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Selwyn Times: November 08, 2016

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12 Tuesday November 8 2016 SELWYN TIMES Our People Jason Marsden Making sure The Hub Hornby offers The Hub Hornby centre manager Jason Marsden, 45, has seen massive changes to the shopping complex during his 15 years in the role. Georgia O’Connor-Harding spoke to him about the changing face of the hub, including its recent $75 million refurbishment Tell me about how The Hub Hornby has changed over the 15 years you have been there? I suppose the key things are when I first arrived there was no Pak ‘n Save. It was just an empty car park with a strip of shops on the western side. There was a little stand-alone concrete block row of shops right along that border and then the car park and mall, so immediately into the mall on that side we had the New World supermarket. Out the front facing Main South Rd, we had a separate building that housed BNZ, and I think there was a video store and cafe part of that little block of building as well. Would The Hub Hornby be interested in getting a movie theatre back? It is one thing a lot of people ask about, and I think with the movie industry at the moment, quite a number of big factors come into it. People themselves have changed how they consume entertainment. There are no plans for a movie theatre to be part of what we are doing here at the moment, but it is not to say one won’t be built in the future in Hornby. People have a strong emotional connection to having a movie theatre in their community, but unfortunately there is not enough patronage to back it up to make it a commercial success. What is it like running The Hub Hornby? It is a really interesting job I suppose. You are dealing with a huge chunk of the community. The mall is not just about a bunch of shops. The marketing side I find really interesting. I like trying new things such as the Halloween event we just had. Seeing the community’s response to the redevelopment, there is a lot of pride amongst the community. What does a normal day for you involve? In a mall situation, it is so dynamic and you are dealing with all the unusual things that are thrown at you and you have to slot your normal work around that. You could be involved in anything from a dog that has been locked in a car to someone who has had a medical event, so there are a lot of things that need immediate responses. Are there any unusual events that stand out to you? We have had lots of different things happen here. There are certainly some things we have created that we are extremely proud of. Not only the growth of the mall itself, but things like the Maori artwork on the exterior of the building. The panels all relate to Canterbury from Aoraki right up to Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora – each panel has its own story and background. The other really neat thing is we are locally-owned and operated. We HUB MANAGER: Jason Marsden in the new food court at The Hub Hornby. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN are up to about 200 shareholders now and they are all pretty much Canterbury people, including our tenants. And have you lived in the city your whole life? I grew up in New Brighton. Hornby was just somewhere you drive through. It was quite a revelation when I started working here and shortly after that I moved into the area. LAWyerS new summer camping stock arriving daily Open 7 days | twO lOcatiOns 7d Mandeville st, Opp placeMakers ph 03 366 4166 dressMart hOrnby, Main sOuth rd ph 03 344 5304 It’s 1965 and The Everly Brothers are playing a gig in Wellington. Will it be Bye Bye Love for Don, Phil and their fans? BLUE SKY BOYS Written by Ken Duncum. Directed by Donna Buchanan. Wednesday 9th – Saturday 12th November 8pm Nightly Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal Bookings: 0800 842 538 or online: Bookings fees apply We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Earthquake related issues; and • Advice regarding Retirement Villages Call John, Brendan or Andrew today on 03 366 8996 to find out how we can help you. Email. Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road Christchurch 8042 NEW TORO DH 210 FOR ONLY LAND THE ULTIMATE RIDE-ON MOWER $6,995 AND GET A TOW HITCH TRAILER FREE! DH 210 SPECIFICATIONS • Powerful Briggs and Stratton Intek 500cc engine, with hydrostatic transmission • Tight 50cm turning circle • Width of cut: 102 cm • Monster 300 litre rear catcher, or switch to rear discharge or mulch with a tap of the foot • Height of cut: 25mm – 76mm • Front nudge bar and halogen headlights Book a test ride online or visit our showroom today. 03 343 8960 455 Blenheim Road, Sockburn

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 8 2016 13 a world-class shopping experience Did you always have a business brain on you? It is really interesting. A lot of people come into retail property management for a lot of different reasons. For my formal training, I went and did a Bachelor of Science, majoring in physics. That was a natural curiosity about things. Then I worked for the The Press for 10 and a half years. I started off there as a motorbike courier as my first job and then I went through to head of their classified sales team. I got to know many of the mall management people, as well as HG Livingstone Ltd, which is now real estate company Colliers International, which I work for. Then I had a year and a bit with an advertising agency, Waves Advertising. The marketing side has always been a passion for me and then this role came up. Were you ever interested in journalism? I would always end up writing a little article with some photos. For a small newspaper everyone gets roped in. I am into fourwheel-driving so I have done a little bit of writing for New Zealand 4WD Magazine. You have a four-wheel-drive club? Yes, I am a member of the OUT AND ABOUT: In his spare time, Jason Marsden enjoys putting four-wheel-drives through their paces. Canterbury Recreational 4WD Club, which is probably the biggest in Canterbury – we have about 100 members. It is probably the only club that has a tyre size limit so that is really important when it comes to preserving tracks and not creating deep ruts and that. We have a big environmental focus. Is there one favourite place you like to go? In New Zealand, my absolute favourite place would have to be Fiordland. It is such a special place. The proper glaciers, dramatic mountains, waterfalls, ocean and wildlife is pretty hard to beat I think. Right from the time you drive through the Homer Tunnel; that is really like going through the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so you emerge in a completely different world. What were you like at school? I was strong in the sciences, wood work, technical drawing. Probably a bit weaker in chemistry and math. I love physics and classical studies. I do enjoy the history side of things, which is another passion of mine – studying Viking culture and genealogy. I am involved in a history group called the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. That is an American group that has been in this country for many years. Do you have any other hidden talents we don’t know about? I have a diploma in musical theory, but that is ancient history now. Unfortunately, as much as I studied music, I have got very little talent. I learnt piano for seven years. I have dabbled with a few string instruments, older-type instruments, Middle Eastern drumming, but again, there is lots of enthusiasm but little talent. GIFT PACK IDEAS Taking orders for Christmas GiftinG Box Galore P: 021 797 575 e: f: GiftinG BoxGalore