The gradual extinction of the traditional company receptionist from the front office - often replaced by a cheap silver bell or telephone - was the inspiration behind Kiwi technology innovator Designertech’s new electronic receptionist product. Created by Auckland based software innovator Designertech, the electronic receptionist, dubbed EVA, is in many ways a product of the recent global recession. Service delivery manager, Leigh Roberts, said that while intelligent machines were replacing many job roles, the company receptionist was probably more a victim of cost cutting and belt tightening. "It is not uncommon to go into the front offices of businesses all around New Zealand and find a small silver bell or a telephone - complete with complicated instructions - waiting to greet you. More »Extinction of office receptionist 'no excuse for chilly reception'
Today the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced changes to the Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) speed limits, removing the restriction against new residential builds. This is a sensible concession, reducing some of the political pressure on the LVR policy, and supporting expansion of the housing stock. We need more than a simple reliance on interest rates, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley says, "This is a sound response to the claim that the LVR policy was slowing new builds. More »RBNZ right to change LVR rules - NZMEA
New information received from the public today has seen the Police operation to locate an Australian tennis coach, missing in Hamilton since Saturday night, focus on the Waikato River. Waikato Field Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Karl Thornton, said two members of the public contacted Police today in relation to media coverage of the search for 38-year-old Melbourne man, Paul Arber. "Two people walking home from the CBD over the Waikato River towards Hamilton East via the Victoria Bridge on Bridge St about 4am on Sunday looked down and noticed a man in the river. "Walking down from the bridge to the river bank the pair have talked a man in shorts out of the water who told them his name was Paul and he was in Hamilton for a tennis tournament. More »Helicopter and boat join search for missing coach
Australia's media revelled in their team's humbling of hapless England Tuesday, writing off the tourists ahead of the third Test in Perth where the Ashes could be decided. Australia took a 2-0 lead in the five-Test series with a 218-run trouncing of England in the Adelaide Test on Monday and will retrieve the urn they lost to their arch rivals in 2009 if they win in Perth. The Sydney Morning Herald splashed a picture of a gravestone on its back page, looking ahead to the game that begins Friday and suggesting that England are dead and buried. "In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket, which died at the WACA on 17th December, 2013. More »Cricket: Aussie media write off England ahead of Perth
Botany Town Centre is stepping back in time, to when majestic dinosaurs roamed the earth, to host the New Zealand premiere of Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie. Both Town Square and Town Centre Drive will have a prehistoric makeover, with animatronic dinosaurs from Butterfly Creek settling in and making the centre their home for the event. Botany Town Centre Senior Marketing Manager, Desiree Clark, says it is a privilege to host the Walking With Dinosaurs national premiere, and that it’s a great way to finish off a fantastic year. More »NZ premiere of Walking With Dinosaurs movie
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