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For the second year in a row, Hong Kong has taken out the top spot on the list of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriates, based on an annual report by consulting firm Mercer. Aimed at helping multinational companies and governments determine compensation packages for the skilled foreign workers the send or hire overseas, […]

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New workplace well-being programme welcomed by companies – “Best of Today”. Stress is one of the leading causes of performance dropping at work and a new mental health programme developed in Nelson aims to reverse this trend. The Best of Today programme had its national launch in Nelson.

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Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday from all of us here. Our office will close at midday Friday 21st December and reopen in the New Year at 8.30am Monday 14th January 2019. Thank you for all your support this year.  Looking forward to seeing you all in 2019!

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Top 10 most expensive cities for expats

For the second year in a row, Hong Kong has taken out the top spot on the list of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriates, based on an annual report by consulting firm Mercer.

Aimed at helping multinational companies and governments determine compensation packages for the skilled foreign workers the send or hire overseas, the report measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items in 209 cities. The items include housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.
Asian cities account for eight of this year’s top 10. However, the list’s biggest climber is Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, which soared 36 spots to seventh place due to a shortage of currency and imported goods driving up the prices.
Hong Kong’s housing market and fluctuations in its currency, which is pegged to the strong US dollar, kept the city at the top of the list. Australian cities fell down the rankings, largely due to depreciation of the local currency against the US dollar. Sydney is the country’s most expensive place for expats, coming in at number 50.

Top 10;

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Tokyo
  3. Singapore
  4. Seoul
  5. Zurich
  6. Shanghai
  7. Ashgabat
  8. Beijing
  9. New York City
  10. Shenzhen

Article from InTheBlack issue October 2019

“Best of Today” programme

New workplace well-being programme welcomed by companies

Stress is one of the leading causes of performance dropping at work and a new mental health programme developed in Nelson aims to reverse this trend.

The Best of Today programme had its national launch in Nelson.

Founder Anna Gibbons said cultivating positive mental health within workplaces was proven to minimise stress, increase productivity and creativity, and improve workplaces’ reputations. She said 91 per cent of employees at companies that supported wellbeing felt motivated to do their best.

“This is why I have created Best of Today, ensuring it has within it the dimensions of hauora – spiritual, mental and emotional, physical, family and social, and land and roots.”

Participants on the course received boxes containing tangible tools and gifts to strengthen the learning, Gibbons said. What was in the box was a surprise.

Best of Today founder, Anna Gibbons said the boxes supplied with the programme were a tangible tool for participants to support their learning.
Best of Today founder, Anna Gibbons said the boxes supplied with the programme were a tangible tool for participants to support their learning.

 

“To create healthy habits, we need constant reminding. The gifts are to trigger the brain to remember what the healthy habit is for that fortnight.

The boxes go home with employees to create a “work life harmony”.

“The tools get shared with their nearest and dearest so everyone is on the same page.”

Pic’s Peanut Butter was one of the first companies in the country to embrace the initiative.

Founder Pic Picot said he was keen to do anything he could to make people’s lives better, so he got on board with the initiative before its official launch.

“You want your people to get the best out of their lives. And if they get the best … they’re going to make the best of their contribution to the company.”

Other local companies are also using it including PL Law, Robin Whalley Associates and McCashin’s Brewery.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/114848022/new-workplace-wellbeing-programme-welcomed-by-companies

Christmas closedown 2018/2019

Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday from all of us here.

Our office will close at midday Friday 21st December and reopen in the New Year at 8.30am Monday 14th January 2019.

Thank you for all your support this year.  Looking forward to seeing you all in 2019!

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The World’s Busiest Air Routes

Asia dominated in the list of the world’s busiest air routes in 2017, cementing the region’s status as the world’s fastest-growing travel market.

Figures from flight data website OAG.com found that the world’s busiest air route was not New York to Los Angeles or London to Paris, but between the South Korean holiday island of Jeju and the country’s capital of Seoul.  Airlines flew the route 64,991 times during the year.

Australia is home to two of the world’s busiest routes, with Melbourne to Sydney recording 54,519 flights and Brisbane to Sydney 33,765 flights in 2017.

While all of the top 10 busiest routes were domestic, Hong Kong to Taipei topped the international list with 29,494 flights in 2017, followed by Kuala Lumpur to Singapore with 29,383 flights and Jakarta to Singapore with 26,872.

InTheBlack March 2018, pp11

 

World Finance now more dangerous than in 2008, warns central bank guru

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Davos, 22 January 2018, 12.53pm

The world financial system is as dangerously stretched today as it was at the peak of the last bubble but this time the authorities are caught in a ‘policy trap’ with few defences left, a veteran central banker has warned.

Nine years of emergency money has had a string of perverse effects and lured emerging markets into debt dependency, without addressing the structural causes of the global disorder.

“All the market indicators right now look very similar to what we saw before the Lehman crisis, but the lesson has somehow been forgotten,” said William White, the Swiss-based head of the OECD’s review board and ex-chief economist for the Bank for International Settlements.

William White
William White is the ex-chief economist for the Bank for International Settlements

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Summer 2017/2018 Office Closedown

Our Office will be closing on Thursday 21st December at midday and reopen in the New Year at 8.30am Monday 8th January 2018

Wishing you all an enjoyable Summer!

All the best for a fun & profitable 2018!!

Nelson youth councillor sets sights on UN

1501805834182Robin is proud to be helping to sponsor Linda Ly on her way, in January 2018, to debate at a model United Nations at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA – see article below.

linda“A Nelson youth councillor could soon be swapping the local council chambers for a model United Nations.

Nelson College for Girls student Linda Ly, 17, is one of 20 students from Australasia selected for a tour to Ivy League universities next January.

As part of the tour, she’ll debate alongside 600 other young people in a model United Nations at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

The daughter of former refugees, Ly said she loves politics and has enjoyed her time on the youth council getting to know Nelson’s elected members.

Now she’s looking forward to meeting other youth from around the world who share her passion for politics and international relations.

“I’m most excited about meeting people and building connections, and being further educated about the United Nations,” Ly said.

“In my dream, somewhere down the line I’d like to possibly work there.”

She said the tour would equip her for studies at Victoria University next year, in law and international relations, and she hoped one day she might take her experiences back to Cambodia.

She said her parents came to Nelson 22 years ago as refugees, and as Ly had grown older she’d become more aware of the challenges Cambodia faces.

“There’s so much poverty and people living on the streets … I’d like to one day go out there and help, join a non-profit organisation.”

For now, Ly has her sights set on the upcoming trip to the United States, and said she was excited to be heading to Harvard as part of the tour – a dream she’d had since she was a little girl.

The tour will see her visit Harvard, Stanford, New York University, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as the four-day model UN competition at Yale.

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But first she has to raise $8000 to get there. She said her parents were able to help her with some of the cost, but the rest she needs to pay for herself.

She works mornings and after school at her parents’ bakery, Loafers, but still had $7000 left outstanding to pay.

Ly said she hoped she could raise a contribution to that, as she also was faced with covering university costs next year.

Her long-term goal is a career in politics. She has already volunteered to help with the Green Party’s election campaign.

“I’m really passionate about the environment, poverty, climate change and mental health, and politics covers all of it … it’s great to talk about it with people.”

A Give-A-Little page has been set up for Linda’s fundraising efforts: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/muntour2018linda

HANNAH BARTLETT

August 4 2017 “

Thalib Mowjood

“Today I got the wonderful news that I am to be awarded the Bryan Hudson Medal for the top combined mark in Australasia for the RACP adult medicine clinical and written examinations for 2016.  In receiving this honour, I am indebted to so many people who have helped me in my endeavours over the years.  There are too many of you to mention in one post, but I hope to thank you all in due course.  Much love to you all!”

Robin was a business mentor to Thalib while he attended Nelson Boys College

Office Closure & Summer Greetings

Our office will be closing on Wednesday 21st December at 5pm and reopen in the New Year at 8.30am Monday 9th January 2017

Wishing you all an enjoyable summer!

All the best for a fun and profitable 2017!

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