zealand Teacher

An Open Letter from a New Zealand Teacher

“I love my job. Every day something makes me smile. “Sometimes children are annoying and difficult., that’s part of the job. This morning two children had mild temper tantrums because things were not going their way before school. That’s part of the job and I love the idea that they sort things out in their minds, learn from it and enjoy school for the rest of the day. “Some...
A Marmite Auction to End All Marmite Auctions

A Marmite Auction to End All Marmite Auctions

Marmite’s a funny thing. In the UK I pretty much grew up on Marmite. Nothing else compared. Since moving to New Zealand, I’ve managed to train myself to appreciate either NZ Marmite or even Vegemite, but when I try the UK version again, it tastes a bit odd in comparison. Why am I rambling about Marmite? Well unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few days, you’ll...
Stephen Fry’s Rant about Telecom New Zealand. Deserved?

Stephen Fry’s Rant about Telecom New Zealand. Deserved?

Wow. Just yesterday my mum expressed amazement at how one word from Stephen Fry (“wow”) about her favourite musician, John Gomm, sparked a huge media interest and shot John Gomm to new levels of fame. Not surprising considering Stephen Fry has almost 4 million followers on Twitter. It doesn’t take a genius to realise his Tweets have far reaching potential and can work wonders for anyone trying to make...
Cashel Mall Containers – Video and Photos

Cashel Mall Containers – Video and Photos

The new temporary city mall has been open in Christchurch now for a week. Buildings damaged in the earthquake have been demolished and replaced with cargo containers to create a new, temporary, Cashel Mall. I visited the mall yesterday and was quite impressed with what they have done. The cargo containers have been nicely converted, brightly painted and smartly branded to create some good looking stores. Rather than just placing them in...