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Hawke’s Bay Airport solar farm technical experts confirmed
Leading renewable energy provider Vector Powersmart has been confirmed as the technical partner for the next stage Hawke’s Bay Airport’s ambitious 10MW commercial solar farm project. Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited chief executive Stuart Ainslie today announced the next stage of the project, a feasibility plan, and technical design which would see unused land at the airport becoming New Zealand’s largest...
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Kane Williamson blasts Rockit apples into major marketing push
Innovative New Zealand apple company Rockit Global Limited, recognised across the world for its miniature Rockit™ apple variety, has today announced an inaugural Global Ambassador partnership with Kiwi cricketer Kane Williamson. The New Zealand cricket captain, who will shortly leave New Zealand to begin his season with the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL), says joining Rockit™ is exciting, and he...
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Hastings Distillers Takes Gold in Global Competition
It’s been operating for just eight months, but Hastings Distillers has already won global acclaim, earning a much sought-after gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). Hastings Distillers’ Albertine gin took the sole gold awarded in the Contemporary Gin category at the IWSC, a competition that has, for over 50 years, rewarded excellence in drinks worldwide. Based...
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New chair and two board appointments at Hawke’s Bay Airport
Hawke’s Bay Airport shareholders Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and the Crown has appointed a new chair and two board members. Wendie Harvey, a board member for four years steps up as the new chair, replacing retiring long standing chair Tony Porter while the councils have jointly appointed Jon Nichols as their representative and the Crown has appointed Sarah...
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Be part of the Hastings success story
In the context of a global pandemic recovery, investors are reconsidering all capital decisions. Now, more than ever, regional centres are being looked at for commercial property opportunities. And Hastings, is no exception. Rob Gill, Director and Owner of Hastings Hive, Hastings’ first large scale co-working space, and the larger site that encompasses the Kiwibank National Operations Centre, sought out...
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Cultural connection important for HB Airport
Visitors arriving to the redeveloped Hawke’s Bay Airport will be enveloped by a sense of place and a connection to the special character of the land the airport is based on in Ahuriri. The airport is on schedule to celebrate the opening of the new terminal in February 2021, after a $20.2 million expansion project that has seen the terminal...
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A Smart way to clean
Gary Singh always wanted to have his own business. Gary and his family moved to Hawke’s Bay in 2008 and he started to work for a local commercial cleaning business. He worked hard but wasn’t sure if an opportunity to buy into a commercial cleaning business would eventuate. So he left and went to work at BP Bayview as a...
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The land of plenty will rise again
Big things were expected from 2020. Hawke’s Bay’s economy was hot to trot and regarded as one of the strongest performing regions across New Zealand. But, that all came to screaming halt on March 25 when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that businesses and schools across the country would go into lockdown and we would be forced to stay home...
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Business HB ready to support local businesses
As New Zealand emerges from its COVID-19 lockdown, around the country business and community leaders are turning their thoughts to regional recovery. We are now confronted by a deep global, national, and local recession, the sharpness of which is unprecedented. It will be a slow, persistent climb out of this recession, back to some sense of normality. New Zealand is...
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$70m petfood plant for Napier
Significant growth in global demand for its natural pet food range will see ZIWI build a new state-of-the-art processing kitchen in Awatoto, 5 kilometres south of the Napier city centre. The new 12,000 square metre production kitchen will cost NZ $70 million and will be fitted out with the latest processing technology. The kitchen will be capable of doubling ZIWI’s...