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Goal Setting Secrets

12 January 2018

Having goals focuses your mind on what you need to know and do to be successful, so that you can make the most of your life. The start of a new year is great time to set goals. However, if you want to be able to achieve your goals there a few secrets in how you set them.

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The two keys to success often overlooked when setting goals ….

12 January 2018

I don’t know about you, but over the last few weeks, my inbox has been bombarded with offers of help and advice on setting my goals for 2018.

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Get Rid of Money Guilt

5 January 2018

The New Year is a chance to make resolutions to eat healthier food, exercise more often and manage money better. Just like diet and exercise, money is something that people feel often guilty about. Opening your credit card bill after Christmas and the New Year sales can certainly create the feeling that you have done something wrong or spent money you weren’t supposed to. However, while an initial rush of guilt can trigger desire to change money behaviours, New Year’s resolutions get forgotten about as life settles back to normal. There is an easy way to avoid feeling guilty about money and to keep on track with money goals.

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Is Your New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight?

5 January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, enjoyable festive season and wish you a healthy, happy, successful and prosperous New Year.

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A Christmas Carol – A Mesmerising Tale of Personal Transformation

22 December 2017

A Christmas Carol published in 1843, is one of Charles Dicken’s most popular novels and has been the subject of numerous films, TV series and musicals. Dickens wrote the story in six weeks, during October and November of 1843 to highlight the plight of poor children.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE STRESS OF CHRISTMAS

15 December 2017

With Xmas Day just over a week away, how’s your stress level? Did you know that according to the UK’s Stress Management Society, one in 20 people consider Christmas more stressful than a burglary!

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Starting Out

15 December 2017

Starting out in life after school or tertiary education is an exciting milestone. It is one of the best times in life, with a future full of potential opportunities, without the responsibilities of dependent children to support and with few financial commitments. Anything is possible at this stage of life. However, it is also a critical time as making the wrong financial decisions when starting out can have long term consequences.

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Can I go swimming on my period?

9 December 2017


My advice is that we need to take extra special care of ourselves in the lead up to and during our period. At this time our body is working extra hard to clear out the lining of the uterus that it was hoping would be a nice nest for an embryo. Our immune system is challenged at this time; we feel extra tired, achy and more cold than usual, so it's common sense to take extra care and rest more. Moderate exercise is good especially just before your period and can help reduce cramping.

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How Much Risk Can you Take?

8 December 2017

Whether you are investing money, setting up a business or gambling on horses, your first consideration, before parting with any money, should be how much risk you can afford to take. Risk is not necessarily the probability of loss – it is the probability that an outcome will be different than you expect. For example, an investment might make a positive return, but a lower (or higher) return than you expected.

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The Greatest Gift

1 December 2017

Giving to others brings great pleasure and happiness and there is no better evidence of this than the joy of Christmas. However, giving is often loaded with emotion and purpose. We place various meanings on the act of both giving and receiving. In some cases, people give to make themselves feel better – perhaps by absolving themselves of guilt - or as a way of demonstrating love, particularly if they have trouble expressing love in other ways.

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IMPROVISING YOUR WAY OUT OF SOCIAL ANXIETY & STRESS

1 December 2017

On Wednesday night at the recently opened Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre in Wellington, two of the Base Jump Improv teams put on an end of term show (Improv is short for improvisation).

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Track Your KiwiSaver

24 November 2017

KiwiSaver is an easy way to invest. Your contributions are deducted automatically, along with the contributions from your employer, and every year the Government pays you a tax credit. You could argue that KiwiSaver is a ‘set and forget’ type of investment. However, paying little or no attention to your KiwiSaver is not wise.

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3 Highly Effective Ways to Reduce Xmas Stress

24 November 2017

Last week we looked at ways to reduce the amount of pressure we experience in the run up to Xmas, and in so doing reduce the amount of stress we experience. This week let’s look at three highly effective, proven, ways to reduce and/or cope with stress at any time of the year:

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XMAS IS COMING – HOW’S YOUR STRESS LEVEL?

17 November 2017

For many people the run up to Xmas can be a highly demanding time that sees their stress levels soar.

Stress is triggered by the fear that one or more of our emotional needs is under threat. In the run up to Xmas the emotional need that most often comes under threat is our need for control.

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Break the Christmas Debt Cycle

17 November 2017

There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year. Many families find themselves still paying off Christmas debt months later. Here are a few tips to help keep you out of the cycle of debt over Christmas:

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Have you ever experienced burnout?

10 November 2017

I have. It’s not a pleasant experience.

During my 30 year accounting career I experienced burnout a number of times thanks to excessively long hours in the office, working under excessive pressure, combined with inadequate exercise, nutrition and sleep.

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Your KiwiSaver Investment Strategy

10 November 2017

Now, more than ever, it is time to make sure your KiwiSaver investment strategy is matched to your investment time frame. KiwiSaver was introduced ten years ago and since that time we have seen strong growth in the share market. KiwiSaver members have not yet experienced a period of high volatility. The share market is overdue for a correction, and with all the uncertainties in the world at the moment the next few years could be quite volatile.

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Practical Methods for Getting More Thinking Done at Work

3 November 2017

It is not always easy to work efficiently and effectively when you run your own business. There are external pressures that can de-rail you from your purpose.

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Coping With Pressure - the Key to Small Business Success

3 November 2017

If you’re like most solo entrepreneurs or small business owners, you are under constant pressure from work and personal demands. The range of business related demands you face is wide ranging and ever increasing - demands from customers, suppliers, employees, new legislation etc.

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Avoid Underspending in Retirement

3 November 2017

One of the biggest mistakes retirees make is to underspend in their retirement. Retirement is full of uncertainties, so the safest strategy is to spend as little as possible. There is nothing wrong with that approach if you don’t mind going without for the benefit of your children.

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Using macrons

3 November 2017

Microsoft Word doesn’t make adding macrons to Māori words in your documents a straightforward exercise, or at least it doesn’t feel like one. There’s no key you can just type them in with, and increasingly we’re becoming aware of words that we should have been including macrons on.

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Tips for First Home Buyers

27 October 2017

The apparent impossibility of buying a first home has many young people questioning whether owning a property should still be part of long term financial plan. Does it really make sense to put aside other things in life such as travel, having children, paying off student loans or simply having fun, just to save a deposit and pay off a mortgage?

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DE-STRESS TO LOSE WEIGHT

27 October 2017

Did you know stress management is a critical part of any weight-loss programme?

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Arts Trail begins this weekend - Tutere Gallery

26 October 2017

Kapiti's annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am. The trail which has been running for 17 years showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North.

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Dynamic Lexus electric hybrid hatch meets sporty sophistication

25 October 2017

Facelift and specification upgrades for the exclusively-electric hybrid CT 200h have further enhanced its desirability for young drivers who enjoy sporty driving while still maintaining their sustainable lifestyle.

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Black Flu book asks ‘could it happen again?’

25 October 2017

The lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help inform planning for a future pandemic in New Zealand, according to historian Dr Geoffrey Rice.

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Robo-Advice is Coming

20 October 2017

The Financial Markets Authority has given the go-ahead for personalised advice to be offered online. Such advice is referred to as ‘robo-advice’. Under current legislation, personalised investment advice can only be given by certain categories of advisers in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisers. From 2018, there will be an exemption which will allow personalised advice to be given electronically, however the advice given must meet the same standards that apply to Authorised Financial Advisers.

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Stress and Mental Health

13 October 2017

This edition of the blog was prompted by the fact that it’s Mental Health Awareness Week here in NZ. The theme this year is “Nature is key – unlock your well-being.”

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Work to Learn

13 October 2017

One of the best ways to create substantial wealth is to set up your own business. However, not everybody has the skills, confidence or entrepreneurial flair to build a business from the ground up, or even to buy an existing business and grow it.

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Six Quick Stress Reduction Techniques

13 October 2017

STRESS IS A NATURAL RESPONSE. IN FACT, IT’S A NECESSARY RESPONSE. A LITTLE STRESS HELPS US TO AVOID DANGEROUS SITUATIONS AND ACT WHEN NECESSARY. HOWEVER, STRESS CAN BECOME A PROBLEM WHEN USED IRRATIONALLY.

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Building your local business

12 October 2017

So, you have a new business or maybe you have an existing business and its time to build more customers, how is the best way to do it locally?

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Why do people seek Acupuncture treatment?

9 October 2017

When I’m at a social event meeting new people, the answer to the “what do you do” question “I’m an acupuncturist” is usually a conversation killer! There is such a fear of needles even mentioning the word needle sends people into a frenzy of anxiety and distress. They politely move away and find someone else to talk to…unless they have a health condition that they like to talk about endlessly and get free advice! Lol!

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Fast talking Slow thinking

9 October 2017

I have been a fast talker, from the moment sentences formed in my mind I spat them out like machinegun fire, why, why ,what if, why not, the list was endless. It was this ADHD approach that made my mother fear educating me, as because she was giving me the information I expected her to know why, fair enough eh?

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Get Rid of Money Worries

6 October 2017

Managing finances can be very stressful, even if you are savvy with your money. A recent global survey by the Financial Planning Standards Board, an international body which oversees professional standards for financial planners, found that most people feel challenged by their finances. However, people who work with financial advisers feel better prepared to achieve their financial goals.

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2/3s Of Small Business Owners Experience Stress

6 October 2017

Research suggests that two-thirds of small business owners suffer work related stress.

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Buying Happiness

29 September 2017

In our consumerist society the basic tenet is the more we have to spend, the happier we will be. Research shows that, while there is a link between money and happiness, it is a weak one. However, it is possible to get more happiness for your money by making good decisions about what you do with it.

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Being Successful

29 September 2017

For a moment lets think of what success really is. It is not about winning or losing or attaining objects that we think may or may not represent success. To first understand what success really is we need to take away what other people think success is and what they think success for you is.

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How Small Business Owners Can Manage Stress

22 September 2017

I’m guessing that if you’re a small business owner, like me, you love what you do and would never consider doing anything else.

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Match your Investment Strategy to your Time Frame

22 September 2017

We’ve had a good run in share markets since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008. Initially this growth was underpinned by central banks engaging in quantitative easing – otherwise known as ‘printing money’. Central banks released funds into circulation through purchasing securities as a way of reducing the likelihood of economies going into recession after the GFC.

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The PYF Principle for Growing Wealth

15 September 2017

There are two golden rules for creating wealth that stand out above all others. The first, and most important, is to Spend Less Than You Earn. The second is to Pay Yourself First (PYF). Under the PYF principle, you give yourself top priority when it comes to deciding how to spend your income. Pay Yourself First by transferring money into a savings or investment account before you pay your living expenses.

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IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE OFF YOUR MASK?

15 September 2017

The September 9th issue of the Listener has an excellent and important article by Nicky Pellegrino, called Taking Off The Mask.

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Commemorative Limited Edition enhances 86

8 September 2017

Toyota New Zealand has built on the driving pleasure of its 86 sports coupé with a limited-edition ‘Chris Amon Edition’ GT86 which is available in a unique Solar Flare exterior colour.

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The Importance of Cash

8 September 2017

The word ‘cash’ has a very different meaning now than it did a few decades ago but it is still a vital part of a financial plan. Cash provides liquidity; that is, money when you need it. Liquidity can take many different forms. It can be notes and coin, bank deposits, credit – such as revolving credit mortgage or a credit card – or a financial asset that can be quickly and easily sold, such as bonus bonds, corporate bonds, or shares. Ideally liquid assets should be available immediately if required, with no cost or risk of loss of value associated with access to the funds.

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Stop Exam Anxiety From Derailing NCEA Success

8 September 2017

NCEA exams are on the horizon. This can be a stressful time.

The pressure to perform during exams generates huge amounts of stress and anxiety that inhibits peak performance and creates a nerve-wracking home and school environment.

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Whittaker’s named Most Loved Brand for sixth consecutive year

8 September 2017

Whittaker’s is proud to have been named New Zealand’s ‘Most Loved Brand’ for the sixth consecutive year, sharing the number one spot with the All Blacks for the first time, in the annual Colmar Brunton ‘Brands I Love’ survey.

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Persistence and using the Law of Accumulation

2 September 2017

Persistence and understanding the Law of Accumulation will help you achieve things you may never have thought possible.

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Balance Your Life

1 September 2017

Everybody creates a certain amount of income and during their lifetime by one means or another – through employment, investment or setting up a business. What you do with that income determines how financially successful you will be and ultimately impacts on your enjoyment of life.

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Womens Health - Belinda Falconer

26 August 2017

Hi, I’m Belinda and I’m an advocate for women’s health. As the sole distributor for Drion to New Zealand, I am passionate about the product and have experienced the amazing effects that the Drion product range has had on my own health, as well as the lives of my clients.

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Shares for Young Investors

25 August 2017

Conventional wisdom says the first significant step towards creating wealth is to get on the property ladder. However, it’s hard for young people to start creating wealth when property prices are out of reach and lending restrictions are tight. Not only that, but young people prefer to be mobile and don’t necessarily want to be tied down by owning a property. So what are the alternatives?

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What’s the difference between pressure and stress?

25 August 2017

The term 'pressure' means to press. All kinds of thoughts, situations, expectations and demands press on us as we go about our day. The demands can come from others (workload, work related responsibilities, performance targets etc.) or they can be demands we put on ourselves (I need to .... , I must ..... , I have to .....).

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New Zealand School of Dance - Solo Season ONCE

22 August 2017

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), is celebrating 50 years of training and inspiring world class professional young dancers. Show attendees will be moved and inspired in this year's contemporary solo season ONCE.

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Get Rid of Debt

18 August 2017

If you are serious about getting ahead financially, then getting rid of debt should be one of your top priorities. Short term debt is the worst kind as it generally has very high interest rates and high repayments. It comes about for three reasons – an unexpected expense, sudden loss of income or long-term overspending. Here are five steps that will help you get rid of short term debt faster:

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National Relaxation Day? What a fantastic idea!

18 August 2017

Did you know that America celebrates National Relaxation Day? What a fantastic idea! This year America celebrated National Relaxation Day on August 15.

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Master of disaster

16 August 2017

The role of engineers in post-disaster recovery will be brought to light at an upcoming lecture at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Two Questions Every Retiree Must Ask

11 August 2017

With a bit of luck and hard work, you will arrive at retirement with a pot of money to supplement your income from NZ Superannuation and allow you to live comfortably. The problem is, so many uncertainties lie ahead. How long will you live? How much money will you need? What will your investment returns be? Where should you invest your money?

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An unexpected opportunity

11 August 2017

This week I had an unexpected opportunity to put some of the stress and anxiety reducing techniques in my Anxiety Solutions Toolkit into practice.

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Pragmatic Idealism and the Double Hemisphered Brain

5 August 2017

This morning I heard Jacinda Adern, the newly elected leader of the Labour Party respond to a question by Guy Espinner, stating that she is a pragmatic idealist. I’ve never heard these terms put together in this way. What is a pragmatic idealist? The two words seem diametrically opposed!

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Investing Without Emotion

4 August 2017

Emotions and investment are best kept apart. Put them together and you have the ingredients of a disappointing investment outcome, if not a failure. The best investment decision is one which is based on thorough financial analysis using well founded assumptions about the future. There are some investment decisions where emotions are more likely to get in the way.

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Start your day with a positive mind-set

4 August 2017

When you wake up do you immediately start thinking about all the things you've got to do, all the problems you're struggling to overcome, all the deadlines you're facing? How does all that thinking make you feel? You probably want to climb back into bed and pull the sheets over your head.

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Your Rights as a Repairer of Goods

3 August 2017

The Wages Protection & Contractors Liens Act Repeal Act 1987 states that a person or business repairing or improving goods this could include mechanic or a computer repair business is entitled to a lien over the repaired goods for payment of that work. In effect the lien gives the repairer the right to retain possession of the goods until the account is paid

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Be a Sales Champion

2 August 2017

Join us in a relaxed down-to-earth workshop as we give you the practical tools & strategies to sell yourself & watch your profits and cashflow soar.

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Overcoming Failures to Reach Success

2 August 2017

The word failure is often used to describe a situation in which your desired goals were not realized at a specific point in time. There are many reasons that could have played a part in your goal not being realized and absolutely none of them have to do with your value as a person.

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Increase Productivity with Dragon Speech Recognition Software

28 July 2017

Dragon speech recognition software is a great tool for improving productivity in the workplace.

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Performing Under Pressure Without Stressing

28 July 2017

Do you feel that you are constantly walking a pressure tightrope? One false move and you will tumble into stress?

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Saving for your Children’s Education

28 July 2017

It is natural for parents to want to give their children a good start in life, and often parents will have a financial goal of saving for their children’s education.

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The Accidental Pâtisserie Chef

26 July 2017

Maleerat Lertruedeeporn is an accidental pâtisserie chef. Growing up in Thailand she never learned to bake. “Baking in ovens is not part of Thai culture,” said Maleerat. “We only use pots and pans. There is no oven in my parent’s house.”

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The Simplest Strategy for Retiring Early

21 July 2017

Getting to a financial position where early retirement is a real possibility is not as difficult as it may seem. There are three key ingredients to being able to retire early; spending less, saving more and starting to invest as soon as possible.

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Making Quantum Leaps

17 July 2017

In your personal life or business life, you may need to change the way you are approaching things if you want to take big steps forward. In fact, if you are not making progress in leaps and bounds then it is time to embrace the science of the quantum leap.

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Whittaker’s takes Chocolate Lovers on a journey with new Destinations Collection

14 July 2017

Whittaker’s new Destinations Collection showcases the finest ingredients from around the world combined with Whittaker’s delicious chocolate. This exciting new range gives Whittaker’s Chocolate Lovers a chance to enjoy a taste of India, Canada, Italy and Nicaragua with hero ingredients for each sourced from world-class producers in those locations.

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Countdown to Retirement

14 July 2017

The last few years before you stop working are crucial for setting yourself up for a fantastic retirement. They need careful planning to achieve your goals. Of course, with more people now working past the age of 65 it is not always possible to plan towards a specific retirement date. Here are the most important things to do.

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Perform Under Pressure Without Stressing Out

14 July 2017

I've been busy this week developing my latest one day workshop - Perform Under Pressure Without Stressing Out. The workshop will take place in Island Bay on Saturday 16 September and promises to be informative, fun, and above all life changing. You can register for the workshop here. Numbers are limited.

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De-Stressing with Hypnotherapy

7 July 2017

We all experience stress at one stage or another and it can make our lives miserable. Fortunately there are many treatments and techniques that you can practice to get your stress level back under control, including hypnotherapy.

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Start with Your End Goal

7 July 2017

Throughout life there are various points where key financial decisions need to be made that involve a substantial amount of money or which can take you off on a different path

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Reduce Stress with Tony Yuile

30 June 2017

When I was researching my book 7 Ways to Reduce Anxiety in 7 Minutes or Less I collected a large number of simple, effective, and quick to apply techniques that can help reduce the level of stress we experience. One super easy technique that didn’t make it into the book is one I use many times a day because it’s so effective at quietening the mind. The technique involves taking conscious control of your tongue.

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An Extraordinary Retirement

30 June 2017

Your retirement years should be the best years of your life. With life expectancy increasing, the average person can expect to live to around 90, so retiring at 65 means you will spend over a quarter of your life not working. You can choose for that period of life to be ordinary; or you can choose for it to be extraordinary.

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Isaac Letoa - Rising Basketball Star

30 June 2017

Isaac ‘s family lived in Kapiti whilst the two boys were at Primary School – Jodan & Isaac Letoa attended Raumati Beach School, before they moved into Wellington just before older brother Jordan started College.

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Fear of Missing Out

23 June 2017

There is something about human nature that makes us wired to believe that anything which is scarce or available only for a limited time is something we must have, despite the price. It’s called FOMO – Fear of Missing Out – and it is without doubt the biggest driver of poor financial decisions. Everywhere you look there are examples of selling tactics that prey on our FOMO insecurities.

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Reduce Stress with Tony Yuile

23 June 2017

In the book The Upside Of Stress Kelly McGonigal refers to a 1990s study in which a group of Stanford University college students were given the task of keeping a daily journal over the winter break. Some of the students were asked to write about their most important personal values and then describe how the events of each day connected with those values

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Drawing for Absolute Beginners - Six Ways to Become an Expert

16 June 2017

Becoming an expert in your field is easier than you think.

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A Safety Net for Entrepreneurs

16 June 2017

It goes without saying that one of the reasons entrepreneurs are successful at growing wealth is that they are risk takers. Some entrepreneurs argue that in fact there is little risk in what they do, because they fully analyse the financial implications of their wealth-building strategies before they part with their money.

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Hey Guys! … it’s Men’s Health Week

16 June 2017

Unfortunately, in general, we men are not very good at looking after our health. Here are some of the facts you can find on the Men’s Health Week website:

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Have you thought about your businesses terms of trade?

13 June 2017

Do you have in place terms of trade and procedures for the handling any overdue accounts or slower payers.

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Introducing Stresslessbuddy.com

9 June 2017

This is a completely new idea on how to manage situations in one’s life with different techniques and strategies.

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Get Your Full Tax Credit

9 June 2017

There are very few people who, if offered a 50% guaranteed return on their money, would turn it down, particularly with investment returns being so low at present. Yet every June, thousands of people miss such an opportunity by failing to realise that their KiwiSaver contributions are less than what is required to get the full Member Tax Credit.

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Club Rugby Champions found

4 June 2017

The Swindale Shield, Harper Lock Shield and both Colts first round divisions are done and dusted for another year!

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Building your network 101

3 June 2017

Whether you are in business or wanting to build a network to increase career options here are a few simple steps to help you get started – even if you are a naturally shy person.

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Rugby prints from the very talented Michel Tuffery

2 June 2017

The last issue of Rugby prints from Internationally reknown Wellington artist Michel Tuffery has just been released. The perfect gift for that Rugby mad person in your house.

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So, do you smoke?

2 June 2017

This week’s post is prompted by the fact that May 31 was World Smokefree Day (WSFD), internationally known as World No Tobacco Day.

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Fifty and Broke

2 June 2017

There is an emerging socio-economic class which I call Fifty and Broke (FAB). FABs are post- baby boomers, from a generation of divorce, serial relationships, corporate restructuring, multiple career changes, consumerism, and increased longevity. Many people suffer at least one crisis during their lives, such as relationship breakdown, redundancy, business failure, bankruptcy, mental health problems or a serious illness such as cancer. Such crises are a test of resilience.

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Students & Chef Lecturer Impresses Judges During NZ Chefs Competition

31 May 2017

Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Chef De Cuisine, Francis Motta won the coveted 2017 'Chef of The Capital award'. Along with six Le Cordon Bleu students achieving Gold & Silver medals during the NZChefs competition.

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Financial Planning for Young Singles

26 May 2017

For young singles with a reasonably good income, life is full of possibilities. There is a lifetime ahead with many choices and opportunities along the way and plenty of time to recover from any mistakes made. However, choice can create uncertainty and confusion. It can be very hard to set goals when there are so many possible opportunities and unknowns. A financial plan is a set of strategies that help you achieve goals and without goals, it is hard to plan.

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Are you good Enough?

26 May 2017

Do you believe you’re not good enough?

“I am me. In all the world there is no one else exactly like me. There are persons who have parts like me, but no one who adds up exactly like me. Therefore, everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it.” ~ Virginia Satir

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Invisible and hidden Illness awareness

24 May 2017

In early 2016 a friend of mine, who suffers from pain attacks, came up with the Idea to visualize all sorts of usually hidden, invisible illnesses, via Photography.

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Be smart about your life insurance cover

23 May 2017

We have all heard that saying. “For Less than a cup of Coffee” or “For less than a dollar a day”

Well my answer to that is that one size does not fit all and as individuals all our needs are different.

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HOW LEADERS CAN IDENTIFY AND HELP STAFF WHO ARE EXPERIENCING STRESS

19 May 2017

Over the last couple of months I’ve written a number of posts about work related stress. Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking on this topic to the Wellington Leadership Meetup Group. The title of my presentation was How leaders/managers can identify and help staff who are experiencing stress.

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The wait is almost over: Lexus LC dynamic luxury coupe lands in July.

19 May 2017

Lexus aficionados will be relieved to know the wait is almost over – the arrival in New Zealand of the unprecedented Lexus LC coupe is set to deliver an amazing driving experience from mid-July.

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Keeping Your Money Clean

19 May 2017

Opening a bank account and buying and selling investments are not such simple processes as they were a few years ago. Now you must provide formal photo identification such as a passport or driver’s licence, proof of address, and, if you are transacting a large sum of money, evidence of how you came to have the money.

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Happy Menstrual Cycles

18 May 2017

It’s been a profound revelation to me that periods don’t need to be a painful, negative experience for women. Whilst a small percentage of women suffer extreme pain from endometriosis, thought to be an autoimmune condition, another small percentage suffer no pain at all, but for most women, menstrual discomfort and premenstrual tension (PMT) is a fact of life.

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The Power of $20 a Day

12 May 2017

Check your bank account and you are sure to find lots of small transactions that average at least $20 a day. A coffee, lunch, snacks, a beer or wine after work; each transaction is low in value but combined they can add up to a significant sum. Money can only be spent once and should be spent on what gives you the most satisfaction. It helps to have a clear understanding of how else money could be spent now and in the future so the best choice can be made. Let’s look at what else $20 a day could be used for over a period of five years.

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Bilingual book teaches te reo Māori to new generation

11 May 2017

A new bilingual children’s book written by a Victoria University of Wellington academic is using te reo Māori to connect with a new generation of speakers.

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Find your Motivation then use SMART goals to succeed

6 May 2017

Once you have defined what motivates you through working through what you want to achieve in your life, and understanding where you are in terms of your all-around balance between Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual desires the ability to set goals and make plans to achieve them is KEY to success.

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Are you causing liver problems in your pet without knowing it?

5 May 2017

How many ways is your pet inducing chemicals on a regular basis?

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Stressed? It’s time to take action

5 May 2017

Many of the people I coach have been living with stress for so long (chronic stress) that they’ve become used to the effects. They’ve forgotten how much better their life was prior to stress. For many people it takes some kind of wake-up call, like a relationship break-up, the loss of a job or a physical illness to make them aware that something is wrong.

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Money Barriers to Getting on with Life

5 May 2017

It’s good to be cautious with money. However, is there such a thing as too much caution? When is it OK to take a risk? Throughout life there are significant events that require large amounts of money or which come with a high level of financial risk. The anxiety that comes with this risk can hold cautious people back from taking vital steps – whether it is taking on a student loan in order to study, getting married, buying a house, having children, setting up a business, paying for a medical procedure or making the decision to retire.

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Tips for Successful Saving

28 April 2017

The first step towards creating wealth is also the hardest. Being able to spend less than you earn is a pre-requisite of every other strategy for wealth creation. Despite good intentions, savings plans are easily de-railed by distractions, disasters and lack of discipline. Here are some simple tips for improving your chances of being a successful saver:

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SIX WAYS TO BE CALM DURING A JOB INTERVIEW

28 April 2017

I’ve been working with a client recently who’d secured a job interview after some years out of the workforce. My client was feeling anxious about the interview and was experiencing stress.

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NZ light years ahead of UK and US exercise facilities

23 April 2017

New Zealand exercise facilities score significantly higher than United Kingdom and United States operators when it comes to customers recommending the business and this has been put down to an exceptionally high standard of personal trainers and customer focus.

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Toyota wins back-to-back World Green Car of the Year awards

19 April 2017

Toyota has won back-to-back World Green Car of the Year awards, reaffirming its global leadership in automotive environmental responsibility.

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Home Buying Mistakes

14 April 2017

The fear of missing out is continuing to fuel the property market. Buying in a heated market can lead to impulsive decisions with negative financial consequences. Here are the top five mistakes people make when borrowing money to buy a house:

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Recognising the signs that one (or more of your staff ) is experiencing stress

6 April 2017

In my first post in this series about work related stress, I wrote that there is no such thing as workplace stress – workplaces are not full of stress – workplaces are full of people who are experiencing some level of stress.

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Personal development on a budget #3

6 April 2017

The next book I recommend you invest in if you are truly interested in developing your personal skills – The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

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Wellington Mic Drop

6 April 2017

Wellington Mic Drop is an exciting new web series, featuring the very best of Wellington's thriving comedy scene.

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Online map follows the course of nature in the capital

3 April 2017

An interactive online map has recently been launched in Wellington, highlighting the unique connection the city has to its natural surroundings, environment, and local wildlife.

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There are Winners and Learners, nothing else.

1 April 2017

If there is one blog I hope my children (and eventually my grandchildren) read I hope it is this one.

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“Workplace stress” is a misnomer.

31 March 2017

“Workplace stress” is a misnomer. Workplaces aren’t full of stress, they’re full of employees experiencing some level of stress.

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Creative app developer named among NZ’s top 100 CIOs

30 March 2017

A small but innovative Christchurch app developer is today rubbing shoulders with the cream of New Zealand’s top chief information officers (CIO) by being named among the top 100 CIOs in the country.

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Personal Development on a budget #2

26 March 2017

Once you understand that whatever your age you should be learning, keeping your mind active becomes even more crucial as we grow older. Committing to personal development will help you stay young and of course provide you with new skills and awareness.

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Keep your Family Safe - Escape My House

24 March 2017

Well I am glad to say I tried the new VR tool from the New Zealand Fire Service and managed to 'escape my house'. However, it immediately reminds you to check if everyone managed to get out. This VR app should be applauded it really send you a strong message. It feels real and the fact it uses clever technology so that when you finally escape your house, you find yourself actually outside your real house the real impact of a fire at home hits you.

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There is no such thing as workplace stress!

24 March 2017

Stress is NOT a thing it's something we experience

Remember stress is not a tangible thing, it's a mind/body experience - a cocktail of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms.

If stress was a thing, then all an organisation would need to do, in order to create a stress free workplace, would be to gather up all the stress in the building and deposit it in the nearest skip. Hey presto! No more stressful workplace.

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Club Rugby Draws - Saturday 25th March 2017

20 March 2017

After a cracking, and successful Gala Day start to the season clubs will be looking forward to familiarity of home grounds from this weekend on.

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Do you have a job for Tony?

20 March 2017

Tony Fleming is an experienced worker with much to offer the right employer. Take a look at this profile and if you like what you see please feel free to contact Tony directly - no recruitment fees

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Understanding Anxiety – A Snapshot

17 March 2017

I believe that gaining an understanding of anxiety (and it’s connection to stress) is one of the keys to gaining long-term freedom from problematic anxiety. Helping people develop a better and richer understanding of anxiety is one of my goals in writing these blog posts. I’ve covered a lot of ground over the last twelve months and I thought it was time to provide a snapshot of some of the key points I’ve written about.

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Club Rugby Draws - Saturday 18 March 2017

13 March 2017

After a six month break club rugby is back, and its shaping up to be a cracker or a year!

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An evidence based model of hypnosis

10 March 2017

Prior to becoming a performance coach and clinical hypnotherapist, I spent 30+ years as an accountant. A considerable amount of my time was spent auditing – checking facts and figures against the available evidence to ensure that information was true and fair and complied with applicable rules and regulations. The need for evidence became part of my modus operandi.

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Use Collective Marketing to grow your business

7 March 2017

Collective Marketing is the commitment of a group of businesses with a common agenda to build a marketplace, using a structured form of collaboration.

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Research suggests that stress ages us faster

3 March 2017

When our body is experiencing stress the adrenal glands on top of our kidneys release a powerful hormone called cortisol.

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What to Expect from your Financial Adviser

3 March 2017

Financial service providers are regulated by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). Part of the FMA’s role is to educate consumers of financial services and for that reason they have released a checklist of things you can expect from your financial services provider

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Introducing Robbie from Succession First

2 March 2017

Our business solution is to ensure you and your business remains financially secure through life’s journey. We do this by understanding you, identifying your goals and aspirations, and providing a tailor made solution specific to you.

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HAMPTON DOWNS TO HOST TOYOTA FESTIVAL

2 March 2017

Toyota owners will get a rare opportunity to drive their pride and joy on the Hampton Downs full international race circuit, when the annual Toyota Festival is held there on Saturday 1 April.

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Leaders Come In All Shapes & Disguises …

27 February 2017

A great opportunity to network and learn from international Guest Speaker John Wareham.

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Happy Tenth Anniversary!

27 February 2017

Wellington Phoenix is celebrating it's tenth year in the Hyundai A-League and throughout it all, through the highs and the lows, there's been one man - Vince Lia.

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NOTABLE EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES IN 2016

17 February 2017

2016 saw a host of changes to employment laws aimed at improving the productivity and fairness of New Zealand workplaces. To help you prepare for a successful 2017, we have identified the most notable developments that took place in the past year.

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Good in The Hood - Taking applications NOW!

13 February 2017

This year, Z will give away a total of more than $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that help people who need it and/or the environment. You can apply to be part of Good in the Hood by visiting www.z.co.nz/GoodintheHood. Applications are open until 28 February.

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Introducing Peter Scott - All Over IT

13 February 2017

Peter brings over 30 years of IT experience to all over IT Limited. Having only just missed out on the punch card era that got Neil Armstrong to the Moon, Peter started his IT career programming mainframes for the banking industry in Wellington.

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