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Tribute – Ray Turner
He may be closing in on 90 years of age, yet Hawke’s Bay’s greatest living inventor continues to submit product patents. A.R. (Ray) Turner just can’t stop inventing. He’s so prolific that in the past three years, he’s listed 36 patents with the Australian Patent Office. During his lifetime he’s patented more than 100 inventions. His first invention was in...
Pro Property
Revitalising the value of Hastings CBD
Williams’ Harvey undertakes a retail shop occupancy survey of the Central Business District (CBD) of Hastings City. The survey is based on retail shop numbers and considers main street retail, side street retail and overall retail vacancies. Our last survey was completed in October 2018 and recorded 10.20% of the retail space within Hastings to be vacant which equates to...
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Drive performance by better understanding the numbers
Hawke’s Bay’s economy is booming. The region is experiencing growth across a range of sectors and industries, unemployment numbers are dropping, house prices continue to rise and there is an air of business confidence within the region which is encouraging business owners to look to their future and what opportunities these positive developments could bring. One of these opportunities is...
Pro IT
Outstanding performance for region’s economy
I’m no expert in economics, but I can see the numbers and it looks good, but what about the future? As much as an economist can look at all economic indicators, I look at it from my frame of reference, how will technology contribute to the Regions growth from 2020 and beyond? The World Economic Forum has identified five areas...
Pro Legal
Expanding your business? Proceed carefully …
It’s great to see Hawke’s Bay’s economy steaming ahead and to notice lots of positive signs that our business environment is thriving.As your business improves and demand increases you may be thinking about expanding by hiring new staff. Before you start making offers however there have been a number of changes to employment law recently that you need to be...
Pro Education
Climbing the ladder in the apple industry
The apple industry in Hawke’s Bay is thriving. Looking at 2017 statistics published by the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd. since 2015, apple orchards in New Zealand have increased in value by approximately 70 percent. In 2017 New Zealand exported 343,000t of apples (total production of 384,000t). Of which, 70 percent are grown in Hawke’s Bay....
Pro Commercial property
CGT debate over, a flying start to 2019 set to continue
Now that the debate about the introduction of a comprehensive capital gains tax is out of the way, we expect confidence to build further in the commercial property sector over 2019. Starting with such a strong base to grow from, with over $138 million in commercial property sold in 2018, up from $116m the previous year, we knew 2019 would...
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Local design and construction excellence
A team of Hawke’s Bay design and construction excellence has delivered Hastings a world class Primary Health Facility. “The way we procured and built the project meant we were all one team working in partnership,” says project manager Nick Ward of Proactive Management (PML). He’s full of praise for the team of local construction specialists with main contractor Gemco Construction,...
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2019 – innovation and entrepreneurship
At Business Hawke’s Bay we love BIG ideas and BIG themes. 2019 is Hawke’s Bay’s year of innova- tion and entrepreneurship. We’re starting a nationwide conversation that celebrates and draws attention to Hawke’s Bay as a place where people with bright ideas can flour- ish. We’re calling on everyone from across the Bay; from schools, from iwi, from councils and...
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Hawke’s Bay Airport spreads its wings
The Hawke’s Bay airport has taken a step closer to its vision to be “New Zealand’s most vibrant and successful regional airport” with the opening of the new arrivals hall. The new arrivals hall opened in early January with Araminta Wilson the first passenger to collect her bags from the new automated baggage system. At the same time, the airport...