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D-Day for Peacocke

Peacocke family spokesman Mark Peacocke. Plan to develop Hamilton to the south gets the go ahead. A three-decade wait is  set to end, with the much-delayed development of Peacocke on Hamilton’s southwestern outskirts poised to get a 1000-home boost alongside the Waikato River. Hamilton City Council gave the long-awaited Peacocke development the thumbs up in its Long Term Plan deliberations on May 31. The massive project was approved unopposed A majority of the 2000 plus submitters to the plan backed [...]

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Waikato Business News|

Made in the Bay

The region’s innovative manufacturers are extending their range. The Bay of Plenty’s reputation as a haven for innovative manufacturing was clearly evident during a recent day on Tauranga Harbour when Pacific Seven founder Sean Kelly successfully launched New Zealand’s first purpose-designed and built, fully electric boat. With a ballast load of Tesla car batteries, and a 147 hp electric engine, the six metre prototype can produce a – very quiet – top speed of 25 knots. Kelly aims to manufacture [...]

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Bay of Plenty Business News|

Fieldays 50th – A year to remember

Never mind Fieldays week – 2018 will be known as Fieldays year as celebrations for the 50th anniversary pack the calendar. Celebrations include a series of functions, artworks, a museum exhibition, two anniversary books and a surprise pre-Fieldays roadshow from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North. For an organisation steeped in heritage and so keenly aware of its humble beginnings and the pioneers who paved the way, a 50 years’ anniversary is a big [...]

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Waikato AgriBusiness News|

Capitalising on innovation

How smart companies get funding for growth. The Bay of Plenty has a thriving culture of innovative companies and entrepreneurs. But they can face major challenges in securing the funding they need to thrive. We examine what makes capital providers willing to invest in developing businesses. One major concern for companies seeking capital is to ensure they have secured the intellectual property (IP) that can prove crucial to their ultimate success. Another key issue is for companies seeking investment and their potential [...]

Theatre may bring long awaited footbridge

An artist’s impression of a possible pedestrian and cycling bridge across to Memorial Park. A long-awaited central city pedestrian bridge could be a reality within just three years alongside Hamilton’s Waikato Regional Theatre project. Momentum Waikato which is leading the $73 million theatre project, has released new concept designs for the theatre complex following a round of public submissions. Momentum Waikato’s new chief executive Kelvyn Eglinton has also suggested for the first time that a walking and cycling [...]

By |May 4th, 2018|Categories: Waikato Business News|

BOP tourist industry Explores new direction

Kristin Dunne: Photo/Tourism BOP The good news for the Coastal Bay of Plenty is that tourists spent a record $1 billion last year. The less good news – at least for some business ratepayers – is that Tourism Bay of Plenty is seeking increased annual council funding of around $620,000 to help support a new and better targeted approach. Tourism BOP says the increase would make its funding more aligned with other similar-sized Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs). And [...]

By |April 4th, 2018|Categories: Bay of Plenty Business News|

Give us two new top hotels

Tourism and business leaders’ urgent plea for Hamilton.Hamilton doesn’t just need one 4 or 4.5-star hotel desperately – it needs two. That’s the plea from tourism and business leaders who say the city which is desperate to keep Claudelands Event Centre busy, is missing out on large scale conferences because it just doesn’t have enough beds. And Dallas Fisher, the man behind the recent highly successful New Zealand Sevens at Waikato Stadium is calling on the Hamilton City Council to [...]

By |March 29th, 2018|Categories: Waikato Business News|

A modern approach to wellbeing

Brigitte Knill There’s no denying that technology has changed the world we live in; from tracking health and fitness stats with smartwatches, to following online blogs and searching the internet for workouts. The internet has made the world accessible. While this brings many amazing and fresh opportunities, it also brings the challenge of finding reputable, authentic advice. So it makes perfect sense that three New Zealand women have been inspired to build Wellness Works – an online business [...]

By |March 19th, 2018|Categories: INSPO - Fitness Journal|

New boss for iconic Waikato building company

Retiring director David Livingstone with a framed momento signed by all Livingstone NZ employees. One of Waikato’s most well established building companies is set to head in another direction under a new chief executive. With the pre-Christmas retirement of director David Livingstone who began with the company in 1977, former Mitre 10 MEGA executive Myles Whitcher is set to lead Livingstone NZ into a new era. Myles’ appointment is described as a “bold statement” for the future direction [...]

By |March 9th, 2018|Categories: Waikato Business News|

Encouraging Māori entrepreneurship

Buddy Mikaere (left) and Ian Taylor: Time to draw upon Māori technology and enterprise. Photos/supplied The recent Te Hekenga conference held in Tauranga was the third of the bi-annual events that bring together representatives of Māori Business Networks from around the country. Their objective is to share ideas, issues, successes and war stories about the challenges of encouraging Māori to set up their own enterprises and establish supportive networks. The Māori economy contributes at least 11 percent to [...]

By |March 9th, 2018|Categories: Bay of Plenty Business News|

What’s coming up in the workplace in 2018

The Labour-led coalition government has made it clear that employer-employee relations and workplace conditions will be a key focus for legislative change this year. In the pipeline are a raft of changes, from increasing the minimum wage and pushing for equal pay, to new arrangements for contractors, and a possible return to collective bargaining. In this month’s cover story, we look at some of the key issues likely to impact employers in Bay of Plenty this year. How dramatic the [...]

By |January 28th, 2018|Categories: Bay of Plenty Business News|

Another landmark for Hamilton East

Multi-million re-development to create large, modern office space in Hamilton East. A $6 million investment into top notch office space is about to add to the revitalisation of Hamilton East. KGL commercial property manager Ray George. KGL Property has revealed its plans for the refurbishment of the former Hill Laboratories building in Clyde Street. Renovation of the 1970s building will start around the middle of this year and will create what is thought to be the largest modern, [...]

By |January 26th, 2018|Categories: Waikato Business News|

Good George a great Waikato growth story

Waikato Inc. sweetheart Good George has good reason to raise a glass with a thirsty kick-off to summer and year-on-year sales growth nudging 50 percent. Actually, it has 1.2 million reasons. The privately-owned, independent Frankton brewer of handcrafted beers and ciders is aiming for a production milestone of 1.2 million litres of beverages by the end of its March financial year. To put the achievement in context, the Good George brewing enterprise, owned by Somerset Brewing Company, started out in [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Categories: Waikato Business News|

Crucial BOP forestry sector faces up to major changes

The coalition government’s commitment to planting 1 billion trees in the next decade, and relocating the head office of a new ministry of forestry in Rotorua, have drawn wide attention in the region and generally been welcomed across the sector. The new ministry will be made responsible for developing and implementing a wide-ranging and comprehensive national forestry strategy. But it remains unclear exactly what form the new forest service will take and how it will operate. And wide-ranging interviews with [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Categories: Bay of Plenty Business News|

Foster’s out to create ‘a great community’

Lee Patchett, Nigel Sun, Leonard Gardner, Adam Findlay and Ross Pacey. (Photo: Chris Hillock Photographer). Waikato’s supreme business for 2017, Foster Construction hopes to further encourage a trend of generosity to staff and the community among the region’s businesses. The iconic construction company is not only associated with completing high profile projects but for its community focus, typified by its creation of a charitable trust from which a percentage of its profits will go to be distributed to [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|Categories: Waikato Business News|

1st Call gets the call at Tauranga awards

Bravery and a willingness to strategically integrate technology in business were the key themes at the 2017 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards, held before a crowd of 450 at the annual gala event at ASB Arena this month. 1st Call Recruitment led the roll call of 13 winners, taking out the overall Westpac Business of the Year Award. The company also won the Vodafone Embracing Digital Technology Award, and was highly commended in the ACC Workplace Safety Award. Tui Products, a [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|Categories: Bay of Plenty Business News|

Summer Staycation: Raglan

Whether you're an adrenalin junkie, an adventure seeker, a foodie or you just want to relax in a beautiful setting, then consider carefully where to holiday this summer. One location offers all this and more - and it's closer to home than you may think. Raglan is a hotly sought after destination for everyone from families wanting to enjoy the beach and an array of adventure opportunities; to city dwellers keen to learn paddleboarding or surfing and kitesurfing, as well [...]

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: INSPO - Fitness Journal|

Why we came back to the CBD

In 2007 commercial realtor NAI Harcourts joined the exodus of businesses leaving the struggling CBD. The central city is undergoing a renaissance and NAI Harcourts is glad to back. CBD Association chairwoman Sarah King. NAI Harcourts managing director Mike Neale only has to walk a few metres from his Victoria St office to be reminded how good it is to be back in the CBD. “You can’t walk anywhere without bumping into someone you know, someone in business [...]

By |October 27th, 2017|Categories: Waikato Business News|

Green Kiwifruit faces challenge from climate change

Te Puke’s claim to be the kiwifruit capital of the world may be endangered later this century unless the industry can come up with some climate change-resistant Green varieties, according to new research. The research, carried out by NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Tait and Alistair Mowat of Tauranga-based consultants Thought Strategy, focused on the impact of climate change on the high-earning fruit. It paints a less than positive picture for the long-term future of the Green variety. Dr Tait [...]

By |October 27th, 2017|Categories: Bay of Plenty Business News|