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Mastering the plumbing business
Tim had been working as a contractor in Hawke’s Bay before making the decision to move to Port Headland, travelling around the Pilbara in Western Australia, setting up massive infrastructure for satellite mining camps – housing developments for between 2 to 5 thousand people. The money was amazing and the driving eye-opening. “I covered some huge km’s, often driving 5-6...
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Mastering the plumbing business
Tim had been working as a contractor in Hawke’s Bay before making the decision to move to Port Headland, travelling around the Pilbara in Western Australia, setting up massive infrastructure for satellite mining camps – housing developments for between 2 to 5 thousand people. The money was amazing and the driving eye-opening. “I covered some huge km’s, often driving 5-6...
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EIT Hastings – a huge hit with students
Tailored to meet student needs, EIT’s newly-located Hastings Regional Learning Centre has become a drawcard for learners since opening ahead of the academic year’s second term. Light-filled, spacious and welcoming, the new centre exudes inclusiveness, which is encouraging students of all ages and backgrounds to engage in tertiary education. The relocation to a single-storey building on Heretaunga Street West has...
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Fresh fields approach for local engineering firm
Back in 1998, engineer Scott Field had just returned to Hawke’s Bay from the UK. Having worked for engineering firms in England and Brazil, he was keen to carve a niche in a rapidly expanding local economy. Setting up in Brookvale Road, Havelock North, with a 120-metre2 workshop, Scott asked brother- in-law and engineer Blair Hislop to join him. Blair...
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Hub helps fledgling businesses fly
A new Hawke's Bay Business Hub initiative is connecting established businesses with Hub services and assisting fledgling businesses get off the ground. ‘HUB Connect’ is a three-stage programme to connect businesses with Business Hub services. It’s designed for all businesses to find out more about what help is available here and how best to get started says Business Hawke’s Bay...
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Farmers Breed Success For Vet Services
For longer than most people in the Bay can remember, animal industry stalwart Vet Services Hawke’s Bay (VSHB) has been ensuring all beasts – from sheep to bearded dragons – get the care they need. Over the past seven decades, the business has grown from a one-vet practice in CHB to an incorporated business of five practices located in Napier,...
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Heads in the Cloud, Boots on the Ground
Forward thinking has allowed one CHB start-up to move farmers into the 21st century – by keeping their heads in the cloud and their boots on the ground. You wouldn't know that Cloud Farmer took flight from a farm half an hour out of Waipukurau with scant access to the Internet four years ago. Designed by AgRecord, the program has...
Business Leaders
Mavis Mullins – from the shearing shed to the boardroom
The Bay's own Mavis Mullins has been inducted to New Zealand's Business Hall of Fame, adding to the already long list of her accomplishments in the nation's corporate sector. Hawke's Bay born and bred, the self-described country girl has left a lasting impression on a world she never intended to inhabit. "I have to say ending up where I have...
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Central Hawke’s Bay – all set to thrive
With a brand new council comes a bold new vision that will see Central Hawke’s Bay thrive well into the future. Less than a year into the new triennial and with a drive to understand what their constituents want for the future of the district, the newly elected councillors of CHB ventured out into the community. As part of the...
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CHB – Central to the Hawke’s Bay economy
Central Hawke’s Bay is defined by its boundaries, from the base of the 200-million-year-old Ruahine Range out to the Pacific Ocean on the East Coast. State Highway 2 runs through the centre of the region, with Napier’s port and airport around 70 kilometres away. Central Hawke’s Bay (or CHB as it’s usually referred to) is also well served by rail,...