Employment law in Australia tends to be more employer friendly in a lot of areas, so Australian owned companies often try to do things in NZ that are outside of what is allowed in this jurisdiction.
You're kiddig right? No, it really isn't more employer friendly. In fact it's far, far less friendly to employers than NZ is. Right wing Aus governments have been trying to pass NZ-style employment law for decades, and it gets defeated by the mega-unions every time.
I work for an Australian company, in NZ. In fact I am the NZ CEO. The stuff they can do in Aussie compared to the stuff we can do here (as employers) is unreal in comparison. NZ is much more employEE-friendly in comparison.
I have a few staff I would like to just fire, but I can't (I have go go through a performance-management charade). In Aussie I could just do it. Flame on.
Interesting. Have you commented on the what does a CEO do thread? http://m.geekzone.co.nz/Forums/48/Topic/196364?pageNo=4