Q+A Business Podcast: What to do when your competitor gets into trouble

In this week’s Q+A Business Podcast Corin Dann speaks to marketing expert and Victoria University Associate Professor of Marketing Dan Laufer – about crisis management and how firms should respond when a competitor in their industry also gets into trouble.

Corin Dann speaks to marketing expert and Victoria University Associate Professor of Marketing Dan Laufer about crisis management. Source: Q+A

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Person seriously injured in crash on SH2 between Waihi and Tauranga

One person has been seriously injured in a crash involving a car and a truck on State Highway 2 between Waihi and Tauranga.

The incident happened around midday, today.

Police are urging motorists to avoid the area.

Diversions are currently in place at Waihi Beach Road and Athenree Road.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

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National launch petition urging scrapping of new fuel taxes

National have launched a petition urging the Government for a repeal of new fuel taxes, as prices creep up at the pump. 

"The worst is yet to come with two more excise tax hikes planned in the next two years," Opposition leader Simon Bridges said in a statement today.

"Ordinary hard working Kiwi families don’t need the worry of figuring out how they’re going to drive to school or get to the supermarket. But this Government is pricing them out of their cars."

He said the Government should provide "immediate relief" by cancelling recent excises and "putting a stop to its plans to add more".

This week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the Government is moving quickly to look into the root causes of high fuel prices and told reporters she was "hugely concerned" by rising fuel prices across the country.

She said her Government is now taking steps to look into how and why petrol prices have risen so quickly, jumping up by an average of 39 cents between the end of October last year and September 28 this year.

In April this year, Ms Ardern said the increase in fuel excise would go towards road safety.

She also maintained that "every time a Government policy comes out... included in that is what will happen to excise (certain taxes) in New Zealand".

Ms Ardern said "over a six year period (while National were in government) in fact, it's gone up 17 cents". 

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Three people injured after bus crashes into cafe in Auckland's Birkenhead

Three pedestrians have been injured after a bus crashed into a cafe in the Auckland suburb of Birkenhead.

The man suffered minor injuries and the children were unharmed, but a building was a badly damaged in the Birkenhead crash. Source: 1 NEWS

Fire and Emergency New Zealand say the three people are in a moderate condition.

The accident happened on Birkenhead Ave shortly before midday.

Police say there are no reports of anyone on the bus or inside the building receiving injuries.

Cordons are currently in place on Birkenhead Road at the intersections of Onewa Road and Mokoia Road.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

A bus which crashed into the shopping centre at the Highbury shops in Birkenhead, Auckland.
A bus which crashed into the shopping centre at the Highbury shops in Birkenhead, Auckland. Source: Dan Bidois


House completely gutted by fire in Wellington's Lyall Bay

A house in Lyall Bay, Wellington, has been severely damaged by a fire this morning.

A spokesperson for Fire and Emergency NZ said the fire broke out at a property on Hungerford Road about 11.30am.

Four fire engines were sent to the scene and all people were accounted for, with no injuries.

A tall plume of smoke and steam was visible across Lyall Bay.

The scene of a fire on Hungerford Road, Lyall Bay.
The scene of a fire on Hungerford Road, Lyall Bay. Source: 1 NEWS