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Waikato Business News August/September 2017

Waikato Business News has for a quarter of a century been the voice of the region’s business community, a business community with a very real commitment to innovation and an ethos of co-operation.

Waikato Business News August/September

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 VOLUME 25: ISSUE 8 WWW.WBN.CO.NZ FACEBOOK.COM/WAIKATOBUSINESSNEWS The Laszlo Boats NZ team: Clockwise from left, Eric Murray, Vera Bucsu, Ben van Dalen, Finn Howard, Ashely Sayers, Laszlo Kertesz and Gary Robertson. World class boat builders back from the brink A Matangi boat building company which stepped in when the previous company foundered has turned the business around in dramatic fashion. By GEOFF TAYLOR In August, Laszlo Boats NZ sent a container of 10 rowing skiffs to Australia, the biggest known one off shipment of boats overseas. The shipment out of Laszlo Boats NZ’s headquarters at the historical Matangi Factory site was worth well over $100,000 and is an incredible turnaround for a company that under the name of KIRS was purchased from liquidators two years ago. KIRS was New Zealand’s premier – and longest running – rowing company building top class boats from 1983 through to 2015. When the company collapsed, its former chief boat builder Laszlo (Lez) Kertesz and his partner Vera Bucsu purchased the assets, rehired the staff and established Laszlo Boats NZ. “It has been a privilege to pick up these national and international winning moulds and take them forward,” says Lez. “We consider these multiple gold medal winning hulls and shapes to be the foundation of our business, a starting point upon which we intend to improve the quality of our boats constantly.” No wonder the pair describe Laszlo Boats NZ as New Zea- Continued on page 3 new rail plan What it could do for Waikato businesses P10 ember reignites New team and new food at Ember Restaurant P20 house of the year Top Waikato Master Builders make their mark P23

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