Customers Are Only Human

By Philip Wicks As businesses of all sizes increase their uptake of technology and use equipment to save money and take over functions previously provided by people, they’re also running the risk of alienating their customers. Extensive ‘telephone trees’ intended to direct callers into the most appropriate channel to handle their enquiry require customers to […]

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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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Business Expo Cancelled

Event organisers Jigsaw Solutions Group have announced that the Business Expo, due to be held at Trustpower Baypark Arena on 6th March, has been cancelled. In an emailed announcing Sharon Giblett and Barry Brown of Jigsaw Solutions Group stated “We have been very passionate and focused on creating a large scale, high quality B2B expo […]

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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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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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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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Expanded LiDAR Data 3D Mapping Technology

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is pleased with the decision of Regional Economic Development Minister, Hon. Shane Jones (pictured), to provide funding through the Provincial Growth Fund for expanded LiDAR data mapping in the regions. LiDAR uses lasers to create precise measurements of the earth’s surface. From those, sophisticated 3D models and maps can […]

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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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Waikato Regional Property Trust Is Underway

A significant milestone in the Waikato Regional Theatre project was realised with the appointment of the board for the Waikato Regional Property Trust. The team of: chair Ross Hargood treasurer Belinda Mulgrew local lawyer Scott Ratuki Momentum Waikato founding Chair Ken Williamson and theatre governance panel member Julian Elder. Have now had their initial round […]

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Large Fine For South Waikato Dairy Farmer

Farming company H & S Chisholm Farms Limited, has been convicted and fined $57,375 for two discharges of dairy effluent from its South Waikato farm in mid-2017. The sentence was imposed by Judge Melanie Harland from the Hamilton District Court in November. The prosecution was taken by Waikato Regional Council, under the Resource Management Act, […]

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New Govt Strategy Confi rms Support For Tourism

The Government’s draft Tourism Strategy is closely aligned with the industry’s own vision and framework, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) says. The new strategy sets out how the Government and its agencies will support the $36 billion tourism industry, and complements the industry’s own growth framework, Tourism 2025. “The Government’s new strategy correctly identifies in its […]

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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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Real-Estate Round-Up: FARMS

National data released by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows: • 1,475 farms were sold in the year to October 2018 • 10.5% fewer than were sold in the year to October 2017 • with 7.7% less dairy farms • 5.6% fewer grazing farms • 13.2% less finishing farms • and 22.5% fewer […]

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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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The Employer Life

Tired of spending too much time sorting out Employee issues? We are still getting 90 Day Dismissals wrong – so what will the future bring Despite the fact that 90 Day Trial Periods have been part of the employment landscape in New Zealand since March 2009, many Employers have still not learnt that getting the […]

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