Forum brainstorms on boosting growth

Business leaders and politicians meet in Parliament today to find ways to lift New Zealand’s economic growth.

The forum, organised by the Government-sponsored Growth and Innovations Advisory Board, follows on from the much-publicised Knowledge Wave Conference on innovation last year.

Board chairman Rick Christie said the gathering of 65 political and business heavyweights came at an appropriate time as there were signs the country’s recent growth spurt could be running out of steam.

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has recently floated the idea of a “social compact” between business, unions and the Government to increase the prospects of growth.
Under such tripartite deals in other countries, workers and bosses have agreed to levels of pay increases in exchange for productivity gains and policy directions of the Government.

Dr Cullen, who is attending today’s gathering, refused to comment on his ideas for the forum.

Mr Christie said the board had discussed the potential for a social compact but had no fixed idea about how it might work.

“There is no doubt that is a way forward … whether we could do that here and how inclusive it could be is something we need to think about further. I have no fixed ideas on it … but really there is some form of social compact in things like these [the forum].”

Mr Christie said recent criticism of the Government’s commitment to pro-business policies and the effectiveness of forums was unfair.

At the forum, working groups would talk through themes identifying opportunities to increase innovation, productivity and growth.

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Forum looks at how Christchurch residents can re-establish a connection

The challenge for post-earthquake leaders is working out “how do you get the old heart of Christchurch to beat inside its new skin”, and to help residents and visitors re-establish an emotional connection to the new city, a leaders forum heard on Monday.

The Christchurch City Leaders Forum, the first in a series of invitation-only discussions, has been designed for key city leaders to address how the recovering city maintains its “social and economic momentum” started by the multi-billion dollar rebuild.

A panel that included business leaders and innovators, along with Minister Supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner and Mayor Lianne Dalziel, discussed whether the city needed a vision or theme for its recovery.

“The leadership challenge here is how do you get the old heart of Christchurch to beat inside its new skin? And until you can do that, people won’t emotionally connect to the city,” Johns said, prompting applause from the audience.

Prominent central city developer Richard Peebles said the central city anchor projects, once completed, will bring the heart back to the quake-decimated city.

“We’re the Garden City, maybe we should be again,” he said.

Christchurch tech entrepreneur Wil McLellan and Lauren Bliss Merritt, “chief awesome officer” of the Ministry of Awesome, both felt there had been missed opportunities during the rebuild, but felt optimistic about the city’s future.

Wagner liked the fact that the city has “turned around” and now faced the Avon River.
She wanted people-friendly spaces from Hagley Park to the sea, and opportunities for people to get out and enjoy green spaces on their doorsteps.

Robyn Wallace, chief executive of He Oranga Pounamu, said having an emotional connection tied people to their land and space.

The inhabitants of a city require an emotional connection to the place where they live, said Malcolm Johns, chief executive of Christchurch International Airport.

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Third group quits Land and Water Forum in protest at Govt’s freshwater policy

Another national group has quit the influential Land and Water Forum in protest at the Government’s freshwater policy.

The Federated Mountain Club withdrew from the think-tank today, with president Peter Wilson saying the organisation would be “pursuing its recreational interests in freshwater in other ways”.

It is the third organisation to abandon the Land and Water Forum (LAWF).

Forest and Bird cut ties earlier this week, saying that the Government’s new freshwater standards had ignored the forum’s recommendations.

Fish and Game quit the forum last year, saying it was being muzzled and could not speak out about declining water quality.

The forum was set up to advise the Government on freshwater issues, and has a diverse membership of scientists, business groups, environmentalists, recreationalists, and iwi.

The Federated Mountain Club’s decision to withdraw could be embarrassing for Environment Minister Nick Smith.

Speaking in Parliament this week, he said important environmental groups like the Mountain Club and others remained members of the forum and did not share the views of Forest and Bird.

Three days later, the Federated Mountain Club informed him that it would be quitting.

It still has 54 members, including several environmental organisations, not including central and local government observers.

Green Party water spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty, however, said it had become untenable for environmental groups to remain in the forum.

“It is supposed to represent all those with an interest in water in this country, from industry to environmentalists.

“But the balance is tipped too much in favour of industry,” she said.

Environment Defence Society chief executive Gary Taylor – whose organisation is a member – said Forest and Bird’s withdrawal, in particular, would hurt the forum.

“But there’s still more than 60 entities left, all of whom remain staunch on the recommendations around the key issues [on freshwater] that are still controversial.

“So we figure that we’re better off defending the forum’s consensus with that weight behind us than jumping out and trying to be a solo voice.”

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You always need to consider hiring a professional designer if you are trying to build a new site. This is because a lot of the aspects of your site can be influenced by whether or not it has got a good design. On the more positive side, if you have got a great looking site, then you can also rest assured that your site has got a higher chance of succeeding. But if the design if your website does not look good, then it may negatively affect your website too. That is why it is crucial that you pay the extra money to work with a professional site designer. If you are still not yet convinced that you need to have a stellar site designer, here are some factors on how site design could affect other factors.

 

Influence sales

 

A website that has got a good design can generate more sales, and that is a fact. This is because if a website has got a good design, customers may find it easier and much more convenient to shop at a well-designed online store. So this means that any business that wants a leg up in online sales needs to work on improving site design.

 

Attract more readers

 

You can get regular and loyal readers of your site if you work on having a more appealing design for it. This is because the design of your site can influence the way that people will perceive it. And your visitors that come to your site are more likely to stick around and read its contents if you work on improving the overall design and look of your site. Having a nice looking design would also be a good way to try and attract more new readers to your site.

 

Boosts your search rank

 

Your search rank can be directly impacted by your site design. This is because more people are going to share links to your website if they like the look and design of it. And if more people share and click on those links to your site, then obviously that can influence your website’s ranking. Website designers would also know how to optimize the overall design of your site too. So they can make it load faster, for example, which can also have a positive impact on your site’s search ranking as well.

 

As you can quite clearly see, it is very crucial that you try and work on having a unique and gorgeous website design. After all, the success of your online business or your website, in general, could hinge on whether or not it has got a good design. That is why it is so important that you hire a professional company for website design North Shore. By working with the right company, you should also have a better-looking design for your overall site too. And you can have an overall positive impact on many aspects of your website if you do end up working with a professional design company as well.

How to avoid plumbing disasters?

 

A stitch in time saves nine. As it is said, it is always better to prevent a mishappening than to go around looking for ways to make amends. The same is the case with Fairfield plumbing. Professionals make it look very easy. However, not taking enough safety precautions could mean unavoidable disasters along the way. Since most of the mishaps arise from using wrong types of equipment or unfamiliarity while handling certain tasks, it is better to be well acquainted with the job before one can actually consider oneself as eligible enough to do the plumbing job. Here are a few points on how to avoid plumbing disasters.

  1. Know when to turn off the water

This is one of the basic things while plumbing. Working without shutting down the main valve does not only make the task more difficult but also causes considerable flooding and therefore damage. Therefore, plumber Greenlane makes sure that the main valves are turned off before ensuing with the work. It can be turned on later to see if the fixtures have been installed properly and whether or not there are any leakages.

  1. Using the right connectors

If there are two different types of metal pipes used in the plumbing system, they can start to corrode after coming in constant touch with water. This is because the two metals have different electrode potentials and consequently, the one with the higher electrode potential will start corroding the one at the lower electrode potential, with the water acting as the electrolyte. The issue can get further intensified with the use of wrong connectors. Therefore, plumber Greenlane should make sure that the right type of connectors is used at the joints.

  1. Overcranking

If there seems to be a constant leak, a possible conclusion is that the connections are not tight enough and therefore, the natural response is to tighten it with the help of wrenches. However, if the leakage does not stoop even after having it sufficiently tightened, do not push too hard or you may cause the fixtures to crack and break open. Instead, open up the connection, see if the washers have been fitted correctly and if they need a cleaning. If replacement seems to be the only solution, have it replaced so as to minimize prolonged damage from the leak.

  1. Make sure you know how to assemble the installations

This can happen more frequently if you are not familiar with the connections required for a particular fixture or an appliance. Say you have taken it out for cleaning and inspection and do not remember how to put it back the right way. Assembling back in the wrong way can lead to more complications later on. Therefore, if you are not confident enough, make it a point that you document how you have taken it off. This should help during the reinstallation.

  1. Right equipment

This is another important thing for plumber Greenlane to keep in mind. Using the right types of equipment can save a lot of disasters and also make the task quicker and easier.

When do you need the services of an emergency electrician?

 

You can take care of a few of the electrical issues such as fuse replacements, light bulb replacements and so on by yourself. However, there are a few instances every once in a while that call for strict professionals. Furthermore, if you feel that the problem is serious enough, make it a point to call an emergency electrician service right away so that you can have the issue fixed before it claims any accidents or injuries. Below are some of the instances where you might want the services of an emergency electrician.

  1. Smoke and burnt smell

If you suddenly get a burnt smell and notice smoke coming out of the electrical outlets, it could be due to some exposed wire somewhere in the circuit. If not checked in time, this can eventually result in an electrical fire, which usually difficult to control and result in greater damage. In such a situation, you should immediately shut off the main switch supplying power to the entire house and unplug all the electrical devices before calling the emergency electrician. If you notice anything burning behind the walls, make sure that you also call the fire department right away.

 

  1. Exposed wires in the water

Naked wires are dangerous enough, but it can get even more dangerous if the wires are in the water. This can happen especially during floods and also if there has been a major water leak in the house. In either case, it is best not to tackle the task yourself as you would only be increasing your risk of getting electrocuted. You may have some idea on how to clear up the mess. However, it is best to wait till the emergency electrician arrives.

 

  1. Buzzing and humming noise

Sometimes, there isn’t any malfunctioning in the line, but you can clearly notice a loud and constant buzzing or humming coming out of the breaker box. This could mean that there has been an overloading in the line or the wiring has not been done properly. If left unattended, this could be the starting point for other electrical issues in the house. So have I fixed before the issue grows any bigger.

 

  1. Power failure

If you see that the entire neighbourhood is with power and only your house has been cut off, it means that there has been some issue with your house’s electrical circuit. There can be a number of reasons for sudden electrical failure. So unplug all the electrical appliances in the house and call for an emergency electrician immediately.

 

  1. Naked wires around the house

Whenever you notice any electrical issues, it is best to avail the services of an emergency electrician. Therefore, even if it is only some naked wires around the house, do not step in unless you are confident of not getting electrocuted.

  1. Blackened spots

If you notice black and brown spots around the various outlets in the house, it could be indicative of overloaded outlets. You should be seeking the assistance of a professional in such cases.

 

How to choose the best drain unblockers Auckland?

 

Is your drain overflowing? Are you tired of the stinking smell that hits your nose every time you enter your house? Well then, you need Auckland drain unblockers who can help you clean up the drains and ensure that you do not have to endure the unhygienic conditions for long. But before you hire professionals to clean your drains, here are a few considerations to make –

On-time service – The first and most important thing that needs to be considered is the promptness of the service providers. When you see the first signs of a drain blockage, it is wise that you call upon the experts to handle the case. Just as it is important that you take immediate action, it is equally important that the drain unblockers Auckland start the cleaning process as quickly as possible. Procrastination can lead to serious problems, including damage to your property and harm to the dwellers. So, make sure that you choose a firm that’s ready to serve you at the earliest possible.

Standard procedures – Drain unblocking isn’t the job of amateurs and is quite different from your daily cleaning schedules. So, you have to ensure that your chosen firm or agency is well-equipped with the best industry standard gadgets and gears and follows safe, yet efficient means of drain cleaning. Also, ask whether the experts use CCTVs to detect the problems with the drainage. This will not only make it easy to diagnose where clogging has occurred, but also ensure that the actual cause of the problem is identified and taken care of in the future.

Emergency services – If the problem that you are facing is acute and needs immediate cleaning/repair, it will be prudent that you choose drain unblockers Auckland who offer 24*7 emergency services, irrespective of the time of the day, holidays, etc. This will save you from the horror of having to live with an offering drain or sink and the obnoxious smell that comes with it. Though such services will cost you more than others, yet you can eliminate the problems as soon as they crop up.

Guarantee – Look for drain unblockers Auckland who are ready to offer guarantees on the work done by them, preferably written ones. When you have a written guarantee from the service provider, you can rest assured that they know exactly what they are doing and the service that they provide to their customers is excellent and will not, generally, garner any complaints from your side. This gives you peace of mind and is totally worth every dollar that you spend.

Pricing – Any firm or agency that you choose for cleaning up your drains must have fair and affordable pricing terms. The price should preferably be decided based upon the work that they have to do in each particular case and not some packaged deal which may incur you unnecessary costs. Try to find the best service providers in the region who offer commendable service at the lowest cost. However, do not be a miser when choosing your experts as you may end up with scams or unreliable providers.

How to clean your dishwasher efficiently?

 

To keep your dishwasher working properly, it is important to have them cleaned in the right way. This will prevent the unit from getting damaged and keep the dishes coming out of it clean and fresh. You can use the following tips during the cleaning.

  1. Start by cleaning the exterior

When dishwashers are loaded with dirty dishes, some of the food particles can end up on the exterior surface. This gives the very foul appearance of the unit. It is best to have the exterior cleaned every time you use the machine. If the outside surface is made of plastic or steel, you can use a regular cleaner or some hot soapy water with a sponge. If the door is made of glass, specifically use a glass cleaner to remove the greasy spots and fingerprints. Instead of directly spraying the cleaning over the machine, spray it over the wiping paper or a towel. This will prevent the electrical components from getting damaged. Buy dishwashers

  1. Remove all the dishes

The best way to clean dishwashers is to run them through a full cleaning cycle, the required number of times. Therefore, make it a point that there are no dishes left inside before you prepare it for cleaning. After the machine is empty, place a bowl of vinegar and baking soda on the dishwasher safe container and run it through a hot water cycle. This will dissolve and clean away all the grime and grease that have been accumulating in the interior. You can also use a mild acid from time to time. Doing this every once in a month is sufficient.

  1. Cleaning the filter

Modernized dishwashers have a manual clean filter. The older models usually have grinders that break down the food particles and send them down the drain. This keeps the machine free from debris, but also creates a lot of noise. Using a filter can be noiseless, but also leads to a lot of food particles getting trapped on it, especially if you do not rinse the dishes before loading them on to the machine.

To clean the filter, remove it from the bottom rack and disassemble the interlocking parts. Soak these parts into the warm soapy water for about 10 minutes prior to cleaning. If there are some stubborn particles, you can remove them with a spray faucet or a tooth brush; however, do not use too much force as the filters are usually very fragile.

Also, check if the spray arm has obstructions. Cleaning with vinegar helps to unclog the holes from grease and calcification due to hard water. Make sure that both the filter and spray arms are clean before reassembling back the parts.

  1. Deodorize and sanitize

To deodorize, you can either use white vinegar or baking soda. This sanitizes the dishwashers as a whole. Leave a cup of vinegar before running a cleaning cycle disperse the vinegar evenly throughout the machine, thus deodorizing and sanitizing at the same time. You could also sprinkle some baking soda and vinegar overnight and rinse the following day.