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Sports of New Zealand

Many Kiwis are very keen sports people, there’s nothing  more exciting than to get behind your favorite sports team and support them in any way you can!

The top three of the most popular sports in New Zealand definitely include rugby, cricket and netball. These sports are primarily played in Commonwealth of Nations countries.

Let’s have a closer look

Rugby

Rugby is popular among all ages, sectors and levels of society in New Zealand. The All Blacks are the national rugby team, and is currently the team that dominates the rugby world! The All Blacks traditionally perform a haka, a Maori challenge, at the start of international matches. Rugby is an important part of New Zealand society. The top domestic competitions are Super Rugby, ITM Cup and the Heartland Championship.

New Zealand Rugby Sports

The New Zealand National Teams are: All Blacks, Junior All Blacks, Māori All Blacks, Black Ferns, Sevens, Under 21s, Under 20s and Under 19s

Then there are several professional rugby union teams such as The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders .

New Zealand also has a selection of provincial teams including, Auckland, Wellington, Waikato, Taranaki, Southland, Otago, Northland, North Harbour, Canterbury, Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, Tasman, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.

Cricket

Cricket is a very popular summer sport in the nation. New Zealand is one of the ten countries that take part in test match cricket. The national Cricket team are the Black Caps and Brendon McCullum is the current captain of the team.

The Black Caps play in a range of competitions including the World Cup, ICC Knockout & ICC Champions Trophy and the Twenty20 World Championship.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is the 11th Cricket World Cup, hosted by New Zealand and Australia. The opening ceremony and match was hosted by Christchurch in New Zealand. Visit the official ICC Cricket World Cup website for the latest updates.

New Zealand Cricket SportsBlack Caps Captain

In December 2012, Brendon McCullum – an aggressive batsman and wicket weekper – was named as Captain for the Black Caps. Well known for his fast scoring rate, McCullum became the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple hundred in Test cricket after scoring 302 runs against India in February 2014. McCullum plays for the Otago Volts at provincial level, and for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

Netball

Netball is by far the most popular women’s sport in New Zealand. The Silver Ferns are the national Netball team, and are one of the leading Netball teams in the world.

Netball is a sport played between two teams of seven players, on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring.

More information on New Zealand Netball can be found here: NZ Netball

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New Zealand Economy

The economy in New Zealand has performed quite well in recent years, however there are a few bottlenecks especially in housing and urban infrastructure, inequalities in living standards, and rising environmental pressures are all challenges to achieving sustainable and inclusive growth.

Steve Collie: “A study from Roy Morgan Research sheds more light on the subject of the growth of the economy – and its importance within the country”. Without a solid stance on making lasting economic changes aimed at improvement, those in the running for the September elections won’t have a leg to stand on. As it stands, economic issues are the biggest concern for the country’s residents.

According to the report, “When asked about the most important problem facing New Zealand, 42% of New Zealanders mention some kind of Economic issue. This is down 3% since October 2013 but still well ahead of Social issues (21%, up 1%), Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues (19%, unchanged) and Environmental issues (9%, up 3%).”

New Zealand EconomyRoy Morgan CEO Michele Levine said that continued data aggregation places issues with the economy on the top for both New Zealand and the world at-large. “One of the concerns also sheds light on a problem affecting the whole world: imbalance of wealth”, according to professionals like Roy Morgan and Steve Collie.

As Morgan stated about the issue, “Over the last few surveys the problems within the economy have taken a different shape – or at least are being articulated differently. Since July 2013 more New Zealanders are concerned with the ‘imbalance of wealth’ / ‘the gap between the rich and the poor’ than are concerned about the more ‘economic’ metrics like recession, inflation, exchange rates and the value of the dollar.”

The importance of these issues comes right alongside the viewpoints expressed by current New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Many analysts believe that this alignment will likely lead to his reelection in September. “However, other candidates could easily overtake Key if this emphasis is lost in the coming months” Steve Collie says.

Tourism and Growth in New Zealand

One big example of investing in the country comes through a $1.92 million investment in the tourism industry. A report from Creative NZ, the arts council of New Zealand, the investment comes as a way to encourage more touring throughout the country – a big draw for both locals and travelers visiting the nation which will also benefit the locals economy.

As Creative New Zealand Senior Manager Cath Cardiff described, the investment reflects an important area of the country’s tourism – and one that was directly in need of something more. “An effective way to develop and manage touring of medium scale work has long been identified as a missing link in our arts infrastructure,” Cardiff said. “The agency and fund will be a catalyst for ensuring more audiences enjoy great New Zealand performing art experiences.”

Steve Collie and Cath Cardiff: “This arts-based initiative showcases the country’s willingness to invest money where it’s needed for improvement”. Investing in programs and changes within the arts will also likely drive tourism and recreation within the country. As Cardiff continued, “In our small country touring is essential for maintaining and increasing audiences for our arts companies and for sustaining the life of a new work beyond its first season.”

Growth is coming in practically every industry within the country of New Zealand. As marketing professional Steve Collie recently described, many of the country’s investments in tourism and beyond are already showing benefits within other industries.

New Zealand EconomyIn Steve Collie’s words, “I work in online marketing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t see effort to grow the economy in other fields when I see it. I think that initiatives like the government’s recent $2 million commitment to driving tourism show that the current administration is doing its part to address the economic concerns of the electorate.”

Business professionals see government initiatives like this as a positive sign of growth and commitment. And this type of positive energy feeds into an overall improvement in how residents and business owners approach their country’s pride and that includes the economy.

“It’s hallmarks like these that show a government on the right track,” Steve Collie continued.

Without a streamlined focus on the economic issues facing New Zealand, those in the running face alienating themselves from residents. The economy needs to remain a top concern – and this includes making lasting changes for improvements. While business professionals like Steve Collie reflect on the current improvements of the economy, they also look forward to bigger and better things in years to come.

 

Dredging AustraliaDredging

Stephen Collie explains how dredging is playing an important role in getting East Australia back on track following the aftermath of Cyclone Oswald.

In January 2013, Cyclone Oswald wreaked havoc on parts of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. The storm had a widespread impact and caused extreme flooding, storms and water damage.

Damage was estimated to be at least Aus$2.4 billion (which equates to about 2.5 billion U.S dollars). The storm affected more than 4,000 homes and 600 businesses in Bundaberg, Australia. During the storm, more than 7,500 residents of the Bundaberg area were evacuated from their homes. Bundaberg Hospital patients and staff were also removed from the location in order to keep them safe. Bridges, transportation routes and area sewage networks were destroyed. In addition, the storm created massive blackouts and thousands of residents were left without power.

Cyclone Oswald caused immense destruction and created an enormous sinkhole that swallowed up an entire two-story building in the Burnett River area of Midtown Marina.

“The storm left many parts of East Australia in bad shape. We are doing our best to repair that damage to get the surrounding cities back on their feet,” says Steve Karl Collie whose dredging company is among those working to repair the effects of the cyclone.

In order to help repair the damage of the cyclone, the Australian government has approved a project which will help to transform the ravaged marina into a public park area. According to Dredging Today, the project, which will cost an estimated $2.4 million, is set to involve building a 77-metre long steel sheet-pile retaining wall “with interlocking sections to maximize its strength to withstand future floodwaters, then backfilling the hole to reclaim the riverbank.”

One of the key tools involved in repairing the damage from the storm and transforming the land into a safe public area, is the process of dredging.

Steve Karl Collie explains, “Dredging is the process of excavating an area that is partially under water.”

This is done with the purpose of gathering up various sediments and debris and disposing them in a different location. As a manager at one of the major shipping companies in New Zealand, Steve Karl Collie and his employees are highly involved in the project’s current dredging phase.

“This project is going to clean up the marina and clear up the riverbank area of Bundaberg,” he explains. “It will give the people of Bundaberg their Riverwalk area back.”

According to Stephen Collie, the project will make the marina a safe place for people to frequent in the future. “The marina had just gotten back on its feet after a 2011 flood damaged it. That’s where dredging comes in.”

A variety of companies are currently at work to clean up the marina and to fill in the dangerous sinkhole. Much of this work is being done through the use of a dredger, a machine specifically designed to excavate and remove material from the bottom of the water surrounding the marina. In order to make way for the new project, the fallen building debris will be carried away and the ground will be cleared to make room for the new retention wall.

As reported by News Mail, “approximately 65,000 cubic meters of sand and gravel [will] be dredged from an area near Kirby’s Wall to improve navigation of the river.”

Cyclones are a serious threat to the people of Australia. As seen by the destruction of Cyclone Oswald, one of the worst outcomes of a tropical cyclone is flooding. Fortunately for the people of East Australia, the devastation from the recent storm will soon be cleared up.

The once-destroyed land will be transformed into a cheerful place where businesses will thrive and that locals will frequent in their downtime. Thanks to the help of projects like dredging, the storm’s debris will be cleared up and the waterways will soon be functional again.

In addition, the retaining wall, which the project will build, will help to keep the Bundaberg Marina safe from future storms.

“It’s been great to be a part of this project. We can’t wait to see the marina back on its feet,” says Steve Karl Collie.

 

New Zealand Local Business

Small enterprise is without a doubt positively playing a major part in the economic health and stability of New Zealand, says long time entrepreneur and businessman Stephen Collie, the coordinator of Collie Shipping, who operates a number of dredging barges. You see, the government’s latest decision to carry out an assessment of coastal navigation safeness must be music to the ears for many associated with the manufacturing and shipping industry. The report demonstrates that the nation is devoted to delivering individuals with a safe natural environment and to broadening prospects for local companies and business.

Stephen Collie, “Considering how crucial the production sector is for the country’s economic system and just how much of that industry involves the shoreline, whether it is oil drilling or dredging, the review is much more than merely an approach to ensure safety; it becomes an investment in developing the country’s finances.”

Commercial Enterprise in NZ

Small business is in fact relatively big in New Zealand, as reported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. A large number of companies (97%) have less than 20 staff members. Almost 70 percent of those enterprises do not have staff at all. Throughout several sectors, a surprising greater part of businesses have 19 or fewer personnel. As an example, close to 19,000 businesses in the production sector employ just around 19 people. More than just 48,500 building companies also have less than 20 staff members.

Small enterprise is not just common in New Zealand. You’ll find it adds a significant amount to the country’s Gross Domestic Product as well as many job opportunities for individuals. Companies that employ up to 19 folks contribute close to 30 percent of the country’s GDP, or more than $56 million. Smaller sized businesses also created more than 40 percent of new job opportunities in the country in 2012.

The Safety Review

businessThe effect most typically associated with local business on New Zealand can be clearly seen in the increase of activity on the seaside. According to Maritime New Zealand, the volume of port call, voyages and ships happen to be continuously growing year after year since 2009-2010. In 2012-2013, 869 vessels created in excess of 2,300 voyages and over 5,600 port calls.

The recently released safety review was created to detect risks and assess the existing safety precautions in place, along with potential safety measures, notes Stephen Collie. The review is planned this month and the initial round should certainly last for about Twelve months.

According to the director of Maritime New Zealand, the review is just one part of a whole new focus on building a risk-focused and intelligence-led strategy to safety for all individuals and business. The director emphasized the importance of having a up-to-date and precise picture of what the potential risks are. Also, he mentioned changing technology as an aspect to consider behind the review.

Stephen Collie: “Vessels aren’t only becoming numerous, they’re also ever-increasing in size as well as becoming more technologically advanced. Most vessels currently have sophisticated navigational aids not seen in decades prior”.

Despite the fact that the director emphasizes that the safety review isn’t happening as a consequence a of single incident, past happenings, for example the grounding of the Rena in 2011 and the grounding of Lake Triview this past spring, could have some influence on the review.

The Rena event is often recognized as the worst ecological disaster in the country’s historical past. 3 years after the incident, the hulk of the ship remains to be trapped in the reef. The owner of the Lake Triview, along with crew members and managers will need to show up before the courts, as the ship harmed the reef when it went aground. Crew members also decided not to tell Maritime New Zealand of the grounding, for which they are being penalized.

As soon as completed, the safety review should ideally produce new solutions for workers, local companies and business, making coastal activity more effective and safe for all those involved. “The outcome of the review are anticipated to have a positive effect on the manufacturing industry as well as its workforce”, Stephen Collie says.

References:

Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand is a great place to work, and its staff are great people to work with. In head office and around the regions, at the front line and behind the scenes, MNZ staff work hard to ensure safe, secure and clean seas and waterways for New Zealand….Learn More

Maritime New Zealand – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A maritime authority called the Marine Board was originally established in 1862 and controlled by the Customs Department until near the end of the nineteenth century, when it was renamed the Marine Department….Learn More

 

The New Zealand vs. Australia tide has now fully turned.

New Zealand Business - The HeraldStephen Collie: “Besides from practically claiming the Bledisloe Cup as its very own, New Zealand can present a healthier economic climate than Australia, a financial budget surplus for the current year and a decreased unemployment level. And today the land of the long white cloud desires Aussie laborers”.

A number of New Zealand job expos have been hosted throughout Australia to attempt to entice many of the 500,000 Kiwi expats located in Australia back home as well as any Australians who would like employment to fill up an anticipated 50,000 job vacancies throughout the next two years.

“Unemployment is going down and we’re beginning to see skills shortages,”the New Zealand Employment Minister told ABC radio recently. New Zealand organizations and businesses seeking 2500 trades-people spanning a range of sectors – IT and design, engineering, construction and manufacturing. The Minister also said somewhere between 1600 and 1700 people came at a 2 day job expo in Perth recently. “About 60 per cent were being New Zealanders considering going home and the the rest were Aussies or folks who had recently relocated to Australia”, says Stephen Collie.

“It’s an instance of focusing on both expat Kiwis to come back … and Australians as well,” the Minister said. And many folks seem to be addressing the call. October was the best month since late 1993 in which there was net migration into New Zealand from Australia. “We anticipate that to go on. That’s really since the New Zealand economy continues to be getting steadily stronger,” the Minister said.

While Australia was in much better shape soon after the worldwide financial crisis, it had been a lot harder in New Zealand, complicated by the Canterbury earthquakes. “As a consequence of that our businesses have in all probability strengthened by themselves and got their selves more match fit,” he said. Blossoming exports have already been part of New Zealand’s triumph story, fueled by its 2008 free trade deal with China which has been a benefit for its dairy sector. The Minister isn’t worried that Australia has recently signed its own FTA with China, saying it really is welcome because there had been a limit to what New Zealand could do by itself.

The jobs fair moves on to Melbourne and Brisbane early in 2015. “Locals are invited to visit the expo and find out about job opportunities”, says Stephen Collie, NZ based entrepreneur and business owner and operator.

 

 

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