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Hurford Parker – Good cover is just one part to being a leading local insurance provider
Experienced insurance broker Jeff Parker has seen disasters such as fires destroy Hawke’s Bay business premises and can tell the good and the bad stories when it comes to insurance cover and business continuity. Jeff and the late Jim Hurford set up Hurford Parker on 1 June 1994 on the simple ethos that people want to know who they are...
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Havelock North Tyres – More tread in the game than most
You would get bald tyres driving around Hawke’s Bay trying to find someone with more knowledge on tyres than Havelock North Tyre and Alignment owner Greg Nicholson. The tyre industry runs as deep as new tyre tread in Greg’s life, he and wife Fiona even named their youngest son after Greg’s favourite tyre brand – Cooper. Greg left school in...
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Fashion Designer draws huge facebook following
The marketing power of Facebook has surprised a Hawke’s Bay home-based clothing producer who has acquired 29,437 page followers, and still counting, since first posting an offer of children’s clothing two years ago. Donna Paterson-Mills and her husband Bryce have since extended Donna’s design of clothing into womenswear and have launched a website, www.oliandgus.co.nz,which has streamlined order taking, payments and...
Business Leaders
Christopher Keys – HB Wine Export
Gibbston Valley is one of Central Otago’s founding wineries and is acknowledged globally as a top producer of Pinot Noir. It has the largest wine cave and busiest cellar door in the country, and its chief winemaker is Hastings Boys’ High School old boy Christopher Keys. Christopher has been at Gibbston Valley since 2006, having moved to the south from...
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Palmer not about to tread water
James Palmer was appointed the new chief executive for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council in June. He has taken on the challenging role at an organisation that has been under the public spotlight for a range of issues such as the ongoing Ruataniwha Water Storage Project, the water contamination crisis that struck Havelock North and the current consenting process for...
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Unlikely partnership has a unique rhythm
What started out as a hip-hop collaboration between American Zach Stark and local boy Ratima Hauraki has become so much more, with potential business opportunities that won’t take a rocket to show people where Wairoa is on a map. The two met when Ratima, whose life had led him in many directions, found his way home to Wairoa. The one...