Damon Harvey

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A new direction for longstanding business – Orsborn Roadmarkers
Orsborn Roadmarkers have a long history of making their mark across Hawke’s Bay and beyond. As the family-owned business celebrates 60 years serving the Bay, they are embarking on a bold and exciting new direction and embracing the opportunity of a change of ownership. Local businessman Taurus Taurima, owner of the multi-award winning civil construction business Topline Contracting, has purchased...
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Te Rae offers new meeting space to meet demand
Looking for a meeting space or somewhere to host a small scale conference, Te Rae is at the head of the local offerings. Te Rae has opened in Queen Street Hastings, in the old Post Office building and has six meeting spaces ranging in capacity from 2 to 80 people. It has been set up by the Hawke’s Bay Regional...
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New report finds $410 million needed for Hawke’s Bay horticulture sector a year on from Cyclone Gabrielle 
One year on from an initial analysis of the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle, a new report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has found the Hawke's Bay horticultural sector needs at least $410 million in additional funding to recover to its pre-cyclone state by 2030.   BCG’s report, Hawke’s Bay Horticultural Sector: Economic recovery update: a year after Cyclone Gabrielle, has found...
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A bit of nous to combat resourcing challenges. Business Profile – Development Nous
Many professions have struggled with skill shortages in recent years but local land development consultancy business, Development Nous Limited has taken a new approach that works for all parties – the business, their clients and their remote team members based in Sweden and South Africa. Development Nous, which first started in Hastings in 2016 with six staff and two directors,...
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Unison – 100 years of powering Hawke’s Bay business 
In the early days of electricity, power generation, and supply were managed by local Councils or Municipal departments. Hastings first gained electricity in 1912. The Electric Power Boards Act of 1918 allowed Power Boards to provide electricity to areas not served by local governments. In 1923, backed by Hawke’s Bay County, a committee formed a Power Board to manage electricity...
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First harvest of table grapes – the ‘king of fruit’
Divine table grapes that herald the start of a brand new industry in Hawke’s Bay have been coming off vines in Maraekakaho. It is the first harvest of Greencollar, an innovative Japanese company determined to expand the currently tiny table grape industry in New Zealand. Greencollar featured in The Profit in early 2023. The harvest follows a complex and intricate...
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Keeping technology simple for 40 years – Richie Richards – Tech Group
Forty years on and Electrotech founder Richie Richards hasn’t changed his philosophy when it comes to technology – “keep it simple…you should be able to ignore the user manual and just turn it on”. A visit to Richie’s art deco Kennedy Road premises, once the heart of the business he founded in 1984, is now a historical journey of how...
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Pro Q&A with Tony Martin – Performing at your best
Tony Martin is a high achiever that’s keen to support other locals to enhance their own performance. Tony featured in the November 2023 issue of The Profit in his capacity as chief executive of Prevar, the organisation at the forefront of innovation and commercialisation of new apples and pears from New Zealand to the world. Tony has also qualified as...
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ROCKIT GLOBAL CEO TO RETIRE IN MARCH 2025
Rockit Global Limited Chairman John Loughlin has announced that Chief Executive Officer, Mark O’Donnell has decided to retire from 31 March 2025. An international search will commence to find a replacement. The timing allows for the search and good handover to a successor, to be completed around the 2025 harvest and the early sales season for that crop. Mark O’Donnell...
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Unison partners with Faraday Museum to celebrate 100 years of powering communities
Local lines company Unison Networks is partnering with the Faraday Museum of Technology this month to celebrate 100 years of powering communities. Founded on 19 June 1924 as the Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board, Unison has grown from a small lines company in Hawke’s Bay to a global group of specialist electricity companies. To celebrate this milestone, Napier’s Faraday Museum...