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When keeping calm and carrying on paid off
Recently I had the pleasure of traveling around New Zealand with economic commentator and journalist Bernard Hickey’ where we have been presenting to AdviceFirst clients and local professionals about themes important to today. We have also been joined by fund managers Fergus MacDonald of Nikko Asset Management and Craig Stent of Harbour Asset Management. Our event series included a Hawke's...
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If it aint broke… why change?
It's Long Term Plan time across the local councils. They've all got some big spend items – Hastings with water($47m), Napier a Master Plan for Park Island ($15.8m) but its the huge rate hike at the HBRC and the possible loss of some funding for tourism that is the hot topic. The HBRC says a major priority for the next...
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New residential development for Arataki
The largest residential development in Havelock North in the last seven years will be released to the market over the next six months. Greenstone Land Developments which has a successful track record of residential developments in Havelock North and Hastings has purchased the ex-Arataki Motor Camp. The company bought the camping ground from the former owner, who recently purchased it back...
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Celebrating Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Excellence
The 2018 Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards has this year recognised the outstanding contribution of seven past, present and future leaders in their field. The 2018 winners are: Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year - David Danks Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year -  Charlie and Michelle Bogard Hastings District Council Primary...
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Pioneering courier business delivers 35 year milestone
New Zealand’s pioneering courier delivery network Fastway Couriers is celebrating 35 years. The company, which was established in Hawke’s Bay in 1983, is celebrating the milestone at its annual conference, to be held in Nelson on April 12-13. Fastway Couriers chief executive Scott Jenyns says the businesses has come a long way from “one man in a van” to a...
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New container depot a win-win
A new shipping container depot in Napier has been officially opened with property owner Mana Ahuriri Trust regarding it as a long term win-win with the prospects of job creation for its people and certainty of sustainable growth for tenants ContainerCo Limited. Mana Ahuriri Trust chairman Piriniha Prentice said the Mersey Street land is part of its Waitangi Treaty Settlement...
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Worshipping craft beer at the Abbey
When you pitch up at Abbey Cellars, in the Bridge Pa Triangle wine district west of Hastings, the first difficult decision to make is whether you’re there for a beer or a wine. The Haworth family established the Abbey Cellars wine brand in 2002 and a decade later, son Dermot started getting serious about beer. He began selling small-batch brews...
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Brewing success on their own patch of God’s Own
In the heart of wine country on SH50 west of Hastings, Godfrey Quemeneur and Rachel Downes have established GodsOwn Brewery – a rural haven where craft beer enthusiasts can sample product brewed on-site. The couple bought their 6.5ha property at Maraekakaho in 2010, embarking on a project to establish an environmentally sustainable brewing and hospitality business complete with a hops...
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High Demand for hi-tech talent
Hawke’s Bay’s technology sector is on a roll but are there enough skilled staff wanting to work here? Recruiting the skilled staff needed to grow a business has often been one of the top challenges for both start-ups and established technology companies in the Bay. But there are signs that’s beginning to change. The skyrocketing cost of living in centres...
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Show Me The Money
After a long period of low inflation and low wage and salary rises pressure is building in the remuneration market. There are a number of factors having an impact, most of which have featured prominently in the media. The new Government’s pledge to increase the minimum wage will be good news for those on low wages and will undoubtedly also...