Guide To Designing Accessible Public Buildings Released

A guide to designing accessible public buildings was released by Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa and Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni. “Access to public buildings is a basic human right and New Zealand building legislation supports this. The Buildings for Everyone guide encourages building owners and designers to consider the needs of […]

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Fair Pay Agreements No Guarantee Of Productivity And Jobs

The total concept of Fair Pay Agreements proposed by Government makes no economic sense, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA). The EMA’s chief executive Brett O’Riley [pictured] says, “We will be analysing and actively responding to consultation on the recommendations for Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) that were announced today, on behalf of our members […]

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New Destinations, More Service In Waikato’s North

Residents in Waikato’s north now have more public buses traveling to more destinations. “These new bus services are a vast improvement in public transport availability for the people of north Waikato, bringing a wide range of social benefits,” said Waikato District Council Strategic Projects Manager Vishal Ramduny. “Public transport forms a critical part of our […]

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Waikato Business Woman Partners With Te Waipounamu WhānauCentred Business To Support Māori And Pacific Island Tāne (Men)

RISE2025, the global coaching and leadership programme for Indigenous women, will now support Indigenous men. Three years on, Rise2025 Founder Rachel Petero (Waikato-Tainui) is partnering with Lee (Ng ti Rarua, Ng ti Toarangatira, Ng ti Maniapoto) and Cazna Luke (Ng i Tahu, Te Rarawa) Directors of Mokowhiti Ltd a Te Waipounamu based wh nau owned […]

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EVENTS GUIDE 2019

VALENTINE’S DAY THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY CHIEFS V HIGHLANDERS FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton www.fmgstadiumwaikato.co.nz/events NATIONAL NOT FOR PROFIT SECTOR CONFERENCE 19 & 20 FEBRUARY Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel, Auckland Be inspired and learn the secrets to succeeding in a world that offers more challenges and opportunities than we can imagine. Ordinary people who […]

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Anti-Competitive Behaviour By Powerful Businesses Under The Spotlight

Commerce & Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has announced the start of public consultation on measures to strengthen the law protecting consumers and small business from anti-competitive behaviour by powerful firms. “New Zealand has a high proportion of markets that are dominated by powerful firms, so it’s important we have effective laws that prevent them […]

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New Addition To The HSB Government Relations Team

HSB Government Relations welcomes Celine Kao, the newest addition to their Waikato based team. A recent communications graduate from the University of Waikato, Celine brings a strong public relations skill set and solid business acumen to one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing government relations firm. In the Engagement Consultant role, Celine will maintain positive relationships with […]

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Worldwide Educators Invite NZ Teachers To Explore Education In New Ways

Worldwide education developers, Kaospilot described as one of “the best design schools in the world”, are coming to Wintec this July so New Zealand teachers can experience a Kaospilot Masterclass workshop. Wintec academic Julie Ashby and product manager Dallas Snape have been working with Kaospilot to bring the first workshops to New Zealand, and they […]

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New Look Pillar Boxes Rolled Out In Hamilton CBD

A collection of WEL Networks electrical pillar boxes have been given a ‘Hamilton-flavoured’ makeover. Fourteen low voltage pillar boxes in the Victoria Street, Garden Place and Ward Street area have been wrapped with a new graffiti-proof design which depicts iconic elements of Hamilton city. Included in the design are various Hamilton bridges, the Founder’s Theatre […]

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First ever New Zealand Director of Wellbeing appointed at St Peter’s, Cambridge.

Dr. Michael Brown Director of Well-being Dr. Michael Brown has been appointed as New Zealand’s first ever Director of Well-being as part of a ground breaking well-being programme introduced this year at St Peter’s, Cambridge. Focusing on building student-led initiatives which support wellbeing, as well as guiding and counselling students and staff, Michael is improving […]

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Employers – Be Prepared For Work Visa Changes

The Government is currently consulting on changes to immigration policies affecting work visas. From next year, it is likely that every employer wishing to employ any migrant worker will need some form of Immigration New Zealand accreditation. Employers already accredited will also see changes to qualifying criteria, including a substantial increase in salary threshold. It […]

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Proposed Immigration Visa Changes Heading In The Right Direction To Support Tourism

Proposed changes to temporary work visas and better workforce planning should assist employers and regions facing staff shortages, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. The Government announced it is consulting on a new framework for employer-assisted temporary work visas to ensure access to overseas staff is better matched to where there are genuine skill shortages. TIA Chief […]

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EVENTS GUIDE

MATAMATA CHRISTMAS PARADE SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER, 11am CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS PARADE SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER, 2-3pm Main Street Victoria Street, Cambridge WOMEN ON BOARDS NETWORKING EVENT TUESDAY 4 DECEMBER, 5.30-7pm Deloitte, 24 Anzac Parade, Hamilton Non Member: $35. Member: $30 www.governancenz.org THE GREAT NZ SANTA RUN/WALK WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER, 6.30pm Hamilton City Hawks Clubrooms, Grantham Street, Hamilton […]

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Stronglite Staging

We are a genuine Kiwi company designing and manufacturing world class staging and event equipment right here in New Zealand. We produce a range of portable, modular equipment that has been specifically designed for durability, ease of handling, safety and versatility. Professional, stylish products guaranteed to enhance any venue or event. Ideal for: schools, universities, […]

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Waikato Real-Estate Update

The Waikato market continues to see steady interest from people across all price ranges in October. For first home buyers, we are beginning to see signs that finance is starting to tighten up. Regardless, there are still a lot of enquiries and there are currently more sales in the middle and higher price brackets with […]

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Waikato Expressway Update

EXCAVATION COMPLETE AT HORSHAM DOWNS ROAD Excavation of the bridge site on Horsham Downs Road is now complete. The bridge construction team will now establish on-site to build a bridge that will take Horsham Downs Road across the expressway. This is expected to open in late 2019. SKINKS RELOCATED TO ‘LIZARD HOTEL’ Before we began […]

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Safer Internet Banking

Many businesses do their non-cash banking via the Internet. It’s convenient and fast, but it can expose the business to fraudulent operators that use a range of electronic trickery to loot online accessible bank accounts. There are a number of things you can do to protect your business from these con artists. PROTECT YOUR PASSWORDS […]

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Digital Summit Is Returning

The event: DX 2019, promises to put digital transformation to the forefront of innovation. The summit will showcase speakers and organisations that are at the leading edge of transformation from NZ as well as internationally. To survive in the digital era, it is crucial to keep on top of emerging trends and technologies and work […]

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IOT Waikato Tech Meetup

The IoT Waikato Tech meetup is an event for innovators, thought leaders and organisations interested in developing the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology in the Waikato. An opportunity to get together, share, and find out what is happening with the IoT and other digital technology around the region, NZ and the world, and […]

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Managing Cyber Risks Key For SMEs

Reminder to small and medium sized business owners to take a look at their cyber security. Cyber incident reporting by organisations has increased 143% since Q1 2018. In that period, 507 cyber incidents were reported by organisations. Direct financial losses from all cyber incidents for the period were $2.2 million. 8 things to help manage […]

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Tax Evading Tradie Gets Home Detention After 10 Years Of Dodging His Responsibilities & Hiding Cash Jobs

A plasterer and seller of health food supplements who aligned himself with anti-tax movements has been given home detention for tax evasion. David John Buisson, 69, of Whangamata was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court to 12 months home detention and 300 hours of community work for evading the assessment and payment of $214,668 in […]

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INSPIRING, EXCITING AND HUMBLING

The 2018 edition of the annual Momentum Waikato Showcase, was an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on a year of tangible progress by our Vital Impact partners and on the Waikato Regional Theatre project. A hundred-and-twenty invited guests enjoyed an hour of engaging updates and insights, kicked off by speeches by Momentum Waikato Chair Leonard […]

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Events And Ambience On The Up

Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA) general manager Vanessa Williams says the ambience and culture of the CBD is improving rapidly. “A successful city centre relies on having a space that is fit for purpose and can accommodate what people want to use it for – whether that’s business, shopping or events. “We’re working to continue […]

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OHS Consultants

OHS Consultants pride themselves with helping companies know the unknown by providing health and safety solutions to businesses. With a team of 13 consultants nationwide, that share experience and knowledge in mining, forestry, aviation, emergency response, medical, construction, civil engineering, geotechnics, food industry, engineering, railways and horticulture; there is a consultant that will fit your […]

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Waikato Business Awards Winners

Here are the winners from those that entered this year’s Westpac Waikato Business Awards: STRATEGY, PLANNING & GOVERNANCE AWARD: Montana Group COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION AWARD: YMCA Hamilton EMERGING LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Renae Smart, Civtec CEO OF THE YEAR AWARD: Jon Calder – Tompkins Wake GLOBAL OPERATOR AWARD: Company-X BUSINESS GROWTH AWARD: Montana Group MICRO […]

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Huntly Aquatic Centre Wins NZ Award

Huntly’s swimming pool was awarded the NZ Recreation Association’s Outstanding Pool Award for 2018, recognition for being the best ran swimming pool in New Zealand. The award, which is judged on excellence, innovation and effectiveness in the provision of pool services recognised Huntly for its excellent customer service, innovative approach to teaching, access and inclusion […]

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New Chief Financial Officer Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer. JANINE BECKER (pictured) will take up the role from January 14, following Mike Garrett’s resignation. Her new responsibilities span: corporate finance property and facilities corporate planning procurement and public transport. Having worked 27 years for the council, Janine is a chartered accountant with senior management […]

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CBD Safety Concerns

Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA) general manager Vanessa Williams says HCBA’s annual central city safety survey indicates positive findings. “The perception of safety during the day continues to get better, but are seeing the early morning hours still require attention. “In the coming months these issues will be addressed through a variety of measures, including […]

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Hamilton’s CBD Resurgence Continues

Hamilton’s CBD continues to trend in the right way with increased retail spend and foot traffic, and reduced building vacancies and safety concerns from members of the central business community. That’s the word from Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA) general manager Vanessa Williams (pictured) who says data from recently-installed pedestrian counters and CBD tenant surveys […]

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Tour Operator Sustainability Step

Leisure Time Tours Group will be providing plant-based compostable water bottles on all their New Zealand tours that would previously have used single-use plastic water bottles. Leisure Time Tours has recently been awarded a sustainability Gold rating from Tourism New Zealand’s quality assurance organisation; Qualmark. The travel group, based in Hamilton, organises nationwide New Zealand […]

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From The Editor

Welcome to your latest monthly edition of Biz Waikato-Wide. As we wind up the 2018 year we wish you all well for the Christmas period and sincerely hope you have a great start to 2019 and that follows on long-term Our next edition we celebrate three years of Biz and two years of our sister […]

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Edvance

Edvance has been changing lives of our NZ workforce for the past 12 years, by providing customised, practical and relevant learning opportunities. In most cases, the programmes have been delivered at no cost to the company except time and benefits have been numerous. If your business is experiencing challenges due to miscommunication, inaccurate reporting, rework […]

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Smartway Security Services

Smartway Security Services Ltd has been involved in the Security Industry in New Zealand for over 18 years and is responsible for Residential and Commercial Security Alarm Systems plus in excess of 4500 CCTV Systems that they have installed with a consistent ability to deliver Customers expectations to a wide spectrum of users. The Company […]

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Louise Feathers Planning

Louise Feathers Planning is a niche planning company who specialize in successfully taking clients through the Resource Consent process. Contacting Louise should be undertaken early-on in the process, where you will get honest, open and frank advice about the likelihood of gaining an approval for your project. This is imperative so your project can move […]

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Hillcrest Physiotherapy

At Hillcrest Physiotherapy we strive to provide a Top Service to our community. As well as providing excellent treatment for injuries; we also aim to provide a range of services to enhance wellbeing and performance. Helping our clients attain their goals. Hillcrest Physiotherapy Clinic is situated at the Hillcrest Medical Centre, in a new, modern […]

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Optibiz

Health and safety is entering a new phase in New Zealand with the changes to legislation, so whether you have an existing health and safety management system or are looking at developing one, we encourage you to contact OptiBiz, leading business consultants in health and safety, and we will help to ease the burden. Unlike […]

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Eco Group

Our Story Founded in 2010, Eco Group New Zealand is a family-owned company that engages in the development, manufacture and distribution of environmentally preferable cleaning products. Based in Papamoa, we supply commercial strength, environmental cleaning products to both the domestic NZ market and overseas. While the use of cleaning chemicals has brought immense benefits to […]

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Collins Automotive Technicians

At Collins Automotive Technicians our qualified and experienced diagnosticians & technicians specialise in automotive diagnosis & repair, ensuring we get the right diagnosis the first time and making professional repairs keeping your car reliable and safe on the roads. Customer satisfaction and top class service is our priority, ensuring we deliver the very best experience […]

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EVENT GUIDES

KIRIKIRIROA POWERTALK MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 7.30pm Waikato Contract Bridge Club, 56 Brookfield Street, Hamilton East Gain confidence speaking in public or do you want to be able to express your views to others? Kirikiriroa Powertalk: learn effective communication skills. The club is part of Powertalk NZ, an organisation for selfdevelopment, effective speaking, listening and leadership. […]

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Robot Tax Investigators

By Tony Morris, IRD The use of automated algorithms is disrupting industries across the world and tax administration is certainly no exception. We at Inland Revenue have been using versions of this technology for years to make sense of large volumes of data and to pick out trends in information such as taxpayers’ filing and […]

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Stable Financial Performance, Strong Growth, Refl ected In Council’s AA-Rating

Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research, has affirmed Hamilton City Council’s high ranking in international credit ratings. The ratings, released on Friday evening, reflect a strong institutional framework for the Council, stable financial performance and strong population and employment growth in Hamilton. The Council’s Long and Short Term Local Currency Issuer […]

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You May Be Owed An ACC Refund!

About 300,000 business customers were charged incorrect ACC levies since 2002. If you were in your first year of self-employment between 2002 and 2017, or paid provisional ACC levies after ceasing trading, ACC may owe you a refund. ACC expects to refund around $100 million to approximately 300,000 business customers who were incorrectly charged levies […]

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Matamata-Piako Benefi ts From Provincial Growth Fund

Matamata-Piako could experience a tourism and industry boom thanks to a $1.7million funding injection from the Provincial Growth Fund. Matamata-Piako District Council submitted two applications to the fund following a meeting with Economic Development Minister Shane Jones in August when he visited the district. Approval of Council’s applications were announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern […]

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Hamilton CBD Safety Update

By Kelvin Powell, Hamilton City Council’s City Safe Manager The Council have actively been collaborating with key partners to help improve the perception of safety in the central city since 2015 and are continuing to focus on the central city becoming an attractive destination where people always feel safe. In our 2018 Quality of Life […]

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Hamilton CBD Update

Barnardos have leased 35 Harwood Street and will relocate their team from Frankton to their new CBD premises. Frankton accountancy business Auctus Advisory Limited have purchased the corner of Victoria and Bryce Streets and will move into the top floor after completing an internal re-fit which is currently underway. New to Hamilton EAP Services have […]

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Protect Your Business And Your Personal Life With Help From Our Hamilton-Based Insurance Brokers

Hamilton-based Bridges Insurance Services has been providing insurance services to businesses and private individuals for more than 25 years. Our team of experienced Waikatobased insurance brokers can help ensure your business is protected should the worst happen. Talk to us about general NZ business insurance, commercial vehicle insurance and professional indemnity insurance. Our team can […]

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New Physiotherapy School To Open

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) now has New Zealand’s first new school of physiotherapy in 45 years, a coup for the central North Island. The Physiotherapy Board has approved Wintec to deliver physiotherapy and accredited the degree qualifications of Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Wintec acting chief executive David Christiansen says the […]

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Foodbank Annual Appeal

By Wendy Nickalls Each year Methodist City Action (MCA) runs an Annual Appeal to collect food for the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank. MCA are one of 6 different agencies across the city who are part of the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank Trust. The Foodbank relies on the generosity of philanthropic donors who support the general […]

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Real Estate Update: Lifestyle Properties Sales Nationally Continue To Fall

Data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows there were 96 less lifestyle property sales nationally (-5.6%) for the three months ended September 2018 than for the three months ended August 2018. Overall: There were 1,604 lifestyle property sales in the three months ended September 2018, compared to 1,716 lifestyle property […]

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Political Press

By Jamie Strange, Member of Parliament Hamilton Hotel’s Last Hurrah, Letter from the Queen, CBD Awards, Regional Theatre Update I had the pleasure of attending the Hamilton Central Business District (CBD) Awards at the Hamilton Hotel. It was an opportunity to celebrate local businesses and honour the key people who help our city thrive. Earlier […]

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Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

The inaugural St Peters School Distinguished Alumni Award celebration dinner was held at the Don Rowlands Centre, Lake Karapiro. The inaugural recipients were eminent mathematician Sir Vaughan Jones, developer and philanthropist Sir Noel Robinson, and entrepreneur Nick Mowbray. The achievements of the three distinguished alumni were each recognised with the presentation of a glass owl […]

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Emerging Director Joins Wintec Council

Waikato Institute of Directors (IoD) Emerging Director, Carla Muller has landed a 12-month director development position with the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) Council. Carla’s appointment, is for a one-year term, and was announced at the IoD Waikato Branch awards. Carla is an environmental economist for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), […]

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2018 Winners Announced

Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s premier international short film festival. Their mission is to connect audiences with quality short films, celebrate excellence in short film making and foster the New Zealand short film community. The winners for New Zealand’s premier international short film festival, Show Me Shorts: Panavision Best Cinematographer: Ian McCarroll for The […]

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Hamilton Central Business District Awards

The winners of each category: Best Improved Site: The Riverbank Lane Best New Business: Electrify New Zealand CBD International Award: Chinese Lantern Festival Experience Award: The Meteor Innovation: TDM Homes Professional Services: Beca Public Vote: Body Café Retail Business: Mark One Comics Social Enterprise: Zeal Hamilton Tourism/Hospitality: Banh Mi Caphe Trade Services: Anytime Fitness Youth […]

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New RAW Store Manager

Arlene Beavan has joined the RAW team as the new RAW Store Manager. RAW is a charitable social venture set up by Annah Stretton to work with recidivist female offenders to replace amplifying criminal activity with scholarshiped education and negotiated work. Annah and her sister Rebecca’s venture (RAW) is recognised by the Department of Corrections […]

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EVENTS GUIDE

PRESS GO WORKPLACE STRESS WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER Workshop Overview: To reduce the impact of stress in the workplace. The primary goal of stress management is wellness. This workshop is designed to give the participant the tools required to recognise and respond to workplace stress. Duration: 3 hours, $80 p/p excl GST. To book contact: Catherine@pressgo.co.nz, […]

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Politic Press

By Jamie Strange, Labour list MP [abridged] I have five goals that will contribute towards ensuring our region continues to grow and thrive. 1. PASSENGER RAIL Local Councils are supportive of a passenger rail service between Hamilton and Auckland. NZTA have included funding in their National Land Transport Plan. I anticipate a further announcement after […]

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Latest Marketing Insights From The USA: PRINT MEDIA ADVERTISING TRIPLES AD CAMPAIGN EFFECTIVENESS – And, Digital Banner Ads Take A Last Breath

According to a study by Benchmarking for Newsworks, one that covered 500 econometric models, PRINT ADS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MARKETING CAMPAIGN. In fact, the study revealed that advertising with newspapers triples ad campaign effectiveness. Here are some more powerful findings from the study: • Newspapers double the effectiveness of TV ADS and […]

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Hamilton CBD Update

An active month for CBD sales and leasing transactions. Notably we are seeing numerous tenants looking to move back into the CBD. • A local investor has purchased 58 Bryce Street and will likely redevelop it – this is the first time in over 50 years that this property has changed hands. • A national […]

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Waikato Business Awards Finalists

The Westpac Waikato Business Awards finalists have been announced. The category winners and the announcement of the Westpac Supreme Business of the Year will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner, on November 2nd at Claudelands. Tickets are on sale by contacting the Waikato Chamber of Commerce directly at help@waikatochamber.co.nz or 07 839 5895. The […]

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What Is Float Therapy?

Floating effortlessly in a Pod filled with Epsoms salts, blocking out all external distractions, creating an environment to help your aches and pains fade, stress melt away and leave you feeling recharged and renewed. Float therapy involves floating in 30cm of body temperature water in an enclosed float pod. When you lay in a float […]

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