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    When's the right time to bare your body art?

    When's the right time to bare your body art?


    Q: I work in a small office that's conservative but friendly. I always wear a jacket or long-sleeved shirt because I have many tattoos on my arms. I appreciate that not everyone may want to see tattoos or consider them appropriate in a professional...

    Q: I work in a small office that's conservative but friendly. I always wear a jacket or long-sleeved shirt because I have many tattoos on my arms. I appreciate that not everyone may want to see tattoos or consider them appropriate in a professional environment. But when there is a social work outing, such as a barbecue at the local park for employees and families, should I continue to cover up? If the temperature is warm and it would be appropriate to wear short sleeves, should I still wear long sleeves? I think seeing my tattoos would shock my co-workers at first, and I wouldn't want my boss, who is very conservative about dress and demeanour in the office, to possibly think less of me.
    Starting a business? Check out these free online tools

    Starting a business? Check out these free online tools


    There's a lot to do when you start a new business – but two of the big things are deciding on your business structure, and deciding on a name. New online tools from the government's website for small business – business.govt.nz...

    There's a lot to do when you start a new business – but two of the big things are deciding on your business structure, and deciding on a name. New online tools from the government's website for small business – business.govt.nz – make those decisions much simpler.
    Auckland teens win award for beauty business that started as schoolwork

    Auckland teens win award for beauty business that started as schoolwork


    Two Auckland teens who decided to stick with their school's enterprise week business idea are looking to grow their award-winning fledgling business three years after its...

    Two Auckland teens who decided to stick with their school's enterprise week business idea are looking to grow their award-winning fledgling business three years after its inception.
    Doctor turns chef to produce her own range of baby food

    Doctor turns chef to produce her own range of baby food


    Dr Sarah Prior doesn't spend Mondays at her New Plymouth GP clinic - she spends them making food for babies around the...

    Dr Sarah Prior doesn't spend Mondays at her New Plymouth GP clinic - she spends them making food for babies around the country.
    Why there are so many $2 shops in New Zealand

    Why there are so many $2 shops in New Zealand


    Dollar stores are everywhere and they have everything you need. There's an uncomfortable reason behind their...

    Dollar stores are everywhere and they have everything you need. There's an uncomfortable reason behind their abundance. 
    Changing face of the accommodation sector

    Changing face of the accommodation sector


    Taupō's moteliers want a level playing field as they feel the squeeze from more than 1000 homestays in the...

    Taupō's moteliers want a level playing field as they feel the squeeze from more than 1000 homestays in the district.
    Palmerston North bar runs into strife over extensions

    Palmerston North bar runs into strife over extensions


    Stock car fans' plans to party at a Palmerston North bar led to the event being curtailed because there was no liquor licence for an outdoor bar area that should not have been there...

    Stock car fans' plans to party at a Palmerston North bar led to the event being curtailed because there was no liquor licence for an outdoor bar area that should not have been there anyway.
    Feilding Paper Plus to stay open, now corporate-owned

    Feilding Paper Plus to stay open, now corporate-owned


    A ManawatÅ« bookstore has a new owner and will remain open after previously being placed in receivership. ...

    A ManawatÅ« bookstore has a new owner and will remain open after previously being placed in receivership.   
    New Taranaki barber operates out of retro caravan

    New Taranaki barber operates out of retro caravan


    Although Ian Wallace's 10 foot 1984 Alpha caravan was designed to be on the move, he's looking for a permit to park it...

    Although Ian Wallace's 10 foot 1984 Alpha caravan was designed to be on the move, he's looking for a permit to park it permanently. 
    Former inmates to develop skills at new cafe

    Former inmates to develop skills at new cafe


    A cafe is opening in Lower Hutt with the aim to help former prisoners reintegrate back into...

    A cafe is opening in Lower Hutt with the aim to help former prisoners reintegrate back into society.
    Marton security guard was properly fired for poor performance

    Marton security guard was properly fired for poor performance


    A security guard who was fired, after one of his boss' clients purposely left a door unlocked to see if he was doing his job properly, has failed to convince authorities he was unfairly let...

    A security guard who was fired, after one of his boss' clients purposely left a door unlocked to see if he was doing his job properly, has failed to convince authorities he was unfairly let go.
    Palmerston North man jailed for BNZ bank robbery a decade later

    Palmerston North man jailed for BNZ bank robbery a decade later


    A man who robbed a Bank of New Zealand branch with a toy gun and fled with $1420 has been jailed, more than a decade...

    A man who robbed a Bank of New Zealand branch with a toy gun and fled with $1420 has been jailed, more than a decade later. 
    Recycled polystyrene on the rise as quick cost-effective option for aiding construction

    Recycled polystyrene on the rise as quick cost-effective option for aiding construction


    Inventor Richard Moore's recycled polystyrene has featured in the making of a major road in Kapiti, a modern apartment block in Wellington, and now a commercial building in...

    Inventor Richard Moore's recycled polystyrene has featured in the making of a major road in Kapiti, a modern apartment block in Wellington, and now a commercial building in Porirua.