07 Nov 2016
Opinion
Guy Fawkes, gambling and goodbye to cash
Paul Keane

Are we now in a cashless society? The Melbourne Cup was last Tuesday, the biggest betting day of the year. For years RCG has held the traditional office sweep. I assumed this year would be no exception. Why wouldn’t we all take part in this fun event? 

It was a simple exercise even for the uninitiated; just pay $2 and you receive a horse. More interest will increase the purse for distribution amongst the winner and other place getters.

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31 Oct 2016
Opinion
Tenants drive syndications success
Paul Keane

The number of prime property syndications on offer at present is unlikely to decline. Offers available for investors range from $50,000 to $250,000 in value and are based on quality tenants in sound buildings, in good locations, for long lease periods. Judging by the number of offers that are oversubscribed, it is also apparent that investors at this level are plentiful.

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25 Oct 2016
Opinion
Stifled growth: lessons from Pumpkin Patch’s decline
Paul Keane

The decline of Pumpkin Patch’s share price was not unexpected given their waning sales volume and in turn company profit. In fact, a company spokesman suggested that the share value was probably nil!

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17 Oct 2016
Opinion
Are shopping centres appealing to the local palate?
Paul Keane

I have often pondered where one can go to buy speciality chocolates! If you think about it, the most popular places are probably department stores... but where do you go for that special treat? There is a very good speciality chocolate outlet in Kerikeri and another in Matakana, but nationwide where is the key brand that you’d go to for a special chocolate experience?

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10 Oct 2016
Opinion
A question and a prediction regarding recent retail growth
Paul Keane

The demand on retail facilities was no more apparent than over the past week. A trip to Sylvia Park on Sunday demonstrated the impact of customer interest in the new H&M and Zara stores; the roading network surrounding the centre was congested and vehicle movement intense.

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