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Taking horse tack to the world
Wairoa-based New Zealand Mecates grew out of founder Ilana Cheiban’s love of horses and her desire for quality, locally made gear. When she couldn’t find the type of horse tack she wanted, Ilana decided to make it herself – and the business was born. It now produces top-quality, handmade horse gear and leather products to local and overseas markets. NZ...
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NZ Frost Fans Stands Out with Innovative Approach
An earlier decision by New Zealand Frost Fans to send stock to a key South American market proved its value when Covid-19 hit last year. With its fans already on the ground in Chile before disruptions to global shipping schedules took hold, the Hastings-based company found itself with a competitive edge in one of its fastest-growing territories. It is that...
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Norish takes out Innovate Hawke’s Bay awards
Budding entrepreneurs Gina Urlich and Andy Spear of Norish have taken out the first ever Innovate Hawke's Bay awards with their nutritious baby food product. They headed off other local entrepreneurs who pitched their ideas to three judges and 75 guests at ToiToi: Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre, winning $5000 plus entry into The Factory’s accelerator programme run out...
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World Class medical facility adds much needed cancer treatment facility
The new world class elective surgery facility in Hastings is being super-sized with the announcement of a second stage which will bring much needed cancer care services to Hawke’s Bay. Kaweka Health’s Managing Director, Dr Colin Hutchison, today announced an additional 7,000m2 of clinical space including a critical care ward, local cancer diagnosis and treatment services and a cardiac catheterisation...
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Retirement on hold for Fidel
He may be 81 years old but that doesn’t stop Fidel Russ turning up to his job as production manager at Wood Mallets in Central Hawke’s Bay at 5.30am four mornings a week. Wood Mallets, located east of Otane, exports hand-crafted polo sticks and croquet mallets to more than 50 countries and Fidel has worked for the business since 1991....
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Bumpy flight but Hawke’s Bay airport takes off
The path to getting to the major milestone has had more turbulence than a flight into Wellington on a stormy day, and as the airport’s chief executive Stuart Ainslie says, the adversity has created a more resilient airport as well as a stunning gateway to the Bay. Stuart himself arrived to the role after the design plans and the terminal...
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New Zealand businesses urged to up game to unleash Blockchain opportunities
New Zealand businesses need to up their game and adopt a plan to embrace de-centralised technology or are at risk being left behind according to some leading Blockchain advocates. Stefan Korn, Chief Product Officer, Callaghan Innovation, Blockchain expert Mark Pascall and agribusiness business leader and founder of Carrickmore, a dairy export company specialising in marketing infant formula Chris Claridge believe...
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On your side in fast changing times
Businesses are operating in uncertain and unpredictable times when 50 to 100 year events such as pandemics, droughts and floods are happening with more regularity. In Hawke’s Bay the rural sector has had two consecutive summer droughts while Napier was struck by a major flood event that damaged houses, vehicles and businesses. A well-established New Zealand insurance brokerage firm ICIB...
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The Business of influencing
Being paid to give your opinion on anything and everything sounds like a dream job, and it is for a number of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand influencers. In the age of social media, the role of influencers has become pivotal in reaching targeted and general audiences. What do these influencers have that you and I don’t? Followers. Followers on...
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Local workplace Suicide Prevention Programme has instant impact
Many of us have been impacted by the loss of a family member, friend or work colleague to suicide. Between July 2018–June 2019, 654 suspected self-inflicted deaths (SSIDs) were reported in New Zealand, 46 of these were in Hawke’s Bay.  At that time the national average of SSIDs was 12.86 per 100,000 population – Hawke’s Bay was double that at...