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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Our winners keep coming<br />

It’s <strong>December</strong> – and the season to be<br />

celebrating. This month’s <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

<strong>Business</strong> <strong>News</strong> is filled with stories of<br />

people and organisations who have been<br />

recognised for excellence.<br />

Te Kauwhata’s Invivo Wines was named<br />

the supreme winner of the <strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong><br />

Awards on a gala night at Claudelands in<br />

mid-November.<br />

In this edition of the <strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong><br />

<strong>News</strong> Mary Anne Gill talks to another<br />

winner, Jenni Falconer, who was named<br />

emerging leader of the year.<br />

Gill was also at Hamilton’s CBD awards,<br />

with camera, to capture some moments at<br />

Roose Common Park.<br />

The Kudos science awards were also held<br />

last month and saw a supreme lifetime<br />

achievement awarded to Steve Davis of<br />

Livestock Improvement Corporation.<br />

Sport climbing champion Sarah Tetzlaff,<br />

a <strong>Waikato</strong> University student, won the<br />

Astride the river<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Regional Council Prize in Water<br />

Science. She is combining her studies with<br />

20 hours a week training in the hope of<br />

qualifying for the Olympics.<br />

Three <strong>Waikato</strong> companies picked up<br />

awards in the Master Builders House of<br />

the Year awards – including FV Design and<br />

Build, who built the Supreme House of the<br />

Year under $1 million in Raglan.<br />

The month also saw the latest group of<br />

students to receive a scholarship from the<br />

David Johnston Charitable Trust, which<br />

has now distributed almost $4 million to<br />

assist a variety of students, most from rural<br />

communities.<br />

This month’s <strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>News</strong><br />

also carries stories about 13 graduates from<br />

an apprenticeship programme run by HCL<br />

Tech who were given jobs by the company<br />

– and we report on another 21 leaders<br />

who graduated from the Community and<br />

Enterprise Leadership Foundation.<br />

Moving Media’s drone captured this stunning shot from high of Hamilton at night – and the Royal Laboratorie Event Hire and Design’s Hampton pitched roof marque in Roose Common Park. The marque<br />

was the venue for the Hamilton CBD awards, and Mary Anne Gill was there – see pictures, page 15.<br />

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Crazy little<br />

things to love<br />

A familiar<br />

cartoon is now<br />

appearing in<br />

Good Local Media<br />

publications –<br />

and it makes its<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong><br />

<strong>News</strong> debut in<br />

this edition.<br />

The Little<br />

Things looks at<br />

the highs and lows<br />

of parenthood.<br />

It’s written by<br />

Matt Lawrey and<br />

drawn by Peter Matt Lawrey<br />

Lole.<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>News</strong> editor Roy Pilott<br />

took on The Little Things when he edited the<br />

Taranaki Daily <strong>News</strong>, and it subsequently<br />

began an extended run in Stuff newspapers.<br />

So he was pleased when Lawry made<br />

contact with publisher David Mackenzie last<br />

month.<br />

The Little Things is the most published<br />

New Zealand cartoon since Footrot Flats,<br />

and has also enjoyed long runs in The Otago<br />

Daily Times and The West Australian.<br />

The Little Things has also been the subject<br />

of two books released by Potton & Burton<br />

Publishing and says Lawry, is inspired by his<br />

own experiences of parenting.<br />

“The original idea was to offer a laugh and<br />

solidarity to mums and dads of little kids but<br />

we soon discovered that our audience was<br />

much wider than we ever expected. Not only<br />

do parents connect with The Little Things<br />

but grandparents and kids love it too,” he<br />

said.<br />

The winning Raglan house<br />

A “true gem” nestled between to<br />

pohutukawa on the edge of the Raglan<br />

Harbour was a winner for FV Design and<br />

Build at the house of the year awards.<br />

The home won the National Supreme<br />

House of the Year under $1 million and<br />

the Altus Window Systems New Home<br />

$750,000 - $1 million.<br />

The judges were impressed by the<br />

detailing in the home, saying it offered a<br />

north-west facing position to soak up the<br />

sun from all areas.<br />

“Despite its modest floor area, the home<br />

spans over three gently stepped levels,<br />

creating a sense of spaciousness. The expert<br />

SJR builders were winners of a special award for this build.<br />

craftsmanship is evident throughout, with<br />

concrete heated floors and plywood walls.<br />

The attention to detail in this build is truly<br />

remarkable.”<br />

A home in Fendalton built by John<br />

Creighton Builders won the National<br />

Supreme House of the Year over $1 million<br />

and New Home over $4 million category<br />

and Glenbuild won the National Supreme<br />

Renovation of the Year and Renovation<br />

over $1.5 million category for their project<br />

in Auckland<br />

Hay Construction and SJR Builders from<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> were also award winners on the<br />

night.<br />

Hay Construction collected a Master Build 10 year Guarantee Multi Unit award for this construction.<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Briefs…<br />

Dyet to leave<br />

Waipā District Council chief<br />

executive Garry Dyet has<br />

announced he will finish up<br />

at the end of June. Dyet has<br />

been with the council since<br />

1980 and has been chief<br />

executive for 15. He talks to<br />

Good Local Media about the<br />

past, present and the future at<br />

cambridgenews.nz<br />

Coromandel news<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Chamber of<br />

Commerce has heralded<br />

as “great news” the Waka<br />

Kotahi announcement that<br />

State Highway 25A between<br />

Kōpū and Hikuai will reopen<br />

to traffic in time for Christmas<br />

- three months earlier than<br />

anticipated.<br />

Going annual<br />

A retirement expo in<br />

Cambridge which attracted<br />

more than 100 people and<br />

was described by organiser<br />

Peter Matthews as “an<br />

information-filled morning<br />

regarding downsizing” is set<br />

to become an annual fixture.<br />

Tea time<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> company Zealong<br />

Tea collected three awards at<br />

the UK Tea Academy awards<br />

(the Leafies) - including a<br />

gold for its aromatic oolong<br />

and a lifetime achievement<br />

award.<br />

No close shave<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> District Council<br />

staff raised $2800 for<br />

“Movember”, which raises<br />

awareness about men’s health<br />

issues.<br />

Post issue<br />

A High Court decision not<br />

to grant an injunction to<br />

prevent NZ Post terminating<br />

the <strong>Waikato</strong>’s biggest rural<br />

delivery contract is not likely<br />

to be the end of the matter.<br />

Te Awamutu couple Danny<br />

and Ian Kennedy were told<br />

by Justice Gault that while<br />

factors weighed against<br />

interim relief, their company<br />

had an “arguable case”.<br />

Top of the tree<br />

New Zealand sport climbing<br />

champion Sarah Tetzlaff<br />

has won this year’s <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Regional Council Prize in<br />

Water Science. The prize<br />

recognises a <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

University student who shows<br />

outstanding ability in water<br />

science papers<br />


It’s not what you know…<br />

By Mary Anne Gill<br />

Emergency Consult chief executive Jenni Falconer in her Hamilton office days after winning<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>’s emerging leader award. <br />

Photo: Mary Anne Gill.<br />

Everything about<br />

Jenni Falconer’s<br />

career has been about<br />

maintaining and fostering<br />

relationships.<br />

“I always know who to<br />

go to,” says Falconer in an<br />

exclusive interview with<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>News</strong> five<br />

days after she was named<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> Awards’<br />

emerging leader of the year<br />

and Emergency Consult, the<br />

company she founded, took<br />

out the Innovation award.<br />

Since her graduation as<br />

a nurse in 1991, Falconer<br />

has fashioned a career built<br />

on getting to know people<br />

and influencing outcomes<br />

for patients by making the<br />

environment better for those<br />

involved in clinical care.<br />

She has taken Emergency<br />

Consult from a telehealth<br />

organisation founded a year<br />

out from the Covid pandemic<br />

to a company that turns over<br />

$8-$10 million a year and<br />

employs 90 people.<br />

Soon there will be another<br />

29 on the payroll and<br />

Falconer talks of increasing<br />

turnover to $65 million in<br />

five years.<br />

Surrounded by flowers in<br />

her office on the second floor<br />

– it used to be the car park<br />

level of what was the former<br />

State Theatre on the corner<br />

of Victoria and London<br />

streets in Hamilton – she<br />

reflects on what doors the<br />

awards will open for her and<br />

the company.<br />

The 54-year-old admits<br />

she wants to give being a<br />

chief executive five years – so<br />

she has two years to go.<br />

“I don’t want to be told<br />

to leave. Depending on the<br />

growth of the business,<br />

maybe there will be a chance<br />

to step aside and let someone<br />

else take the reins.<br />

“The hard thing is when<br />

you own the business and<br />

you are an executive in the<br />

business, you have to wear<br />

different hats all the time<br />

– shareholder, director and<br />

CEO.”<br />

The decision making<br />

process is dependent on<br />

which hat she is wearing at<br />

the time.<br />

She and her fellow<br />

founders, shareholders<br />

and directors - emergency<br />

consultants Giles Chanwai,<br />

Martyn Harvey and Mustafa<br />

Alshaar - worked in <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Hospital’s emergency<br />

department for several years.<br />

Four years ago, they saw a<br />

need for a telehealth solution<br />

built like an emergency<br />

department. The planning<br />

had been done and the<br />

launch was about to happen<br />

when the pandemic came in<br />

2020.<br />

“Covid, as hard as it was,<br />

was a blessing in disguise<br />

because it normalised<br />

telehealth.”<br />

Emergency Consult had<br />

to pivot – the company<br />

supported the aged<br />

residential care sector with<br />

virtual registered nurses and<br />

offered fast access to top<br />

emergency doctors when<br />

people needed urgent care.<br />

Early last year the<br />

company helped other DHBs<br />

with their Covid responses by<br />

making virtual house calls to<br />

those isolating at home. They<br />

became the only telehealth<br />

provider offering a 24-hour<br />

service on demand without<br />

an appointment or the need<br />

to download an app.<br />

Falconer says she has<br />

been seeking answers to<br />

New Zealand’s health woes<br />

throughout her career and<br />

always wants to make a<br />

difference. Nurses can<br />

do that. “If you want a<br />

process designed or change<br />

management done, a nurse<br />

can do it.”<br />

She was born in Melbourne<br />

to New Zealand parents and<br />

the family moved back when<br />

she was seven, settling in Te<br />

Kuiti.<br />

Falconer went to boarding<br />

school in Taranaki at Sacred<br />

Heart Girls’ College in New<br />

Plymouth.<br />

When she graduated from<br />

Taranaki as a nurse in 1991,<br />

there were no jobs.<br />

Placements in Whanganui,<br />

Taumarunui and Tokanui<br />

gave her an understanding of<br />

rural and community health<br />

issues.<br />

“They all had a glut (of<br />

nurses) which is just criminal<br />

now when you think there<br />

are some people I trained<br />

with that never worked as a<br />

nurse because there wasn’t<br />

a job.”<br />

She returned to Melbourne<br />

where she worked as<br />

an agency nurse cutting<br />

her teeth working in high<br />

dependency units and aged<br />

care.<br />

She got married and<br />

moved to Dunedin where<br />

daughter Jordan was born<br />

in 1993.<br />

“I wasn’t a very good<br />

stay at home mum; I really<br />

wanted to do some shifts, so<br />

I joined a nursing agency.”<br />

The hospital decided<br />

to trial a three month<br />

programme training nurses<br />

in the ward to go into the<br />

emergency department when<br />

it was busy.<br />

Falconer did it and never<br />

looked back. “That is where I<br />

found my love for ED.”<br />

In 1997 she moved north<br />

joining <strong>Waikato</strong> Hospital<br />

in an overflow winter ward<br />

because there were no jobs in<br />

the emergency department.<br />

“Every day for three<br />

months I knocked on the<br />

door to ED with (charge<br />

nurse) Julie Law and I’d say<br />

‘hi, it’s me, any jobs?’”<br />

Falconer’s persistence<br />

paid off when Law took<br />

her on. Two years later the<br />

department recruited six<br />

new clinical nurse managers,<br />

including Falconer.<br />

In 2001, now remarried,<br />

Falconer had son Steven<br />

and later went to <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

University part time to do<br />

a post graduate diploma in<br />

management.<br />

“While I had credibility as a<br />

nurse and had operationally<br />

done significant roles, I<br />

didn’t have the qualification<br />

and so I really wanted<br />

something to validate myself<br />

not only in my own head but<br />

to the external world.”<br />

One of the lecturers<br />

was associate professor<br />

Peter Sun. Falconer had<br />

introduced herself as “just a<br />

nurse.”<br />

“He said ‘wait, let’s pull this<br />

apart. You run 240 staff, you<br />

run a multi-million budget in<br />

an acute service. You’re not<br />

just a nurse’. He took it out<br />

of the context of health and<br />

said I was running a small<br />

to medium size business<br />

and making some critical<br />

(business) decisions.”<br />

Falconer was seconded<br />

into service development<br />

projects at <strong>Waikato</strong> and<br />

Thames hospitals allowing<br />

her to form relationships out<br />

of ED.<br />

In 2016, by then the ED<br />

nurse manager, Falconer<br />

resigned to join Counties<br />

Manukau DHB’s Ko Awatea<br />

Centre running conferences.<br />

She also started a small<br />

company called VIP Care<br />

and picked up the New<br />

Zealand agency for the Zoono<br />

brand of hand and surface<br />

sanitisers, ideally placed<br />

she thought to capitalise on<br />

Covid but sourcing product<br />

became a huge headache.<br />

Then came the Emergency<br />

Consult opportunity. The<br />

nurse in her drives her<br />

thinking and given it is a<br />

“hands on” profession, how<br />

does she explain arguing for<br />

telehealth?<br />

“Hand on heart, I’m a<br />

nurse, I’m a touchy feely<br />

person, I want to rub your<br />

legs if you’ve got sore legs.<br />

You can’t do that through<br />

telehealth but then what is<br />

the alternative?”<br />

Eighty percent of the<br />

telehealth presentations “we<br />

can see and treat.”<br />

Emergency Consult is<br />

about to open a nurse-led<br />

walk in clinic in Papamoa.<br />

Doctors would be available<br />

by telehealth.<br />

A solution to the country’s<br />

mental health crisis is also<br />

on the company’s to do list.<br />

She wants to develop her<br />

governance skills, take on<br />

other board opportunities<br />

and find the next CEO.<br />

“I always want to know<br />

how and why – I will always<br />

be asking the questions,”<br />

says Falconer.<br />

“Everything in my career<br />

has been about relationships,<br />

that would be the thing I<br />

would say today, you can’t<br />

get anywhere unless you’ve<br />

built those relationships.”<br />

Procuta Associates<br />

Urban + Architecture<br />

Meri Kirihimete<br />


07 839 6521<br />



DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Kiwi ads boom,<br />

cyber fears loom<br />

Celf celebrates<br />


New Zealand businesses are predicted<br />

to spend $2.6 billion on digital<br />

advertising in <strong>2023</strong> according<br />

to global data analysis company Statista,<br />

but chronic cybersecurity vulnerabilities<br />

are creating worries for local experts who<br />

encounter victims of scamming weekly.<br />

The trend of Meta/Facebook users’<br />

business profiles publishing ‘don’t<br />

click the link, we’ve been hacked’<br />

is becoming commonplace but<br />

it is often just the beginning of<br />

a long recovery process that can<br />

cost even the most grassroots<br />

small business time and money.<br />

The founder of <strong>Waikato</strong>based<br />

digital advertising group<br />

Unbound, Quentin Weber,<br />

says most people aren’t doing enough<br />

to protect themselves or their business.<br />

“Kiwis are still using the same password<br />

for their online accounts, this means<br />

that if their email, Facebook or banking<br />

information data becomes compromised,<br />

that hacker has access to everything.<br />

“The <strong>Waikato</strong> DHB had a severe breach<br />

two years ago because someone clicked<br />

something they shouldn’t have, which led to<br />

a DHB-wide problem.”<br />

Weber believes adding a bit of<br />

inconvenience to accessing online services<br />

and profiles, using two-factor authentication<br />

(2FA) and a password manager, makes data<br />

significantly more inconvenient for a hacker<br />

to use.<br />

“It might be our DIY lax attitude or that<br />

we think New Zealand is so isolated we’re<br />

not at risk, but these are the first and easiest<br />

vulnerabilities to address. The hackers will<br />

move on to easier targets, the idea is that<br />

New Zealand becomes a hard target,” he<br />

said.<br />

The sophistication of data breaches is<br />

likely to increase and Weber says when<br />

things go pear-shaped it’s good to have the<br />

right help. He warns businesses should use<br />

Meta advertising services with caution.<br />

“For the amount Meta makes<br />

off New Zealand businesses, we<br />

get very little support if one of<br />

our clients has been hacked.<br />

Unbound knows how to navigate<br />

that ‘ecosystem’ but I can’t<br />

imagine what it is like for a small<br />

business [without support].”<br />

Google, the largest digital<br />

advertising platform, does<br />

provide adequate reliable support which<br />

is reflected in the continued growth of<br />

businesses using their services, he said.<br />

Google is expected to capture over $1.6<br />

billion in digital advertising spending in<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, Meta is expected to capture $110<br />

million in social media spending.<br />

The manager of Incident Response at<br />

Computer Emergency Response Team NZ,<br />

Cert NZ, Jordan Heersping, is part of the<br />

team making cybersecurity easier to practice<br />

for individuals and businesses.<br />

“Based on the online incidents last year Cert<br />

NZ has a new security awareness building<br />

control, and it’s the most vital,” he said<br />

Like Unbound, Cert NZ encourages 2FA and<br />

a password manager and Heersping says<br />

that small step can stop 60 to 90 per cent of<br />

cyber attacks.<br />

Benji Allen is a Wintec journalism student<br />

Most of the class of <strong>2023</strong> Graduates – Standing, from left, Cam Corkill (BNZ), Steven Robertson<br />

(Wel), Joanne Turner (Hamilton Christian Night Shelter), Tom Jackson (Prolife), Tania Pointon<br />

(Seed), Kate Shaw (ConneXu), Denise Gemmell (Community Living), Heidi Gleeson (True<br />

Colours), Carmen Jacobson (NZ Police), Anna King (Braemar), Mary Ngaronga (St Vincent<br />

de Paul), Megan Austin (Golden Homes), Will Loughrin (NZ Police). Kneeling, Greg Carstens<br />

(Hamilton City Council), Jenni Falconer (Emergency Consult), Hugo Parcell (Power Farming),<br />

Johann Roozenburg (APL), Toby Cunliffe- Steel (Ride NZ) and Avon Polo (Surf Life Saving NZ).<br />

The Community and Enterprise<br />

Leadership Foundation (Celf) has<br />

celebrated the graduation of another 21<br />

leaders – taking the total to more than 150.<br />

The latest cohort made up the eighth<br />

Elevate Leadership Programme.<br />

Graduate Will Loughrin (<strong>Waikato</strong> West<br />

area commander for the New Zealand<br />

Police) said the programme encouraged<br />

self-reflection and the courage to ask<br />

challenging questions.<br />

“The class of <strong>2023</strong> and (Celf) as a<br />

whole represent a remarkable group of<br />

individuals poised to make a significant<br />

impact on the future of <strong>Waikato</strong>,” he said.<br />

Braemar Hospital’s Anna King Anna<br />

described Celf as the “gold standard<br />

leadership programme”.<br />

Some learned about scientific research<br />

and its application in leadership, while<br />

others gained tools and knowledge<br />

essential for their leadership journeys,”<br />

she said.<br />

“The ripple effect of this purpose-driven<br />

leadership will be felt in workplaces,<br />

boardrooms, sports fields, communities<br />

and most importantly, in our homes, by<br />

the next generation of leaders.”<br />

Grayson Clements Senior Associate<br />

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of conveyancing<br />


Dealing with complex and challenging conveyancing,<br />

transactions and structures is where Grayson Clements<br />

Senior Associate Donna Gifford really shines.<br />

Having worked in<br />

the commercial<br />

and accounting<br />

sectors<br />

before completing her<br />

Legal Executive Diploma,<br />

Donna has the skills to<br />

unpick what Grayson<br />

Clements’ clients really<br />

want to achieve and then<br />

make it happen for them.<br />

Donna was recently<br />

promoted to Senior<br />

Associate at Grayson<br />

Clements based in<br />

Hamilton’s Innovation<br />

Park.<br />

The firm was<br />

established in 2008<br />

by directors Michael<br />

Grayson and Andrew<br />

Clements with the desire<br />

to grow a firm that was<br />

“a little bit different” in<br />

its value-driven, clientcentric<br />

approach. It now<br />

employs a team of 28<br />

across a wide range of<br />

areas.<br />

“A lot of clients come<br />

to us because they don’t<br />

have straightforward<br />

transactions.<br />

They have businesses<br />

they need to manage<br />

within transactions and<br />

challenging financing<br />

structures,” says Donna.<br />

“We get a lot of<br />

referrals because other<br />

professionals have<br />

looked at their case and<br />

scratched their heads.<br />

We have the skills to<br />

design the solutions they<br />

need, deliver results, and<br />

protect what matters<br />

most to our clients,” says<br />

Donna.<br />

Donna liaises with<br />

clients, banks, mortgage<br />

brokers, real estate<br />

agents, insurance<br />

companies, councils<br />

and other law firms.<br />

Her specialty is making<br />

sure the right people are<br />

doing the right jobs, at<br />

the right time, to ensure<br />

all transactions are<br />

completed as smoothly<br />

as possible and, most<br />

importantly, on time.<br />

She often deals with<br />

It is challenging and<br />

complex and it can<br />

be stressful, but<br />

we want to make<br />

it as enjoyable as<br />

possible for our<br />

clients and take<br />

that stress out of<br />

the transaction for<br />

them. We hope to<br />

make them smile<br />

and get a positive<br />

outcome.<br />

property developers<br />

and commercial<br />

conveyancing, but her<br />

work also extends into<br />

helping first home<br />

buyers into their homes<br />

as they navigate what<br />

for many has become a<br />

challenging process.<br />

“The major trend we<br />

are seeing is everything<br />

has become more<br />

involved. In the current<br />

economic climate banks<br />

have not been as willing<br />

as they once were to<br />

lend so their financing<br />

structures can be a lot<br />

more complex,” says<br />

Donna.<br />

Many first home<br />

buyers find they need<br />

financial help from<br />

parents or other relatives<br />

or are required to use<br />

funds from elsewhere<br />

resulting in a temporary<br />

Donna Gifford<br />

financing structure for<br />

the first six to 18 months<br />

of their loan periods,<br />

says Donna.<br />

She is also seeing<br />

more complicated<br />

building inspections and<br />

buyers being choosier<br />

about issues they<br />

want remedied before<br />

purchase as they are no<br />

longer as hurried to get<br />

into the market or grow<br />

their portfolios.<br />

“We are also finding<br />

that people who<br />

previously purchased<br />

at a time in the market<br />

where stock was turning<br />

over quickly, have<br />

subsequently discovered<br />

issues like unconsented<br />

work, or they need to<br />

Grayson Clements – Design, Deliver, Protect<br />

Grayson Clements was established in 2008 by lawyers Michael Grayson and<br />

Andrew Clements, who both had a desire to grow a firm that focused on designing<br />

solutions, delivering results and protecting people. Their work and reputation have<br />

gained traction and their client base has grown organically to a point where they<br />

now have a team of 26 staff across a range of practice areas.<br />

refinance with increasing<br />

interest rates.<br />

We can design the<br />

creative solutions<br />

needed to help people in<br />

such situations.”<br />

Her role also takes<br />

on an educational focus<br />

as she walks clients<br />

through the process and<br />

helps them understand<br />

why they are taking<br />

certain actions and what<br />

they will achieve.<br />

Her team has many<br />

years experience<br />

between them and<br />

getting clients into or<br />

out of properties as<br />

smoothly and stress<br />

free as possible is what<br />

drives her.

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />


Jobs for graduates<br />

Briefs…<br />

Thirteen people who completed<br />

a 12-month paid apprenticeship<br />

programme run in the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

by Tech company HCLTech have been<br />

given jobs by the company.<br />

The pilot programme - Rise at<br />

HCLTech - is described as an integrated<br />

learning and training programme that<br />

equips secondary school graduates with<br />

the skills and experience they need to<br />

be job-ready.<br />

The programme has a focus on<br />

female, Māori and Pacific students and<br />

is supported by the Ministry of Social<br />

Development.<br />

The initial group, all from Hamilton,<br />

entered the programme as jobseekers<br />

and many had no previous exposure to<br />

IT, the company said.<br />

A second pilot with secondary school<br />

graduates will start in Hamilton next<br />

year and cover cybersecurity, coding,<br />

data analytics and AI.<br />

“Rise at HCLTech provides a solution<br />

to a real-world technology skills<br />

shortage problem,” Michael Horton,<br />

Country Head for Australia and New<br />

Zealand said.<br />

“The programme enables someone<br />

with limited technology skills to be jobready<br />

within a year. This is a powerful<br />

proposition for our clients and partners<br />

in New Zealand.”<br />

Kristian Te Nana, <strong>Waikato</strong> Regional<br />

Labour Market Manager for the<br />

Ministry of Social Development said<br />

it was great to see a company helping<br />

local people get jobs in the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

region.<br />

NZTech chief Graeme Muller said<br />

tech skills were becoming become<br />

increasingly critical for the future<br />

prosperity of the country.<br />

HCLTech employs more than 221,000<br />

people across 60 countries.<br />

Abiola Onunde with Kristy McSweeney from HCLTech and trainee graduate Ike Fayomi,<br />

right, who will work as a data analyst for the company. Abiola came see her sister Ike<br />

graduate.<br />

Cody’s first<br />

Cody Hall (pictured) from<br />

CF Reese Ltd in Hamilton,<br />

won the top award at the<br />

Plumbing World’s Young<br />

Plumber of the Year<br />

competition in Hamilton<br />

in November. He won a<br />

prize pool valued at more<br />

than $80,000 – and his<br />

employer collected prizes<br />

worth more than $4500.<br />

From an initial field of<br />

350, 10 finalists competed<br />

in Hamilton for the major<br />

title.<br />

Scholars named<br />

The David Johnstone Charitable Trust, administered by<br />

Perpetual Guardian, has been operating since 1991, the<br />

year after the death the <strong>Waikato</strong> farmer and philanthropist<br />

has provided another $168,000 to help students fund<br />

the start of their tertiary education next year. Recipients<br />

included – Cambridge High School, Ayla Montgomerie;<br />

Fairfield College, Jorja McKinnon, Rebecca Adams; Forest<br />

View High School, Ainsley Harrison, Caitlyn Haratsis, Kate<br />

Taylor; Hamilton Christian School, Luke van Kampen;<br />

Hillcrest High School, Jasmine Prenter, Charlotte Dexter;<br />

Matamata College, Jaskeerat Singh, Keeley Thomas;<br />

Morrinsville College, Ash-lee Barker, Bailee Steiner, Olivia<br />

Harris; Onewhero Area School, Joe Thackham; St Paul’s<br />

Collegiate School, Daniel Knox; Sacred Heart Girls’ College,<br />

Hamilton, Hannah Macdonald; St Peter’s School Cambridge,<br />

Samuel Smyth; Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton,<br />

Rejoice Nhemachena; Te Awamutu College, Billy Barclay, Te<br />

Kauwhata College; Mervil Francisco, Tokoroa High School,<br />

Sariel Solomon; <strong>Waikato</strong> Diocesan School for Girls, Ava<br />

Meehan, Sarah Teale; Waihi College, Jayda Williamson;<br />

St John’s College Hamilton; Joel David Castillo. See photo<br />

page 31.<br />

Correction<br />

Jacob Chetwin of Te Awamutu, who invented an educational<br />

card game and picked up the Te Pūkenga Company of the<br />

Year at the <strong>Waikato</strong> regional Young Enterprise Awards, is 17.<br />

We had Jacob’s age wrong in the print edition of November’s<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>News</strong>.<br />

At Bayleys, we believe relationships are what<br />

businesses are built on and how they succeed.<br />

We understand that to maximise the return<br />

on your property you need:<br />

Professional property management<br />

A business partner that understands your<br />

views and goals<br />

Contact the Bayleys <strong>Waikato</strong> Commercial<br />

Property Management team today.<br />

Jan Cooney<br />

Head Commercial Property Management -<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki<br />

027 408 9339<br />

jan.cooney@bayleys.co.nz<br />

David Cashmore<br />

Director, Bayleys Commercial - <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

021 943 305<br />

david.cashmore@bayleys.co.nz<br />

Gert Maritz<br />

Senior Facilities Manager -<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>, Bay of Plenty & Taranaki<br />

027 230 2514<br />

gert.maritz@bayleys.co.nz<br />

Rasa Gecaite-Vienazindis<br />

Commercial Property Manager - <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

021 077 7873<br />

rasa.gecaite@bayleys.co.nz<br />



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By Mary Anne Gill<br />

It took NZ Aero’s chief<br />

executive Stephen<br />

Burrows several years to<br />

fulfil his childhood passion<br />

of having a career in aviation.<br />

Back in the 1980s he<br />

would look up when planes<br />

flew over his family’s<br />

Paterangi home and beg<br />

his father Colin to take him<br />

to New Zealand Aerospace<br />

Industries factory in Airport<br />

Road where he worked.<br />

The first thing he did<br />

when he left Te Awamutu<br />

College at the end of 1988<br />

was to try and get a job in<br />

aviation.<br />

“I had a passion for<br />

aeroplanes but there were<br />

no jobs on offer.”<br />

So instead, he became<br />

an apprentice motorcycle<br />

mechanic with Graham<br />

Wilks at Wilksbrooke<br />

Motors in Te Awamutu.<br />

“I can still fix a motor<br />

bike and I still get<br />

chiranged (talked into)<br />

fixing motorbikes and I<br />

enjoy them,” Burrows tells<br />

The <strong>News</strong> on the day his<br />

company launches a new<br />

aircraft which has the<br />

potential to revolutionise<br />

the global aviation industry.<br />

The $5 million SuperPac<br />

Xstol (Extremely Short<br />

Take-Off and Landing)<br />

aircraft – which cost more<br />

than $10 million and took<br />

seven years to develop -<br />

does not require a sealed<br />

runway and can take off in<br />

as little as 200 metres and<br />

landing on rugged terrains,<br />

including hillsides.<br />

And it’s come from<br />

a workforce of 60 –<br />

Stephen Burrows<br />

expected to grow another 20<br />

next year - largely drawn<br />

from the Waipā district in<br />

a factory where Burrows’<br />

father once worked.<br />

The irony is not lost on<br />

Burrows – who now lives<br />

down the road in Tamahere.<br />

He rattles off where the<br />

plane’s Kiwi-designed and<br />

built ingenuity will pay<br />

dividends.<br />

In his office he points<br />

to a picture on the wall of<br />

the 750XL, the pre-runner<br />

to the new plane, making<br />

a difference in Papua New<br />

Guinea bringing in supplies<br />

to remote villages and<br />

helping with humanitarian<br />

aid.<br />

NZ Aero is the country’s<br />

only commercial aircraft<br />

maker and they are doing<br />

it in an area steeped in<br />

aviation history.<br />

Outside Burrows’ office<br />

window is the kit set factory<br />

the Americans assembled<br />

and brought their planes<br />

to for maintenance during<br />

World War II’s Pacific<br />

campaign. It was built in<br />

weeks and 80 years later is<br />

still standing and in use.<br />

The legendary Oswald<br />

“Ossie” James revolutionised<br />

the agricultural industry<br />

with his topdressing planes,<br />

mostly FU24 Fletchers,<br />

assembled at Rukuhia. Aero<br />

Engine Services supplied<br />

engine and component<br />

facilities for James<br />

Aviation, on NZ Aero’s<br />

site in the 1950s. It went<br />

on to become New Zealand<br />

Aerospace Industries, where<br />

Burrows’ father worked,<br />

and then Pacific Aerospace<br />

Corporation in 1982.<br />

It was in 1996 at Pacific<br />

Aerospace where Burrows<br />

finally got a job as an aircraft<br />

assembler and then in plane<br />

maintenance.<br />

Wanting to learn<br />

more about engineering,<br />

Burrows enrolled in a<br />

certificate course at <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

University, only for it to<br />

close after a week.<br />

He stayed at university for<br />

a few months, but the pull<br />

of aviation drew him back<br />

and he went on to become<br />

quality assurance manager<br />

at Pacific Aerospace.<br />

While the company<br />

successfully developed and<br />

built planes – like Crescos<br />

and the PAC 750XL – it had<br />

its down times.<br />

Two years ago, Covid was<br />

cited as one of the major<br />

reasons for the company<br />

going into liquidation.<br />

Burrows, then Quality<br />

general manager, stayed on<br />

because he was responsible<br />

for oversight of aircraft<br />

certificates.<br />

“It kind of left me as the<br />

last man standing.”<br />

The Civil Aviation<br />

Authority took over<br />

managing and maintaining<br />

the certificates for the<br />

hundreds of planes Pacific<br />

Aerospace had flying all<br />

around the world. Without<br />

the certificates, they would<br />

have been grounded.<br />

The SuperPac Xstol aircraft at Hamilton Airport. <br />

Aviation attracts<br />

entrepreneurs, adventurers,<br />

people prepared to take risks.<br />

And that is what new owners<br />

and directors Donella Bond<br />

and Neil Young were. They<br />

purchased the assets of<br />

the company, renamed it<br />

NZSkydive Ltd – trading as<br />

NZ Aero – and continued<br />

manufacturing the 750XLs,<br />

CT4 Airtrainers, E-350<br />

Expeditions and Crescos.<br />

“ That was me, I<br />

had a passion<br />

when I was a<br />

young fellow,<br />

that aviation<br />

was going to be<br />

my career<br />

Their big goal was to<br />

complete the SuperPac Xstol<br />

and get it onto the market.<br />

They asked Burrows to<br />

become Engineering general<br />

manager and then chief<br />

executive.<br />

“I’m passionate about<br />

engineering, manufacturing<br />

and aircraft, so it’s perfect<br />

for me.<br />

“Anything’s possible –<br />

from motorcycle groomer<br />

to CEO of New Zealand’s<br />

only aircraft manufacturing<br />

company. It seems like a<br />

made up story, but it’s not.”<br />

Burrows can do every job<br />

at the company, except fly<br />

planes.<br />

“I’ve tried flying, I’m not<br />

very good at it.<br />

“But it’s important as a<br />

CEO that you understand the<br />

processes of how things are<br />

made and the complexities<br />

and the issues the staff<br />

find when they’re trying<br />

to assemble an aircraft or<br />

make something.”<br />

What does Burrows think<br />

Ossie James would make<br />

of the new plane with its<br />

new propulsion system,<br />

electronic flight deck, touch<br />

screens, hydraulic control,<br />

air conditioning, plush seats<br />

and even a USB charger? It’s<br />

nothing like the Fletchers he<br />

and other topdressing pilots<br />

flew.<br />

“I think he would be<br />

well impressed. He was<br />

a pioneer, he developed<br />

aircraft like we have. This<br />

is transformative, he would<br />

have liked that.<br />

“You can get up to 20,000<br />

feet in this aircraft and be<br />

back on the ground in under<br />

three. That for an operator<br />

is revenue.”<br />

Part of the new plane’s<br />

future will lie in countries<br />

where climate change has<br />

resulted in larger fires across<br />

huge tracts of land.<br />

The SuperPac’s flexibility<br />

means it can “land on a<br />

dime”, pick up water quickly<br />

(using a New Zealanddesigned<br />

water carrier),<br />

provide medivac services<br />

and carry just about<br />

anything on board.<br />

“We want to make<br />

products that serve a<br />

purpose,” said Burrows.<br />

He is also enthusiastic<br />

about providing job<br />

opportunities for <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

youngsters.<br />

“We’re keen to stimulate<br />

more interest, particularly<br />

among girls. It’s an industry<br />

which offers trades and the<br />

whole gambit of different<br />

skills. In order to attract<br />

those people, you’ve got to<br />

get them young.<br />

“That was me, I had a<br />

passion when I was a young<br />

fellow, that aviation was<br />

going to be my career.”<br />

The interview ends and<br />

Burrows does something he<br />

has done thousands of times<br />

since he was a boy. He looks<br />

to the sky and smiles this<br />

time at a plane he knows all<br />

too well - the SuperPac Xstol<br />

as it descends towards the<br />

Hamilton Airport runway.<br />



Photo: Mary Anne Gill


DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Where We Are In The<br />

Cycle? What Does 2024<br />

Hold In Store For Us ?<br />

As I write this, there seems<br />

to be agreement on policy,<br />

so hopefully we are not<br />

far away from a new<br />

government being formed – at long<br />

last. Since the election we have seen<br />

greater optimism from the business<br />

community and possibly light at the<br />

end of the long tunnel we have been in<br />

– hopefully not as someone suggested<br />

to me last week, that light is actually a<br />

train coming towards us.<br />

There seems no doubt that we are<br />

currently bouncing along the bottom<br />

of the market. While we don’t know<br />

how long we will be here, one thing is<br />

for sure, those that take opportunities<br />

presented to them now, will in the<br />

long term look like the rock stars that<br />

did so after the GFC – Matt Stark is one<br />

of those.<br />

Commercial and industrial investors<br />

and owner occupiers only seem to<br />

have two issues when it comes to<br />

purchasing property at the moment -<br />

that is access to capital and the cost of<br />

capital.<br />

While yields have risen significantly<br />

since the frenzied peak of the market<br />

in 2021/22, buyers have pulled back,<br />

showing a reluctance to act. History<br />

would suggest that being counter<br />

cyclical around purchasing decisions,<br />

remains a prudent and successful<br />

strategy, as there is currently far<br />

less competition when it comes to<br />

purchasing.<br />

When will the bell toll ?<br />

At some stage during 2024 it seems<br />

highly likely that the Reserve Bank<br />

will cut the OCR or allude to an<br />

imminent cut – at exactly that point<br />

in time, confidence will start to return<br />

to the market, as will an abundance<br />

of purchasers and the competition<br />

between them. Once the bell has<br />

tolled, its too late if you were wanting<br />

to purchase at the bottom of the<br />

market - its now rising.<br />

In this column the same time last<br />

year, I suggested that we would expect<br />

the OCR rises to have peaked by now<br />

and even the possibility of impending<br />

cuts ahead. That seems about<br />

right? It’s hard to see any sound<br />

reasoning behind the Reserve<br />

Bank raising the OCR further,<br />

as banks have already raised<br />

their lending and deposit rates<br />

recently, even though<br />

they are forecasting<br />

that the Reserve<br />

Bank will start to<br />

cut the OCR late (or<br />

possibly mid) 2024.<br />


Crystal Ball<br />

What will happen to commercial<br />

property in Hamilton and the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>?<br />

• Vacancy rates have slowly started<br />

to increase. At this stage we are not<br />

expecting this to be significant, but<br />

some tenants are under pressure.<br />

• Secondary grade assets have seen a<br />

greater drift in their yields, but they<br />

are also the ones that experience<br />

the greatest uplift when we<br />

experience a rising market.<br />

• With commercial lending rates<br />

generally now being around 9% and<br />

with tough lending criteria from<br />

banks, purchasers that can borrow<br />

will have been well tested.<br />

Those hoping that the historically<br />

low yields we saw in late 2021 and<br />

into early 2022 will return, are in my<br />

opinion living in a utopian world – as<br />

much I would like to see them return,<br />

they just won’t. The OCR levels below<br />

1% and availability of capital that we<br />

saw, were the fundamental reason for<br />

this.<br />

My advice for 2024, but starting right<br />

now:<br />

• If you are considering purchasing,<br />

whether you are an owner occupier<br />

or investor, now is absolutely the<br />

time. Take action today with a view<br />

to the future.<br />

• If the deal works in today’s high<br />

interest rate environment, then it’s<br />

only going to get better as interest<br />

rates start to fall in due course.<br />

• Set your list of criteria and then<br />

get active – those that keep<br />

changing their criteria, invariably<br />

shift the goal posts, often ending<br />

up doing nothing, having missed<br />

the opportunity. Quality assets are<br />

always quality assets in the long<br />

term.<br />

• Before you do anything, talk to<br />

your financier or mortgage broker.<br />

Cash is king again and we have seen<br />

some recent sales that demonstrate<br />

the value of this commodity.<br />

• Once the bell tolls around interest<br />

rate cuts, greater competition from<br />

purchasers will absolutely return to<br />

the market.<br />

So, enjoy your break with friends<br />

and family over Christmas and New<br />

Years, for it’s been a long year, but<br />

one that has gone quickly.<br />

2024 will be the year of<br />

opportunity. Hamilton and the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> continues to come<br />

into its own, being well<br />

set up to weather any<br />

storm, with a broad<br />

and robust economy.<br />

In the business<br />

of conservation<br />

Two projects making<br />

news in the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

are concentrating on<br />

waterways.<br />

In Waipā a project<br />

to create an ecological<br />

corridor between Sanctuary<br />

Mountain Maungatautari<br />

and Mt Pirongia has<br />

celebrated its second<br />

anniversary.<br />

The Taiea te Taiao project<br />

will link the two maunga -<br />

40km apart - by planting<br />

along the Mangapiko Stream<br />

and its tributaries, on farms<br />

and other properties.<br />

More than 200,000 plants<br />

have been added to the<br />

corridor. Nine kilometres of<br />

waterways have been fenced<br />

and native trees planted<br />

alongside.<br />

“Beautifying the<br />

Mangapiko Stream will<br />

enhance its mana,” Poto<br />

Davies of Ngāti Koroki<br />

Kahukura said.<br />

“The stream is the veins of<br />

the land, and the whenua is<br />

important to us all.”<br />

Waipā district councillor<br />

Clare St Pierre, co-chair<br />

of the Maungatautari to<br />

Pirongia Ecological Corridor<br />

Incorporated Society, says<br />

an environment is being<br />

provided for “iconic” species<br />

so people can see them on<br />

their back doorstep.<br />

The Ministry for the<br />

Environment provides<br />

funding through the<br />

Freshwater Initiatives Fund<br />

for two employees, and NZ<br />

Landcare Trust coordinates<br />

the project.<br />

Further north Tāngaro<br />

Tuia te Ora, the Endangered<br />

Species Foundation, has<br />

named Tawera Nikau<br />

and Emma Giesen as new<br />

co-chairs.<br />

Giesen brings a wealth of<br />

Former Sanctuary Mountain<br />

Maungatautari chief Phil Lyons has taken<br />

on the role of national manager for Trees for<br />

Survival.<br />

And at Maungatautari, Helen Somerville<br />

is into her third month in the new role of<br />

general manager, having succeeded Andrew<br />

Peckham.<br />

Trees for Survival has planted more than<br />

two million native plants since the charitable<br />

trust was established in 1991.<br />

Lyons said it was wonderful to see more<br />

people choosing to give the gift of a tree<br />

or a charitable donation for birthdays,<br />

anniversaries, or Christmas in lieu of a more<br />

traditional gift.<br />

experience in environmental<br />

advocacy and a track record<br />

of fostering tree planting<br />

initiatives across Aotearoa.<br />

Nikau, <strong>Waikato</strong>-Tainui<br />

and a former Kiwi, is<br />

working to wipe out koi carp<br />

from north <strong>Waikato</strong> lakes.<br />

The introduced pest<br />

was initially recorded<br />

in the <strong>Waikato</strong> in 1983 –<br />

today tonnes of koi are<br />

removed from the river by<br />

bow hunters in an annual<br />

competition.<br />

At the start of November<br />

the 33rd World Koi Classic<br />

harvested 4.11 tonnes of koi<br />

in two days.<br />

Nikau, also chair of Te<br />

Riu o <strong>Waikato</strong> Board, said<br />

the fish would be processed<br />

into petfood, fish bait and<br />

fertiliser.<br />

The focus of Tāngaro<br />

Tuia te Ora is to strengthen<br />

partnerships with Māori<br />

organisations, communities,<br />

and leaders who are<br />

dedicated to biodiversity<br />

restoration.<br />

“We are entering a new era<br />

of biodiversity restoration,”<br />

general manager Natalie<br />

Jessup says.<br />

She also paid tribute to<br />

outgoing chair Stu Muir<br />

“Stu has been instrumental<br />

in strengthening our<br />

position as a respected<br />

Emma Giesen<br />

Tawera Nikau<br />

Poto Davies<br />

Changes at the top<br />

A replacement barge for the Tamahere 94<br />

barge used by the <strong>Waikato</strong> Regional Council<br />

Construction is expected to be heading south<br />

this time next year.<br />

Construction of the new self-propelled<br />

vessel, overseen by Marine Management<br />

Ltd, started at Heron Ship Repair Limited in<br />

Whangarei in May.<br />

The council received $1.92 million<br />

from Kānoa – the Regional Economic<br />

Development and Investment Unit’s Covid<br />

“ The stream<br />

is the veins of<br />

the land, and<br />

the whenua is<br />

important to<br />

us all<br />

organisation through his<br />

leadership and emphasis<br />

on indigenous perspectives<br />

and Māori-led projects for<br />

biodiversity,” she said.<br />

Every year, Trees for Survival plants over<br />

100,000 native plants, in collaboration with<br />

students, landowners, schools, communities<br />

and corporate partners.<br />

The plants are grown and nurtured by<br />

students.<br />

Meanwhile, Somerville reported last<br />

week that three of the kākāpō brought up<br />

to Maungatautari from Fiordland had been<br />

returned – after some of the flightless birds<br />

managed to get out of the fenced enclosure.<br />

The challenges were not entirely unexpected<br />

– the department of conservation anticipated<br />

having to jump some hurdles of its own as<br />

it works with iwi and Sanctury Mountain to<br />

eventually establish a breeding population.<br />

Barge work continues<br />

19 Response and Recovery Fund - towards<br />

the project.<br />

The Tamahere 94 was used by the council<br />

for 50 years as a working platform on the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> and Waipā rivers.<br />

The new vessel will undertake work<br />

primarily to provide for the stability and<br />

capacity of river channels in the lower<br />

reaches of the <strong>Waikato</strong> and Waipā rivers,<br />

as well as being available for lease to other<br />


DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Company-X lifers<br />



Company-X has grown<br />

to more than 50 in the<br />

last decade, but there’s a<br />

small team who have been<br />

with the <strong>Waikato</strong> software<br />

specialist since the start.<br />

“I<br />

like the Company-X ethos,”<br />

says Company-X senior<br />

developer Rob<br />

Scovell.<br />

British-born Scovell<br />

was one of the first to join<br />

co-founders and directors<br />

Jeremy Hughes and David<br />

Hallett after Company-X<br />

began trading in April <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

“The Company-X ethos fits very<br />

comfortably with my personal ethos. It’s<br />

an honourable ethos. You do what you<br />

say you’re going to do, and you align<br />

yourself with the customer. So, you align<br />

what you do with what the client goals<br />

are.”<br />

Scovell has found himself on an array<br />

of projects over the years, working for<br />

clients as diverse as big tech company<br />

Cisco in the USA, Jumpflex in Hamilton,<br />

NZ Police in Wellington, and Yabble, in<br />

Auckland.<br />

Scovell was hired after meeting Hallett<br />

at the Innes 48-hour <strong>Business</strong> Startup<br />

competition at The Atrium in Wintec<br />

House, Hamilton.<br />

For the first eight years Scovell split<br />

his time between New Zealand and the<br />

UK, spending about three months of<br />

every year in Britain. Scovell has divided<br />

his time between Thailand and the UK for<br />

the last two years.<br />

Scovell’s most memorable moments<br />

with Company-X include his first<br />

visit to Jeremy Hughes in Raglan and<br />

playing Professor X in a<br />

promotional video.<br />

Darren Harrison joined<br />

Company-X as a contractor<br />

after working with Hughes<br />

at Ignition Software,<br />

eventually becoming a fulltime<br />

team member.<br />

“Being the lead developer and<br />

architect for the One Network Road<br />

Classification Performance Measures<br />

Reporting Tool for the first five or six<br />

years was great,” Harrison said.<br />

The tool, built for the transport sector,<br />

became Transport Insights – the world’s<br />

first system that provides evidencebased<br />

insights for national transport<br />

decisions.<br />

Latterly Harrison has worked on<br />

software for Fleetcoach.<br />

Frank Mele joined Company-X in 2013<br />

on the recommendation of another<br />

team member who had worked with him<br />

before.<br />

Mele is one of a handful working from<br />

an overseas office, so he particularly<br />

enjoys virtual meetings where he gets to<br />

eyeball other team members and clients.<br />

“It is nice to talk to people,” he said.<br />

“It is good to see people’s<br />

faces.”<br />

Finance manager<br />

Antonia Withey has been<br />

with Company-X since day<br />

one.<br />

“When I started with<br />

Company-X co-founders Jeremy Hughes, left, and David Hallett.<br />

Company-X it was just a couple of<br />

hours a week as the company was in<br />

its infancy,” Withey said. “It has been<br />

great that, as the Company grew and<br />

required more of my time, my daughter<br />

was also growing up and I had more time<br />

available. I enjoy and am proud to be<br />

working as part of the Company-X team.<br />

“There have been many things for<br />

10 years that I have had to learn as I<br />

go, especially with the expansion into<br />

the USA and in dealing with foreign<br />

currencies. There is always a deadline or<br />

challenge along the way.<br />

“When I think about what has made<br />

me smile over the last 10 years it is a<br />

flashback of many of the speeches David<br />

or Jeremy have made at meetings or<br />

get togethers. They have had a way of<br />

making everyone feel part of the team,<br />

appreciated and all of us a part of the<br />

company’s success.”<br />

Company-X co-founder and director<br />

David Hallett said he and Hughes prided<br />

themselves on building high-performing<br />

teams.<br />

“It’s really exciting to see that our<br />

people want to be the best team doing<br />

the best things,” Hallett said.<br />

“We continue to hire people who want<br />

to be part of that ethos. A rising tide lifts<br />

all boats. A rising tide lifts all waka.”<br />

Hughes said he was thrilled<br />

Company-X still had team members, or<br />

lifers, from its early days.<br />

“They’ve made this company what it<br />

is,” Hughes said. “They joined us at the<br />

beginning, helped paddle the waka and<br />

after 10 years we’re still having a great<br />

time creating and delivering amazing<br />

software innovations.<br />

“One of the most satisfying things in<br />

the journey of Company-X is building the<br />

team that we’ve built, and the fact that<br />

we have Company-X lifers tells me that<br />

it’s been as much a satisfying journey for<br />

them, as it has for me.”<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

End of year immigration<br />

update for employers<br />

Advertorial<br />

St Peter’s school<br />

changes backed<br />

Employers employing migrant<br />

workers were required to be<br />

accredited by Immigration New<br />

Zealand from July 2022. Once<br />

accredited, an employer must then<br />

obtain a Job Check approval, before<br />

the worker can apply for an accredited<br />

employer work visa (AEWV).<br />

Since this new regime began, now 16<br />

months ago, there have been 31,000<br />

employer accreditation applications,<br />

49,000 Job Check applications<br />

covering 230,000 jobs, and 94,000<br />

AEWVs have been approved. The<br />

processing of all these applications<br />

had been going very (too?) smoothly<br />

until a few months ago when a<br />

number of significant incidences of<br />

migrant exploitation surfaced. Many<br />

workers paid large amounts of money,<br />

sometimes as much as $50,000, to<br />

obtain their New Zealand job and<br />

work visa, only to find on their arrival<br />

in New Zealand that there was no<br />

job, or the job was not what they had<br />

signed up for, or that suddenly the<br />

work had dried up.<br />

Immigration NZ has now changed the<br />

rules. The process of accreditation,<br />

Job Check and AEWV was previously<br />

able to be completed within 4-6<br />

weeks. This process can now take<br />

3 months or more. INZ is also now,<br />

finally, undertaking appropriate<br />

verification and checking of all<br />

applications to ensure these are<br />

credible, and supported by suitable<br />

evidence. In other policy changes 90-<br />

day trial periods are no longer allowed<br />

within migrant workers employment<br />

agreements, and AEWVs will now<br />

(normally) be issued for a 5-year<br />

duration. The minimum payrate for an<br />

AEWV to be approved is $29.66 per<br />

hour (the median payrate) but lower<br />

rates can apply for some roles where<br />

there is a sector agreement (eg; care<br />

workforce, hospitality). The previous<br />

Government has signalled that this<br />

median pay would increase to $31.61<br />

per hour in February next year – it<br />

will be interesting to see if the new<br />

National led Government ratifies this<br />

increase or cancels/defers it due to<br />

the cost to employers.<br />

Much of the migrant exploitation is<br />

understood to be associated with<br />

third-party/labour hire employers,<br />

and within the construction sector,<br />

and INZ is tightening policies for<br />

these employers to require evidence<br />

of financial viability, and that their<br />

workforce comprises at least 35% of<br />

New Zealand workers.<br />

INZ is also currently undertaking<br />

audits of (around 16% of) accredited<br />

employers to check they have been<br />

compliant with their accreditation<br />

obligations - including maintenance<br />

of time and wage records, and<br />

completion of settlement information<br />

and Employment NZ modules.<br />

Currently 1,600 employer audits have<br />

been completed with another 1,200<br />

underway. Some 1,500 complaints<br />

have been made against accredited<br />

employers, and 103 employers have<br />

had their accreditation revoked<br />

(many due to business liquidations),<br />

and 23 have had their accreditation<br />

suspended. Accredited employers<br />

should revisit their original<br />

accreditation application to ensure<br />

they are aware of, and up to date with,<br />

their obligations.<br />

INZ is continuing to review the Green<br />

List which lists those roles, and the<br />

credentials required, for in-demand<br />

roles that enable either a straight-toresidence<br />

application or a residence<br />

application to be made after working<br />

in the role for 2 years. Another 17<br />

roles will be added to the Green List<br />

in March <strong>2023</strong> including Corrections<br />

Officer, welder, fitter, metal fabricator<br />

and panel beater, among others.<br />

Congratulations to Hon Erica Stanford,<br />

the new Minister of Immigration. It<br />

is reassuring to now have a minister<br />

who is so passionate, knowledgeable<br />

and capable in dealing with the<br />

immigration portfolio.<br />

For any immigration matter please do<br />

not hesitate to contact the friendly<br />

Pathways team.<br />

By Mary Anne Gill<br />

St Peter’s Head of School Marcus Blackburn in his office. <br />

A<br />

restructure of its admissions,<br />

international and marketing offices<br />

into one directorate will help<br />

maximise the potential of St Peter’s School,<br />

says its Head of School Marcus Blackburn.<br />

He made the comment in response to<br />

rumours circulating in the community<br />

that the school was undertaking a series of<br />

redundancies. The <strong>News</strong> was contacted by<br />

several sources suggesting there were as<br />

many as 12-13 people involved.<br />

Blackburn, who started at the school<br />

earlier this year following the controversial<br />

resignation of his predecessor Dale Burden<br />

in May 2021 amid an investigation into<br />

bullying, denied the rumours.<br />

“It is disappointing to hear (the gossip),”<br />

he said.<br />

“The whole concept of getting rid of people<br />

is regrettable.”<br />

Restructuring was happening in three<br />

departments – admissions, international<br />

and marketing - which currently operate out<br />

of two separate offices enrolling students<br />

into the school.<br />

One is for overseas students and the other<br />

for day and boarding. Bringing marketing in<br />

would clarify what St Peter’s was all about,<br />

said Blackburn.<br />

Staff numbers would go from 10 to seven,<br />

with deployment elsewhere in the school<br />

being actively pursued for “those staff who<br />

wish to remain members of the St Peter’s<br />

team.”<br />

Recruitment is underway for the new<br />

role of Admissions and Marketing head,<br />

who will coordinate all three functions. The<br />

merger made sense and would provide a<br />

key operation and function for the school,<br />

he said.<br />

“We will expect there will be great<br />

collaboration across that team.”<br />

Other staff resigning across the school<br />

and changes to the school’s sport academies<br />

probably led to the rumours.<br />

“I feel as a leader I’m coming in to facilitate<br />

the things we need to do to maximise the<br />

potential of the school.”<br />

The school is piloting a programme next<br />

year from years seven to 10 next year which<br />

would bring sport into the timetable as a<br />

double period every week, in addition to<br />

before and after school.<br />

Sport is currently an elective subject with<br />

some students feeling they could not afford<br />

to do sport so they could preserve their<br />

academic options.<br />

“I care about equity. I want our most<br />

experienced expert sports staff supporting<br />

students across the age levels and at all<br />

Photo: Mary Anne Gill.<br />

teams. If your sport only happens after<br />

school, those staff members have to choose<br />

which teams they work with.”<br />

Blackburn, a former regional development<br />

officer for the Welsh Rugby Union and<br />

the Singapore national rugby sevens coach,<br />

worked under a similar successful system<br />

when he was at Scots College in Sydney from<br />

2009-2015.<br />

Performing arts is another area under<br />

review following the resignation of the<br />

current Director of Performing Arts. The<br />

process around recruiting to that position<br />

had not started yet.<br />

“I’m really confident in their (the staff)<br />

capacity to keep that engine going.<br />

“I really value co-curricular activities at<br />

school,” he said.<br />

It was something he developed during<br />

his time as Assistant Head (Co-curricular)<br />

at Hereford Cathedral School in the United<br />

Kingdom from 2015-2018.<br />

From 2020 to 2022 in Adelaide Blackburn<br />

was deputy headmaster and Head of Senior<br />

School at St Peter’s College – a boys only<br />

Anglican boarding and day school of 1500<br />

students.<br />

St Peter’s in Cambridge has a roll of 1200.<br />

He, wife Tara and sons Jack, 20, and Rory,<br />

17, moved to Cambridge earlier this year.<br />

Tara is a primary school teacher and an<br />

Irish dance teacher.<br />

The first part of the year was one of getting<br />

to know the school and the community,<br />

speaking to people on sport sidelines, being<br />

at events and meeting with Year 13 learning<br />

groups to learn about their experience at St<br />

Peter’s.<br />

“Culture is just integral. I made that<br />

real commitment to the community -<br />

whakawhanaungatanga, to get to know the<br />

people and the place and the rituals, the<br />

tikanga.”<br />

“Failing to do that would have been<br />

missing a real opportunity.”<br />

He coached the St Peter’s under 15 girls’<br />

rugby team and supported a basketball<br />

team.<br />

Using his rugby sevens experience – he<br />

wrote a book 10 years ago called Coaching<br />

Rugby Sevens – he will take charge of the<br />

Hautapu club sevens team.<br />

“I’ve come in as a leader. I do believe that<br />

schools require leaders that pay attention<br />

to school as a workplace and not just a<br />

place for young people to come to learn. I’m<br />

committed to do that. I am here to balance<br />

that support of our staff at the same time as<br />

trying to inspire their performance,” said<br />


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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Scientific work acknowledged<br />

The achievements of 17 scientists and<br />

their teams were acknowledged<br />

at the Kudos Science Excellence<br />

Awards at the end of November in<br />

Hamilton.<br />

The Emerging Scientist category,<br />

sponsored by the Hamilton City Council,<br />

recognised a major recent contribution<br />

toward advancing an emerging career in<br />

science across the greater <strong>Waikato</strong> and<br />

Toi Moana, Bay of Plenty.<br />

The award was won by climate<br />

scientist Dr Luke Harrington, who was<br />

also named a finalist in the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Regional Council Environmental award.<br />

“The calibre of science achievement<br />

from our young scientists is incredibly<br />

inspiring.” Hamilton mayor Paula<br />

Southgate said when presenting the<br />

award.<br />

NIWA’s Te Kūwaha o Taihoro<br />

Nukurangi team celebrated two major<br />

award wins including the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Regional Council Environmental Science<br />

and University of <strong>Waikato</strong> Vision<br />

Maatauranga awards.<br />

The team works to help Māori<br />

communities access the latest scientific<br />

research and tools to manage natural<br />

resources while respecting their unique<br />

knowledge systems.<br />

Cardiovascular surgeon Dr Manar<br />

Khashram won the Te Whatu ora<br />

- <strong>Waikato</strong> Medical Science award<br />

in recognition of his dedication to<br />

vascular surgery and research which is<br />

enhancing the management of aortic<br />

and vascular disease. Finalists in this<br />

category included Associate Professor<br />

Lynn Chepulis from the University of<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> and Dr Matthew Phillips of<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Hospital.<br />

The Science Teacher/Educator/<br />

Communicator award was won by<br />

horticultural science teacher Hilary<br />

Johnson from Katikati College,<br />

highlighting her contribution to results<br />

that kept her students at higher than the<br />

national average for four years.<br />

Other significant awards included the<br />

Agresearch Cattle Urine Sensor team as<br />

winner of the Science and Technology<br />

award, and The LIC Variant Discovery<br />

team taking home the Hill Labs Primary<br />

Industry award.<br />

A supreme Kudos Lifetime<br />

Achievement award was presented to<br />

Steve Davis of LIC. His distinguished<br />

research career has spanned 48 years<br />

and contributed greatly to the quality<br />

of New Zealand’s dairy herd and its<br />

production.<br />

Dr Davis has published over 120<br />

scientific papers, 145 conference<br />

proceedings, five book chapters and over<br />

10 patents.<br />

“It’s always awe-inspiring to see so<br />

many potentially ground-breaking<br />

projects underway. What I find most<br />

impressive is the passion, blood,<br />

sweat and tears that goes into each of<br />

them,” Kudos Science Trust chair Chris<br />

Williams said.<br />

Students were also recognised for their<br />

achievements in science. The $1000<br />

Braemar Charitable Trust/Science<br />

Spinners Scholarship was awarded to<br />

Mya Komene, Aiga Tasi/Fraser High<br />

school to support her academic pathway<br />

in medical/health sciences.<br />

The master of ceremonies was Forest<br />

and Bird chief executive Nicola Toki.<br />

“The fact that the <strong>Waikato</strong> region is<br />

the only region to hold such significant<br />

awards and has done so year after year<br />

for 16 years, is a positive reflection<br />

of the high calibre of the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Steve Davis, of LIC, was presented with a life time achievement<br />

award by trust chair Chris Williams.<br />

scientific community,” she<br />

said.<br />

“Even better, is the degree<br />

of collaboration and courage<br />

demonstrated by this<br />

innovative group of scientists<br />

to tackle some of our most<br />

challenging issues”.<br />

Miriama’s rose translates into books<br />

By Mary Anne Gill<br />

Mike Dreaver was quite<br />

specific when four years ago<br />

he asked Hamilton’s Amoré<br />

Roses to create a rose for<br />

his wife, television presenter<br />

Miriama Kamo.<br />

It had to be brown and<br />

a climber, he told owner<br />

Jan Barnett. Last month<br />

Kamo was at the company’s<br />

<strong>News</strong>tead premises for the<br />

annual open day where the<br />

rose was launched.<br />

Proceeds from sales of<br />

the Miriama Kamo rose<br />

go to the couple’s Kotahi<br />

Rau Pukapuka Trust which<br />

translates books written in<br />

English to Māori.<br />

Catholic bishop Steve<br />

Lowe, a family friend of<br />

Kamo’s from Christchurch,<br />

blessed the rose and gave a<br />

reading from St Matthew.<br />

For Jan it was yet more<br />

proof that she and husband<br />

Paul made the right decision<br />

when they pursued the<br />

opportunity to become rose<br />

importers.<br />

The Barnetts were in<br />

Osaka, Japan in 2006 – she<br />

had written the successful<br />

citation to the World Rose<br />

Federation to have Hamilton<br />

Gardens’ rose garden given<br />

a garden of excellence award<br />

and he was at a property<br />

conference.<br />

Jan has been fascinated<br />

by roses since she was a girl<br />

and went on to become a<br />

national rose judge. Paul<br />

is less knowledgeable so<br />

when he met acclaimed<br />

American rose breeder<br />

Frank Bernadella at the bar<br />

one night, he had no idea of<br />

what a legend he was with.<br />

Bernadella, who has since<br />

died, was complaining that<br />

he could not get his awardwinning<br />

miniature roses<br />

into New Zealand.<br />

Paul said he would see<br />

what he could do.<br />

On their return, Jan and<br />

Paul set up a business to<br />

import and quarantine the<br />

The Amoré ladies: Briony Nash, Janette and Melanie Barnett.<br />

<br />

Photo: Supplied<br />

plants. Originally it was to<br />

be established rose growing<br />

firms which would get the<br />

roses to market but delays in<br />

getting quarantine units set<br />

up left Jan on her own.<br />

They sold their retirement<br />

beach home, bought several<br />

hectares in Vaile Road,<br />

<strong>News</strong>tead and set about<br />

getting the new roses into<br />

circulation.<br />

Seven years later there<br />

are now some unique and<br />

beautiful varieties of Amoré<br />

Roses released in New<br />

Zealand about the same<br />

time as Europe.<br />

Jan has breeders from<br />

Belgium, Australia,<br />

Germany, France,<br />

Netherlands, Canada,<br />

Ireland and America.<br />

“We all think she is<br />

awesome and will do really<br />

well. She talks about being a<br />

boutique business but if the<br />

New Zealand public want to<br />

see beautiful roses in their<br />

garden no matter how small<br />

the garden, then Jan could<br />

be very busy,” said Paul, a<br />

successful project manager<br />

and property developer for<br />

nearly 40 years.<br />

Jan recently picked up<br />

three awards for her roses –<br />

children’s choice, hybrid tea<br />

and most fragrant - at the<br />

Pacific Rose Bowl Festival in<br />

the Rogers Rose Garden at<br />

Hamilton Gardens beating<br />

out roses from around the<br />

world.<br />

Some of Jan’s roses are<br />

perfumed, some are small<br />

bushes but with big flowers,<br />

some are almost thornless,<br />

some striped, some speckled<br />

but all are disease tolerant.<br />

“The beauty of these roses<br />

is that they bring colour<br />

into the garden and can<br />

also fit into small apartment<br />

gardens,” said Paul.<br />

Their daughters Briony<br />

and Melanie are now<br />

co-directors and help in the<br />

business.<br />

Miriama Kamo, who now has her own rose, at Amoré Rose’s open day. <br />

Electric bus debuts in Taupō<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>’s first electric bus is doing the<br />

rounds in Taupō.<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Regional and Taupō District<br />

councils launched the bus at an event last<br />

week. It carries up to 56 passengers at a<br />

time and can tilt towards the curb and<br />

extend a ramp to provide easier access for<br />

passengers.<br />

The new cleaner, quieter and emission free<br />

Taupō Connector replaces a diesel vehicle<br />

which has been a mainstay of the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

public bus system for years.<br />

Tranzit Coachlines operates the buses. A<br />

120kW charger at Tranzit’s Taupō depot<br />

takes two hours to charge the battery and<br />

uses a smart charging system that takes<br />

advantage of off-peak power prices.<br />

The 281kWh on-board battery powers the<br />

engine and in-built regeneration technology<br />

recharges it when the bus brakes, enabling<br />

the bus to travel for about 300km on a single<br />

charge.<br />

Waka Kotahi says electric bus trials in<br />

Auckland reduced operating costs by 70 to 85<br />

per cent compared to diesel vehicles running<br />

the same route.<br />

The Taupō Connector travels for about<br />

270km each weekday, making seven<br />

return loops (six on the weekend) between<br />

Wharewaka in the northwest of town and<br />

Nukuhau in the south.<br />

Mich’eal Downard, <strong>Waikato</strong> Regional<br />

Photo: Supplied.<br />

Councillor for Taupō-Rotorua and chair of<br />

the Regional Transport Committee, said zeroemission<br />

buses were critical for achieving<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>’s public transport objective to make<br />

services net carbon neutral from 2025 to<br />

2050: “EVs are a game changer for reducing<br />

emissions across our network, so this is a big<br />

deal and I’m very happy that it happens to be<br />

in Taupō.”<br />

In Cambridge at the start of <strong>2023</strong> medical<br />

professional Luk Chin suggested a small<br />

electric bus service for the community.<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>’s public transport network covers<br />

approximately 730km of roads outside of<br />

Hamilton City and daily passenger numbers<br />

this year are up 28.4 per cent on 2022.<br />

The network carried an average of 7948<br />

passengers a day last year but was carrying<br />

10,208 at the end of October <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The regional council’s public transport<br />

manager, Trudi Knight, says continual<br />

improvements to services and options are<br />

making a difference: “The great thing about<br />

the increasing passenger numbers is we’ve<br />

done it without increasing the average<br />

number of bus trips each day. We had 760<br />

last year and 758 this year.<br />

“On an average day, we’re taking the<br />

equivalent of 8876 car trips off the road.<br />

Obviously, this is great for reducing emissions<br />

but every EV bus we can add to our network<br />

makes it even cleaner and more efficient.”

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />



Local couple purchase David<br />

Reid Homes <strong>Waikato</strong> franchise<br />

Eagle-eyed residents of<br />

Te Awamutu will have<br />

spotted the change in<br />

signage at Lunix Homes<br />

in Mahoe Street. That’s<br />

because they’re now<br />

David Reid Homes<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>. Here’s what is<br />

behind the move...<br />

To sum up the new David Reid<br />

Homes <strong>Waikato</strong> owners Tau Haimona<br />

and Felicity Haimona-Kay in one<br />

word, we would say “passionate”.<br />

The husband-and-wife duo have<br />

built a reputation of trust for<br />

themselves under their previous<br />

business, Lunix Homes, but knew that<br />

under the David Reid Homes brand<br />

they could take things to another<br />

level.<br />

Tau’s extensive building background,<br />

strong work ethic and attention<br />

to detail is matched equally by<br />

the profi ciency with which Felicity<br />

supports client relationships and<br />

build planning. Their commitment to<br />

each aspect of the build process has<br />

earned the pair a solid reputation<br />

of offering quality products and<br />

workmanship which has seen<br />

demand for their services grow.<br />

In 2022 Tau and Felicity entered<br />

their show home situated in Frontier<br />

Estate, Te Awamutu, into the<br />

Registered Master Builders House of<br />

the Year Awards. In a testament to<br />

their team’s hard work, the home<br />

won a Gold and Category Award<br />

at a regional level, and was also<br />

named in the Top 100 nationally<br />

alongside multiple David Reid Homes<br />

regional teams.<br />

“We knew David Reid<br />

Homes had a reputation<br />

for building high quality<br />

architecturally designed<br />

homes, so to be sitting<br />

alongside them and<br />

know that our work was<br />

up to that standard was<br />

awesome,” says<br />

Felicity.<br />

When the<br />

opportunity<br />

to become<br />

a part of<br />

David Reid<br />

Homes<br />

presented<br />

itself<br />

earlier this<br />

year, it just<br />

felt right. The couple felt their<br />

values, work ethic and attention<br />

to customer care aligned with the<br />

David Reid Homes ethos.<br />

Alongside the David Reid Homes<br />

national brand, Tau and Felicity look<br />

forward to growing the franchise<br />

across the wider <strong>Waikato</strong>, as far<br />

north as Te Kauwhata and as far<br />

south as Te Kuiti.<br />

“The construction of our new<br />

display home in Pirongia has begun<br />

and we are excited to present<br />

a sophisticated entertainer’s<br />

home, built with impeccable<br />

craftmanship,” Tau says. “We plan<br />

to open the home for public viewing<br />

in mid – 2024, so keep an eye out<br />

for updates on David Reid Homes<br />

Facebook page.”<br />

“If you’re planning to build your<br />

new home or want to talk through<br />

ideas, get in touch with our David<br />

Reid Homes <strong>Waikato</strong> team. We<br />

offer a wide range of house plans<br />

to inspire your new build journey,<br />

while also having the tools, skills<br />

and experience to create a home<br />

that is uniquely yours. We take<br />

the responsibility of delivering a<br />

premium, custom-built home for our<br />

clients every time. We invite you to<br />

get in touch with us and take the fi rst<br />

step toward building the home you<br />

and your family will love to live in.”<br />

Visit their offi ce at<br />

74 Mahoe Street,<br />

Te Awamutu or contact<br />

Tau on 027 476 2271<br />

tau.haimona@davidreidhomes.co.nz<br />

Felicity on 027 710 4966<br />

felicity.hk@davidreidhomes.co.nz.<br />

New David Reid Homes <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

franchisees, Tau and Felicity.<br />



Located at 118 Sherwin Street, Pirongia<br />

HOUSE & LAND<br />

PRICED AT $1,280,000<br />

5/156 Nicholson Avenue, Te Awamutu, <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

4 Beds 3 Baths 3 Garage Parking 403m 2 Floor<br />

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2 Garage Parking 256m 2 Floor<br />

Contact Tau on 027 476 2271 – tau.haimona@davidreidhomes.co.nz<br />

or Felicity on 027 71049 66 – felicity.hk@davidreidhomes.co.nz<br />

74 Mahoe Street, Te Awamutu<br />



DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />


Visitor experiences<br />

boost tourism<br />



Ambitious plans –<br />

good and not so<br />


It’s an exciting time to be involved in<br />

tourism in Hamilton and <strong>Waikato</strong>. After some<br />

challenging years, our region has bounced<br />

back strongly and there are some amazing new<br />

tourism and hospitality experiences emerging.<br />

Just last month Made - a food, retail and<br />

creative precinct providing a colourful food<br />

and beverage and shopping experience opened<br />

in Hamilton East. This is a fantastic addition<br />

to our city, which is well and truly coming<br />

in to its own as a must-visit foodie New<br />

Zealand destination with other new eateries<br />

establishing themselves here as well over the<br />

last 12 months.<br />

There’s also much to be excited about for<br />

arts and culture lovers too, with construction<br />

of the $80m <strong>Waikato</strong> Regional Theatre<br />

continuing on Victoria Street.<br />

Pleasingly, we’ve also seen new<br />

accommodation popping up to support<br />

the growing number of people visiting the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> for leisure or business events. These<br />

include the boutique Te Karaka Lodge in north<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>, and the impressive Clements Hotel<br />

in Cambridge.<br />

Quality properties like these provide<br />

additional capacity throughout the region,<br />

helping to spread the load and alleviate some<br />

of the shortage of approximately 160 hotel<br />

rooms and serviced apartments identified in<br />

a hotel report published by Hamilton City<br />

Council at the end of last year.<br />

Many people come to the <strong>Waikato</strong> for our<br />

open spaces and nature experiences, and<br />

there’s been a lot going on in this area over the<br />

past 12 months.<br />

Hamilton’s Te Kāroro Nature Precinct<br />

launched in April, providing a conservationthemed<br />

visitor destination that combines<br />


Small businesses<br />

challenged<br />


As many Kiwi households tighten their<br />

purse strings to combat inflation and<br />

the rising cost of living, it’s clear small<br />

businesses across the <strong>Waikato</strong> have been<br />

feeling the effects.<br />

Xero’s latest Small <strong>Business</strong> Index has<br />

painted a picture of how small businesses<br />

in the region are faring, with the results<br />

reflecting the challenging ongoing economic<br />

climate for communities across the country.<br />

Sales growth for small businesses in<br />

the <strong>Waikato</strong> usually tracks closely with<br />

the national results, however there was a<br />

surprising contrast in September. Small<br />

business sales growth in the <strong>Waikato</strong> fell<br />

8.1 per cent year-on-year - which was much<br />

softer than the national average of a 1.5 per<br />

cent decline.<br />

For sales growth in the September quarter,<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> was the second weakest region in<br />

the country, experiencing a 2.3 per cent<br />

drop, followed only by Taranaki (-3.9 per<br />

cent).<br />

Sales are inconsistent across the country,<br />

with some regions facing more challenging<br />

times than others.<br />

Across Aotearoa New Zealand, it’s<br />

clear Kiwi households are reducing their<br />

discretionary spending, which has a flow on<br />

effect to spending with small businesses in<br />

their community.<br />

Despite the weak sales, small businesses<br />

across the <strong>Waikato</strong> remain eager to hire<br />

talent, with the region experiencing 5.3 per<br />

cent jobs growth in September.<br />

These figures are impressive and<br />

consistent across the country as small<br />

Hamilton Zoo, Waiwhakareke Natural<br />

Heritage Park, Hamilton Observatory and<br />

Everyday Eatery. This new precinct adds<br />

further to our region’s outdoor and nature<br />

credentials.<br />

The 13-year project to create the 65km Te<br />

Awa River Ride finished at the end of last year,<br />

and now provides a continuous cycleway from<br />

Ngaruawahia to Karāpiro.<br />

New cultural experiences have launched<br />

including Rangiriri Pā tours and Te Puna Wai<br />

Tours in Ngāruawāhia.<br />

With domestic visitors spending $1,491<br />

million in the region for the year to October,<br />

the fourth highest in the country, and<br />

international visitors spending $393m, the<br />

fifth highest in the country, it’s clear to see why<br />

there is interest in capitalising on the bright<br />

future of tourism in the region.<br />

And we need to keep fostering this interest<br />

as there are gaps to fill in our regional visitor<br />

offering such as accommodation in Hamilton’s<br />

CBD and experiences around and on the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> River. Tourism is the shop window<br />

for economic development.<br />

Part of our role is to seek out and encourage<br />

new tourism related investment and support<br />

new operators when they are entering the<br />

sector, offering industry insights, statistics and<br />

advice. We have been working with several<br />

parties, large and small, keen to invest in<br />

experiences and accommodation in various<br />

parts of the region.<br />

The new developments and strong interest<br />

in our region bode well for the future, as does<br />

our industry’s increasing focus on ensuring<br />

the return of visitors benefits our region<br />

environmentally, socially and culturally, as<br />

well as financially.<br />

businesses continue to compete with large<br />

businesses for talent.<br />

However, if sales continue to trend<br />

downwards, this fast pace jobs growth could<br />

be difficult for small businesses to maintain.<br />

Wages for <strong>Waikato</strong> small businesses rose<br />

3.6 per cent year on year to September,<br />

which was broadly in line with the national<br />

average. For the September quarter, wages<br />

averaged 3.6 per cent growth for <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

small businesses, which was the third<br />

largest rise of all regions. Wage growth still<br />

remains below inflation and this puts small<br />

businesses in a vulnerable position as real<br />

wages are falling, meaning small businesses<br />

could remain under pressure.<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> small businesses were paid on<br />

average 5.9 days late in September, closely<br />

in line with the national average of six days.<br />

Thousands of Kiwi small businesses fold<br />

each year. More often than not, it’s because<br />

they’re unable to overcome cash flow issues.<br />

The drop in small business sales<br />

is a concerning factor that shouldn’t be<br />

overlooked.<br />

It is clear the road ahead remains<br />

challenging for our small businesses as<br />

inflation, interest rates and the cost of living<br />

stay top of mind.<br />

That’s why it’s crucial to keep supporting<br />

them wherever possible and shop local when<br />

we can.<br />

We also encourage small businesses from<br />

around <strong>Waikato</strong> to look into the digital<br />

tools available, which have been carefully<br />

designed to help cash flow and improve<br />

productivity.<br />

We (finally) have a new government, and<br />

with an ambitious programme of work they<br />

have quite a number of policies that are likely<br />

to affect the housing market, construction<br />

industry and the built environment.<br />

Firstly, there are several noteworthy<br />

policies relating to property investment.<br />

• The reintroduction of mortgage interest<br />

deductability.<br />

• Landlords to be able to give 90 days notice<br />

of eviction, without stating a cause.<br />

• Likely reduction of the brightline test from<br />

10 years to two years.<br />

These each make property investment<br />

more attractive and are likely to result in<br />

more investors entering or staying in the<br />

market. This in turn is likely to give more<br />

momentum to property prices, which are<br />

already on the way up again.<br />

In a nutshell – good news if you own<br />

property, great news if you’re a landlord, not<br />

so great if you’re a first home buyer.<br />

On the flip side, the coalition’s 100 day<br />

plan says they will “Begin work to enable<br />

more houses to be built, by implementing the<br />

Going for Housing Growth policy and making<br />

the Medium Density Residential Standards<br />

optional for councils.” In theory this policy<br />

could help to moderate housing prices,<br />

though probably in the medium, rather than<br />

short term.<br />

One of the key components of the Going for<br />

Housing Growth policy is “unlocking land for<br />

housing.” Councils in major towns and cities<br />

will be required to zone land for 30 years’<br />


How to avoid being<br />

captured<br />


In the modern workplace, technology has<br />

become an indispensable tool, seamlessly<br />

integrated into our daily routines. Like the<br />

captivating Venus fly trap, it beckons us with<br />

its allure, promising increased productivity,<br />

and efficiency.<br />

Yet, just as the unsuspecting insect falls<br />

prey to the plant’s enticing nectar, we too risk<br />

becoming ensnared in the digital web, our<br />

attention consumed by the incessant demands<br />

of technology.<br />

This pervasive presence of technology<br />

in our workplaces can transform us into<br />

automatons, our eyes glued to screens, our<br />

minds preoccupied with endless streams of<br />

emails, notifications, and virtual meetings.<br />

This relentless digital onslaught disrupts our<br />

focus, diminishes our creativity, and erodes our<br />

human connection.<br />

Like the Venus fly trap’s digestive enzymes,<br />

technology can gradually consume our<br />

vitality, leaving us drained and disengaged,<br />

or as someone more articulate once said,<br />

‘comfortably numb.’ As organisational<br />

leaders, we must recognise this and<br />

proactively work to ensure our teams stay<br />

free from its clutches.<br />

By reclaiming control over our digital<br />

engagement, we can emerge from the<br />

technological mire, revitalised, and empowered.<br />

Just as the Venus fly trap releases its prey<br />

after digestion, we too can release ourselves<br />

from the clutches of technology, rediscovering<br />

our human potential and fostering a more<br />

harmonious workplace environment.<br />

We can do this by cultivating a culture fixated<br />

on outcomes rather than checkboxes. Here is<br />

how:<br />

Focus on outcomes, not tasks<br />

Encourage your team to view their work<br />

worth of housing demand immediately.<br />

Along with some new tools for infrastructure<br />

funding, this has potential to increase the<br />

supply, and decrease or at least control the<br />

cost of new housing in the medium term.<br />

Depending on your views on suburban<br />

sprawl and the use of productive land for<br />

housing, this may or may not be a positive<br />

change. Probably great news if you work<br />

in land development or civil construction<br />

though.<br />

Finally, the coalition parties have talked<br />

quite a bit about improving housing<br />

affordability by reducing red tape.<br />

The coalition has said that they will repeal<br />

the Natural and Built Environment Act<br />

<strong>2023</strong> and the Spatial Planning Act <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

and replace the Resource Management Act<br />

1991 with new resource management laws<br />

premised on the enjoyment of property rights<br />

as a guiding principle.<br />

In theory this could also help to reduce<br />

costs and make housing more affordable.<br />

I’ll reserve judgement for now, governments<br />

have been talking about reforming the RMA<br />

for quite some time, but the devil’s in the<br />

detail.<br />

Between these and other proposed policies,<br />

the current economic environment, and<br />

interest rates, no one can predict with any<br />

accuracy what the impact will be on our<br />

housing and construction markets over the<br />

next year or two. I’m sure the Reserve Bank,<br />

like many others, will be watching with great<br />

interest.<br />

through the lens of outcomes and achievements.<br />

Rather than asking, “What are you doing this<br />

week?” ask. “What does success look like for<br />

you this week?” It is about moving from a taskoriented<br />

mindset to a results-oriented one.<br />

Share the vision - people want to be part of<br />

a purpose that they belong to. So, ensure that<br />

every member of your team understands the<br />

big picture, the strategy, and the current focus<br />

of the business. This should not be a one-off.<br />

Get learning - provide opportunities for your<br />

staff to upskill, especially in areas that enhance<br />

their ability to achieve and measure outcomes.<br />

Encourage a culture where knowledge sharing<br />

is the norm.<br />

Align Technology and <strong>Business</strong> KPIs -<br />

Technology should serve the business, not<br />

the other way around. Ensure that your Key<br />

Performance Indicators for technology are<br />

inextricably linked to your business KPIs.<br />

Reward achievement, not compliance -<br />

recognition should go beyond merely ticking<br />

off tasks.<br />

Be bold in your decisions -Sometimes,<br />

progress requires tough choices. Be prepared<br />

to ‘slaughter the sacred cow’ if necessary - be<br />

willing to abandon practices and technologies<br />

that no longer serve the company’s best<br />

interests.<br />

Trust your team - Have faith that your staff<br />

will fulfil their responsibilities. This trust fosters<br />

a sense of ownership and accountability.<br />

Lead by example - embody the change you<br />

want to see. Use technology as a tool to achieve<br />

outcomes, not as an end in itself.<br />

Let us not be slaves to the screen; let us be<br />

masters of our digital domain, using technology<br />

to propel our organisations to new heights.<br />

Richard Rayner is an Associate of <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

software specialist Company-X.

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />


A night on the town<br />

Hamilton central businesses have had their challenges in recent<br />

years so they grasped the opportunity to finally celebrate getting<br />

through the other side when the annual Hamilton Centre CBD<br />

awards were held recently. Senior writer Mary Anne Gill was there<br />

to capture some of the celebrations held under a Hampton pitched<br />

roof marquee in Roose Common Park on the banks of the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

River in Grantham Street, Hamilton.<br />

True Store’s Andrea Downey accepts the award for Customer Service, won jointly with Fiona<br />

Platje of Precious Metals and Marcus Potroz of Texas Radio.<br />

Gothenburg’s Andrea Mazariegos and Carl Bloxam won the Eat and Drink Bars and Restaurants category.<br />

Cheers! Fiona Platje and Rachael Hunt from Precious Metals, Centre Place, joint winners<br />

with True Store and Texas Radio for Customer Service.<br />

Lab Brows & Body won the Health and Beauty section. Taking a selfie from left are Penelope Mahoney,<br />

Monique Grant, Selina Peterson, Ella Davies and Tamzyn Fordham.<br />

Cambridge residents Camille Guzwell, left, and Mary Anne Gill take time out to pose for this<br />

shot. <br />

Photo: Moving Media.<br />

A section of the audience at the Hamilton CBD awards held under Hampton pitched roof marque in Roose Common Park.


DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Leading plumbing company<br />

wraps up its year of celebrations<br />

FB Hall & Co Ltd in Hamilton<br />

is marking its centenary<br />

this year. It’s not just a<br />

celebration of 100 years<br />

of success for this leading<br />

plumbing and drainage<br />

company … it’s a time to<br />

appreciate the past, enjoy<br />

the present and embrace<br />

the future.<br />

FB Hall & Co’s unwavering<br />

dedication to old fashioned<br />

integrity and trust has earned the<br />

company an enviable reputation<br />

throughout the region, but it was winning<br />

the coveted title <strong>Waikato</strong> Master Plumber<br />

of the Year <strong>2023</strong> title that was the cherry<br />

on top in the company’s centenary year.<br />

Manager Joe Calkin was delighted.<br />

“This is the major award for <strong>Waikato</strong> …<br />

the timing couldn’t be better.”<br />

Joe was already fully qualified on the<br />

tools when he joined the company in<br />

1996 having done his apprenticeship<br />

and put in a few years with his family’s<br />

business in Turangi, Calkin Plumbing. He<br />

joined FB Hall & Co Ltd after moving to<br />

Hamilton and became manager in 2015<br />

when he took the role on after longtime<br />

company stalwart Ken Douglas retired.<br />

In 2003, when an opportunity arose to<br />

become a shareholder, he jumped at it. “I<br />

was at the point where a decision had to<br />

be made – do I start my own business or<br />

commit to this one? I made the decision<br />

to stay and have never regretted it.”<br />

Today, he and his team steer a staff of<br />

47. All are keenly aware that their 100th<br />

anniversary reflects a century during<br />

which challenges have been turned<br />

into opportunities and setbacks into<br />

comebacks.<br />

The company applies a tried and true<br />

approach to all types of plumbing. At<br />

any time when a client or staff call the<br />

workshop, there can be 150 years of<br />

experience in the office ready to bounce<br />

ideas off and help through a sticky<br />

situation.<br />

Their field of work includes domestic<br />

bathroom, kitchen and hot water<br />

installations, domestic and commercial<br />

maintenance, gas-fitting, drain-laying,<br />

FB Hall & Co Ltd manager Joe Calkin holds the company’s precious founding<br />

document in front of the firm’s photographic history board.<br />

roof repairs, and sheet metal work, as<br />

well as small stainless steel fabrication<br />

together with large scale contracts. Just<br />

a few of the more recent contracts they<br />

have completed across some of the city’s<br />

most significant developments include,<br />

Tetra Pak, Innovation Park new building,<br />

Waikeria Prison, the Union Square<br />

development, the University’s Pa project,<br />

and Tainui Project Hauata-ACC.<br />

Fuelled by their predecessors’ vision<br />

that anything is possible, they continue to<br />

forge ahead as leaders in their field.<br />

The company’s 100th anniversary celebrations turned its workshop space into party central for the occasion.<br />


Pictured with the company’s Model T Ford are, from left, Burt Hall (the founder’s son),<br />

Mrs Beatrice Hall, George Hayes, Bill Cannell, Ted Coombes, foreman Jack Wainscott,<br />

founder and manager Jack Hall, Burt Asplin in the car (the company’s first apprentice),<br />

and George Kernow.<br />

F.B. HALL & Co. Ltd Since 1923<br />

The FB Hall & Co story<br />

starts in 1923, at a time<br />

New Zealand was growing<br />

its economy in the wake of<br />

World War One and new<br />

immigrants from England,<br />

Fredrick Benjamin ‘Fred’ Hall<br />

and his wife Beatrice, were<br />

settling into life in Hamilton.<br />

Records of the foundation meeting<br />

for the company, dated 1st<br />

September 1923, list Fred Hall,<br />

Jack A Wainscott and Frances L<br />

Lound as being present and said it was<br />

agreed that all three would draw wages<br />

of seven pounds a week as company<br />

directors, amounting to around NZ$14.40<br />

in today’s terms.<br />

Fred had gained his engineering and<br />

plumbing skills in England, and Jack<br />

Wainscott, who became the foreman,<br />

was an adept sheet metal worker and<br />

solderer, soldering cream cans for the<br />

Matangi Dairy Factory Glaxo plant.<br />

The trio started operating from<br />

premises in Alexandra St, serving the<br />

region while also providing products for<br />

the dairy industry, notably manufacturing<br />

large dairy cylinders.<br />

Plumbing a century ago had its<br />

challenges. Water pipes were run<br />

in galvanised metal with lead basin<br />

connectors, soil and wastes in either<br />

lead or cast iron, drainage in glazed<br />

earthenware with cement joints, and<br />

excavation was done with a team of<br />

drainlayers and labourers. Transport

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Shareholders at FB Hall & Co<br />

Ltd have a much in common<br />

- an impressive longevity of<br />

tenure and optimism for the<br />

future. Here is what they<br />

have<br />

to say …<br />

FB Hall & Co Ltd manager Joe Calkin<br />

is the longest-standing of the current<br />

bunch of shareholders, taking up his place<br />

in 2015 after the retirement of longtime<br />

company man Ken Douglas.<br />

Joe joined the company as a qualified<br />

plumber in 1996. He has since had<br />

a range of roles, including running<br />

sites until 2007, then moving into the<br />

foreman’s role before becoming the<br />

company’s contracts quantity surveyor<br />

two years later, handling all the finer<br />

details of negotiating, pricing and<br />

managing contacts.<br />

Like his fellow shareholders, Joe<br />

says FB Hall & Co is a special place to<br />

work. Staff tend to stay for years, even<br />

many who test the waters elsewhere<br />

come back. He says: “That is largely<br />

because the goals of this company are<br />

more generational than purely financial.<br />

The focus is as much on caretaking the<br />

company and its staff as it is for ringing<br />

every dollar.”<br />

<br />

Mike Wilson began his 27 years with<br />

the company as an apprentice. He says<br />

the opportunities provided by FB Hall &<br />

Co across many different aspects of the<br />

industry meant he never wanted to leave.<br />

He has moved through the ranks in the<br />

ensuing years and is now the company’<br />

contracts quantity surveyor.<br />

“I guess you could say I’m<br />

institutionalised,” he laughs, “but in<br />

reality, this company has given me every<br />

opportunity to try different business<br />

avenues, which I have always appreciated.<br />

It’s meant I have never had the urge to<br />

look elsewhere.<br />

“I enjoy managing the contract side<br />

of things, running the teams of contract<br />

workers and dealing with clients, some of<br />

them I’ve known for more than 20 years.”<br />

<br />

Bruce Wallace reckons he’s the ‘old<br />

man’ amongst the company crew. He<br />

joined the team 23 years ago after being<br />

in the accounting game and says it’s the<br />

company culture that makes FB Hall & Co<br />

the place it is.<br />

Now nudging retirement, he says: “It is<br />

the sort of company that I’ve been happy<br />

to contribute to over the years … the sort<br />

of place where I feel I can do my bit to<br />

help younger fellas coming through.”<br />

Bruce tackles pricing around the<br />

smaller jobs. When he joined the<br />

company, gas-fitting was something he<br />

specialised in. He’s found fulfilment in<br />

growing that side of things and likes the<br />

way the company has helped him to fulfil<br />

his own career ambitions.<br />

<br />

Jason McLaren’s tenure with FB Hall<br />

& Co goes back to 1998. He started his<br />

apprenticeship that year, and apart from<br />

a brief OE, has worked for the company<br />

ever since.<br />

Having worked his way up, he is now<br />

part of the team pricing and running<br />

the bigger commercial contracts. It’s<br />

something he finds presents the<br />

challenges he enjoys, and working with a<br />

great bunch of colleagues makes coming<br />

to work a pleasure.<br />

“There’s a really good vibe around here<br />

and a great bunch of guys to work with.<br />

It’s almost like an extended family here,”<br />

he says.<br />

Like his peers, he appreciates a<br />

business structure that makes becoming<br />

a shareholder a possibility. Taking up that<br />

opportunity was a natural progression for<br />

him once he had put time in on the tools<br />

and was looking around for his ‘what’s next’.<br />

<br />

Glen Mackintosh began his tenure<br />

with FB Hall & Co in 1997, starting as an<br />

apprentice and working through to 2004<br />

Skin in the game … FB Hall & Co’s fine bunch of shareholders. They are, from left,<br />

Jason McLaren, James Nixon, Glen Mackintosh, Mike Wilson, Bruce Wallace,<br />

Matt Hart and Joe Calkin.<br />

when he did a two-year OE, much of it<br />

in Scotland. He came back to FB Hall &<br />

Co for another four to five years, before<br />

moving to another company for about 19<br />

months.<br />

“Then I came back, and have<br />

stayed ever since,” he says. “The grass<br />

isn’t always greener elsewhere, and<br />

sometimes it takes a move away to<br />

recognise that.”<br />

He enjoys the ‘half-office, half-site<br />

work’ nature of his role, taking on<br />

compliance and gas-fitting work and<br />

valuing the opportunities to work on<br />

larger projects that working for a bigger<br />

company offers.<br />

The company’s focus on a good work/<br />

life balance has added to that appeal,<br />

and made his decision to become a<br />

shareholder a very easy one.<br />

<br />

It took a few years working abroad<br />

for James Nixon to fully appreciate what<br />

a great company FB Hall & Co is. He<br />

started with them as an apprentice in<br />

2004, then took off overseas, working in<br />

Canada until coming home in 2013.<br />

“Being away made me realise what a<br />

good company this really is,” he says. “I<br />

think it’s because all of us have been on<br />

the tools, we’ve started at the bottom<br />

and worked our way up. It’s not a heavily<br />

corporate structure … here, all the owners<br />

have done their time in the trade and that<br />

makes a big difference.”<br />

That element, plus a working<br />

environment that offers the rigors of the<br />

bigger commercial contracts he enjoys,<br />

made James feel it was the place for him<br />

long-term.<br />

<br />

Matt Hart first started with FB Hall &<br />

Co in 1997, completing his apprenticeship<br />

and working in the company for 13 years<br />

before testing the waters elsewhere.<br />

However, it wasn’t long before he was<br />

back, this time determined to stay.<br />

Like other staffers, he has a deep<br />

appreciation for the wide range of work<br />

experiences FB Hall & Co has provided.<br />

“The variety they offered was very<br />

appealing. Because it’s a big company, we<br />

cover a lot of bases. We do a lot across<br />

the commercial sector … jobs you don’t<br />

get an opportunity to do with a smaller<br />

firm.”<br />

Matt also likes the fact the company<br />

structure with its revolving shareholder<br />

opportunities means that there is a real<br />

career pathway should incoming staffers<br />

elect to go that way.<br />

<br />

was by pushbike, hand cart or, if lucky, a<br />

model-T Ford truck.<br />

Hard times hit around 1927 as the<br />

Great Depression of the 1930s loomed,<br />

but FB Hall & Co survived. By 1937, it was<br />

decided things were going well enough to<br />

allow the company directors to take two<br />

weeks’ holiday each year.<br />

By 1939, at the onset of World War<br />

Two, the company had one Ford car<br />

(290 pounds), one Ford truck (363<br />

pounds), and one bicycle (4 pounds,<br />

16 shillings and 3 pence) on the books.<br />

They moved across the road into larger<br />

premises equipped with a showroom and<br />

continued to enjoy a period of growth,<br />

based largely on the increased demand<br />

for agricultural produce needed for the<br />

war effort.<br />

In 1954, Jack Wainscott and Burt Hall<br />

(Fred’s son) retired, selling their shares to<br />

Hanwell Seymore, Eric Douglas and their<br />

first apprentice, Burt Asplin.<br />

Fred Hall died in July 1956. His widow<br />

Beatrice kept the company going until<br />

1959 when she sold her share to the<br />

remaining directors. It was during their<br />

era, with Eric Douglas and Hanwell<br />

Seymore at the helm, that many of the<br />

systems still used today to increase<br />

productivity were introduced.<br />

Rapid growth saw a new workshop<br />

built in Pembroke St in 1965 (in use today<br />

as Placemakers Clarence St timbers<br />

store), where an old house was converted<br />

into office space. After 30 years there,<br />

they relocated to the present site at 50<br />

Greenwood St.<br />

FB Hall & Co have long specialised in<br />

work suited to a wide range of projects,<br />

The company’s workshop in Alexandra St, showing the early manufacturing of dairy<br />

shed hot water cylinders.<br />

big and small. In the 1920s its workload<br />

included the <strong>Waikato</strong> Hospital and<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> University’s science blocks; in the<br />

1960s it handled many of the buildings<br />

making up the city skyline; in the ‘70s and<br />


Design build capable<br />

Collaborative approach<br />

Strong local relationships<br />


• Gasfitting service and install<br />

• Programmed maintenance contracts<br />

‘80s, it was the dairy factories of greater<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>.<br />

It is that sense of adaptability and<br />

innovation, bedded in over 100 years, that<br />

characterises the company today.<br />

• Roof and<br />

• IPQ for b<br />

F.B. HALL & Co<br />

Since 1923<br />

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AWARDS<br />





SPONSORED BY: Foster Construction Group<br />



WINNER: Treadlite NZ<br />

FINALISTS: MS Civil Construction, Pure Lighting<br />


WINNER: South <strong>Waikato</strong> Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT)<br />

FINALISTS: Dive Zone Whitianga, Ninja Valley<br />


WINNER: Invivo Wines<br />

FINALISTS: Helix Flight Manufacturing Machines,<br />

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WINNER: Emergency Consult<br />

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WINNER: Ninja Valley<br />

FINALISTS: MS Civil Construction, Wyreframe<br />

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WINNER: Central Kids Early Education<br />

FINALISTS: South <strong>Waikato</strong> Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT), Hospice <strong>Waikato</strong><br />


WINNER: My Mortgage<br />

FINALISTS: Normans Transport, Safety Genius<br />


WINNER: NZ National Fieldays Society Inc<br />

FINALIST: Dive Zone Whitianga<br />

CEO OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY: The University of <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

WINNER: Lisbeth Jacobs, Gallagher Animal Management<br />


SPONSORED BY: Mitre 10 Mega Hamilton<br />

WINNER: Jenni Falconer - Emergency Consult<br />

FINALISTS: Adam Norman - Normans Transport,<br />

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WINNER: Central Kids Early Education<br />

Invivo wins Supreme business<br />

award, SMEs feature strongly<br />

Wine and spirits company<br />

Invivo Wines has been<br />

named the supreme winner<br />

at this year’s <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

<strong>Business</strong> Awards, supported<br />

by Foster Construction<br />

Group.<br />

The company was named the<br />

supreme winner at a sold-out gala<br />

dinner at Claudelands tonight<br />

celebrating the strength of the<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> business community. It also won<br />

the International Trade Award.<br />

Invivo was founded by friends Tim<br />

Lightbourne and Rob Cameron (Invivo’s<br />

winemaker). The Invivo vision is to<br />

produce the best of New Zealand wine and<br />

bring this to the world in an innovative and<br />

contemporary approach.<br />

Since then, the company has won more<br />

than 600 medals and trophies and has<br />

teamed up with celebrities Graham Norton<br />

and Sarah Jessica Parker to help market<br />

their wines and spirits. Headquartered in<br />

Te Kauwhata, Invivo has wine operations<br />

in New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France,<br />

Argentina and produces gin and vodka in<br />

Ireland.<br />

Judges said Invivo impressed through its<br />

bold approach to marketing, business<br />

development, funding, diversification<br />

strategies and collaborations with<br />

influencers.<br />

“The team understands the art of standing<br />

out in a crowded marketplace and this<br />

has clearly led to the positive results the<br />

company is delivering. For a winery that<br />

started in 2008 and saw its real expansion<br />

in 2016, delivering in excess of $20m<br />

revenue last year and being profitable<br />

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is a very commendable achievement,<br />

especially given the 700 plus wineries with<br />

much longer heritage in New Zealand.<br />

“Their success can be boiled down to two<br />

things: focusing on their customers’ needs<br />

and innovation.”<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Chamber of Commerce CEO Don<br />

Good said it was heartening to see a raft of<br />

SMEs in this year’s line-up of finalists and<br />

taking out category awards.<br />

“This year’s business awards has exceeded<br />

our expectations,” Good said.<br />

“The increased number of entries and<br />

the impressive diversity of participants<br />

demonstrates the flourishing<br />

entrepreneurial spirit within our region. We<br />

had 77 entries – an increase of 11 entries<br />

from last year – and of those they were<br />

predominantly SMEs.”<br />

And of those 77 entries, there was<br />

widespread regional representation with<br />

entries from as far as Taupō, Whitianga<br />

and Te Kauwhata. Head judge Dr Heather<br />

Connolly of the University of <strong>Waikato</strong>’s<br />

Management School said there were<br />

record entries for the People & Culture and<br />

Innovation Awards.<br />

“Awards entries showcased the strength of<br />

the export community in the <strong>Waikato</strong>,” Dr<br />

Connolly said.<br />

“The <strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> Awards have<br />

once again proven their importance in<br />

recognising and celebrating business<br />

excellence in the region.”<br />

Gallagher Animal Management’s Lisbeth<br />

Jacobs won CEO of the Year while<br />

Emergency Consult’s Jenni Falconer won<br />

Emerging Leader of the Year. Good said it<br />

was clear to see that the region is thriving.<br />

“The <strong>Waikato</strong> is making a name for itself<br />

as an economic powerhouse<br />

in this country. We have a<br />

strong farming foundation, a<br />

booming tech industry, strong<br />

construction and manufacturing<br />

sectors, an uptick in tourism<br />

post-Covid, and an efficient and<br />

well-located logistics industry.<br />

Coupled with our proximity to<br />

Auckland opening up enhanced<br />

opportunities for trade and<br />

collaboration, it makes for a<br />

region that really is a terrific<br />

place to live, work and play.”<br />




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CEO of the Year Lisbeth Jacobs<br />

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Sponsor, Professor Neil Quigley, University of<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong><br />

10 Years Judging Service Award,<br />

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When Lisbeth Jacobs<br />

joined Gallagher in April<br />

2021, Covid-19 made some<br />

aspects of her role as the<br />

Global General Manager of<br />

Animal Management a bit<br />

tricky.<br />

“It wasn’t easy to see people<br />

offshore. In New Zealand, we<br />

were free to move around but<br />

it was quite some time before<br />

I managed to get a spot in MIQ which<br />

meant I could hop on a plane and see my<br />

teams in the US and Europe. But we were<br />

used to using Teams, so we made do.<br />

But nothing beats face to face.”<br />

Today, Lisbeth is Gallagher’s Animal<br />

Management chief executive and was<br />

named CEO of the Year at the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

<strong>Business</strong> Awards, supported by Foster<br />

Construction, on November 17.<br />

“For me, the team nominating me is<br />

the greatest honour. This award is theirs<br />

too. We make decisions together, we<br />

build our strategy together, we debate<br />

and challenge, and share a desire to drive<br />

the business forward sustainably while<br />

keeping it real.<br />

“This award is also acknowledgement<br />

that we’re building on the success of<br />

those who came before me: Sir William<br />

Gallagher, [Board chair] Steve Tucker and<br />

[Group CEO] Kahl Betham. As Gallagher<br />

celebrates 85 years, being entrusted with<br />

a part of its legacy is a privilege.”<br />

Judges said: “Lisbeth is an inspiring<br />

and talented leader and CEO. She<br />

demonstrated extensive knowledge<br />

of Gallagher Animal Management and<br />

had a clear passion for the business,<br />

its future, and her team. People are<br />

at the heart of Lisbeth’s approach to<br />

leadership. She is a humble and impactful<br />

leader who has used her experience to<br />

build a strong team and to set a clear<br />

vision and strategy for the business,<br />

empowering and supporting her team to<br />

set them up for success. The impact of<br />

Lisbeth’s approach to her role as CEO is<br />

demonstrated by the nomination from<br />

her team for these awards, and from<br />

the business results achieved since she<br />

started in April 2021. The future of this<br />

leading locally founded global company is<br />

in safe hands.”<br />

Lisbeth previously held senior<br />

leadership roles at New Zealand-based<br />

and international companies including<br />

Fletcher Building, UniServices, The<br />

Icehouse, and global company Bekaert<br />

in Belgium and China. She is currently<br />

an independent director of Goodnature<br />

and BRANZ and member of the Steering<br />

Committee of the Agritech Industry<br />

Transformation Plan (ITP).<br />

Lisbeth holds a PhD in Engineering<br />

from the University of Auckland, a M.Sc.<br />

Engineering from KULeuven (Belgium)<br />

and completed the General Management<br />

Programme at INSEAD (Paris).<br />

At Gallagher, Lisbeth leads the Animal<br />

Management business with offices in<br />

New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, and<br />

Chile, joint ventures in Europe and South<br />

Africa, and long-standing distribution<br />

partners in Latin America and Japan.<br />

The essence of the business is to deliver<br />

smarter, fit-for-purpose solutions that<br />

make animal and land management more<br />

sustainable, profitable, and productive.<br />

Kahl Betham said he’s grateful that<br />

Lisbeth is investing her time and career<br />

with Gallagher.<br />

“Not only has Lisbeth added an<br />

impressive level of strategic acumen,<br />

customer focus, and energy that is<br />

propelling us forward faster than ever,<br />

she’s also demonstrated that she’s an<br />

extraordinary people-focused leader who<br />

is committed to developing and caring for<br />

people along the way.<br />

“Lisbeth leads by focusing on global<br />

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Community Contribution Award<br />

- South <strong>Waikato</strong> Investment Fund (SWIFT) Service Excellence Award - My Mortgage<br />

Sustainability Award - NZ National Fieldays<br />

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International Trade Award - Invivo Wines<br />

Marketing Award - Pure Lighting<br />

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Micro <strong>Business</strong> Award - Wyreframe<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

FEATURE 21<br />



Emerging Leader of the Year Jenni Falconer<br />

When Jenni Falconer was<br />

working as a nurse along the<br />

three other co-founders of<br />

Emergency Consult in the late<br />

1990s, they would see around 50 patients<br />

per day through the hospital’s emergency<br />

department. And patients weren’t waiting<br />

hours to be seen.<br />

Fast forward 20 years and Jenni and<br />

“the boys”, as she calls them, could see<br />

something needed to change. The number<br />

of patients presenting at ED and afterhours<br />

clinics had exploded, wait times<br />

were horrendous. So they came up with<br />

a novel solution: Emergency Consult<br />

provides 24-hour urgent care remotely. An<br />

expert team of doctors and nurses see and<br />

treat patients on-demand via web-based<br />

video chat.<br />

And now Jenni has been named Emerging<br />

Leader of the Year at the <strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong><br />

Awards, supported by Foster Construction,<br />

for her commendable leadership and<br />

strategic acumen as Emergency Consult’s<br />

CEO. While Emergency Consult picked up<br />

the Innovation Award.<br />

“When set it up in 2019 we were working<br />

in emergency medicine and saw all these<br />

people turning up to ED and wondered<br />

‘how do we take ED to the people?” Jenni<br />

said.<br />

“We thought we could help people who<br />

were time poor and who could afford to<br />

pay to see a doctor.”<br />

Then Covid came along and nobody could<br />

get in to see a doctor, which is when<br />

Emergency Consult was approached by<br />

the <strong>Waikato</strong> DHB to support people stuck<br />

at home and needing to see a doctor.<br />

“It quickly became evident that there<br />

was huge demand for remote specialist<br />

support from within the healthcare sector<br />

itself,” Jenni said.<br />

Today, a range of healthcare providers<br />

leverage the on-call service. Emergency<br />

Consult’s team of emergency medicine<br />

specialists provide virtual support to<br />

hospital EDs, rural clinics, nurse-led clinics,<br />

ambulance services and pharmacies. And<br />

a team of senior registered nurses provide<br />

Covid care, acute care triage, and aged<br />

care support.<br />

Emergency Consult has grown rapidly,<br />

from approximately eight staff initially<br />

(including the four founders) to almost 90.<br />

Jenni said that while “telehealth” has been<br />

emerging internationally as a cost effective<br />

and convenient means of delivering health<br />

care in recent years, Emergency Consult<br />

has taken the concept a step further by<br />

offering 24-hour care on-demand. And<br />

the benefits of having timely access to<br />

emergency medicine clinicians is obvious:<br />

hospital avoidance, healthcare savings and<br />

better patient outcomes.<br />

Perhaps the best example of that is<br />

the pilot that Emergency Consult has<br />

underway with St John in Auckland. Of the<br />

2800 patients seen by Emergency Consult<br />

remotely, 82 per cent managed to remain<br />

at home rather than be transported to an<br />

ED. Jenni was humbled to learn her team<br />

had nominated her for Emerging Leader of<br />

the Year.<br />

“It was a really nice surprise to find out<br />

they’d nominated me and then to read<br />

what they’d written. The judging process<br />

was a great opportunity for reflection. You<br />

do forget how far you’ve come. Talking<br />

with the judges about our business gave<br />

me the chance to pause and reflect. I was<br />

very humbled to even be a finalist, let<br />

alone win.<br />

“And to be a leader you need to have a<br />

team. I’ve surrounded myself with people<br />

who’ve helped make this journey easy in<br />

some ways and certainly enjoyable.”<br />

While Jenni still classifies Emergency<br />

Consult as a start-up, they have many<br />

opportunities for expansion and scaling<br />

up. They’re set to open a bricks-andmortar<br />

clinic in Papamoa soon.<br />

“That seems contrary to telehealth, but<br />

we’ll have a highly skilled nursing-led<br />

team supported by the telehealth model.<br />

So you’ll come in, been quickly seen by a<br />

nurse who can either help or direct you<br />

through to a virtual consult with a doctor.”<br />

They’ve chosen Papamoa as the trial<br />

because they know the population has<br />

mushroomed and Tauranga Hospital’s<br />

ED is under considerable pressure. If it’s<br />

successful, they’ll look to roll out the same<br />

model in other locations.<br />

Emerging Leader of the Year, Jenni Falconer<br />

and Award Sponsor, Mitre 10 Mega Hamilton<br />

“We’re always looking at where the next<br />

need is. We know that’s an acute mental<br />

health service, paediatrics, and in palliative<br />

care.”<br />

The Awards judges said of Jenni: “In the<br />

business world, transformational leaders<br />

often emerge from unexpected paths.<br />

Jenni’s journey from nurse to strategic<br />

business leader is a testament to this<br />

transformation. Jenni’s competence<br />

led her to become a nurse manager.<br />

However, her entrepreneurial spirit<br />

could not be contained. Together with<br />

her colleagues, they sought innovative<br />

ways to improve healthcare for Kiwis.<br />

Jenni’s vision drove her to harness online<br />

telehealth. Today, Jenni leads a rapidly<br />

growing enterprise. Her leadership goes<br />

beyond profit, focusing on improving<br />

customers’ lives and well-being. She<br />

seamlessly transitioned her management<br />

skills into visionary leadership,<br />

demonstrating adaptability, innovation,<br />

and inspiration. Jenni’s story reminds us<br />

that determination and the right mindset<br />

can transform a competent manager into a<br />

strategic business leader.”

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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

A Central City<br />

Extravaganza<br />

With fanfare and festival the CBD Awards once again<br />

delivered a night of recognition and celebration of<br />

Hamilton’s central city business community. The<br />

annual awards sponsored by Spark and delivered by<br />

the Hamilton Central <strong>Business</strong> Association (HCBA),<br />

saw nearly 100 businesses compete in their respective<br />

sectors across 12 categories for a podium finish.<br />

The CBD Awards is the time for businesses to put their best<br />

foot forward. HCBA General Manager Vanessa Williams<br />

says “It is such a pleasure to see such a fantastic range<br />

of businesses enter the awards. Our local businesses are<br />

achieving a great many things from set-up to expansion<br />

and they should be recognised for this. Shouting about<br />

achievements is not a natural space for many people and<br />

I admire those who take the plunge to put themselves<br />

and their businesses out there to be judged. I think it<br />

actually surprises a lot of entrants to realise as they are<br />

writing their entry how much they have achieved.”<br />

All award entries were judged twice. Entrants submitted<br />

a written entry assessed by a panel of judges and then<br />

depending on the type of business, they were also<br />

judged by a mystery shopper or had a video created<br />

to be assessed by another judging panel. Overall, the<br />

entries were superb and feedback from judges was on<br />

the difficulty of choosing a top three in each category.<br />

“Spark <strong>Business</strong>, a major sponsor, has been supporting the<br />

CBD Awards for five consecutive years. Fabian Pathirana,<br />

Manager Spark Hub Hamilton, stated that the local business<br />

community is of paramount importance to the city. We<br />

are proud to put our name to support their recognition<br />

and celebration. The CBD Awards evening is a highlight of<br />

the social calendar for many, and, like Spark <strong>Business</strong>, the<br />

awards epitomize connection, empowerment, and success.”<br />

The CBD Awards was held in the Roose Common Park,<br />

with Stu & Camille from the Breeze MCing the evenings<br />

proceedings. With the <strong>Waikato</strong> River, Hamilton’s best natural<br />

resource, providing the backdrop for the evening, Royal<br />

Lab event designers created a splash of glamour with a<br />

Hampton pitched roof marquee on the riverbank. Attendees<br />

were welcomed into the event hearing the rich baritone<br />

voice of professional crooner Steve Carlin with decor,<br />

furniture and lighting adding to the elegance of the venue.<br />

Utilising their expertise SBI Productions rose to the<br />

challenge of providing full event production and lighting at a<br />

site with little infrastructure and Moving Media recorded the<br />

beauty of the evening, the attendees and the award winners,<br />

with a range of stunning imagery captured on the night.<br />

HCBA Chairman Dwight Egelhof summed the evening<br />

up best saying “After the numerous challenges that<br />

have faced local businesses over the past three years,<br />

it is an honour and a privilege to provide an evening<br />

that recognises, celebrates and rewards business<br />

achievements. We know the local business community is<br />

what makes our city unique and to have the opportunity<br />

to share their achievements with an audience of their<br />

peers is what makes the CBD Awards truly special.”<br />

Vanessa Williams & Vicky Redwood (HCBA)

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

FEATURE 23<br />



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Winner Cream Eatery<br />

Winner Gothenburg<br />

Winner Lab Brows + Body<br />

Runner Up Texas Radio<br />

Runner Up Hello Sunshine<br />

Runner Up Last Place<br />

Runner Up Off & On<br />

Runner Up True Store<br />

Highly Commended<br />

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Highly Commended<br />

Madam Woo<br />

Highly Commended<br />

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Runner Up Confinement<br />

Escape Rooms<br />

Highly Commended<br />

River Riders<br />


Winner Precious Metals<br />

Winner Texas Radio<br />

Winner True Store<br />



Winner<br />

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Highly Commended<br />

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Winner Dress for Success<br />

Winner The Cake Detective<br />

Winner Last Place<br />

Runner Up Soda Inc<br />

Highly Commended<br />

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Runner Up Trade Aid<br />

Highly Commended<br />

The Meteor<br />

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Highly Commended<br />

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Runner Up Confinement<br />

Escape Rooms<br />

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Cream Eatery<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Award winners deliver excellence to Hamilton CBD<br />

This year’s Hamilton CBD Awards<br />

threw up a real challenge for the<br />

judges. The <strong>2023</strong> appraising<br />

panel was faced with a plethora<br />

of choice amid some 100 entries,<br />

businesses that have gone<br />

‘above and beyond’ in adapting<br />

to our living, breathing inner<br />

city.<br />

Sponsored by Spark and<br />

organised annually by the<br />

Hamilton Central <strong>Business</strong><br />

Association (HCBA), the awards<br />

were held last month at the<br />

idyllic Roose Common Park<br />

overlooking the <strong>Waikato</strong> River.<br />

They started in 2010, aiming<br />

each year to celebrate and<br />

recognise centrally based<br />

businesses that successfully<br />

draw people to the CBD while<br />

underscoring their ability to<br />

be agile, particularly with the<br />

challenges Covid wrought on<br />

the business community.<br />

It was in that post-Covid world<br />

that the ‘Love the Centre’ brand<br />

was launched, primarily as an<br />

inner-city campaign intended<br />

to breathe life back into a CBD<br />

in recovery. The initiative<br />

promoted public feedback and<br />

asked people what they enjoyed<br />

about the central city.<br />

It is largely because of that<br />

campaign that ‘Love the Centre’<br />

now sits at the heart of the<br />

annual awards, and HCBA<br />

general manager for the past<br />

seven years, Vanessa Williams,<br />

is delighted with how the <strong>2023</strong><br />

event turned out.<br />

She says it’s been a real pleasure<br />

to see so many businesses<br />

come on board: “Our local<br />

businesses are achieving a great<br />

many things, from set-up to<br />

expansion, and they should be<br />

recognised for this. Shouting<br />

about achievements is not a<br />

natural space for many people<br />

and I admire those who take the<br />

plunge to put themselves and<br />

their businesses out there to be<br />

judged.”<br />

Organisers and judges look<br />

not only for excellence across<br />

the various categories, but<br />

also consider how much each<br />

business impacts the vitality<br />

of the CBD and therefore how<br />

much its absence would be felt<br />

were it not there.<br />

A successful city centre relies<br />

on having space that is fit<br />

for purpose, Vanessa says,<br />

and it should accommodate<br />

businesses that give people<br />

what they want in terms<br />

of shopping, events, or the<br />

provision of professional<br />

services.<br />

Award entries are judged<br />

twice. A written entry is initially<br />

assessed by a panel of judges<br />

and then, depending on the<br />

type of business, each is either<br />

visited by a mystery shopper or<br />

required to submit a video.<br />

Categories are something of a<br />

movable feast, Vanessa says,<br />

with new ones added from<br />

time to time to keep abreast of<br />

changes.<br />

“It’s great to see so many<br />

businesses growing in<br />

confidence enough to enter<br />

the awards. They often say<br />

the process itself is good for<br />

them – it’s a time to take stock<br />

away from the busy day-to-day<br />

and reflect on what they’ve<br />

achieved.”<br />

A one-off change this year was<br />

the use of special bricks as<br />

trophies for the <strong>2023</strong> winners.<br />

They were excavated from the<br />

Victoria St site of Hamilton’s<br />

world-class theatre currently<br />

under construction, retrieved<br />

from the grounds as teams<br />

demolished the inner part of<br />

the old building.<br />

The awards evening itself is<br />

always a blast. While Spark<br />

sponsors the awards, the<br />

evening sponsors - Royal Lab,<br />

SBI Productions and Moving<br />

Media - work seamlessly to<br />

make it a gala occasion.<br />



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FEATURE 25<br />

Celebrating those who give something back<br />

The Lawrenson Group is no stranger<br />

among the winners at the Hamilton<br />

CBD Awards, but their runner-up<br />

placing in the Public Good category<br />

this year was a first.<br />

They’ve won awards in the<br />

event before, says founder John<br />

Lawrenson, but this year’s placement<br />

in the Public Good category is<br />

recognition for something he has<br />

been doing quietly for years – giving<br />

back where he can. Each year he<br />

links with Barnardos to provide toys<br />

for children who don’t get much of<br />

a Christmas, and with Paws 4 Life to<br />

help feed unwanted animals that end<br />

up in shelters. Anyone bringing in a<br />

Christmas gift when dining at one of<br />

his restaurants will find the value of<br />

that gift matched by a donation to<br />

their bill, and those bringing cans of<br />

pet food into his bars can swap them<br />

for drinks.<br />

“We generally raise between $10,000<br />

to $15,000 a year,” he says. “It’s<br />

something we have done for so long<br />

that our customers look out for it<br />

now. I was once told … ‘if you ever<br />

have the ability to make a difference<br />

you have an obligation to do so’. I<br />

think that’s important.”<br />

<br />

The Cake Detective took out the top<br />

slot in the Public Good category,<br />

which is unsurprising given the<br />

not-for profit’s aim to bring joy to<br />

children facing serious illness or<br />

other life challenges by gifting them<br />

a birthday cake.<br />

Founder Laura Casey says: “We at<br />

The Cake Detective Charitable Trust<br />

are elated with our win. This victory<br />

holds profound significance for us,<br />

especially considering it was our<br />

inaugural entry into the awards.”<br />

Crucial to the Cake Detective’s success<br />

are its links with referral agencies<br />

who identify the recipients, and its<br />

partnership with Sweetpea Parties.<br />

“The CBD award in the Public Good<br />

category is not just a recognition<br />

of our work; it’s a celebration of the<br />

collective goodwill generated by<br />

businesses and individuals coming<br />

together to make a meaningful<br />

impact.”<br />

<br />

Highly commended in the Public<br />

Good category was Rainbow<br />

Kids Childcare, the organisation<br />

responsible for creating the annual<br />

Anzac Day display of ‘poppies’ in<br />

Garden Place.<br />

They launched it four years ago,<br />

believing the significance of Anzac<br />

Day should extend to displays<br />

beyond those at the Cenotaph. Their<br />

initial ‘poppies in the field’ grew and<br />

now incorporates the education of<br />

children on Anzac Day – starting<br />

in the classroom and later with the<br />

‘planting of poppies’ in Garden Place.<br />

Lou Gibson says they are thrilled<br />

at the overwhelmingly positive<br />

response from the public and the<br />

respect always shown towards the<br />

display. “Remarkably, over the course<br />

of four years, there has been no<br />

damage incurred.”<br />

<br />

There was a three-way split win in<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> Customer Service category,<br />

something organiser Vanessa<br />

Williams says resulted from the<br />

judges finding no single point of<br />

difference between all three. The<br />

title was shared between Texas Radio,<br />

Precious Metals and True Store.<br />

Texas Radio has entered the awards<br />

every year since its inception<br />

and amassed seven wins to date.<br />

Customer service is something the<br />

outlet prides itself on, says Marcus<br />

Potroz. “We love helping people …<br />

we get a genuine kick out of making<br />

somebody smile. Winning for us<br />

helps us gain a stronger sense of<br />

purpose. It confirms we are on the<br />

right path and encourages us to go<br />

forward.”<br />

Precious Metals & Diamonds also<br />

knows its stuff when it comes to<br />

good customer service. Fiona Platje<br />

says they are no stranger to awards<br />

and placed as runner-up in the same<br />

category last year.<br />

“It we were to win any award, this is<br />

the one to win,” she says. “In our view,<br />

it’s all about creating the right sort<br />

of environment, the right aesthetic,<br />

and having a great interaction with<br />

our customers. We are there to<br />

resolve their needs. It’s all about<br />

relationships at the end of the day.”<br />

True Store won the category last year<br />

and is delighted to be up there again<br />

this time around. Andrea Downey<br />

says it goes hand-in-hand with the<br />

business of selling beautiful fashion<br />

in Hamilton and caring about their<br />

customers.<br />

“It’s really who we are as a team …<br />

we are all passionate about what<br />

we do, and we all love people. It<br />

makes it really easy and helps build<br />

those great relationships with our<br />

customers.”<br />

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For us it was never about<br />

trying to compete with<br />

the big players of our<br />

industry. Instead we wanted to<br />

create a shining little corner<br />

store with passion, innovation,<br />

experience and exceptional<br />

customer service. We wanted<br />

our customers to remember<br />

us, to talk about us. We wanted<br />

them to be greeted at the door<br />

by friendly faces and whether<br />

they were arriving for the first<br />

time, or we were welcoming<br />

them back, we wanted them to<br />

feel like they were home.<br />

We wanted them to stay awhile,<br />

to soak up the sounds of<br />

Motown or feel soothed by the<br />

quiet rhythm of the Jazz.<br />

We wanted to be known as<br />

that little Corner Store, a small<br />

family business, with a lot of<br />

soul. We wanted to go on a<br />

journey with our customers. We<br />

wanted to have conversations<br />

with them and what's more, we<br />

wanted our staff to remember<br />

those conversations. We wanted<br />

to source that special gift, the<br />

edgy concert bag, the sparkling<br />

Swarovski Tennis bracelet, or<br />

that dazzling custom design<br />

engagement ring (created<br />

by our very own in house<br />

jewellers). Our plan was simple,<br />

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DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters<br />

Make <strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters’<br />

Association your first port of call<br />


Perhaps you’re<br />

looking for a<br />

someone who can<br />

provide a<br />

top-notch painting<br />

and decorating<br />

job for your home<br />

or workplace …<br />

or maybe you’re a<br />

qualified painter<br />

looking for the best<br />

way to market your<br />

skills? Either way,<br />

your best first port<br />

of call is the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Master Painters’<br />

Association.<br />

The key is in its name …<br />

The <strong>Waikato</strong> Master<br />

Painters’ Association is<br />

a grouping of qualified<br />

master painters and decorators<br />

able to provide quality<br />

workmanship and professional<br />

services for whatever size job<br />

you might need doing.<br />

Through their affiliation<br />

with <strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters’,<br />

members are able to provide<br />

certainty that industry<br />

standards and regulations will<br />

always be met, which means<br />

clients and customers across<br />

the board can be assured of the<br />

best possible outcome for their<br />

particular project.<br />

The Association prides itself<br />

on offering everything that<br />

makes it a highly-professional<br />

and ethical body of workers<br />

using cutting-edge modern<br />

technology, but besides that, it<br />

also offers plenty of ‘good oldfashioned<br />

service’ – something<br />

not always seen today.<br />

Its members believe in<br />

extending good old-fashioned<br />

“That gives our<br />

customers a<br />

sense of<br />

security they<br />

might not<br />

otherwise have”<br />

courtesies at all points<br />

of customer contact and<br />

demonstrating good oldfashioned<br />

patience when<br />

listening to their concerns,<br />

from the beginning of a job to<br />

its completion. They take care<br />

with your property, treating<br />

it as they would their own,<br />

leaving everything clean and<br />

tidy once the job is done. The<br />

only trace of their presence is<br />

the excellent job on view to all.<br />

With close on 40 members,<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters’<br />

Association members are wellrepresented<br />

across the region,<br />

from south of the Bombays<br />

down to Taupo, and across<br />

from Raglan to Coromandel/Te<br />

Aroha. They tackle anything<br />

– large or small commercial,<br />

industrial, and residential<br />

projects, interior or exterior,<br />

painting and wallpapering.<br />

On the residential side,<br />

they’re available for those<br />

wanting to give their home’s<br />

interior a bit of a face-lift, or<br />

perhaps keen on changing<br />

up the colour of their pool or<br />

outside area. They handle<br />

new-builds, renovations<br />

and everything in between,<br />

providing whatever paint or<br />

wallpaper treatments are<br />

required.<br />

Likewise, no job is too big<br />

or small on the commercial or<br />

industrial side. Master Painters<br />

have loads of experience with<br />

massive outdoor and indoor<br />

projects, applying the highest<br />

standards of craftsmanship<br />

throughout.<br />

Better still, using a Master<br />

Painter means there is a level<br />

of guarantee for any repairs or<br />

remedial work that might be<br />

necessary – which is extremely<br />

valuable in providing customers<br />

with peace of mind.<br />

“That gives our customers<br />

a sense of security they might<br />

not otherwise have,” says one<br />

of their number. “Our members<br />

come with assurances in terms<br />

of training and professionalism,<br />

and if something goes wrong<br />

on a job, there is some form<br />

of redress. We will find a<br />

resolution.”<br />

All of which goes to suggest<br />

there can be no better first<br />

step in your painting job than<br />

looking for a <strong>Waikato</strong> Master<br />

Painters’ Association member<br />

to do it.<br />

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Apprentice<br />

of the Year Awards<br />

PHOTO RIGHT: From left to<br />

right: Trinh (Jade) Nguyen -<br />

Queenstown – Lower South<br />

Island Region, Sally Gaudin<br />

- Timaru – Upper South Island<br />

Region, Ellie Moyer - Nelson<br />

- Lower North Island Region<br />

& Winner of Apprentice of<br />

the Year, Tania Loveridge -<br />

Hamilton - Northern Region.

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />



<strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters<br />

Unlocking the rewards of membership<br />

Support and<br />

innovation are at the<br />

heart of membership<br />

to an organisation<br />

like the <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Master Painters’<br />

Association. By<br />

joining them,<br />

painters and<br />

decorators can be<br />

certain they will gain<br />

a distinct business<br />

advantage for years<br />

to come.<br />

First, they will enjoy the<br />

credibility that being<br />

linked to a national<br />

brand provides. Then<br />

there are the regular updates<br />

around trade news, plus the<br />

many perks and savings that<br />

members can enjoy when it<br />

comes to some important<br />

elements of the job, such as<br />

insurance, telephones, trade<br />

discounts and the like.<br />

Training and networking<br />

opportunities, wider<br />

visibility through association<br />

advertising and sponsored<br />

opportunities for ongoing<br />

advancement are also a<br />

drawcard, as is access to<br />

annual conferences and trade<br />

awards.<br />

A member can put<br />

themselves up for a range of<br />

national awards at the annual<br />

Master Painters’ Conference,<br />

entering any of various<br />

categories ranging from small<br />

residential to large projects.<br />

There have been several<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> winners in the past.<br />

Becoming a member of<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters’<br />

Association seems to be<br />

something of a no-brainer.<br />

One longstanding<br />

member says: “I have been<br />

a member for many years. I<br />

joined to meet like-minded<br />

businesspeople in the painting<br />

and decorating industry, and<br />

joining the association at that<br />

early stage means I have met<br />

some great people along the<br />

way.<br />

“I went on courses put on<br />

through the Master Painters.<br />

You can join a local committee<br />

and grow your knowledge as<br />

you grow in yourself, and by<br />

being active in the association,<br />

you can keep up with new<br />

knowledge and problem<br />

solving on a local and national<br />

scale.<br />

“Being a member means<br />

I have a strong organisation<br />

standing behind my company<br />

and me. It also provides<br />

assurance for clients, letting<br />

them know that the quality<br />

work we produce is of<br />

trade value and above. My<br />

membership has brought me<br />

great benefits over the years.”<br />

The <strong>Waikato</strong> Master<br />

Painters’ Association’s has ties<br />

with the national body – the<br />

Master Painters’ New Zealand<br />

Association (MPNZA), which<br />

works to advance, encourage<br />

and recognise the highest<br />

standards of craftsmanship<br />

and ethical business practices<br />

in the industry. The national<br />

body was founded in 1913<br />

and operates as a non-profit<br />

organisation representing<br />

firms and individuals working<br />

in the painting, decorating an<br />

sign-writing trades across<br />

New Zealand.<br />

Committee members<br />

and how to join<br />

The <strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters’ Association has an energetic and busy team at the helm. Here they are,<br />

with their contact details. Also listed is the person you need to be in touch with if you<br />

want to join.<br />

Brendan Mclean. P 027 220 8969<br />

Rob Taylor. P 027 451 9193<br />

Trevor Reid. P 027498 7571<br />

Dave Vea. P 021 722 665<br />

Kevin Harmsworth. P 027 220 2607<br />

Tony Schoen. P 027 449 78408<br />

Mike & Paul Green.<br />

P 027 251 9589<br />

Justin Toomey. P 021 797 406<br />

Luke Orr. P 027 424 9574<br />

Tim Wilton. P 027 463 2775<br />

Darryl Stuart.<br />

P 027 284 8588<br />

Brendan Cranfield<br />

National Board member<br />

P 027 475 0800<br />

Kathy Reid<br />

Secretary<br />

P 027 288 8404<br />

To Join MPNZ<br />

Contact:<br />

Ash Leatherby<br />

P 021 485 299<br />

E ash.leatherby@masterpainters.nz<br />

or visit MPNZ website<br />

https://masterpainters.nz<br />

Back row: Paul Green, Dave Vea, Luke Orr, Brendon McLean,<br />

Tim Wilton, Justin Toomey, Brendan Cranfield, Darryl Stuart<br />

Middle: Kathy Reid (secretary), Kevin Harmsworth<br />

Front middle: Trevor Reid, Tony Schoen, Mike Green<br />

Significant savings on your<br />

insurance. The only insurance<br />

packages designed specifically for<br />

the painng industry<br />

Membership deals on mobile<br />

phones, landlines & home<br />

broadband.<br />

Mobil Fuelcard scheme saving<br />

you money on petrol and diesel.<br />

Why Should You Join<br />

Master Painters?<br />

Joining Master Painters NZ<br />

Association Inc., gives you a<br />

distinct business advantage.<br />

You have the credibility of a naonal<br />

brand behind you<br />

You can make savings by using the Perk<br />

& Perk+ secon on the MPNZA App.<br />

You receive regular trade news and<br />

updates<br />

A digital copy of the Painter &<br />

Master Painters and Your <strong>Business</strong><br />

Member Benefits<br />

Decorator e-magazine<br />

(produced every second month)<br />

You have the opportunity to network<br />

with others in the industry<br />

Subsidised Lead management courses<br />

(sponsored by Resene)<br />

Your business details are displayed on<br />

the Master Painters website providing<br />

visibility for the consumer<br />

You have access to the MPNZ<br />

Members website, providing you with<br />

a wealth of business and technical<br />

informaon<br />

5 Year Workmanship Guarantee<br />

MPNZ Fact Sheets<br />

Annual Master Painters Conference<br />

Annual Master Painters of the Year<br />

Awards – showcasing our members<br />

workmanship<br />

Annual Master Painters Apprence of<br />

the Year Awards, held at the Master<br />

Painters Conference<br />

Workmanship Inspecon Services<br />

PainterCra Trust (sponsored by Dulux<br />

NZ) held annually, providing newly<br />

qualified apprence painters, with<br />

potenal, an insight into running an<br />

exisng paint contracng business, or<br />

their own business<br />

Quality Assurance<br />

Programme Opon<br />

Member Benefits App. Discounts<br />

from a number of major suppliers.<br />

5 Year Workmanship Guarantee:<br />

Protecng Protecng You and Your Client<br />

Supported by:<br />

Master Painter of the Year<br />

Awards – celebrang<br />

excellence in our industry.<br />

For more informaon informaon about joining, please contact our Naonal Naonal Office E: naonaloffice@masterpainters.org.nz<br />

naonaloffice@masterpainters.org.nz www.masterpainters.co.nz P: 04 472 5870


DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters<br />

What people say about us …<br />


How do you know you’re going to get the best service possible when you need a painter? Well,<br />

one way is to find out what the <strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters’ Association is all about, and the other is<br />

to read these testimonials from a few happy folk who have dealt with their members.<br />

Here’s what they are saying …<br />

We are delighted<br />

with the exceptional<br />

painting job<br />

completed by this<br />

Master Painters’<br />

Association<br />

member. Their<br />

attention to detail,<br />

professionalism<br />

and commitment<br />

to delivering highquality<br />

results<br />

surpassed our<br />

expectations. The<br />

transformation of<br />

my space is truly<br />

remarkable, and I<br />

highly recommend<br />

using a Master<br />

Painters’ Association<br />

member for peace of<br />

mind.<br />

– Brendon<br />

A professional job<br />

carried to a high<br />

standard by a leading<br />

commercial ‘Master<br />

Painter’, working in<br />

with the Inghams<br />

team with their busy<br />

day-to-day operation<br />

of their business.<br />

– Inghams Prestige<br />

We hired a Master<br />

Painter for the whole<br />

interior of our house.<br />

The workmanship and<br />

friendliness of the<br />

firm was brilliant. We<br />

would recommend<br />

a Master Painter to<br />

anyone, as you know<br />

that if there is a<br />

problem, you will be<br />

able to get it sorted out<br />

without any hassles.<br />

– Sindy<br />

Another satisfied<br />

customer, with the<br />

successful repainting<br />

of the exterior of<br />

‘House on Hood’, the<br />

client working with a<br />

leading commercial<br />

‘Master Painter’ to<br />

successfully complete<br />

this project.<br />

– House on Hood<br />

Definitely recommend<br />

using a member of<br />

Master Painters.<br />

Their workmanship<br />

was outstanding;<br />

staff trustworthy and<br />

customer service<br />

and advice was very<br />

professional.<br />

– Joanne<br />

We always use a<br />

registered Master<br />

Painter for our jobs<br />

as it gives us the<br />

reassurance that<br />

they can handle any<br />

project and complete<br />

the job within the<br />

scheduled time<br />

frames. Our projects<br />

range from bathroom<br />

renovations to<br />

multi-duplexes, and<br />

when you choose a<br />

Master Painter, you<br />

not only get a skilled<br />

professional, but also<br />

the peace of mind<br />

that your project,<br />

regardless of size, is<br />

in capable hands.<br />

– Red Developments

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />



<strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters<br />

Members<br />


E darryl@jlc.nz<br />

P 0272 848588<br />

J. THOM LTD<br />

E johnthomltd@xtra.co.nz<br />

P 027 4978370<br />


E admin@kmahonp.co.nz<br />

P 021 797 406<br />


E anglopainters@xtra.co.nz<br />

P 027 493 8713<br />


E admin@gmrholmac.co.nz<br />

P 027 4953417<br />


E accounts@waikatodecorators.co.nz<br />

P 0274 937 943<br />


E robtaylor@hotmail.co.nz<br />

P 0274 519193<br />


E luke@wclgroup.co.nz<br />

E tim@wclgroup.co.nz<br />

P 274 249574 P 0274 632755<br />



E acadpd@xtra.co.nz<br />

P 027 474 5656<br />


E admin@bromleydecorators.co.nz<br />

P 027 278 0083<br />


E trevkathyreid@xtra.co.nz<br />

P 0274 987 571<br />


E brendon@cantecservices.co.nz<br />

P 027 220 8969<br />


E info@painteffects.nz<br />

P 027 4978408<br />


E jenboof@outlook.com<br />

P 0274 367 254<br />



E harmsworthx4@hotmail.com<br />

P 027 2202 607<br />


E m.stent@xtra.co.nz<br />

P 027 2904484<br />


E bcranfield6722@icloud.com<br />

P 027 475 0800<br />


E info@pmpainters.co.nz<br />

P 027 669 3738<br />

P 027 251 9589<br />


E yardley@actrix.co.nz<br />

P 0274 711 891<br />


E pauldebbiejennings@xtra.co.nz<br />

P 027 4720658<br />


E riversidepainting@xtra.co.nz<br />

P 021 722665<br />

I T C LTD<br />

E ian@itcltd.net.nz<br />

P 027 4912346<br />


E info@straightpaint.co.nz<br />

P 022 4726882<br />


E dcdecorators@outlook.com<br />

P 021 242 2602<br />


E goddens@outlook.co.nz<br />

P 021 158 4430<br />

P & P DECORATING 2016 LTD<br />

E office@ppdecorating.co.nz<br />

P 022 697 8915<br />


E shaun@randmbuilders.co.nz<br />

P 021 316104<br />


E rs.paintpro@gmail.com<br />

P 027 276 8084<br />


E lucas@unlockpainters.co.nz<br />

P 021 131 6969<br />


E contact@rrb.nz<br />

P 0210 2819698<br />


E peter@pmdpainting.co.nz<br />

P 027 6215786


DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Master Painters<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> members’ fabulous work<br />


Here are some of the spaces where our Master Painters’ Association members work has left a lasting impression.<br />








DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Out and about…<br />


<strong>Waikato</strong> Real Estate staff have celebrated being named Property Management Agency of the Year during a two day event in<br />

Wellington. The award is contested by agencies managing more than 1000 properties.<br />

Community thanks: Representatives from <strong>Waikato</strong> disability<br />

organisation Enrich Group Johnathan Tan, general manager,<br />

left, and Operations manager Janne Nottage, right, at the<br />

Celebrating Waipā event at Lake Karāpiro last month hosted by<br />

deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk and mayor Susan O’Regan.<br />

<br />

Photo: Mary Anne Gill.<br />

The <strong>Waikato</strong> Regional Council Environmental Science Award at the Kudos Science awards in Hamilton last month was presented to Te<br />

Kūwaha o Taihoro Nukurangi, NIWA. They were pictured with council chair Pamela Storey, right.<br />

Pictured at a retirement expo in Cambridge were, from left, Peter<br />

Carr, Nicole Stanley, John Collyns and organiser Peter Matthews,<br />

who says the event is set to become an annual fixture.<br />

The latest list of recipients of an education scholarship with a rural focus were celebrating last week. They each<br />

received $6000 from the David Johnstone Charitable Trust, administered by Perpetual Guardian, to help fund the<br />

start of their tertiary education next year.<br />

Wines and spirits company Invivo Wines were the supreme winners at last months’<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> Awards, and it also won the International Trade Award. Pictured<br />

from left were Yasmina Pena, Aaron Coxhead and Alan Gregory.<br />

<br />

Photo: Barker Photography.


07 849 3849<br />


DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Tony Letcher, Director & CFO<br />

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David said.

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