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Mayor’s dramatic

housing plan for city

There will be a building boom in Hamilton’s

south, Hamilton planning rules will be

loosened and the CBD Association’s future

will be uncertain if Andrew King’s luck

holds.

By GEOFF TAYLOR

But the new mayor is

frank about the fact

that he’s “not hanging

on to the job tightly”

while the recount requested

by second placegetter Paula

Southgate takes place.

“(In the meantime) I’ll

continue with the job and

get things moving and bring

everything together.”

Mr King is presently

acquainting himself with his

new council and developing

a committee structure for the

upcoming term.

And if his mayoralty is

confirmed he has big plans.

Mayor King says the council

has failed to ensure there

are enough sections for housing

in the city. He intends to

change that by opening up

more areas for development

which will create competition

in the market and regulate

price.

With the council’s support,

this will include dramatically

fast-tracking the Peacocke

subdivision – stages 1 and

2, south of Dixon Rd, the

equivalent of another 9000

sections. To pay the huge

infrastructural costs associated

with opening up Peacocke,

Mr King wants the council

to borrow $200 million from

the Government’s $1 billion

infrastructure fund. Loans

would need to be paid back

within 10 years through $30k

development fees from each

section.

“We need to move fast.

We need to grab $200m now

which is what it will probably

cost. It’s an interest free loan

for only 10 years so we need

sections under way within

that time so we can pay it

back. So we want to bring the

whole of Peacocke forward as

fast as we can.”

Mr King said parts of the

south of Hamilton have high

levels of social deprivation

while there are schools that

are half empty. Opening up

Peacocke will bring in money,

young families and provide a

better balance to the city.

He is also adamant that if

Andrew King is getting on with the job.

his election stands he wants

to have a team go through the

“restrictive” District Plan so

there are fewer rules and it is

less complex to follow.

“At the moment if you

want to do something you

need a planner, a lawyer, there

are all sorts of costs to do

almost anything and I believe

that’s too restrictive. It creates

uncertainty - not just for

the developer but for the person

who lives next door who’s

trying to decide whether the

developer is able to do what

they want to do.”

“Even the council has to

run off to lawyers to get opinions

about what’s legal and

what’s not and you shouldn’t

need to do that.”

He says rejigging the

District Plan won’t be a

“quick fix” but having fewer

rules will make it quicker

and more affordable to do

business.

The mayor has been open

in the past about his views on

the CBD Association’s performance

in rejuvenating the

CBD, describing the organisation

as a puppet of the council.

There is some support for

the creation of a more powerful

CBD Board with more

wide-ranging powers. The

mayor wants to commission

a report on the best way to

advance the central city. His

efforts to commission such

a report last term were constantly

thwarted by the last

council. That is unlikely to

happen if he remains mayor.

“I’m not saying we go

away from what we have, I

just want to see the choices

that we have available,” he

says.

The mayor also has concerns

about the Hamilton

River Plan. His major issue

is the fact that the architect’s

plan allows for construction

of apartments on reserve land

near Ferrybank. He says he

doesn’t think the public realises

it is actually commercial

activity on that site. He

doesn’t mind restaurants or

museums on reserve land but

doesn’t think someone should

make a profit from expensive

apartments. But other than

his reservations about cost he

indicates that there is room

for compromise on the plan.

Is this business community

behind him as mayor?

“I don’t know. I presume

they are.

“I imagine the business

community is very aware that

I’ve been in business for a

long time and I understand

that a city is built by businesses

largely, they are the ones

that risk everything.”

Mr King was in a minority

on Julie Hardaker’s

council last term but denies

there is any bad blood carried

over to the new council.

But expect others who

were also on the outer such

as Dave Macpherson, Martin

Gallagher and Garry Mallett

to be given more responsibility

this time around.

“We have some of the most

seasoned politicians this city

has had with a huge amount

of knowledge and I want to

harness that knowledge by

empowering them and pulling

the rest of the council in.

If we do that, the city will

prosper.”

Andrew King was holding a lead

of nine votes in the mayoral race

at time of publication.

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4 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

Managing social media like a pro

In the previous two editions of Waikato Business News, the HMC

Communications team has helped you: 1) determine whether your

organisation needs to be on social media and 2) consider which social

media channels are the most relevant for your organisation to appear.

Kiwi App Giant appoints new CIO

Toby Hutchings is used to being a

decade ahead of most people. According

to Ernest & Young, the average age for

a Chief Information Officer is 43. At 33,

Hutchings already has a ten-year head

start as the newly-appointed CIO of New

Zealand app giant, MEA.

In fact, working ahead seems to be his

general modus operandi, having started his

own agency while still at university, before

spending the last twelve years building

startups, running companies and building

his toolkit as a digital user experience

expert.

The Waikato boy will be in charge

of technology strategy, governance, risk

management and ‘generally thinking

into the future and planning for where

technology is going,’ at the country’s

largest independent app developer.

MEA’s team of 60 is spread across

offices in Hamilton, Auckland and

Wellington as well as the East Coast of

the United States. The company is the

force behind international chart-topping

apps such as Printicular, and boasts an

impressive list of international and local

work including Kodak, Budweiser and the

New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays.

Hutchings says the move to MEA

was motivated by the desire to work in

a company that is leading in the tech

space, ‘and getting to be based mostly in

Hamilton while doing it. That’s the thing

about the weightless digital economy - you

can do business with anyone in the world

from anywhere. The smart, creative people

at MEA are proof of that.’

Hutchings was part of the awardwinning

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This month, in our third

and final article, we’re

offering simple tips

and tricks that will enable

you to manage your social

media channels like a pro.

1. Start with a strategy

Organisations often make

the mistake of jumping into

social media without a plan.

At best, this is a waste of

time and at worst, it can lead

to a PR disaster. Always start

with a social media strategy.

There are many formats

you can follow, but as a

guide, we suggest creating

a document that answers the

following five questions for

each social media channel

you’ve decided to use: What

are they key purposes of

this channel? Who are the

key audiences I am trying to

reach? What specific objectives

do I want to achieve

with this channel and how

will I measure those? What

key messages do I want to

get across in my content?

And what are the ‘rules’ or

‘policies’ will I follow when

it comes to posting to this

channel?

With your overarching

strategy there as a reference

point, you’re in the perfect

position to start creating content.

2. Create your content

For those starting out,

the prospect of coming up

with regular content for your

channels can be daunting.

That’s where a regular content

calendar comes in handy.

This typically looks like a

monthly or six-weekly grid

with dated spaces containing

specific ideas for content.

To avoid spamming your

followers, we recommend

including about 3-5 posts per

week including photos, videos

and relevant links.

As you generate your

calendar, think specifically

about what your key audiences

want to see rather than just

what you want to post. Your

social media is a place for

them to find things to like,

comment on, and — best

of all —share with others

in their own networks, be it

funny, informative or technical.

By all means, you can still

be spontaneous and post or

share the latest news of that

day, but forward-planning

your content alleviates the

pressure to constantly generate

posts. Refer back to

your strategy to check your

calendar content is relevant.

3. Monitor and engage

‘Social’ media needs to

be truly that: social. Just like

a face-to-face conversation,

your audiences expect you

to engage in two-way communication.

Simply posting

content and leaving activity

to bubble away on its own

will make your followers feel

ignored.

No organisation wants

their stakeholders to think

that engaging with you was

a waste of time! That’s why

it’s essential you regularly

monitor what’s happening on

your channels and respond

quickly.

On Facebook and

Instagram, for example, we

recommend responding daily

to all comments and messages.

On Twitter, monitoring of

your page, tweets, mentions

and relevant hashtags needs

to happen as frequently as

every hour. This encourages

community and conversation.

Note that it’s likely you’ll

eventually run into a negative

comment or two on your

channel. As a general rule,

you should avoid deleting

these. Instead, look at them

as an opportunity to engage

with people, dispel myths,

and understand points of

view. Only delete any comments

that defame individuals

or use harsh language.

4.Tap into the tools

Managing your social

media manually and switching

between each site can be

time-consuming and confusing.

You’ll be glad to know

that there are many useful

online tools to help you manage

your different channels.

Here are a few of our favourites:

1) Hootsuite is a social

media management

platform, and as such

it lets you monitor and

manage all of your

channels easily in one

‘dashboard’. No more

flicking between three

windows to access your

Facebook, Twitter and

Instagram.

2) Buffer is a content publishing

platform, letting

you easily publish

and schedule content to

appear on your channels,

saving you time.

Its simplicity is definitely

a winning point.

3) Lastly, with the need

to include more

visual content in your

social-media posts, you

can turn to Canva to

effortlessly develop

high-quality images.

Hundreds of templates

are available to you:

simply personalise

them, download, and

post to your channels.

Google ‘top social

media tools’ for a myriad

more to add to your

toolbelt.

In this article we’ve covered

just the very tip of the

social media management

iceberg. To recap, start with

a strategy, create your content,

monitor and engage,

and tap into the tools. These

tips ought to set you on the

path to social media success.

If your organisation isn’t

resourced to ‘do’ social

media well, or the prospect

gives you anxiety, we recommend

you wait, or consider

outsourcing your social

media efforts. Having the

right resource on board will

help you to achieve your

business goals.

However, keep in mind

that even if you outsource

your social media management,

your outsourcing team

will still require your time

to help develop regular content,

obtain photos and video

and provide quick answers

to questions and comments

as they arise. It will take

a time commitment whether

you manage it internally or

externally.

Good luck as you begin to

explore, or continue traversing,

the exciting world of

social media!

HMC Communications is an

award-winning Hamiltonbased

public relations agency.

See hmc-communications.co.nz

for our videos

about social media tips and

more.

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From the editor

As a general rule the

business community

likes certainty and

in Hamilton’s civic political

scene at present, there’s not

much of that.

October’s mayoralty race

delivered a stunningly close

result as Andrew King held

off Paula Southgate by only

nine votes.

With a recount pending,

it’s a disconcerting waiting

period for the business community.

But spare a thought

for the two people involved

and newly elected councillor

Siggi Henry whose election

would be overturned if

Ms Southgate takes over as

mayor.

To his credit, Mr King is

handling a stressful situation

with great aplomb, ensuring

he keeps things moving and

makes the necessary decisions

to organise the new council by

working out committee structures

and how the team will

operate.

The odds favour Mr King

holding on and if he does

there is change ahead. He

wants to fast track housing

development – including at

Peacocke - which will be

a huge boost for the south

which has taken a back seat

to Rototuna in recent decades.

The future of the CBD

association – at least in its

present form – will come

under scrutiny as Mr King

has signalled he wants its role

reviewed, while he is also

determined to take a scalpel

to the city’s District Plan so

it’s less restrictive and easier

to understand.

If Mr King is elected, it

promises to be an actionpacked

term.

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Awards flow for

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set continued its meteoric

rise by taking out three categories at

the recent Tourism Industry Awards in

Auckland.

The Matamata business

won the Business

Excellence Award –

annual turnover more than

$6 million, the Tourism

Marketing Campaign Award

and the inaugural People’s

Choice Award.

The judges commended

Hobbiton for becoming an

iconic, must-see attraction in

a short space of time.

Russell Alexander, managing

director of Hobbiton

Movie Set, said “we are excited

and humbled to receive

three prestigious awards

including the new People’s

Choice accolade awarded by

our valued customers.

“It’s also fantastic to be

recognised by our industry

peers for our efforts in business

and marketing. Hobbiton

is proud to be based in the

Matamata and the Waikato

region, which is strongly

emerging as an international

visitor destination”.

Tourism Holdings Ltd –

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

was also a finalist in the

Environmental Tourism

Award.

Hamilton & Waikato

Tourism chief executive,

Jason Dawson said having

two Waikato operators as

finalists is a great industry

acknowledgement for the

region.

“This is a testament to

the commitment, passion and

hard work of our operators.

The Alexander family and

Hobbiton team have worked

tirelessly to achieve their

world-renowned status, so

it’s phenomenal to see their

hard work being recognised.”

Last year Hobbiton Movie

Set received more than

460,000 guests and visitors

have grown almost tenfold

over the past four years –

almost all international.

Growth has been driven

by the perseverance of the

Alexander family, a dedicated

team of staff, the support of

Sir Peter Jackson and innovative

marketing alliances.

These include life-sized

Hobbit Holes in London and

Singapore; a Hobbit Cricket

Cup, and a Hobbiton episode

of a Chinese reality TV show

which had a viewership of

more than 400 million.

The judges said Hobbiton

has become an iconic, mustsee

attraction in a short space

of time.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

won New Zealand Tourism’s

top accolade, the 2016 Air

New Zealand Supreme

Tourism Award, meaning a

Rotorua operator had topped

the country in consecutive

years. Skyline Rotorua won

in 2015.

Hobbiton Movie Set has

had an incredibly successful

year overall. In June it was a

finalist in the Exporter of the

Year awards category (over

$25 million).

It has also been announced

as a finalist in the ANZ Best

Medium Business Category in

the New Zealand International

Business Awards. Winners

are announced on November

24.

In October, Russell

Alexander was also recognised

for his dedication and

commitment to business

tourism with the 2016 CINZ

Outstanding Contributor

Award.

Conventions and

Incentives New Zealand

(CINZ) chief executive Sue

Sullivan presented him with

the award at the association’s

40th annual conference

gala dinner held at Hobbiton

Movie Set.

“As general manager of

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours,

Russell has shown passion

and drive, developing

a product that complements

Claudelands. He has taken

on the business events market

with vengeance both

here in New Zealand and in

Australia, North America,

Asia, China, and Europe,”

she said.

“Attending major international

tradeshows to support

New Zealand, building

an entire Hobbit Hole at

MEETINGS in 2015, working

with the Bureau and

Hobbiton Movie Set managing director Russell Alexander

with his three Tourism Industry Awards.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson:

“A great acknowledgement for the region”.

other partners to promote

the region, Russell is always

there.

“He sees it as a long game,

bringing benefit for New

Zealand, Hamilton, and the

Waikato region. He has been

able to look beyond the product

he has on offer and see the

wider opportunities to innovate

for business groups.”

The CINZ Outstanding

Achievement Award each

year honours an industry

person who has shown real

commitment over many years

to the sector, both domestically

and internationally.

The recipient is recognised

for working collaboratively,

having a strong voice, taking

a holistic approach and

most importantly, delivering

results.

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WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 7

Waikato Medical School

would produce rural doctors

A third medical school has been proposed

for New Zealand at the University of

Waikato focusing on producing doctors for

provincial areas.

The new Waikato Medical

School will be a community-engaged,

graduate

entry medical school based in

Waikato and at regional clinical

education sites in 12-15

locations throughout the central

North Island.

The medical school is being

proposed in response to health

workforce shortages, and in

particular shortages of primary

care doctors and specialists in

provincial and rural centres and

hospitals. Given the expected

pattern of retirement of doctors

practising outside the main

centres, these workforce shortages

are expected to worsen in

the future unless a new medical

school is created.

The medical school is being

proposed as part of a strategic

alliance between the University

of Waikato and the Waikato

District Health Board which

aims to ensure a close alignment

between medical education and

health workforce needs in the

central North Island.

The school will focus on

selecting graduate students

who are committed to meeting

the health care needs of

New Zealanders living outside

Inspiring Kiwi businesses to

turn Innovation into Gold

Businesses wanting to protect

their products and be

inspired by Kiwi business

success stories have the

opportunity to learn from the

best, through a series of new

regional events.

Turning Innovation into

Gold is a nationwide seminar

series organised by national

intellectual property specialists

James & Wells to champion

Kiwi innovation. The series will

see James & Wells teaming up

with Innovation Council and a

host of Kiwi innovators who

will share their stories on how

they’ve turned innovation into

sustainable commercial success.

James & Wells founding

partner and seminar series

panelist, Ceri Wells says New

Zealand is an innovative country

“but we have a dismal record

by OECD standards for successfully

commercialising our

innovations. Although innovation

is on the boardroom agenda

like never before, there is little

point if you can’t transform your

inventions into sustained commercial

success.”

Ceri says New Zealand business

has to “up its game” in this

area. “We’re far from our markets

so the ideal product for us

is one that can be sold, licensed

and delivered electronically.

The seminar series will be very

relevant and hugely beneficial

for Kiwi businesses, especially

those with an eye on the export

market.”

With support from regional

hubs including Christchurch

Chamber of Commerce,

Export New Zealand Bay of

Plenty and Waikato Innovation

Park, the series has secured 12

speakers including ARANZ

Medical CEO Dr Bruce Davey,

New Zealand Mānuka Group

CEO Karl Gradon, Gallagher

Research and Development

executive Rob Heebink

and StretchSense CTO and

co-founder, Todd Gisby.

the main centres (in small cities,

provincial towns and rural

areas), and in particular highneeds

communities.

During their education, students

will be trained in the use

of new technologies for providing

health care and will gain

practical experience of community-based

health and social service

partnerships.

University of Waikato

vice-chancellor professor Neil

Quigley says that with only two

medical schools, New Zealand

currently has one of the lowest

ratios of medical schools

With the spotlight on New

Zealand’s changing innovation

landscape, the panelists will

share how to maximise innovation

in today’s fragmented and

challenging business world, successfully

commercialise innovation,

and build channels to

market.

Seminar dates and

locations are:

• Christchurch: Friday,

November 4, 7.30am;

Chamber of Commerce

Building

• Tauranga: Tuesday,

November 15, 7.30am; ASB

Bay Park Arena

• Hamilton: Wednesday,

November 16, 7.30am;

Waikato Innovation Park

• Auckland: Thursday,

November 17, 7.30am; James

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to population in the OECD

and very limited diversity in

approach to medical education.

New Zealand is the most heavily

dependent OECD country on

overseas-trained doctors, each

year importing 1100 doctors to

meet medical workforce shortages.

“Based on any of those comparators

New Zealand should be

well advanced in developing a

third medical school, and against

Australian and UK standards we

would already have a third medical

school and be considering

a fourth.”

A business case for the medical

school was presented to

government in October. Waikato

DHB chief executive Dr Nigel

Murray says a new medical

school in New Zealand will go

a long way towards addressing

the needs of provincial communities,

and will “put the patient at

the centre of healthcare.”

“In our region we have many

people with high health needs

who have difficulty accessing

healthcare and have poor

health outcomes. We have an

ageing medical workforce, a

preference for part-time work

among GPs and a reliance on

overseas-trained doctors. This

medical school will address our

region’s workforce shortages

and community health needs by

producing doctors who will be

able to use the latest advances

in technology, and will be more

representative of the communities

we serve.”

Professor Quigley says the

university’s partnership with the

DHB will yield direct results

for the community. “Combining

our strengths and resources will

help grow and strengthen both

organisations’ teaching and

research in health nationally and

internationally,” he says. “The

partnership will strengthen our

regional economy by attracting

research development funds

and world-class teaching and

research staff, which in turn will

improve the health of Waikato

communities.”

Professor Quigley says the

new medical school would

be an alternative to Auckland

and Otago’s medical schools

but would complement their

offerings. “We are following a

widely accepted and successful

model currently in use in

Australia, Canada and other

developed countries by focusing

on community-engaged medical

education. This is an approach to

medical education that will help

us train a new breed of doctor.”

University of Waikato professor

of population health Dr Ross

Lawrenson says the Waikato

Medical School is a “once-in-alifetime

opportunity” to develop

a programme to create a new

sort of doctor equipped with

new ways of working that help

address the health needs of our

communities. Te Kuiti GP Dr

Keith Buswell says this type of

medical training means students

gain greater exposure to rural

and community practice, which

makes them more likely to want

to work in those settings once

they’ve graduated.

“We regularly have medical

students work in our practice

in Te Kuiti and they often comment

that it’s one of the more

rewarding aspects of their training,”

he says.

“They enjoy working in a

community-based practice

where they get exposure to a

wider range of health conditions

than they do in a hospital.”

The strategic alliance formalises

the research and teaching

relationship between the DHB

and university.

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The price of a life - how a court assesses

the financial cost of an employee’s death.

On September 20, 2015, Samantha

Kudeweh, a zookeeper at Hamilton Zoo,

was fatally mauled by one of the Zoo’s

male Sumatran tigers, Oz. Samantha left

behind a husband and two young children.

Almost one year to the

day, on September

16, 2016, Hamilton

City Council was sentenced

for failing to take all practicable

steps to protect her

and ordered to pay a fine

of $38,250 and reparation of

$10,000 to her two children.

Judge Denise Clark said

$100,000 was the appropriate

amount of emotional harm

reparation for the family,

but noted that the council

had already made voluntary

payments totalling $116,000.

Howeve,r Samantha’s husband,

Richard Kudeweh, has

disputed these payments have

been made.

So how does the court

assess the impact of an

employee’s injury or death

and reduce it to a monetary

amount? The sentencing principles

commonly used are

those set out in a 2008 High

Court decision: Department

of Labour v Hanham & Philp

Contractors.

These principles require

the court to take a three-step

approach: first by assessing

the emotional harm reparation,

including any financial

loss, that should be paid to

the victim or the victim’s

family, then assessing an

appropriate fine and finally,

making an overall assessment

of the case.

Take-home tips for employers

would be to ensure from the

outset that when an accident

does happen, the employer

shows full co-operation

with the investigators which

usually involves providing

all training records, health

and safety policies and any

other information requested,

promptly.

Typically, both the prosecution

and the defence inform

the court where they consider

the amounts of reparation

and fine should start from,

based on cases involving similar

injuries to the victim,

the impact of those injuries

on the victim and a comparison

to cases where similar

failures in a company’s obligations

to take all practicable

steps to protect employees

(and others validly on

premises under a company’s

control) have occurred. The

judge then makes the final

decision on the amounts.

Reparation and fines serve

two distinct purposes;

the former

is to compensate

the victim or the

victim’s family

and the latter is

punitive against

the defendant and

a deterrent to others.

Where there

are financial constraints

on how

much a company

can pay overall,

reparation for the

victim is prioritised.

Factors used

when assessing

an appropriate

amount of reparation

include the

nature of any disability

incurred, whether it is

permanent or temporary and

any financial loss suffered by

the victim or the victim’s family.

The Court will also take

into account any reparation

already paid or offered to the

victim, the response of the

offender, any action taken to

remedy the victim’s suffering,

the financial capacity for

the offender to pay and other

factors such as remorse and

participation in restorative

justice.

When attempting to set

the starting point for the

fine, the degree of culpability

is categorised into one of

three bands; low culpability

from zero to $50,000; medium

culpability $50,000 to

$100,000; and high culpability

from $100,000 and above.

In the case of Hamilton City

Council, Judge Clark set the

starting point at $85,000, so at

the higher end of the medium

band.

From this starting point,

EMPLOYMENT LAW

> BY ERIN BURKE

Employment lawyer and director at Practica Legal

Email: erin@practicalegal.co.nz phone: 027 459 3375

the Court then either raises or

decreases the amount depending

on any aggravating or mitigating

factors. Aggravating

factors such as previous

health and safety convictions

or failure to co-operate with

WorkSafe investigators can

raise the fine from the initial

starting point. Mitigating factors

which can decrease the

fine include an early guilty

plea (up to 25 percent), co-operation

with WorkSafe investigators,

remedial action taken

since the event to prevent a

further occurrence, a good

health and safety record and

remorse. The latter factors can

add up to a further 30 percent

reduction from the starting

point of the fine.

Finally, the Court stands

back and makes an overall

assessment of the amounts for

reparation and fine including

such factors as the ability of

the offender to pay, the need

for denunciation, deterrence

and accountability and the

extent to which reparation

ordered will “make good” the

harm done.

Take-home tips for employers

from the above would be

to ensure from the outset that

when an accident does happen,

the employer shows full

co-operation with the investigators

which usually involves

providing all training records,

health and safety policies and

any other information requested,

promptly. It is only following

an investigation that

WorkSafe decides whether to

proceed with a prosecution

and they have six months to

make that decision. If they

do proceed with a prosecution,

there is certainly value

in acknowledging the incident

that happened was potentially

preventable by entering a

guilty plea as early as possible.

Finally, this is definitely

a situation where engaging a

lawyer specialising in health

and safety law at the earliest

opportunity is essential.


WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 9


10 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

Hey sxy… I wanna

ruin my career

HR AND THE LAW

> BY ANNE AITKEN

Anne Aitken, HR Professional | Email: anne@anneaitken.co.nz

A Ltd v H and Nel v ASB

Colin Craig is the most

high profile person in

recent years to destroy

his career over an infatuation,

but is by no means the only one.

This is the story of two men,

both aged 51, who were attracted

to younger women and ruined

their careers.

The first, Mr H was a commercial

pilot on a long haul stopover.

There was risqué banter by

the crew members around the

pool. Later, as the crew were

heading to bed, he entered the

hotel room of a 19-year-old

cabin attendant, sat on the bed

she was in and touched her thigh.

She said it was deliberate, he

said it was accidental. A disciplinary

process was followed and

he was sacked. The employer

then received complaints from

three other women.

The second, Mr Nel, was

senior commercial manager

with ASB Bank, managing four

teams of commercial accounts

and relationships managers. Like

the first story, there was light

social chat among the team that

became a little unprofessional

and was misread by Mr Nel. He

became infatuated with one of

the much younger women who

worked for him and started texting

and emailing her. Eventually

he sent her a long email starting

Hey sxy…I’m head over heels

for you…

The recipient of the messages

was very uncomfortable

but remained respectful, telling

Nel that she saw him as a

good friend, nothing more. Her

email set professional boundaries,

asking him not to call her

inappropriate names at work

as it undermined her, and hoping

they would not discuss the

issue again but would continue

with a professional relationship.

Unfortunately Mr Nel couldn’t

drop it and kept referring back to

the situation and then moved his

desk to sit beside her. Eventually

the woman raised her concerns

with another manager and then

with HR. A disciplinary process

was followed and he was sacked.

Both men took personal

grievances, putting their behaviour

out in the public domain

for everyone to know about. The

Employment Authority found

that the process leading to Mr

H’s dismissal was justifiable and

dismissed the personal grievance.

He appealed the decision to

the Employment Court which

found that the employer had

tested Mr H’s account [of the

incident] vigorously but had not

taken the same approach to the

evidence of [the complainant]

or another witness, citing that

the interviews with Mr H had

been recorded and transcribed,

while the other witnesses had

notes taken of their interviews. It

concluded that these procedural

defects were significant breaches

of natural justice and therefore

the evidence was unreliable.

Secondly the court found that

there was disparity of treatment

because a different pilot was not

dismissed for a similar incident

previously. The grievance was

successful and reinstatement

was ordered.

The employer took the matter

to the Court of Appeal. It

concluded that the law provides

that there may be a variety of

ways of achieving a fair and

reasonable result in a particular

case… The requirement is for an

assessment of substantive fairness

and reasonableness, rather

than “minute and pedantic scrutiny”

to identify any failings.

It concluded that the process

followed by the court ‘has got in

the way of a direct application of

the statutory test’ and overturned

the court decision, setting aside

the decisions to reinstate and

for payment of lost wages and

compensation.

This is a huge relief because

the court’s excessive emphasis

on following legalistic procedures

with recording and transcribing

interviews has shifted

the focus from the substance of

the incident to the procedures

followed.

With Mr Nel, the authority

agreed that the behaviour

amounted to serious misconduct,

the procedures followed

were fair, but the decision to

dismiss was unfair. It reached

this conclusion on the basis of

his level of remorse, that during

the disciplinary process he

was not suspended and no steps

had been taken to prevent Mr

Nel from meeting the woman,

and he had continued to perform

his duties diligently during the

investigation.

The authority gave serious

consideration to ordering reinstatement,

but decided against it

on the grounds that Mr Nel had

blamed the woman for his dismissal

and had threatened other

staff that they would be called as

witnesses in court if he was not

successful in the authority, and

they could go to prison if they

refused.

In the end the authority

awarded him seven months’

lost wages and $15,000 hurt and

humiliation, both of which were

reduced by 90 percent for his

contribution to the situation, so

he received a bit over $11,000.

There are some really obvious

messages here – follow good

process, make sure the decision

is appropriate for the offence and

if you are a 51-year-old bloke

who fancies a younger colleague

be very, very careful.

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“From small beginnings

good things happen”

This annual awards

event provides an opportunity

for you to recognise an employee

who through commitment to

training is achieving excellence.

After 14 years this awards

concept continues to grow significantly

to the point where

companies now regularly use

the event to present an award to

those special employees.

The partnership that has been

formed between local service

club, Frankton Rotary, and local

industry gives a unique opportunity

for a high profile event

to be held at a special venue, in

this case the Atrium at Wintec’s

City Campus and provides an

unforgettable experience to all

the award recipients.

Each award given is recognition

to that recipient that they

have the potential to become

industry managers of the future.

Every level in industry needs

training and we need to identify

and recognise when an employee

achieves above the norm.

Life can be described as a

series of memories.

This event creates a memory

that the award recipients will

have for the rest of their lives.

Rotary engages in community

projects all the time.

Some are high profile while

others just happen.

Rotary is extremely pleased

to facilitate this type of event as

it rewards special achievers in

our community.

It provides a platform to

award commitment and the

desire to do well.

All employers who have

skill-based training systems in

place are welcome to be part of

this annual celebration.

We welcome large or small

companies to showcase their

businesses alongside other

industry leaders.

Each company has time

on stage to make their own

award presentation to their own

employees.

You are invited to be part of

the event this year, either by participation

or just attend to verify

that future involvement will be a

must for you.

We also invite you to contact

any of the sponsoring companies

identified in the event flyer

displayed in this publication.

The Gallagher Rotary Awards

2016 event details are;

Date: Tuesday, November 29.

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Atrium - Wintec City

Campus.

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Business strategy pays dividends

Software specialist up for major

business award.

Company-X has arrived

right where it planned

to be.

Thanks to a carefully

planned strategy, developed

by some of the best in the

business, the Hamilton-based

software development company

is a finalist in the Westpac

Waikato Business Awards for

2016.

Company-X directors David

Hallett and Jeremy Hughes,

and their staff of around two

dozen, are finalists in the

Strategy and Planning category

of the awards.

It’s nice to see some of our

customers and business

partners in the list of

finalists for this year’s

awards

Before David and Jeremy

had even formed the company

they invited Art of Life business

consultant Steve Murray

and DB Chartered Accountants

director David Bluett to strategy

and planning sessions from

which the company would

emerge.

“Before Company-X was

formed we began a planning

process, out of which came our

strategy which included founding

principles or tenets, which

would become the backbone of

the company,” Jeremy said.

“It was our mantra if you

will.”

Petr Adamek, who was

business growth manager

at Hamilton based business

incubator SODA Inc when

Company-X was established in

2012, was also foundational for

David, Jeremy and their staff.

In the years since Steve Murray

and David Bluett have continued

their involvement

in the planning

of the strategic

direction of the

company, and help

David and Jeremy

define their business

goals.

The Westpac

Waikato Business

Awards 2016 are

the second major

awards this year

that Company-X,

based at Wintec House, has

been in contention for.

Jeremy was a finalist in the

Excellence in Public Sector

IT category of the 2016 New

Zealand Excellence in IT

Awards 2016 for his work creating

a tool that could analyse

and report on the nation’s roading

data.

BUSINESS AWARDS FINALISTS: Company-X directors Jeremy Hughes (left) and David Hallett.

“It’s nice to see some of

our customers and business

partners in the list of finalists

for this year’s awards,” David

said.

Strategy and planning are

far from buzz words in the

Company-X office, which is

why the business is a finalist in

the Strategy and Planning category

of this year’s Westpac

Waikato Business Awards.

“Within the previous 12

months, Company-X has

successfully delivered a

programme of work for NZ

Transport Agency, which

included six software releases,

all on time, to the agreed budget,

and that were well received

by the primary stakeholder

and the NZ transport sector,”

Jeremy said.

At the same time

Company-X achieved significant

sales growth in software

projects.

David and Jeremy believe

a fanatical adherence to the

Company-X guiding principles

is responsible for their

becoming finalists. These

principals include maxims

such as “doing what you said

you would do” and many

more.

“Due to the extreme skillshortage

in the IT industry,

we have avoided the use of

recruitment consultants and

the employment of unknown

staff to increase head count,

but instead, have adopted a

strategic hiring method of

engagement through personal

referrals from our employees

and contractors. This method

has ensured team and cultural

fit, and provides the benefit

of prequalifying a candidate's

skill and capability,” David

said.

“We verbally and daily

communicate our plans and

values as we problem solve

challenges and issues on a

regular basis,” David said.

“Our guiding principles are

often referred to by our team as

we go about our daily business.”

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Private investigations

MANAGEMENT AND HR

In my early years of working for a customer service organisation,

one of the tests we often faced was whether a disgruntled

customer was likely to complain and take that complaint to an

appearance on the Paul Holmes Show.

If they did, then we were

advised to act quickly to

resolve the matter and

an internal investigation was

quickly ensued.

Increasingly we are seeing

examples in the media

of sporting organisations

and other large organisations

being similarly held to

account for the conduct of

their employees. Often an

Keeping workers safe at the press of a button

There’s nothing worse

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The next generation

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offering the latest functionality

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The MOTOTRBO

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the latest in digital radio

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highest quality voice communications

that two-radios

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what sets these radios apart

incident has occurred that

requires a formal investigation

and the employer tries

to close ranks. This calls to

mind a line in the lyrics of

the famous Dire Straits song

“this is my investigation, not

a public inquiry”.

Often the employer will

express frustration at not

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- besides their high quality

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The built in GPS allows

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Some smart, hands-free

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The user configurable Man

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workers when a radio exceeds

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the event that a worker falls,

the alarm process is triggered.

For those that work alone,

monitoring their status can be

achieved via the Lone Worker

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movement as well triggering

call and respond verification

to ensure that a worker is

safe.

“With safety of workers

attempting to deal with the

incident by conducting the

investigation themselves.

However, the reality of conducting

an internal investigation

behind closed doors in

an organisation seldom meets

with either the media’s expectation

and clamour for a news

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positive public relations. The

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If as an employer you find

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becoming a critical issue in

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> BY GREG CATLEY

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have a policy in place for

conducting internal investigations.

Then your first step

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terms of the investigation

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the process will be and the

timeline for conducting the

investigation.

The second is to engage

a qualified and independent

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safeguard the integrity of the

process.

Your third step should

be to also engage a professional

communications and

media representative who

will co-ordinate the public or

client interface for the organisation

and thereby seek to

avoid, or at least minimise,

any potential for reputational

damage and loss of revenue

or sponsorship.

Often organisations look

at the expense of contracting

in such professionals, when

they should be more concerned

about the cost of not

obtaining the advice. I am

aware of one organisation

which sought advice and support

from both groups of professional

consultants and was

able to successfully mitigate

the cost for what might have

been otherwise a substantial

loss of reputation.

So as the songs goes,

“What have you got at the

end of the day? What have

you got to take away?” hopefully

not “a new set of lies”,

but adherence to a robust and

thorough process. It is a process

that will preserve the

organisation’s hard-earned

reputation with customers

and the public, a reputation

that means everything, as

some customer service driven

organisations have discovered

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Hamilton’s median house price

keeps pace with NZ median

Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ)

statistics released in October show

Hamilton’s median house price of $510,750

is keeping pace with the New Zealand

median.

Lodge Real Estate’s

managing director

Jeremy O’Rourke said

July 2016 was the first time

since August 2008 that the

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WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY

WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 15

How health and safety technology

protects our cleaners

It has been a hectic six months with the

new Health & Safety Act coming into

force as small and medium businesses, in

particular, scramble to get to grips with the

new legislation.

“Not us,” says the Michael

Parton, owner of a successful

commercial cleaning company

in Hamilton.

For Property Services

Unlimited the transition has

been made easier by the fact

that the business has maintained

good health and safety

practices over the last 15

years.

The new Act requires a

lot more input and much more

‘buy in’ from staff and management.

“It’s really asking us to

keep creating better work

spaces and keep improving

the communication from site,

employee, management and

compliance,” says Michael.

The legislation was born

out of the Pike River Mine

disaster in November 2010

where 29 miners lost their

lives. To avoid a repeat of

this tragedy, New Zealand

has embraced newer ways

of keeping workers safe and

enforcing accountability for

those in business.

Waikato’s 20,000 businesses

are made up of small, medium

and large scale operations.

Some have the capital to

invest in health and safety

consultants, programmes and

in-depth documentation to

prove that they have an effective

health and safety strategy.

But do they?

Are we reducing our harm

rate? Is everyone going home

safe? Is all this investment

worth it?

While small companies

are getting bogged down with

legislative requirements and

incurring consultants’ fees

at astronomical rates as they

re-write manuals, we are starting

to see innovative companies

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One such company

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The pair have developed

an app that fits any business

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Michael Parton has taken

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He says after three months,

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changes in health and safety regulations.

Independent local optometrist

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workplaces around the region

for many years, offering

vision screening, discounts

and safety frame packages

to corporate and industrial

employers.

The ability to offer eye

examinations and onsite

screening to staff has a clear

advantage for many employers

in terms of ensuring staff

safety as well as productivity.

Paterson Burn’s marketing

manager Martine Wong,

who is new to the Waikato,

observes that the motivation

for many of their customers

in the Corporate Eyecare

programme is to achieve the

highest level of care for their

teams which means higher

productivity for the company,

and a safe and comfortable

environment for working.

“We hear stories of staff

who have not realised they

required any vision correction

until they were offered

this free onsite screening, and

that their working life has

changed no end now they

have the correct lenses.”

Paterson Burn staff visit

locations, particularly in

Hamilton, where there are

teams spending all day looking

at screens, with digital

eye strain or dry eye becoming

increasingly common

conditions. The Paterson

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list of optometrists who can

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improve vision and reduce

the impact of eye strain and

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With practices in Te

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17

Effective drug and

alcohol policy vital in

the workplace

A Wanganui company earlier this year felt

the effects of not having an effective drug

and alcohol policy in place after being hit

with a hefty fine.

A

former employee

won a substantial

payout through

the Employment Relations

Authority when it ruled that

he was placed in a potentially

unsafe situation after

Graeme Smith.

revealing concerns about his

employer’s culture of drug

use.

The Drug Detection

Agency (TDDA) general

manager, Waikato and

Coromandel, Graeme Smith

says, "This highlights the

importance of having an

effective drug and alcohol

policy in place, and for management

to be trained to recognise

drug use and how to

deal with it.

“It not only protects

employees from harm and

danger at work but also the

company from potential legal

action.”

This scenario is one of

many that TDDA workplace

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for management addresses.

"Drug and alcohol abuse at

work is a potentially volatile

situation that can be

dealt with effectively if management

is properly trained.

And supplemented with the

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an instant check list and

information tool at manager's

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equipped to deal with these

situations and to address

them."

Looking at the wider

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Stop Work initiative

reinforces safety first

Asking colleagues to stop work due

to safety concerns can be difficult so

that’s why WEL Networks introduced an

‘Authorisation to Stop Work’ card.

The wallet sized cards

were introduced to

WEL Networks about

18 months ago and are

endorsed by chief executive

Garth Dibley who says the

cards are proving to be a cost

effective, but extremely valuable

safety initiative.

“We believe that all staff,

whether WEL employees or

contractors, have the right

to work in an environment

where risks to their health

and safety are eliminated or

controlled. But we all know

that speaking up about potentially

harmful situations can

be difficult. This card assures

staff that they have our full

support if they ask for work

to stop due to safety concerns.”

“Everyone gets a card

the day they start work with

WEL, whether they’re field

or office based. It gives them

confidence to stop an activity

that they feel cannot be

undertaken safely and to

actively participate in developing

a safe solution”.

But the cards aren’t just

for WEL staff.

“We recently issued all

contractors on our work sites

with a WEL Networks Stop

Work Authorisation card too.

This ensures our contractors

feel as empowered as we do

if they have safety concerns.”

Business development manager, Jack Nines (left) and

project manager, Craig Evans present their Authorisation to Stop Work cards.

TGH appoints

manager for Ruakura

development

Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) has appointed

Blair Morris as general manager for its

Ruakura development.

TGH chief executive

Chris Joblin said

Blair’s deep experience

and understanding of New

Zealand’s logistics sector will

be invaluable as TGH progresses

its plans for an inland port

and logistics hub at Ruakura

to link the ‘Golden Triangle’

of Auckland, Waikato and Bay

of Plenty.

Ruakura is a 480 hectare

development and will become

New Zealand’s largest integrated

logistics, commercial

and lifestyle development.

Prospective port operators

in New Zealand and overseas

have recently submitted formal

expressions of interest. A process

is now in place to appoint

a preferred inland port operator

by early 2017. Earthworks are

on track to commence on the

site in the current construction

season and formal marketing

commences next year.

“Blair’s appointment is a

key step as the region’s premier

inland port and logistics

hub at Ruakura comes to frui-

tion,’ said Mr Joblin.

“He brings decades of experience

in understanding and

meeting the needs of exporters

and importers and the logistics

sector.”

For the past four and a

half years Mr Morris has been

general manager commercial

at Kotahi Logistics LP,

New Zealand’s largest collaboration

of exporters, owned

by Fonterra and Silver Fern

Farms. In his role he provided

strategic direction and management

of Kotahi’s business

growth in New Zealand and

Australia including customer

solution design and customer

experience.

Before his role at Kotahi,

Mr Morris spent 22 years in

the shipping industry, and

held a wide variety of commercial

and trade management

roles in Australia and

New Zealand. He was general

manager of Hapag-Lloyd New

Zealand (a German shipping

line headquartered in Hamburg

Germany) before moving to

its Singapore Corporate Office

where he was senior director

region Asia for the business.

Mr Morris said he was

looking forward to leading the

development of Ruakura which

the government has deemed to

be a project of national significance.

“This is an exciting opportunity

as Auckland, Hamilton

and Tauranga move ever closer

as an economic unit. With

the region generating high

and growing levels of freight,

Ruakura offers a unique opportunity

to develop an infrastructure

designed for New

Zealand’s future needs.”

“I am excited to be part of

a strategic infrastructure build

and by TGH’s vision for a

centrally located logistics hub

to drive greater supply chain

efficiency, whether for international

imports, exports or

domestic distribution needs.

A real opportunity exists to

design for scale as this multi-user

development will cater

for all parties across the logistics

spectrum with best-inclass

transport connections to

offer stand-out efficiencies for

users,” he said.

Mr Morris’ start date with

TGH is December 5.

Stirling Sports pair moves on from

tough start

By VIV POSSELT

Stirling Sports franchisees Hayden Brown and Sarah Nicholl.

New to the Cambridge

retail scene is Stirling

Sports.

The outlet opened in the

town’s central Victoria Street

in July, with franchisees Sarah

Nicholl and Hayden Brown at

the helm.

And while things have now

settled into a good routine, their

start was less auspicious. The

shop was ram-raided less than

a week after it opened, and

thieves stole a number of items

on display in the front area of

the store.

Sarah and Hayden believe

the offenders were interrupted

during the raid as the rest of

the merchandise was left undisturbed.

They understand the

police have made an arrest, and

that the offenders were from

out of town

Sarah is a Cambridge

native, while Hayden is a more

recent import. Both have seen

the town forge an increasingly

strong reputation for sporting

and leisure pursuits, and felt the

time was ripe to offer locals an

opportunity to purchase suitable

apparel closer to home.

Cambridge is the Stirling

Sports Group’s 55th outlet

nationwide. The company

opened its first store on

Auckland’s Dominion Road

in 1964, and has since invested

heavily in developing a

respected chain of stores selling

sportswear, active wear and

accessories.

Sarah and Hayden aren’t

total newcomers to the world

of sporting apparel. As a longtime

sports enthusiast, Hayden

has been wearing it for years,

and family members are keen

sports people. The couple has

also made a good fist of running

Matamata’s Stirling Sports

outlet since they purchased it as

a going concern some time ago,

and decided to extend the range

to Cambridge.

Bringing the brand to the

town was a decision based on

Cambridge’s sporting reputation

and burgeoning population

growth.

“We have thought for quite

a while that Cambridge needed

a Stirling Sports outlet,” Sarah

explains. “We offer something

different from other local stores

in that our focus is primarily

on sportswear, footwear and

accessories – not necessarily

only for particular sporting disciplines,

but also for general

leisure, going to the gym and

so on.

“So many people here

engage in some sort of physical

activity. It was a pretty easy

decision for us.”

They said the level of interest

has been high.

“People in Cambridge are

very keen to shop locally whenever

they can, and those wanting

something we may have

run out of are more than willing

to wait for us to order it in.

“It seems to be a win-win

all round.”


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June Fieldays another

money spinner

This year’s National Agricultural Fieldays

brought in $430 million in sales revenue for

New Zealand firms, up nine percent from

2015, according to an economic impact

report unveiled in October.

The report says the June

event generated $124.5

million in revenue for

firms in the Waikato region.

The impact to GDP was

calculated at $58 million for

Waikato and $191 million for

New Zealand.

Fieldays helped generate

708 (full-time equivalent)

new jobs for Waikato, and

a total of 2021 new jobs

across New Zealand for

2016 (up 13 percent since

last year)

The Fieldays 2016

Economic Impact Report,

independently prepared

by consulting economist

Dr Warren Hughes and

the University of Waikato

Management School’s

Institute of Business

Research, was

released at a function

at Mystery

Creek Events

Centre.

“Fieldays is

a fantastic event

that keeps going

from strength-tostrength,”

said

the Minister of

Primary Industries,

Nathan Guy.

“It has provided

a wonderful

opportunity to get

rural and urban

people understanding

what happens when

you go beyond the farm gate

or orchard gate.”

“One of the highlights

of the report is that, despite

the downturn in dairying,

the results were better

than expected,” said Dr

Hughes, the report’s author.

“The number of exhibitor

sites went up four percent

to 1507, and the number of

gate entries also increased to

130,684, about four percent

higher than 2015.”

In total, 60 percent of

Fieldays’ visitors purchased

or planned to purchase equipment

this year, compared to

53 percent in 2015.

Fieldays helped generate

708 (full-time equivalent)

new jobs for Waikato, and a

total of 2021 new jobs across

New Zealand for 2016 (up 13

percent since last year).

“It’s not only about the

goods and services sold during

and after the event,”

said Fieldays Society chief

executive Peter Nation. “It’s

about the jobs created and the

surrounding towns and cities

that benefit hugely during

Fieldays, as well as pre and

post-event.”

Volunteers celebrated at Fieldays dinner

Some of Waikato’s most

dedicated volunteers

were celebrated in

October at the annual New

Zealand National Fieldays

Society award dinner at

Mystery Creek Events Centre.

More than 200 people

gathered for a formal dinner

and awards evening to recognise

those who had given

their time, passion and service

to the New Zealand National

Fieldays Society Fieldays and

Equidays events.

Two major awards were

given on the night – the

John Kneebone Volunteer

of the Year Award and the

Rimmington Award.

A new award for 2016, the

John Kneebone Volunteer of

the Year Award went to Te

Awamutu local, Simon Kay,

who was recognised for “his

unselfish contribution, leadership,

maturity, willingness

to do whatever was asked of

him,” said Fieldays Society

chief executive Peter Nation.

Simon, a 58-year-old former

farmer, had been volunteering

at Fieldays for eight

years. This year he managed

around 60 volunteers across

three groups: site services,

parking and couriers. Simon

estimated that he put in about

200-250 hours a year volunteering

at Fieldays, especially

in June – in the weeks before,

during and after the event.

The Rimmington Award

was given to Angela

Alexander, a 50-year-old

transport inspector from Go

Bus, in recognition of her outstanding

service to Fieldays

from an external organisation

or individual.

Angela, also from Te

Awamutu, was praised for her

“exceptional logistics skills

and willingness to go the extra

mile to help those in need”,

said Peter.

The Rimmington Award is

named for founding member

and past president of Fieldays,

Russ Rimmington, who was

also a former Hamilton mayor.

The awards evening also

recognised other volunteers.

Volunteer Membership Pins

were awarded to four new

members (Vonnie Powell,

Alison Weggery, Ken

Ballantyne and Maurice

Turner), while another six

people received Volunteer

Recognition Awards for

their outstanding service to

the Society during the past

year (Michelle Gaskell,

Jason Hoyle, Alan Sharp, CJ

Collingwood, Bruce Cryer

and Olwyn Downing).

Four long-serving members

received a Service Award

in recognition and appreciation

of their ongoing service

and outstanding contribution

to the Society for a period of

at least 10 years (Jason Hoyle,

CJ Collingwood, Shaun

Gaskell and Neil Quinlan).

A Life Membership

Award was given to former

long-serving Fieldays general

manager Barry Quayle.

NZ National Fieldays Society chief executive Peter Nation.

This year, for the first

time, economists were asked

to put a value on the Fieldays

brand. Dr Hughes estimated

it to be $380 million – very

high for a New Zealandbased

brand. He said Fieldays

had a valuable brand identity

which offered something positive

and valuable to sponsors

and exhibitors.

Although overall revenue

for all New Zealand firms

increased from $396 million

in 2015 to $430 million in

2016, the Waikato region was

slightly down, likely due to

the then subdued dairy prices.

Overall revenue for the

Waikato region decreased by

13 percent from $143 million

in 2015 to $124.5 million

in 2016 and equipment sales

for Waikato firms at Fieldays

dropped nine percent from

Minister of Primary Industries, Nathan Guy.

$75 million in 2015 to $68

million this year.

Mr Nation thinks the

environment in June may

have meant more day-

NZ National Fieldays Society vice president Peter Carr, NZ

National Fieldays Society president Warwick Roberts, John

Kneebone Volunteer of the Year award winner Simon Kay

and Hon. Jo Goodhew, Minister for the Community and

Voluntary Sector and Associate Primary Industries Minister.

NZ National Fieldays Society president Warwick Roberts,

Rimmington Award winner Angela Alexander and MP for

Taranaki-King Country, Barbara Kuriger.

trippers to Fieldays this

year. In the hospitality and

accommodation sector,

average visitor spending

dropped from $303 in 2015

to $208 this year.

“I think that is understandable,

given the current environment,

that people might

be coming for one day rather

than staying over.”

Mr Nation said people

spent money at Fieldays this

year, but not necessarily on

large capital items.

“We’ve had some exhibitors

tell us they had record

sales,” said Mr Nation. “In

terms of quad bikes, trucks,

cars, utes and clothing – all

of those things were strong

this year. When it comes to

the larger investments, the

spend would appear subdued.

However, everyday items and

essential items were a different

story. Farmers are not

going to put up with holes in

their gumboots or substandard

equipment for items that

are a necessity for their business.

But there were probably

fewer new dairy conversions

signed up for, or dairy platforms

purchased.”

Dr Scrimgeour agreed:

“It appears that people were

more budget conscious, but

they weren’t closing their

wallets completely.”

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Braemar turns 90

Conditions were tough for patients and

doctors in the early days at Braemar

Hospital. Today, the hospital sets

international benchmarks in technological

and surgical breakthroughs.

In 1926, when Braemar

Hospital first opened its

doors as a private hospital on

a site overlooking Hamilton’s

lake, nurses sterilised equipment

in the kitchen across the hall

from the sole operating theatre;

doctors cranked up the operating

table by crawling beneath it

to turn a wheel; and the anaesthetist

used the ‘rag and bottle’

method to send patients to sleep

– an open mask with chloroform.

But one thing hasn’t

changed: the attention to

niceties

The hospital had nine beds.

Patients spent up to two weeks

bed-ridden after an appendectomy

and up to three weeks

for a hysterectomy. There was

no physiotherapy, so their legs

swelled and muscles weakened,

lengthening recovery time further.

Nurses worked an average

10-hour day and had one day

off a fortnight. They were paid

around one pound sterling a

week, considered princely compared

with the public hospital’s

rate of around 12 shillings

and sixpence. Braemar nurses

pitched in to hand-wash laundry

and one sister contributed

preserves and home-baking for

patients and staff.

Fast forward to 2016.

“It’s a bit hard to envisage

isn’t it?” says Braemar chief

executive Paul Bennett as he

stands in front of the current

state-of-the-art

building, now

occupying a 4ha

site on the corner

of Kahikatea Drive

and Ohaupo Road.

In 2009, the

hospital moved

from its original

premises to a $35m

purpose-built hospital.

Two years later an $11m

second stage was added. A third

is planned. The hospital is now

the second largest private hospital

in New Zealand on a single

site.

Mr Bennett is hugely proud

of the achievements chalked up

throughout Braemar’s long history.

He says the site – directly

opposite Waikato Hospital

– makes it easy for specialists

to work at both the public and

private hospitals. Last year, for

the first time, the two hospitals

combined to stage a surgical

demonstration of an elbow

transplant, a procedure rarely

carried out in Australasia. The

operation took place in one of

Braemar’s digital operating

rooms and was streamed live

to other surgeons from around

New Zealand.

Braemar is well known for

its commitment to providing

the most up-to-date equipment

for its specialists. Earlier this

year, the hospital featured in

the media when it became the

first hospital in Australasia to

install ultra-high definition (4K)

imaging in its operating theatres,

enabling surgeons to carry

out laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery

with images that closely

replicate what their naked eye

would see looking into a body.

Ear, nose and throat surgeon

John Clarkson says the technology

offers “the possibility

to perform surgery with greater

accuracy and precision than has

previously been possible.”

The installation of an O-Arm

has also revolutionised spinal

surgery. The equipment, which

looks like a giant ‘O’ gives surgeons

the ability to navigate a

3D map of the body part undergoing

surgery. Surgeons say it’s

like a second sight.

Three years ago, Braemar

opened Waikato’s first private

chemotherapy treatment centre,

meaning patients who seek private

care no longer have to drive

to Auckland. All of the surgical

specialties (with the exception of

Braemar Hospital today and in its earliest days.

ophthalmology) and a growing

number of medical specialties

are now offered by the hospital.

Some of the procedures carried

out are unique in the private

sector – a reflection of the high

calibre of the medical associates

and nursing staff.

Paul Bennett says it is essential

to continue to invest in technology

and services that support

the skills of the specialists so

that the best possible service

can be offered to the people of

Waikato and beyond.

Braemar now has 10 operating

rooms and a five-bed ICU/

HDU unit. It employs more than

200 staff. It is a vastly different

operation from the hospital

opened by Sister France Young

in 1926.

But one thing hasn’t changed:

the attention to niceties. Even in

the very early days of its history,

tea was served from silver

teapots, and poured into delicate

bone china cups. Meals were

wholesome and included sister’s

home-baking. Today, Braemar’s

meals are still legendary. Head

chef Louise Chidlow believes

good food calms and relaxes

people when they are stressed.

And the tradition of home-baking

continues with specialists,

staff and patients enjoying a

range of scones, muffins and

biscuits to complement the restaurant-style

meals.

Paul says it is important to

retain Braemar’s core values as

it continues to grow. “In the

early days, staff talked about

the respect between nurses and

doctors, the collegial atmosphere

and the patient-centered

care offered. Those are still top

priorities today. Hugh Clarkson,

a past chairman and specialist

anaesthetist called it ‘the

Braemar way’.”

All these years later nothing

has changed: all staff at Braemar

ensure every patient receives the

best possible experience while

in hospital.

Braemar will celebrate its

birthday this month with gifts of

wine and cupcakes to patients,

doctors and staff.

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ABOUT WEL NETWORKS

An innovative, infrastructure provider, we

distribute power from the national grid,

to more than 160,000 people throughout

Waikato.

Electricity is our core

business but we also

play an essential role

in the region’s economic and

social development.

We identify and invest

in new technologies that

benefit our people, modernise

our network and future

proof our region - from

Smart Networks and electric

vehicle chargers to Ultrafast

Fibre.

100 percent community-owned,

WEL Energy Trust

is our sole shareholder.

RESIDENTS ADVISED TO GET TREES

NEAR POWER LINES TRIMMED

Once the wild weather calms

down, give WEL Networks a

call to have trees near power

lines trimmed.

Trees that aren’t maintained

regularly can encroach

on overhead power lines and

cause unnecessary power outages

on the network. In fact,

untrimmed trees account for

a fifth of unplanned power

outages in our communities.

The recent wild weather may

have highlighted unruly trees

on your property so the calm

before the next possible storm

is a good time to call in the

professionals.

WEL Networks Arborist,

Jonny Ogden, wants you to

take a safety first approach

when managing vegetation on

your properties.

“It’s extremely dangerous

for DIYers to attempt to trim

their trees around power lines

because once a tree gets into

contact with a live power line,

electrocution becomes a real

hazard. Please don’t take the

risk. We have a team of qualified

arborists who provide

vegetation management services

to the community.

“We also routinely monitor

trees around our network to

identify any that may have

an impact on overhead power

lines, because they’re overgrown,

or as we experienced

recently, during severe weather

conditions such as storms or

strong winds.”

He says WEL Networks will

also take a proactive approach

if a tree poses a particular threat

to community safety.

“When we’re made aware

of a potential issue we’ll send a

letter to the property owner providing

options for tree trimming

or removal. Work doesn’t start

without the property owner’s

consent, and all work is carried

out by our highly-trained arborists

who carry WEL identification

with them.”

For more information on

WEL’s vegetation management

services or to arrange

tree trimming phone 0800 800

935 or visit www.wel.co.nz.

It’s extremely

dangerous for

DIYers to attempt

to trim their trees

around power

lines because

once a tree gets

into contact with

a live power line,

electrocution

becomes a real

hazard.


WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS September/October October/November 2016 23

REMEMBER TO DIAL BEFORE YOU

START DIGGING

At WEL the safety of our communities

is our top priority. So

whether you’re a commercial

contractor or homeowner, it’s

important you take the time to

accurately locate power cables

before you start any digging

work.

Cables are buried within

the ground for good reason. If

they’re disturbed by crushing,

bending or splitting they can

result in fires, explosions, fatal

electric shocks and of course,

power outages.

It’s critical that you locate

cables before you start any

excavation work like digging

trenches, laying a driveway or

erecting a fence. It’s quick,

easy and in most cases, free.

Contact WEL Networks on

0800 800 935 or visit www.

wel.co.nz/contact-us

We’re happy to help locate

cables, advise on excavation

and if necessary, oversee any

work for your own personal

safety and that of the wider

community.

WEL BRINGS BEST IN SAFETY TO LIFE

WEL Networks is so committed

to health, safety and wellbeing

they closed the office,

downed tools and took every

single staff member offsite for

a half day workshop.

Chief executive Garth

Dibley explains “Over the

past 12 months we’ve worked

hard to ensure our health and

safety strategy identifies the

key areas we need to work on

to reach our goal of being the

‘Best in Safety’, and where

we should focus to deliver

our preferred level of performance

across the business.

One of the key areas is how

we bring ‘Best in Safety’ to

life at WEL.

“To meet that goal we need

everyone in the business to

understand the role they play

in getting their colleague,

their work mate home safely

each day.

“To reinforce our commitment

to health, safety and

wellbeing we closed the office

and took everyone offsite for

a half day workshop to ‘Stop

for Safety’.

“The theme for the workshop

was ‘Every Day - Home

Safe’ and how we ensure

everyone goes home safely to

their family and friends, every

day.

Garth says combining field

staff with office staff was a

challenge. “A large percentage

of our staff members work in

high-risk roles so their awareness

of safety is at a different

level to others. To keep the

discussion relevant we kept

everyone in their work teams

so they could identify their

particular opportunities.”

“By the end of the session

each team had completed

an engagement map with

a commitment to undertake

the agreed steps which would

bring ‘best in safety’ to life

at WEL.

It’s about

everyone, getting

home safe, every

day.

“A highlight of the event

was the launch of our video

story, Every Day – Home Safe.

Working with local agency,

Nimbus Media, staff shared

stories about their reasons to

make it home safe every day.

“It was highly engaging and

definitely hit the mark. Some

people spoke about wanting

to see their kids at the end of

the day, others shared stories

of how injuries had affected

their work environment and

their family.

“The other item we shared

was a simple magnetic photo

frame with the key message

“This is my reason to come

home safe every day…” We

asked everyone to bring a

photo of their reason to go

home safe each day, and when

you place that in the photo

frame it’s a very powerful

message.

But the discussions haven’t

stopped there.

“We’ve introduced a range

of tools and actions across the

business to keep the conversations

going. We have visual

prompts around the site and in

each meeting room reminding

us to ‘Take a Moment’.

“At every meeting, whether

it’s with internal or external

participants, we start with a

safety moment.

“We share the new video

as part of our induction process

and we acknowledge suggestions

which will improve

our safety processes at staff

forums.

Garth explains it’s about

ensuring everyone, across all

levels of the business, understands

the role the play in making

their workplace healthy

and safe.

“It’s about everyone, getting

home safe, every day.”

STAY SAFE

AROUND

POWER LINES

We want everyone home safe, every day.

Treat power lines as live at all times

At work or at home, always check cable locations before you dig.

Moving the boat or machinery? Check the height of your load first. If it’s too

high we may need to disconnect and remove power lines for safe access.

Trees near power lines are a safety and supply issue. Don’t trim them yourself –

call our qualified arborists.

For information about keeping safe near electricity call 0800 800 935 or visit wel.co.nz

0800 800 935

wel.co.nz


24 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

WESTPAC WAIKATO BUSINESS AWARDS

Business awards

finalists revealed

The Westpac Waikato Business Awards

finalists were announced at a special event

in October at FMG Stadium Hamilton.

Also announced were category winners for

the Not-for-Profit and the Micro Business

Categories.

Waikato Chamber of

Commerce chief

executive, William

Durning said the “mighty

Waikato” was once again

proudly celebrating an ever

increasing number of successful

and dynamic businesses.

“The number and quality of

entrants and finalists in this

year’s awards endorses why

we believe in backing business,

because good businesses

are part of the foundation to a

great society benefiting all,”

said Mr Durning.

The success of the remodelled

and repurposed awards

was reflected in the number

and quality of businesses that

have put themselves forward.

He said the awards were

a celebration of the best the

business community has

to offer and was recognised

by the business community

itself. Mr Durning thanked the

sponsors who had backed the

chamber.

He thanked the business

owners, leaders and chief

executives who had the courage

to put themselves forward.

“I know there are a lot of

people who share my mentality

that the days of ‘under the

radar’ and quietly sitting and

just keeping our success to

ourselves are long over.”

The category winners

Westpac Supreme Business of

the Year will be announced at

the Awards Gala Dinner, on

November 4 at Claudelands

Event Centre. Tickets are

on sale to the general public

by contacting the Waikato

Chamber of Commerce directly

at help@waikatochamber.

co.nz or 07 839 5895.

WESTPAC WAIKATO BUSINESS

AWARDS FINALISTS 2016:

NOT FOR PROFIT

- Sponsored by SKYCITY Hamilton

Winner - CSC Buying Group

Finalist - Volunteering Waikato

Finalist - Waikato River Trails Charitable

Trust

MICRO BUSINESS AWARD

- Sponsored by Porter Group

Winner - Raglan Coconut Yoghurt

Finalist - Resultz Group NZ Ltd

Finalist - Emma’s Food Bag

SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

- Sponsored by AON New Zealand

Finalist - Asset Recruitment

Finalist - Agoge

Finalist - Elite Business Solutions

Finalist - Urban Homes

Finalist - Paterson Burn Optometrists

BUSINESS GROWTH AWARD

- Sponsored by Deloitte

Finalist - Civtec Ltd

Finalist - Urban Homes

Finalist - Hobbiton Movie Set

Finalist - BCD Group Ltd

Finalist - Last Season Ltd

MARKETING AWARD

- Sponsored by ChowHill

Finalist - SKYCITY Hamilton

Finalist - Hobbiton Movie Set

Finalist - Urban Homes

Finalist - Power Farming Head Quarters

INNOVATION AWARD

- Sponsored by Vodafone

Finalist - Pan Media

Finalist - Coolsense NZ Limited

Finalist - Arboreline Products Ltd

STRATEGY & PLANNING AWARD

- Sponsored by Wintec

Finalist - Paterson Burn Optometrists

Finalist - CKL Planning, Surveying,

Engineering, Environmenal

Finalist - SKYCITY Hamilton

Finalist - Company-X Ltd

Finalist - Arboreline Products Ltd

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION

AWARD

- Sponsored by Perry Group

Finalist - Cater Plus

Finalist - Enrich+

Finalist - Zealong Tea Estate

GLOBAL OPERATOR AWARD

- Sponsored by Waikato Means

Business

Finalist - Parking Sense Ltd

Finalist - MEA

Finalist - Zealong Tea Estate

EMERGING LEADER OF THE

YEAR

- Sponsored by Everest Group

Finalist - Paul Blue (WEL)

Finalist - Richard Riley (Ultrafast Fibre

Ltd)

Finalist - Sarah King (The Ambassador)

Finalist - Richard Jeffares (Ultrafast

Fibre Ltd)

Finalist - Jenna Russell (Essential

Recycling)

CEO OF THE YEAR

- Sponsored by University of Waikato

Finalist - Max Davies (Elite Business

Systems)

Finalist - Russell Alexander (Hobbiton

Movie Set)

Finalist - Paul Hodge (CaterPlus)

Finalist - Garth Dibley (WEL)

Finalist - Michelle Baillie (SKYCITY

Hamilton)


WESTPAC WAIKATO BUSINESS AWARDS

WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 25


26 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

Open day draws

good crowds

Owl Farm’s first public open day on

October 15 drew about 600 people despite

wet weather.

Farm demonstration

manager Doug Dibley

said miserable conditions

around 10am to midday

probably put some people

off, but he was happy with

the turnout.

Own Farm, located at St

Peter’s Cambridge is the only

North Island Demonstration

Dairy farm and is a product

of a joint venture between

the school and Lincoln

University.

The open day is an opportunity

to engage with the

public and provides educational

opportunities for

adults and children alike. Mr

Dibley said the open day at

the farm would become an

annual event.

2.

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1. A bit of mud didn’t bother

visitors to Owl Farm’s first

public open day.

2. Maureen Cameron and

Brian Robinson with

Fonterra driver Mike

Courtney.

3. DairyNZ’s Rosie the cow

with DairyNZ external

engagement manager

Phillipa Adam and Jack

Sharpe.

4. Farm manager Tom

Buckley with wife Kelli

and their children Phoebe,

six, and Sophie, four.

5. Children enjoy activities

at the Ballance Agri-

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and growth in a competitive

and demanding

market can be attributed to a

few crucial factors, according

to company general manager,

John Davidson.

John has been with the

company for more than 20

years, a longevity he shares

with several other staff and

this is one of the reasons, he

says the company has developed

into the market leader it

is today.

“We have been very lucky

with our staff,” said John. “We

have some who have been

with the company for well

over 20 years and even though

in the last 8 – 10 years we have

seen a lot of the younger ones

go to Australia, the average

term of our staff is about 10 ½

years. This is a real strength,”

he said. “And with the company’s

strategic decision, when it

was founded in 1974, to diversify

over the years from its

core business of servicing the

electroplating industry it has

meant that PPS Industries has

been in a good position to cope

with the evolutions the company

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WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 27

NZ urged to adopt a compassionate work index

A leading New Zealand human resources

expert, Chris Till says New Zealand

companies and organisations should adopt

a United Kingdom compassionate work

index model to improve working lives for

Kiwis.

Mr Till, the Human

Resources Institute

of New Zealand

chief executive, says the compassionate

index gets people

to think what they are at work

for, rather than just to make

money. The index was created

by the Roffey Park Institute

which is internationally recognised

for developing innovative

learning approaches

that enable people to achieve

their full potential at work

and in their wider lives.

“There is a lot more work

to be done in terms of understanding

compassion in the

workplace and its related

topic areas of self-compassion

and organisational compassion,”

he says.

“At Roffey Park they

have made a start that will

help support those people

in the workplace who are

convinced that more caring,

more generous and more

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base, where the company’s

specialties, like its chemistry

facilities and testing labs,

could all work side-by-side

was a turning point, setting it

up to grow from strength-tostrength

ever since. As general

manager, John says he most

enjoys getting his head around

new products and up-skilling

his 14 strong sales team about

them.

“We have really strong

relationships with our suppliers

overseas,” he said. “We

source our products only from

world industry leaders in their

area and our reputation stands

on the quality of product and

service we provide.”

As for the stainless steel

fabrication industry, John

ranks his company as New

Key strategic decisions lead

to PPS Industries’

P Psuccess

Zealand’s No.1 supplier.

To maintain this position

requires vigilance and an interest

in the constant stream of

new products emerging on the

market.

He makes annual trips to

Europe and the States meeting

suppliers, seeing and talking

about their new materials and

products.

"We’ve probably got, at

any one time, about $3.5 million

of stock at arm’s-length.”

John says a real threat to

the industry is the proliferation

of companies supplying

cheap products without the

depth of science behind them.

Companies that don’t have the

overheads his company does;

working on slim margins.

“I think it’s got worse in

the last three or four years. It’s

become ridiculous and it is not

uncommon for customers to

return to us, having tried these

cheaper substandard products,”

he said.

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compassionate organisations

are not just a pipedream;

that with hard work, a

committed leadership and the

generation of some internal

corporate momentum around

compassion we do indeed

have the potential to make

some big changes for the

better.

“Roffey Park’s compassionate

index approach

recently featured in a magazine,

Global Focus. The

Roffey Park index tale was

precise, concise, moving and

thought provokingly new.

It explained that, with compassion,

leaders or managers

are alive to the sufferings of

others. They have the personal

resilience to undertake

a set of compassionate acts.

Managers must not judge

people and they should actually

do something about the

suffering of those others. So

it is empathy with positive

action.

“Research, very sadly,

shows that our modern

workplaces are often compassion-free

zones populated

with people who are constantly

on the verge of burnout,

where interpersonal relationships

are fractious and stressful

and where staff turnover is

likely to be very high.

“However, not all is doom

and gloom. Roffey Park has

written extensively on this

significant challenge and has

developed the compassionate

workplace index which looks

10333

across five key elements

that comprise compassion in

the workplace: Being alive

to the suffering of others;

being non-judgemental; tolerating

personal distress; being

empathic and taking appropriate

action.

“Kiwis can fill out the

index survey or read more

about the research into the

subject. There are significant

business and other benefits of

compassionate leadership.

“They include: Proven

to benefit sufferers, clients,

employees and the organisation;

sustains the sufferer

through the grieving process

and facilitates recovery;

improves employee engagement

and retention; enables

people to experience positive

emotions which boosts

productivity, lowers heart

rate and blood pressure and

strengthens the immune system

and results in positive

customer service.”

Mr Till says HR Institute

of NZ has been in extensive

contact and conversations

with Roffey Park. “The institute

will be working together

with them to bring this into

greater prominence and currency

in New Zealand where,

in our somewhat competitive

and macho society, we think

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Amber Garden Centre

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Chamber of Commerce

Robert and

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Winners at the

Waipa Networks

Business Awards,

showed visitors

around Amber

Garden Centre.

Online voting not

as simple as it

sounds

As this edition of the

Waikato Business

News goes to press,

Andrew King is the Hamilton

City Council Mayor-elect,

winning by a slim margin of

nine votes over rival Paula

Southgate. A formal recount of

votes, of which there are more

than 33,000, has been requested

by Ms Southgate.

These votes represent about

a 33 percent voter turnout,

which is well down on previous

elections. In 2010 and 2013,

about 38 percent of enrolled

Hamilton voters cast a vote.

It appears that exercising

one’s democratic right in local

body politics isn’t as compelling

as it used to be.

Currently all local elections

are held by postal vote, with

voting papers sent to all voters

who are enrolled, about

a month before voting starts.

Interestingly, postal ballots

were introduced in an effort

to increase voter turnout from

the ballot box. However due to

the reducing turnout it begs the

question: has it failed? Perhaps

postal voting is past its used

by date.

The Otago Daily Times

scathingly noted that “across

the country, voting papers sit

on kitchen tables collecting

coffee stains and getting covered

by power, telephone and

credit card bills before being

discovered after the election

date and turfed unceremoniously

into the rubbish bin.”

Dr Jacky Zvulun, who studied

voter turnout and electoral

participation in New Zealand

for his doctorate, suggested a

variety of influences behind the

drop-off: busier 21st Century

lives, a lack of motivation

through the print media, a voter

base disconnected to the issues

of the day, and even a public

tiring of postal voting as a child

tires of a new toy.

Responding to a series of

requests, in September 2013

the Government established

a working party to consider

the feasibility of online voting

in local elections. The Online

Voting Working Party’s membership

included representatives

from across government,

local authorities, and information

technology experts.

During 2015, the

Government released a set of

requirements for a possible trial

of online voting. The requirements

were a guide for councils

to decide if they want to trial

online voting at the 2016 local

authority elections. Eight councils

requested to take part, and

were invited to demonstrate

they could meet requirements

for an online voting trial.

However, on April 19,

2016, the Associate Minister

of Local Government, Hon

Louise Upston, announced the

Government’s decision not to

enable a trial of online voting

in the 2016 local authority

elections, due to security

issues. At the time, Ms Upston

said “given real concerns about

security and vote integrity, it is

too early for a trial.”

Dave Lane is a Christchurchbased

software developer, and a

firm believer that online voting

cannot be made secure enough

to protect democracy. Mr

Lane had involvement in the

Department of Internal Affairs

working group on online voting,

and subsequently published

his opinion online.

Mr Lane wrote that he “was

pleased with most of the recommendations

they offered”,

however, he noted that only

a few of the people involved

were experienced technologists,

“[I] got the impression

that most of the others held an

amazing faith in technologists:

that there was no problem they

couldn’t solve.”

According to Mr Lane, “all

internet-accessible software

has remotely exploitable security

vulnerabilities. That we’re

not aware of an exploit to an

online voting system offers no

certainty that it is uncompromised.”

Perhaps a smart hacker will

probe the system during a trial,

find an exploit, and save it until

a high-stakes election, and then

use it subtly, just enough to

alter the result to suit the highest

bidder?

Mr Lane doesn’t believe

that online voting is worth the

risk.

“One of the best things

about paper ballots is that just

about anyone in society can

scrutinise the election. Online

voting shifts scrutineering into

TECH TALK

> BY DAVID HALLETT

David Hallett is a director of Hamilton software specialist Company-X,

design house E9 and chief nerd at Waikato Need a Nerd.

the realm of highly specialised

IT consultants,” he wrote.

“Rather than online voting, our

focus should be on a mixture

of new and proven methods for

improving voter engagement

and participation. Most of those

do not rely on technology.”

IT Professionals New

Zealand chief executive Paul

Matthews, served on the government’s

Online Voting

Working Group that laid the

groundwork for the online voting

pilot.

Mr Matthews favoured a

pilot for local body elections,

where it was relatively easy

to make a case for online voting

being as secure or more

secure than postal voting. He

was, however, more cautious

about online voting’s potential

to replace a physical ballot box

at a general election.

Bruce Schneier, one of

the world’s most respected

online security experts, characterised

online voting this

way: “Building a secure internet-based

voting system is a

very hard problem, harder than

all the other computer security

problems we’ve attempted and

failed at. I believe that the risks

to democracy are too great to

attempt it.”

The local government sector

has been invited to consider

whether it wishes to work

towards a trial in future local

elections.


WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 29

Customers love the ‘new

look’ Cambridge Glass

When customers visit Cambridge Glass

these days, they notice a new look.

2016 has been a year of

change and reinvention

as Glenn and Jos Philip

have marked 10 years as owners

by relaunching the business.

The attractive Commerce

St building looks fresh, the

showroom has been done up

and looks modern and bright,

while the business has expanded

and diversified into delivering

new products. A new website

is being developed and

Glenn and Jos recently entered

the Waipa Networks Business

Awards for the first time and

were rewarded as finalists in

the Small Business category.

Glenn said “we received great

feedback from the judges and

we have been able to action

some changes based on their

recommendations.” Jos agreed

it was a very worthwhile experience

and they are looking

forward to entering again in

the future.

The relaunch coincides

with the full time return to the

business of Jos after 10 years

of raising children.

“This has been a year of

updating, bringing everything

to where we wanted it to be,”

says Jos.

“We’ve been here 10 years

and it was time for a new look,

time for the shop to reflect the

products we specialise in.”

The milestone also reflects

the fact that Cambridge Glass

has grown significantly over

the years. In recent weeks the

business has taken on a new

apprentice, Austin, who joins

Glenn and fellow tradesman

Scott.

“As young first time business

owners starting out we

didn’t want to grow too quickly

and then struggle as some

businesses do, it’s been slow

and steady with some hard

years but it’s been worth it”

says Jos.

“But this year it’s been

quite exciting, we’ve grown to

that point where we just need

that extra pair of hands, especially

with all the showers and

large splashbacks we are now

installing”

The business has also diversified

away from predominantly

re-glazing work to custom

made showers Mirrors and

splashbacks. “we have also

become authorised agents for

Master Glaziers who handle

the bulk of the insurance work

for the major companies as

well as a partnership with

Glass Art NZ”

“Almost everything we

install is custom made. We

take the time to talk to our

clients, check things like doorways

and tile grouting lines so

that the finished product lines

up and looks like it was made

for the room.”

Glenn and Jos have noticed

how, as Cambridge’s building

industry booms, the popularity

of frameless glass showers has

taken off.

“We used to do a couple a

month but now it’s a couple a

week. Because you can fully

customise frameless showers,

it gives customers so many

different options.”

Another trend is the growth

in popularity of digital splashbacks

– images printed on

glass - and Jos says they have

“several we are working with

customers on right now”. The

key for customers is picking

the right image. “I work very

closely with our clients to

ensure the final product is one

they say WOW when they see

it.” Choosing an image can be

a long process but it’s worth it

and I help them every step of

the way. “I advise them to pick

the one that takes their break

away when they see it, you

don’t want it to be just nice -

you want it to be stunning.”

But the bedrock of

Cambridge Glass’ success

remains its customer service –

a focus which has kept a loyal

clientele through the economy’s

ups and downs over

the years. Customer service

is something they never compromise

on and they will stand

by all their work. Glenn, also

a voluntary fireman, is well

known, having worked in the

business for 14 years before

they purchased it. “Sometimes

our customers come to us with

a dream, a look they want

to achieve but they are not

sure if it’s possible or how to

go about it. Glenn’s 24 years’

experience means he can think

outside of the box and we can

usually make it happen.”

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WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 31

Employee Share Schemes

– Tax changes afoot

Business success is often reliant on

attracting and retaining talented staff.

The challenge for business

owners is to design

remuneration packages

that motivate staff in a way

that aligns their performance

with the owners’ business

objectives.

The most common way

businesses incentivise and

reward employees is through

the payment of rewards or

cash bonuses. Another is to

allow employees to take an

ownership stake in the business

through acquiring equity

or shares in the business.

There are a number of different

types of employee equity/share

schemes (ESS) that

can be used to give employees

an ownership interest.

The tax treatment of certain

ESS is currently under review

by the Inland Revenue (IR).

The IR’s concern is that the

current tax framework results

in inconsistent tax treatment of

such schemes compared with

other means of incentivising

employees, such as the payment

of bonuses.

IR earlier this year released

a public consultation document

where it identified the problems

with the current treatment

of ESS and proposed means

to address the problems. It

followed this up with another

document in September where

it has given its thoughts on

more refined proposals for the

taxation of ESSs.

The IR’s issue is with

“conditional ESSs”. These are

schemes where the employee

may legally own the shares (or

have a beneficial interest in

them) but does not have all the

risks and rewards associated

with ownership. An example

of this is a scheme where the

employee will forfeit the shares

if employment-related conditions

have not been satisfied

(eg. if the employee does not

meet performance targets, or

leaves the firm before a certain

agreed period of tenure).

Under the current tax

framework, the taxing point

for most conditional ESSs is at

the time the employee receives

the shares. Often such schemes

are structured in a way that

the employee purchases the

shares at their market value,

often through the provision

of a favourable loan from the

employee. Given the employee

pays market value for the

shares at the time no income

arises and there is therefore no

tax liability results.

This tax treatment is

generally inconsistent with

the taxation of other employee

rewards, such as the payment of

a cash bonus on the employee

meeting certain performance

objectives. For example, a

cash bonus will be taxed when

the objective is fulfilled and the

employee receives the bonus.

This can be illustrate by the

following example.

An employer would like to

encourage a key employee to

remain with the firm for a minimum

of three years. To do so,

the employer is willing to give

the employee an ownership

stake in the business.

The employer sells shares to

an employee in 2016 for $100

which is the market value.

The employer provides a $100

interest-free loan to enable the

employer to fund the purchase.

The employee will be entitled

to keep the shares if they

remain with employee for three

years, at which time they will

repay the loan. No taxable benefit

arises to the employee as

they have paid market value for

the shares.

The employee remains with

the firm for three years. The

firm has done well over the

period and the market value of

the shares held by the employee

has increased from $100

to $150. The employee retains

the shares and repays the $100

loan to the employer.

The economic benefit to the

employee is $50. This benefit

is not subject to tax under the

current tax rules.

By contrast, if the employee

had instead agreed to provide

the employee with a $50 cash

bonus after three years, the

bonus would be taxable.

The IR wishes to combat

this inconsistent treatment by

shifting the taxing point for

ESS to the time the employee

holds the shares free from conditions.

The IR propose to tax

ESS’s based on the following

tests:

• ESS benefits that depend on

continued employment will

be taxed once that employment

has occurred; and

• ESS benefits that are options

or subject to contingencies

will be taxed once the

option is exercised or the

contingencies are resolved.

The practical result of this

is that the ESS will be subject

to tax when the employee has

met the specified performance

objectives and therefore holds

TAXATION AND THE LAW

> BY GRANT NEAGLE

Grant Neagle is a PwC director based in the Waikato office.

Email: grant.t.neagle@nz.pwc.com

them on the same basis as any

other shareholder.

In the example above the

employee would be taxed at

the end of the three year period.

They be taxable on income of

$50, being the excess of the

market value at the time ($150)

over the price they paid for the

shares ($100).

Tax deductibility

The cost to employers for

providing ESS is currently not

explicitly deductible for tax;

this leads to over taxation and

discourages employers from

offering ESSs. On the other

hand, employment remuneration

paid in cash is tax deductible.

To achieve consistent

treatment, the IR is proposing

to give the employer a deduction,

equal in both timing and

amount to the income taxable

to the employee.

Transition

The IR proposes favourable

terms for the transition from

the old to the new proposed

rules. Under the terms, ESSs

may not be subject to the new

rules depending on when they

were entered into and when

the ultimate benefit under the

schemes arises.

Employers and employees

should be aware of the IR’s

proposed changes and the tax

consequences. Given the proposals,

employers may need

to reflect on just how they best

incentivise and reward their

staff in future.

The comments in this article

of a general nature and should

not be relied on for specific

cases. Taxpayers should seek

specific advice.

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SNAP SHOT OF WHAT HAS

BEEN HAPPENING IN THE

MARKETPLACE OVER THE

PAST MONTH.

Sales volumes in the Bay of

Plenty/Waikato Region compared

to August 2016 fell 10%,

with sales rising 10% in Tauranga

but falling across the rest of the

region. Compared to September 2015

sales across the region fell 23%.

The median price across the region

rose $68,500 (+18%) compared to

September 2015 to reach a new record

high. Prices rose 20% in Hamilton.

Compared to August 2016 the median

price rose $23,500 (+5%).

The number of days to sell eased by

one day compared to August, from 30

days in August to 31 days in September.

The number of days to sell improved by

one day compared to September 2015.

Over the past 10 years the average number

of days to sell during September

for Waikato/Bay of Plenty has been

46 days.

REINZ Regional Director, Philip

Searle noted that “Investor activity

has continued to decline since the

announcement of new LVR restrictions,

although underlying first home

buyer demand remains solid across the

region. Sales volumes appear to have

peaked, although Hamilton appears to

be stronger than Tauranga. Section sales

are also rising, indicating an increasing

preference for new builds in the face of

the new LVR restrictions.”

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Sales September

Hamilton City

2016

Sales September

2015

Under $200k* 0 10

$200 - $299k* 10 55

$300 - $399k* 58 134

$400 - $499k* 75 111

$500 - $599k* 68 67

$600 - $699k* 43 45

$700 - $999k* 45 33

$1,000,000 -

$1,999,999*

6 7

$2m+* 1 1

Total number of

sales*

306 463

Median sale

price*

$510,750 $425,000

Median days to

sell*

31 26

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32 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

New Tauranga CBD

campus design

confirmed

A design concept for Waikato University’s

tertiary campus development in Tauranga’s

CBD has been approved by its three

regional funders – Tauranga City Council,

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and

Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust.

The concept has also

been approved by

the Tauranga Tertiary

Campus Charitable Trust, the

entity responsible for overseeing

the interests of the three regional

funders.

The approved design concept

highlights the facilities that will

be built to create flexible, modern

undergraduate and postgraduate

teaching. Features include

customisable teaching spaces, a

200-seat lecture theatre, a multi-function

space, computer labs,

and common areas for studying

and socialising.

The design is by architecture

firm Jasmax, with project management

by Greenstone Group.

University of Waikato senior

deputy vice-chancellor professor

Alister Jones says the

concept sign-off marks a major

milestone in the campus development

project.

“We know the key to delivering

a vibrant and engaging campus

is getting everything right

from the beginning, and thanks

to the input of our stakeholders,

alongside a great design,

we’ll be able to work together

to deliver on our promise to

develop a campus that plays a

big role in the Bay of Plenty

region’s future.”

The University of Waikato

leads the development of the

CBD campus on behalf of the

Tertiary Education Partnership.

The new facility will work

closely with Waiariki Bay of

Plenty Polytechnic’s Bongard

Centre on Cameron Road,

bringing closer the vision of a

tertiary precinct in the Tauranga

CBD.

Dr Neil Barns, interim chief

executive of Waiariki Bay of

Plenty Polytechnic says the

sign-off represents how much

momentum has been gained in

the project.

“We have a tremendous

opportunity to create a distinctive

experience for tertiary students

in Tauranga. Careful planning

from now will dictate the

programmes that will be offered

at the campus, and the increased

opportunities we will be able to

deliver to our community, both

in terms of study options and

attracting students outside the

region.”

Concept sign-off comes after

the university announced in

May plans to spend an extra $15

million, on top of the original

$10 million committed to the

project, to produce a Tauranga

CBD campus of the highest

possible standard. The campus

already had $30 million of community

funding from the Bay

of Plenty Regional Council and

the Tauranga Energy Consumer

Trust, and will sit on land donated

by Tauranga City Council.

Bill Holland, chairman of

Tauranga Energy Consumer

Trust says he’s delighted the

project has reached the sign-off

stage.

“The design provided is fantastic

and caters to everything

the CBD campus is about –

collaboration, flexible teaching

and learning, and the integration

of technology to create a truly

modern tertiary environment,”

he says.

Tauranga City Council chief

executive Garry Poole says the

approved concept design takes

the city another step closer to

delivering a vibrant education

Artist’s impressions of Waikato University’s campus in Tauranga CBD.

hub in the central city.

“The campus is going to

bring enormous benefits for the

city and the region and create a

real buzz in the CBD.”

Bay of Plenty Regional

Council’s chief executive Mary-

Anne McLeod says the development

is something that will help

define the region in a similar

way the development of the port

did.

“The campus development

will provide for 1000 full-time

students and is a tangible investment

in education and skills

development to further our economic

growth. I have no doubt it

will further define this region as

first-choice for living, working

and learning.”

The University of Waikatoled

campus will be shared with

other parties in the Bay of Plenty

Tertiary Education Partnership,

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and Waiariki Bay of Plenty

Polytechnic. It’s expected to

open by 2020.

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EDUCATION = OPPORTUNITY

WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

33

MAKE THIS SUMMER

count towards your FUTURE

Summer school is a great opportunity to try something new or give your career a boost.

The University of Waikato offers two six-week summer semesters. Here’s some of the papers you can choose from:

T semester (7 November - 18

December 2016)

Arts, humanities, social sciences and

languages

• ANTH325 – 16T (HAM) – Māori

Heritage Management

• FASS301 – 16T (HAM) – Digital

Storytelling for the Arts and Social

Sciences

• FREN131 – 16T (HAM) – French for

Beginners 1

• HIST207 – 16T (HAM) – Writing

Historical Fiction

• PHIL103 – 16T (NET) – Critical

Reasoning

• PHIL218 – 16T (NET) – Ethics at Work

• POLS201 – 16T (HAM) – Major

Political Thinkers

• RELS102 – 16T (HAM) – World

Religions: Contemporary Life and

Practice

• SMST210 – 16T (HAM) – Small Studio

Production 1

• SMST350 – 16T (HAM) – Special

Topic: Writing for Web Series

• WRIT260 – 16T (HAM) – Special

Topic in Writing Studies

• REOM313-16C (BLK) – Te Reo Māori:

Pre-Advanced

• ANTH525 - 16T (HAM) - Māori

Heritage Management

Business

• ACCT101 – 16T (HAM) – Accounting

for Management

• ACCT301 – 16T (HAM) – Capstone in

Accounting

• ACCT480 – 16T (HAM) – Accounting

for SMEs: Understanding the Context

• ECON100-16T (BLK) - Business

Economics and the New Zealand

Economy

• ECON204 – 16T (HAM) –

Quantitative Methods for Economics

and Finance

• INMG311 – 16T (NET) – The

International Business Environment

• FINA201 – 16T (HAM) – Finance

• FINA311-16T (HAM) - Corporate

Finance

• FINA403 – 16T (NET) – Small

Business Finance

• HRMG374 / HRMG474 – 16T (HAM) –

Women and Management

• MCOM332 / MCOM432 – 16T (HAM)

& 16T (NET) – Professional and

Public Relations Writing

• MCOM334 / MCOM434 – 16T (NET)

– Public Relations Cases

• TOMG200 – 16T (HAM) – Tourism

Management and the Environment

• ACCT580 - 16T (HAM) - Accounting

for SMEs: Understanding the Context

• ECON506 - 16T (HAM) - Economics

for Business

• ECON507 - 16T (HAM) - Quantitative

Skills for Finance and Economics

• ECON529 - 16T (HAM) -

Microeconometrics

• FINA510 - 16T (HAM) - Financial

Theory and Corporate Policy

• MKTG503 - 16T (NET) - Marketing

Healthcare Services

• MNGT501 - 16T (HAM) - Research

Methods in Management Studies

• MNGT502-16T (HAM) - Research

Methods in Management Studies for

Economics and Finance

Education

• HDCO321 – 16T (HAM) – Developing

Talent in Young People

Law

• LAWS105 – 16T (NET) – Introduction

to New Zealand Law and Society

• LAWS205 – 16T (NET) – Foundations

in Legal Studies

• LAWS443-16T Directed Study - Lawmaking

in New Zealand

• LAWS449 – 16T (HAM) – Mediation:

Law, Principles and Practice

• LAWS492 – 16T (HAM) – Law and

New Technologies

• LAWS572-16T Judicial Remedies

Māori

• ANTH325 – 16T (HAM) – Māori

Heritage Management

• REOM313-16C (BLK) – Te Reo Māori:

Pre-Advanced

Science and engineering

• BIOL102 – 16T (HAM) – The Biology

of Organisms

• BIOL226 – 16T (HAM) – Flora of

Aotearoa/New Zealand

• CHEM111 – 16T (HAM) – Structure

and Spectroscopy

• ENEL111 – 16T (HAM) – Introduction

to Electronics

• SCIE300 – 16T (HAM) – Science

Communication

S semester (4 January - 19

February 2017)

Arts, humanities, social sciences,

languages and music

• ENVP217 - 17S (NET) -

Environmental Ethics for Planners

• FREN380 - 17S (BLK) - Study Abroad:

Intensive Language Acquisition

• GEOG209 - 17S (HAM) & 17S (NET) -

Contemporary Cultural Geographies

• MUSI100 - 17S (HAM) - Materials of

Music

• MUSI113 - 17S (HAM) & 17S (NET) -

Introduction to Songwriting

• PHIL204 - 17S (NET) - Language and

Communication

• PHIL217 - 17S (NET) - Environmental

Ethics

• POLS202 - 17S (HAM) - Surveillance

and Accountability: A History of New

Zealand’s Security and Intelligence

Agencies from 1845 to the Present

• POLS300 - 17S (HAM) - War and

Religion

• REOM101-17S (HAM) –

Conversational Māori for Absolute

Beginners

• REOM314-17C (HAM) – Te Reo Māori:

Advanced

• SSRP202 - 17S (NET) - The Practice of

Social Science Research

Business

• ACCT102 - 17S (HAM) - Introductory

Financial Accounting

• ACCT202 - 17S (HAM) - Intermediate

Financial Accounting

• ACCT209 - 17S (HAM) - Accounting

and Managerial Decision Making

• ACCT302-17S (HAM) - Financial

Accounting

• ECON339 / ECON439 - 17S (HAM) -

Urban and Regional Economics

• FINA305 - 17S (NET) - Business

Analysis and Valuation

• FINA312 - 17S (HAM) - Portfolios and

Markets

• FINA313 - 17S (HAM) - Capital Markets

• FINA415 - 17S (HAM) - Computer

Modelling in Finance

• HRMG343 - 17S (HAM) - Business

Research Methods

• HRMG444 - 17S (HAM) -

Organisational Development and

Change

• MCOM330 / MCOM430 - 17S

(HAM) - Professional Speaking and

Speechwriting

• MKTG151 - 17S (HAM) - Introduction

to Marketing

• MKTG209 - 17S (HAM) - Principles of

Marketing

• MSYS121 - 17S (NET) - The World of

Electronic Commerce

• MSYS221 - 17S (NET) -

Entrepreneurial Electronic

Commerce

• STMG222 - 17S (NET) - Net Ready:

Navigating the Competitive

Landscape

• ACCT507 - 17S (HAM) - Accounting,

Sustainability and a Changing

Environment

• ACCT570 - 17S (HAM) - Fundamental

Accounting for Decision Making

• ACCT581 - 17S (NET) - Professional

Development Capstone

• FINA517 - 17S (HAM) - Investments,

Portfolios and Financial Markets

• INMG501 - 17S (NET) - E-Global

Business: Strategic Management and

Marketing

• MNGT504 - 17S (HAM) -

Organisational Behaviour

Computing and mathematical

sciences

• COMP104 - 17S (HAM) - Introduction

to Computer Science 2

• COMP123 - 17S (HAM) - The

Computing Experience

• ENGG184 - 17S (HAM) - Calculus for

Engineers

• COMP221 - 17S (HAM) - Introduction

to 3D Modelling and Animation

• COMP223 - 17S (HAM) - Information

Discovery

• COMP278 - 17S (HAM) - Interactive

Computing

• MATH101 - 17S (HAM) - Introduction

to Calculus

• STAT121 - 17S (HAM) - Introduction

to Statistical Methods

Education

• ALED325 - 17S (BLK) - The Teacher as

Writer

• HDCO320 - 17S (BLK) -

Implementing Inclusive Practices:

Building Individual and Community

Capacity

• ALED515 - 17S (HAM) - Drama as

Pedagogy: The Mantle of the Expert

• DSOE557 - 17S (BLK) - Research

Methods

• HDCO549 - 17S (BLK) - Counselling

and Contexts

• PROF551 - 17S (BTG) - Special

Topic: Challenging Practice through

Dialogue for 21st Century Learners

• TEPS751 - 17S (BLK) - Professional

and Ethical Inquiry 1: The Treaty

of Waitangi in Early Childhood

Education

• TEPS761 - 17S (BLK) & 17S (HAM) -

Professional Practice and Inquiry 1:

Teaching, Learning and the Inclusive

Curriculum

Law

• LAWS417 - 17S (HAM) - Immigration

and Refugee Law

Māori

• REOM101-17S (HAM) –

Conversational Māori for the

Absolute Beginner

• REOM314-17C (HAM) – Te Reo Māori:

Advanced

Applications for our 7 November

intake close soon. Apply now at:

waikato.ac.nz/go/summerschool

Where the world is going

waikato.ac.nz


34

CHILD FOCUS

Quality early childhood

centre to open in the city

11916 30001

Jazz Unlimited

Dance studio rocks!

American Jazz, American Tap, Classical Ballet, Hip

Hop, Contemporary. Ages: 3 years to adult.

We have classes for all ages and abilities. 3 and 4 year

olds can learn ballet, jazz and hip hop. From 5 years

and up, they can learn classical ballet, American Jazz

and Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary.

We have moved to a brand new, custom-built,

4-studio complex with sprung floors, commercial

air con, ventilation system, wall-length mirrors, &

free parking. We have been in Hamilton for over 25

years. Weekend classes are available. Class sizes are

limited to ensure effective learning. Fees are paid by

the term. You are welcome to visit us at 188 Kent St,

Frankton (Norton Road end).

You are welcome to visit us at

The Dance Centre, 169 London St.

We have 4 studios on site with commercial

air con, sprung floors, and wall-length mirrors.

Learn to dance in a caring, inclusive studio culture.

We have excellent teaching and exam results, and

fabulous Shows. Our syllabi are internationally

recognised, and teaching standards are moderated

by external examiners.

Enrol NOW for Term 2, 2015

We also teach partner dance – Ballroom + Latin, Salsa,

Argentine Tango, Modern Jive, and more.

jazzunlimited@xtra.co.nz or (07) 838 0096

www.jazzunlimited.co.nz

Our dance Show this year is on Saturday 17

December, at Southwell School, 200 Peachgrove

Road. Tickets via the studio or at the venue.

We also have successful competition hip hop crews,

and performance groups for hip hop and American

jazz.

You can still enrol now for some classes. Term

4 started on Monday 10 October. Auditions for

new hip hop crews are on Saturday 29 October.

Enrolments for 2017 are also open.

Preschool fees are $60.00/term (or $50.00 if paid

before term begins). Please contact us for other fees.

We also teach partner dance – Ballroom, Latin, Salsa,

Argentine Tango, Latin Rock.

jazzunlimited@xtra.co.nz | (07) 838 0096 | www.jazzunlimited.co.nz

Curious Cubs are opening their second

early childhood centre in early 2017 in

central Hamilton.

The new location is 150

Tristram Street, which

is tucked down the

driveway behind the New

Save Asian Supermarket.

Children will be in three

age-appropriate classrooms

with a large natural playground

joined, accessed from

the indoor space.

Curious Cubs currently

has a centre in Hillcrest and

is privately owned and operated.

The Hillcrest centre

opened in 2013 and has built

a fantastic reputation for providing

quality care and education

for children aged up to

five years.

Centre owner Jenni Potter

is excited to be opening a new

centre in central Hamilton.

“At Curious Cubs we strive to

provide high quality care and

education for all children at

our centre. The environment

is stimulating and provokes

children to investigate nurturing

their natural curiosity. All

of our teachers are qualified

ECE teachers or in training

and we all are committed to

working together to meet the

needs of the children.”

Jenni is an experienced

ECE practitioner and has

high expectations for her

teachers which is reflected

in the quality of teaching and

learning taking place.

Parents have made the

following comments recently

about the facility: “Curious

Cubs isn’t just a day care

facility, it is a family. Jenni

and her team care unconditionally

for each and every

child. Each child is a little

person not a number. My

three-year-old has been there

for more than two years now

and my five-month-old little

boy is due to start and I

love knowing they are in such

capable hands.”

“Curious Cubs provides

my daughter with a beautiful

learning environment and

professional teachers. She

has grown into a competent

and capable learner.”

Curious Cubs Hillcrest’s

popularity is bound to be replicated

at the new city centre

with the same levels of qualified

teaching professionals

educating the children. The

building is currently under

renovation and Jenni has

been influential in the design

and quality of the environment

to ensure the same level

of education is able to be

provided.

For more information visit

www.curiouscubs.co.nz or

phone 07 839 4130

Strengthen

your

child’s

29 Kindergartens, 6 Early Education

Centres, and now Homebased Education

through-out the Waikato

20 ECE

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More

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Want to know more?

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Stimulating

Environments

LOCATION

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Seddon Road

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Locally owned and operated

Licensed for 80 children in three rooms

High-quality ratios with qualifi ed teachers

Nutritious meals provided

Transport

Centre Place

Centre

New Save

Seddon Park

Licensed for 80 children in three rooms

Asian Fresh

Supermarket

The Warehouse

Tristram Street

London Street

Register your interest online

at curiouscubs.co.nz

facebook.com/curiouscubscity

email jenni@curiouscubs.co.nz

or phone 07 839 4130

OUR NEW LOCATION

Bryce Street

Barton Street

Locally owned and operated

Anglesea Street

High-quality ratios with qualifi ed teachers

Kmart

Nutritious meals provided

Curious Cubs City Early Learning Centre: 150 Tristram Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton

Located up the driveway behind New Save Asian Fresh Supermarket.

London Street

Register your interest online

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CHILD FOCUS

WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 35

Schools encouraged

to promote active

lifestyles

Waikato schools are among those invited to participate in the AIA

Healthy Kids Challenge which uses leading New Zealand athletes

to inspire, motivate and educate primary school children and their

parents to lead healthier lives.

International rugby winger

Cory Jane is getting

behind the Challenge,

launched by AIA Insurance

New Zealand. The five-week

programme aims to inspire

15,000 primary school children

to be active and eat well

– all while having fun and

learning.

As part of the programme,

each child receives a free pedometer

to count the number

of steps they take every day;

each child also gets to create

their own unique avatar. The

programme records the daily

average steps of each class,

giving them the opportunity

to win prizes, including AIA

sports grants and Huawei tablets

for their school.

The children’s journey will

be captured in a virtual online

world showing the progress

of their avatars as they work

together to unlock new destinations.

As children complete

each leg, they’re shown

an animated video of their

avatar exploring each new

place with Cory and other

NZ sporting stars. They learn

about the history and culture

of the countries they ‘visit’,

and get health tips along the

way around.

“Learning about the benefits

of exercise and a healthy

diet, and being supported to

achieve this, will set children

on the right path. I’m excited

to lend my support to this programme

which aims to seed

these important messages at

an early age,” says Cory.

The children’s journey will

be captured in a virtual online

world showing the progress

of their avatars as they work

together to unlock new destinations.”

“The AIA Healthy Kids

Challenge rolls exercise and

education into one fun programme;

it’s a great way to

motivate kids. Wearing a pedometer

will give them another

reason to get moving and rack

up some clicks.”

Parents can become

involved too by getting active

with their kids, says Cory,

father to four young children.

Parents are encouraged to

use the website or download

the challenge app and track

their own steps and get active

as a family. The more parents

involved with each participating

class, the more chances

the class has to win great

prizes. And parents can also

win prizes as well.

“We want to encourage

Kiwi primary school kids and

their families to improve their

general health and wellness,”

says AIA New Zealand head

of marketing and communications,

David Savidan.

“The AIA Healthy Kids

Challenge harnesses digital

technology, which is often

seen as a barrier to a healthy

lifestyle.”

AIA’s recent Healthy

Living Index concluded that

unless there is a concerted

effort by parents and schools

to promote exercise and

restrict screen time, there will

be significant challenges to

the younger generation leading

healthier lives.

“The AIA Healthy Kids

Challenge is part of our aim

to improve health outcomes

for every Kiwi, and what better

place to start than with our

kids,” says Mr Savidan.

The AIA Healthy Kids

Challenge is based on a programme

piloted in Australia,

where teachers noted that participating

students were more

motivated to be physically

active while the programme

was underway.

Registrations for the AIA

Healthy Kids Challenge are

now open, but places are limited.

The programme began in

late October.

MUSIC, DRAMA & ART

FOR ALL AGES

• On Site Classes, Workshops & Holiday Programmes

• On the Road Preschool Music Programme

• Homeschool Programme on Fridays - including Drama & a Musical for Term 3

• Book an event with us

KEY POINTS

ENROL NOW FOR

TERM 4 CLASSES

Registrations for the free AIA Healthy Kids Challenge are open at

www.healthykids.kiwi

Entries are limited to the first 15,000 primary school students and

each student receives a free pedometer, and can create their own

individual avatar

Parents can enter too, monitoring their activity with their smart phone

via the AIA Healthy Kids Challenge App and logging activity online

Sporting and equipment grants and 50 Huawei Tablets to be won.

Free Trial lesson available!

Booking Essential

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FROM THE GROUND UP

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FROM THE GROUND UP

WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 37

Redi-Rock – your complete wall solution

Redi-Rock is the latest aesthetically-pleasing and cost-effective

engineered solution to retaining and freestanding walls in the

country.

This internationally

designed and manufactured

product is

now being locally made by

Bowers and Son Ltd, Te

Awamutu.

You can be assured of

nothing but the best products

from the family-owned

and operated 65-year-old

business that prides itself

on customer satisfaction.

Designed in the United

States in 1999, Redi-Rock

is being used by engineers,

developers, installers and

homeowners around the

world to create eye-catching

walls that are quick and

easy to install.

Combining the look of

natural stone with the engineered

durability of a precast

concrete system, Redi-

Rock takes on the heaviest

of loads using large mass

concrete blocks stacked up

like Lego bricks to create

strong, great-looking walls.

The weight of the block

helps offset the weight

of the soil behind. They

can also be mechanically

strengthened for heavier

loadings.

Used in large-scale projects

internationally, developers

utilise Redi-Rock

retaining walls to maximise

usable land. An ideal solution

for levelling lots, Redi-

Rock walls can be designed

as support for buildings and

make additional space for

parking lots.

Redi-Rock is also suitable

for roading projects

with uses including bridge

abutments, walls, Gabion

baskets replacements and

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as sea and river walls to

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Redi-Rock retaining walls

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These mass blocks are

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38 WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

FROM THE GROUND UP

Land development – It’s all

about doing the right stuff in

the right order

J5117A

FROM THE GROUND UP

RESIDENTIAL AND

COMMERCIAL DESIGN

AND BUILD FEATURE

BOOK YOUR SPOT IN

OUR JANUARY ISSUE

For more information contact the team today

at info@wbn.co.nz or 07 838 1333

Why does land development appear so

difficult to some and not others, and why

do some people finish up the process

frustrated and others quite positive about

the experience?

There are probably

multiple answers and

views on these questions,

but in our experience

the common factor is a wellplanned

process with the right

work being undertaken by the

right people in the right order.

Just like any other commercial

process or personal

adventure, like planning

a trip overseas, it’s a matter

of appreciating you may be

entering the unknown, and

acknowledging that there is

probably a need to investigate

and better understand this

foreign territory. The worst

thing you can do is assume

it’s straightforward, or naively

think it should be.

Various service providers

and technical experts all have

a valuable role to play in land

development, but a project

needs to be run strategically,

and the right people need to

undertake the right work in

the right order. Co-ordinating

these people and keeping

everything running smoothly

is the role of your land devel-

opment consultant.

When it comes to any type

of land development, Cheal

offers a one stop shop that

will help you successfully

complete your project.

Our planners will help you

through the requirements of

the Resource Management

Act and obtain any resource

consents required. Our

engineers will design and

oversee the construction of

any infrastructure needed to

complete your development.

This includes geotechnical

engineering to determine

soil conditions through

to traffic engineering for

your access requirements,

civil engineering for all

your services and structural

engineering for your

buildings. Our surveyors

offer services ranging from

a topographic survey of your

property so that an architect

can design buildings or

alterations, subdividing a

property into two lots through

to large scale residential and

commercial developments

creating hundreds of new lots.

Cheal are market leaders

in the field of 3D Laser

Scanning and Modelling.

This cutting edge technology

allows you to accurately

model any assets and infrastructure.

No matter what

industry you are in, when

you need to measure complex

shapes the cost of making a

mistake is high. Using 3D

scanning technologies minimises

the chances of this

occurring.

If you are considering any

type of land development and

want to work with a team that

will put your interest first,

give our Hamilton regional

manager Anthony Moss a

call.


WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016

39

THINKING OF

BUILDING(S)?

PAUA enjoys a busy first year

PAUA – Procuta Associates Urban and

Architecture – has had a productive year

since its name change from Antanas

Procuta Architects.

PAUA’s projects have

included delivering on

Hamilton’s Ferrybank

Development Plan, the restoration

of the historic St Mary’s

Chapel in Hamilton East, the

completion of the Student

Services Centre at Hamilton

Boys’ High School, and the

handover of the Stage 2 redevelopment

of Embassy Park,

celebrating the city’s link to the

Rocky Horror Show’s Richard

O’Brien.

Hamilton City’s Ferrybank

Development plan is one of the

many place-changing urban and

renovation initiatives on the

table or in play, shaping the city

centre’s future. The Ferrybank

plan connects the activity of

Victoria Street – through pathways

and playgrounds, and

alongside proposed inner-

city apartments - down to the

Waikato River promenade,

cycleway, watersports clubs

and a proposed Waikato River

Centre. The Development Plan

creates a blueprint for developers,

sports clubs and council

to coherently and progressively

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muralists Jeremy Shirley and

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Greg Locke, lighting designer

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Come on New Zealand - get your act together!

In 1882 a boatload of frozen meat left

New Zealand and arrived in London three

months later in excellent condition.

Argentina and

Australia had

shipped meat before

with limited success, but

the game-changer was the

combination of Kiwi meatcare

smarts and the innovative

step of refrigerating the

entire ship’s hold.

The frozen meat tale is

a classic illustration of the

New Zealand innovation

story. It demonstrated the

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country’s capacity for innovation

and how technology

can make us competitive

despite our geographical isolation.

But we flunked the

intellectual property test in

not owning and controlling

the IP and protecting the

methodology. Very soon,

foreign meat producers had

copied it and were competing

against us, without paying

for the privilege.

Phone your local agent on 0800 75 75 78

or visit www.ecomistsystems.com

The statistics tell us that

New Zealand is an innovative

country, but that we

have a dismal record by

OECD standards for successfully

commercialising

our innovations. And we

have an over-reliance, now

well documented, on marketing

commodity products.

In 2014, we exported around

$11,000 in goods per person

in this country; Singapore by

contrast exported 10 times

that amount per person, principally

because only one of

their top 10 export items is a

commodity.

New Zealand business has

Keep them away with an

automatic Ecomist Dispenser

using Natural Pyrethrins

70054

to up its game in this area.

We’re far from our markets

so the ideal product for us is

one that can be sold, licensed

and delivered electronically.

Prosperity from innovation

is also greatest when

the innovation is owned

and controlled by strong IP

rights in all relevant export

markets; not surprisingly the

biggest and most profitable

businesses in the world are

IP-rich and own huge IP

assets. Developing innovation

that the world wants,

and licensing, joint venturing

or selling the rights overseas

is the modern equivalent

of refrigerated shipping.

Distance from market is no

longer an issue.

Successful commercialisation

and the necessary

investment it requires is difficult

in New Zealand where

successes are both uncommon

and often go unnoticed,

and where the market is small

and geographically isolated.

Market forces won’t change

this situation because of the

risk profile. New Zealand’s

R&D expenditure is around

1.26 percent of GDP – half

the average of the OECD

IP MATTERS

> BY CERI WELLS

Ceri Wells is a founding partner of national intellectual property

law experts James & Wells; ceri@jaws.co.nz – www.jaws.co.nz

where we rank 31st. To up

our game we have to provide

greater support for research

and development – and support

the resulting innovation.

Our government has to

lead on this. Facing a similar

issue in the 1990s, the

Israeli Government decided

to jump-start science-based

industries by providing

financial support for commercial

R&D; Israel now has

the highest gross expenditure

on R&D in the world, the

largest number of companies

listed on the NASDAQ outside

of North America, and

the highest level of venture

capital as a share of GDP.

High-tech industries in

Israel now represent almost

50 percent of Israel’s total

industrial exports today.

Australia provides tax

deductibility for R&D. In

the United Kingdom, the

profits on products covered

by a patent are taxed at a

significantly reduced rate

to encourage ownership of

innovation. And in China,

government, regional and

local subsidies can combine

to cover the full costs of

international patenting. By

contrast, New Zealand has

R&D funds but the paperwork

and effort to access

them is often a deterrent to

the small to medium-sized

businesses that drive innovation

and business in this

country, and they receive no

help to own and control their

commercially valuable ideas

through assistance with

funding IP costs. It appears

we have not learnt from past

mistakes and are determined

to stay a low wage commodity-focussed

economy.

Food for thought.

Ceri Wells is a founding

partner of national intellectual

property law experts

James & Wells. To hear

more on how to fire up New

Zealand’s innovation economy,

join Ceri and a host

of leading Kiwi innovators

at the nationwide ‘Turning

Innovation into Gold’ seminar

series beginning in

Christchurch on November

4 and coming to Hamilton

on November 16. Details at

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WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS October/November 2016 41

New Windy Ridge owners Tracey and Wayne Mooney.

Windy Ridge

a great venue for any event

Overlooking the majesty of Mount Pirongia, Windy Ridge is the

ideal setting for your perfect wedding, ideal conference, corporate

event, team building, board meeting, company breakfast, lunch

and dinner, workshop or end-of-year function.

New owners Tracey and

Wayne Mooney took

over Windy Ridge in

April and Tracey’s vast business-to-business

experience

will add value to managing corporate

events, workshops and

conferences.

“Our focus is on putting our

customers first,” Tracey says.

“We aim to exceed their

expectations.”

Busy parents to twoyear-old

Olive and new born

Thomas, the pair work well as

a team with Wayne, a musician,

tackling all the maintenance

requirements and Tracey fronting

the business.

Previously the owner

of a Vodafone franchise in

Hamilton, Tracey understands

the needs of corporate clients

and is putting her experience

to full use in organising that

unique conference, fun team

building or training event for

your business – no matter how

big or small.

Guaranteed to impress corporate

clients or a great way

treat the staff at the Xmas function,

Windy Ridge is the ideal

location for corporate events.

Offering two stylish rooms

that can be combined to cater

for up to 350 people for nibbles

and mingling or 250 seated, and

both have full bar service.

Premier venue The Secret

Garden features that desirable

indoor/outdoor flow into a private

garden with well-established

trees, herbaceous borders,

herb garden, pond and

water feature.

With the warmer weather

approaching it is the ideal location

for those spring and summer

events and parties.

The Cellar provides a more

intimate setting for smaller

functions with seating for 80

people or 110 for drinks and

canapes.

Both rooms can be utilised

in a myriad of ways to suit

your conference, staff training

or team building event.

From Mystery Murder

and Faulty Towers to Casino

nights and Hypnotist shows,

there are plenty of party options

to choose from or talk to the

Windy Ridge staff about planning

your dream event.

Windy Ridge and Waikato

River Explorer have recently

teamed up to offer cruise and

dinner packages.

Jump on at Hamilton

Gardens, cruise up the river to

Mystery Creek and the Waikato

River Explorer will drive you

to Windy Ridge for your event.

With 45 years’ combined

experience, the Windy Ridge

team have the acumen to cater

for any event.

From fine dining to nibbles

and everything in between, the

kitchen can cater for breakfast,

lunch and evening dining.

Conveniently located in

Ohaupo, just 10 minutes from

Hamilton and Cambridge, five

minutes from Mystery Creek

and Hamilton airport, there is

plenty of free parking and a

variety of transport options can

be arranged.

Windy Ridge is open 7 days a

week for all bookings, viewing

is by appointment only - call

07 823 6951 to plan your next

event.

Sandy Turner bows out

Property Management with Vision

“Vision without action is merely a dream, Vision with action can change the world”

Sandy Turner was farewelled

by members

of Hamilton Central

Business Association at a

function in October. Sandy

left the organisation after five

year as the association’s general

manager and was given

a fond send off from members.

Key projects Sandy

was involved with during

her tenure include driving

the Central City Safety Plan,

People’s Project, Embassy

Park redevelopment project

HBCA digital project and

the organisation’s business

awards.

Sandy Turner is farewelled.

Begging campaign

launched for central city

This statement has been the basis of

our Finda Home NZ business and is

supported by our exceptional proven

business model, aided by our loyal Landlords

and Tenants both in Cambridge and now

Hamilton.

Finda Home NZ has expanded this

business model into Hamilton through Rae,

our experienced Corporate Property Manager.

Rae is currently growing the Hamilton

Portfolio and specializing in the North

Hamilton area.

Kate, our Finda Home Office Manager,

is continuing to grow and manage our

Cambridge Branch. Kate and our team’s

customers service, professionalism and

Property Management knowledge helps

make Finda Home NZ the successful

company it is today.

Trish, our very experienced office

administrator covers all administration and

financial aspects of Finda Home NZ including

our Real Estate arm of Finda Home’s

business... Trish is a very busy person.

Carol, our Principle is concentrating on

supporting both Kate and Rae with our Finda

Home NZ Property Management Portfolios,

complimented by being able to offer a Real

Estate sales service to our Landlords.

The majority of our Real Estate sales

have enabled the Tenant to stay on. Through

our proven business model we have enabled

rental property owners to become relaxed

Investors by bringing Landlords the best

possible mix of tenant security, efficient

maintenance and financial reward....... all tax

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Finda Home NZ offer numerous other

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Casual Inspections - just to name a few.

So call our team at Finda Home NZ for

more information phone 07 827 9282.

“Your Help May Harm”

campaign, which is

an initiative under the

Central City Safety Plan,

was launched in October by

Hamilton Central Business

Association(HBCA), supported

by City Safe.

The campaign is aimed at

educating the public about the

challenges with giving money

and the best ways to support

people to get the appropriate

help.

The campaign responds to

feedback from recent central

city surveys and from HCBA

members about begging in

public spaces. Begging has

been highlighted as an issue

that effects people’s perception

of safety in the city.

Research locally and internationally

shows the majority

of people who are begging in

public spaces use the donations

to support serious addictions.

People feeling intimidated

and uncomfortable were comments

highlighted in a recent

public survey and business

owners and operators feel

frustrated when customers

are being harassed for money

whilst visiting their premises,

says outgoing Hamilton

Central Business Association

general manger Sandy Turner.

“This is not about denying

support for people who

find themselves in hardship,

in fact it is about supporting

these people to get the correct

help,” she Ms Turner.

“We are very lucky in

Hamilton to have amazing

assistance available to people

living in hardship. There is a

range of social service agencies

including faith based,

non -government and government

providing support and

service.

The campaign includes

posters and information

which will be distributed

around the central city and

will be rolled out city wide

over the next few months.

CAROL MCELDOWNEY

AREINZ

carol@findahomenz.co.nz

027 4771 668

KATE LAURIE

kate@findahomenz.co.nz

027 9720 130

RAE GUARD

rae@findahomenz.co.nz

027 286 3876

TRISH GRANTHAM

office@findahomenz.co.nz

07 827 9282

Finda a Home NZ

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Students’ big ideas for

Kiwi fashion company

The fashion industry is highly competitive,

with rapidly evolving fashion trends and

technologies.

In Waikato Management

School’s 41st Case

Competition, students

locked horns in a fierce battle

to develop the best growth

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founder of one of the New

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fashion companies Stretton

Group.

The students were asked

what the future could look like

for Annah Stretton and her

business, Stretton Clothing.

Some of the questions they

faced were: how could Stretton

Clothing thrive as it moved

forward in an increasingly digital

and global market, and

should the Stretton Foundation

stop at its Reclaim Another

Woman (RAW) initiative

which matches mentors with

women who have been victims

of domestic violence, or look

for other opportunities to help?

In the competition final in

October, four teams of students

were given 10 minutes

to present their recommended

strategies to a large audience,

before facing a grilling from

the judges who asked a few

tricky questions to probe the

finer details of their plans for

Stretton Group.

The panel of judges chose

team PESTE Control as the

winners of the case competition.

The winning team consisted

of Bachelor of Management

Studies students Sam Corban,

Hannah Raos, Emily Welburn

and Alexander Dowie.

Their three-phase strategy

for Stretton Group focused on

a new website that would create

‘the best online shopping

experience in New Zealand’,

including an online personal

styling service; launching

a new ‘Navy’ fashion brand

targeted at time-poor business

women; and holding a glitzy

‘Navy Blues’ annual fashion

show in four cities to raise positive

publicity and money for

the Stretton charitable foundation.

Sam Corban says spending

time with Ms Stretton in

the run-up to the competition

was valuable. “Seeing how

passionate Annah is about her

foundation just captured all of

us, so we ensured the Stretton

Foundation was a key part of

our strategy.”

Ms Stretton says she

enjoyed her experience

working with the students at

Waikato Management School.

“It’s great to work with such

highly engaged people. I hope

all the students have taken

something from this experience

whether it’s the practicality

of problem solving or

identifying new growth opportunities.”

The team has proven that

students don’t necessarily

need a financial background

to develop a feasible growth

strategy, says Emily Welburn.

“As long as you create a plan

Waikato Management School winners Sam Corban (back left), Emily Welburn

(front left), Hannah Raos (front right) and Alexander Dowie (back right).

and stick to it, do the research,

listen to the client and talk to

the people around you for help,

you’ll stand in good stead for

the competition.”

PESTE Control received a

$2500 prize from competition

sponsor PWC.

Some of the top students

from the competition will be

selected for a team to represent

the University of Waikato

at national case competitions,

where they can test themselves

against the best strategic minds

in New Zealand.

This year's judging panel

included Vanya Wallis,

Waikato grad makes his way in London

University of Waikato

graduate Stuart Barrass

is working with some

of Europe’s most innovative

companies. He’s a management

consultant for Ernst &

Young (EY) based at their

global headquarters in London.

The companies Stuart

works for are so high-profile,

he wasn’t allowed to name

them – company policy – but

he did say they were companies

listed on the Financial

Times Stock Exchange 100

Index.

In his role, Stuart helps

clients find ways to use or

adapt to new technologies.

He’s also involved in the EY

Startup Challenge, an initiative

that gives Europe’s latest and

greatest start-ups an opportunity

to test their innovations

on clients.

“I actually learn something

new every day,” says Stuart.

“I have many different roles

and responsibilities and get to

work at the forefront of the

European start-up scene.”

EY's headquarters are in

central London but Stuart

spends most of his time in

Shoreditch, an area in London

commonly referred to as UK's

Silicon Valley.

“London is a fantastic place

to live,” says Stuart. “There’s

always something happening

and events here draw the

world’s best leaders, academics

and entrepreneurs.”

Stuart says the recruitment

process to land his big break

wasn’t easy. He had to go

through several interviews and

assessments in New Zealand

and London.

“Going into the final interview

I expected to be grilled

over the current global economy

and the latest business

trends but that’s not what happened,”

says Stuart.

“It was actually just a good

chat about me and the firm,

and the hour flew by.”

Stuart says his time at university

helped him land this

job.

The former Palmerston

North Boys’ High School student

completed a Bachelor

of Management Studies

with Honours and Graduate

Diploma in Japanese at

Waikato.

During his studies, he went

on a university exchange at

Kansai Gaidai University, to

enhance his Japanese language

skills and learn more about the

culture and society in Japan.

He also won several scholarships

including the Golden

key International Scholarship

and Asia Foundation New

Zealand Japan Scholarship,

and was involved in student

clubs such as Enactus, debating

and the investment club.

“This is where I learned

a lot about public speaking,

fundraising and social enterprise.

In my second year I

was lucky enough to go to the

Enactus World Cup in Kuala

Lumpur, Malaysia,” he says.

His key piece of advice?

“Think far ahead about

where you want to be. Learn

the winner of Waikato

Management School’s first

Case Competition in 1996, and

now client services manager

at Mayston Partners Ltd. The

other judges were Emma Jones,

director at PWC; and Professor

Deborah Willis, acting dean of

Waikato Management School.

Stuart Barrass.

how others made it there and

make plans. It takes a lot of

effort and planning to get your

dream job.”

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