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Tight credit market creates funding challenges for property developers and investors

With New Zealand property developers and investors struggling with a tight credit market and overly-cautious banks, non-bank lending institutions are being called upon more than ever before to get development projects off the ground post-lockdown. Alpha First Mortgage Investments is one such non-bank lender experiencing high demand for funds. While the lockdown affected non-bank lending during the first half of the year, Director of Alpha First Mortgage Investments Scott Massey says the company...

July 9, 2020

Planning a journey in thick fog

Heather Claycomb In the early 90s I lived in Davis, California and worked 25km away in Sacramento.  The winters are similar to Hamilton: rainy, cool but not freezing and infamously foggy.  It wasn’t uncommon to drive to and from work in the dark at very slow speed, gripping the steering wheel for dear life on those foggy days.  I then moved from Sacramento to the mountains west of Denver where fog was also a common occurrence. Spring often brought huge snowstorms, and once the s...

July 8, 2020

Experienced property financier joins Omega Capital

Highly experienced property finance banker Noni Martin has joined Hamilton firm Omega Capital, in the role of Loans Manager. Martin is a seasoned property investment and development financier, most recently working as a partner in Corporate Property Finance at BNZ Auckland. Hamilton mortgage broking house Omega Capital is one of the largest regionally-based companies in its industry, which focuses on non-bank commercial lending.  Omega Capital services a nationwide need for finance and...

July 7, 2020

CRV launches one-stop-shop for herd recording and farm management

Dairy farmers can now manage all their herd records and data from multiple farming operations using just one tool, thanks to CRV Ambreed’s myHERD launched today. myHERD is the result of CRV’s partnership with leading farm software provider, FarmIQ, to develop the new herd recording and farm management application, which replaces CRV Insight. CRV Ambreed Information and IT Manager Andrew Singers says myHERD has been developed in New Zealand for Kiwi farmers. “The development of myHERD ref...

June 19, 2020

Quantec eyes global expansion into health and wellness industry with new appointment

Waikato-based Quantec continues to grow its business with the appointment of a new General Manager of Marketing and Sales, John Dawson. Mr Dawson brings over 30 years’ experience to the company, having held significant sales and marketing roles in the packaging industry working with the food and dairy sectors. “Throughout my career, I’ve always had a close association with the dairy industry,” says Mr Dawson. “My most recent role was as Global Marketing Director (Dairy) for packaging s...

June 16, 2020

New Zealand companies partner up on new software to improve contaminated land data management and analysis

Two New Zealand-owned companies, Entuitive and Hill Laboratories, have partnered up on newly-launched innovative software Evalu8, with the intent to improve environmental data management within the contaminated land sector through faster, more accurate reporting. Hill Laboratories is both New Zealand’s largest independently-owned analytical testing laboratory and the largest soil and water testing laboratory in the country, providing soil testing services to a range of organisations. According...

June 10, 2020

Lincoln Research shows NZ farmers can breed cows that pee less nitrogen

CRV Ambreed welcomes the release of research findings yesterday from Lincoln University, which demonstrate that breeding dairy cows with low Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN) can reduce the amount of nitrogen they excrete in their urine.  Watch TVNZ coverage. CRV Head Geneticist Phil Beatson says the findings are timely following the release of changes to the Government’s Essential Freshwater regulations last week, part of which focuses on improving farming practices to reduce nitrogen loss. ...

June 6, 2020

Hill Laboratories starts COVID-19 testing as only non-DHB facility in the Waikato

Hill Laboratories, New Zealand's largest privately owned analytical testing laboratory, has partnered with the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) to provide additional testing capacity in Hamilton for SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19) from this week.See Sunday Star-Times coverage. Hill Laboratories is the only non-DHB facility in the Waikato providing the testing service, and one of only three non-DHB laboratories across New Zealand approved to test for COVID-19. Hill Laborator...

June 2, 2020

Perfecting Podcasting

In the PR world, we’re always looking at new channels to reach a client’s target audience in a way that isn’t invasive, cuts through the noise, has impact and builds fans.  A great channel that can do all this and more for many organisations is podcasting. HMC believes in the power of podcasting so much we recently bought a mobile podcasting studio and launched our first client podcast two months ago. Smart businesses are using podcasts now more than ever to engage with their customer...

May 27, 2020

Getting your website working for your business

Websites are not just the realm of your IT team or consultant – it’s important to have a comms eye over your website, to make sure your key messages are getting through. There’s no point having a super technical layout or amazing imagery, if the words around them aren’t making your reason for being or key selling points clear. So, download our infographic for ‘How to win at websites’ to read our tips on getting your website in tip top shape. If this sounds overwhelming, give us a cal...

May 20, 2020

New Zealand a key part of CRV’s global business – Angus Haslett takes the reins

New Zealand will continue to play a key role in CRV’s global artificial breeding business, according to outgoing CRV Ambreed managing director Angus Haslett.See international coverage. Haslett has this month officially taken over the reins as CEO of Dutch parent company CRV, but will continue to be based in New Zealand until a lift in COVID-19 travel restrictions allows him to relocate to Holland. “New Zealand is a significant country when it comes to dairying and the use of genetics,” he...

May 20, 2020

Hamilton celebrates win as new headquarters of the NZ Institute of Skills & Technology

Hamilton City Council and Waikato regional stakeholders are celebrating the announcement today that Hamilton will be the headquarters of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST).See Stuff coverage. The NZIST is merging the country’s 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics along with all industry training organisations into one national organisation. Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate says the announcement was hugely welcome and that Hamilton had put in an “absolutely compell...

May 15, 2020

Refresh Your Digital Communications Strategy

In the PR world, it’s incredibly important that you take control of your messaging to ensure your company’s digital footprint matches your offline footprint.  And while HMC continues to work with clients to get stories into the New Zealand media, with the changing and shrinking media landscape it’s more important than ever before that you take control of making your own news. The ‘paid content’ challenge The challenge, however, is that you can’t get your message out online by r...

May 12, 2020

Are you ready to refresh your comms strategy?

With so much changing in our world over the past few months, many of you will be refreshing your business strategies, budgets and action plans for the rest of the year.It's also time to have a good look at your communications strategy and tactics to make sure they align to where your business is heading for the remainder of 2020. If you're ready to refresh your comms strategy, or perhaps do one for the first time , we've developed a template to help you do just that. ...

May 7, 2020

Lodge Real Estate introduces VR open homes to provide peace of mind for buyers and sellers

Hamilton-based Lodge Real Estate is using virtual reality (VR) technology to take their open homes online, giving vendors and buyers peace of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The news comes on the back of the Government’s announcement that private viewings, by appointment, of homes for sale or rental properties can now take place under Alert Level 3.  However, open homes are not allowed. VR is a technological leap for Lodge and for the sector and will help one of the country’s m...

April 29, 2020

Te Waka pushes for completion of key Waikato infrastructure projects

As the Government looks to kickstart the economy by fast-tracking ‘shovel ready’ projects, Te Waka is pushing for that investment to be focussed on seven key infrastructure projects across the Waikato region. Te Waka CEO Michael Bassett-Foss says new appetite from Government to invest in infrastructure, along with encouragement for bold thinking on productivity, connectivity and sustainability, presents the Waikato with a unique window of opportunity.  “There is no denying that the i...

April 29, 2020

Best Times To Post On Social Media

If you’re creating content for social media, you know that a key challenge is getting eyes on your posts in the crowded newsfeeds. Social media algorithms are moving towards relevance-based curation rather than chronological which makes things even more challenging.Knowing when to post to get the most engagement on the main social platforms can be very helpful to maximise your content’s exposure....

April 21, 2020

Top 5 Facebook ads mistakes that could be costing you money

Are you guilty of making these common Facebook ad mistakes that could be eating away at your marketing budget? Boosting a postDon't get us wrong, there is a place and time to boost your organic posts but in most cases, especially for smaller businesses with small marketing budgets, boosting is a waste of money as it comes with many limitations. While these boosted / ''promoted'' posts are considered ‘’ads’’, they are not the same as ads set up through Facebook’s Ads Manager&n...

April 20, 2020

Five essential functions your remote working comms channels must perform

Well, we are a few weeks into our COVID-19 lockdown here in New Zealand and by now all managers have discovered the challenges inherent in managing remote teams.  Part of that challenge is the communication side of your day-to-day activities. We’ve been talking to a lot of colleagues during this time and it seems companies fall into two camps.  The first are companies that already nail their internal communications and were able to transition seamlessly into remote working.  The...

April 15, 2020

Communicating with Business Through Disaster

COVID-19: business communication during disaster The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many businesses hard.  And, in fact, economists are now predicting we will enter a recession that could be worse than the global financial crisis we experienced in the mid-2000s. Operating a business under these circumstances creates enormous stress for some.  In fact many business owners have lost their companies entirely.  If we think about what’s happened to the world’s airlines, most tourism bus...

April 8, 2020

Crucial time as dairy farmers plan ahead and select bulls for mating

Despite being in self-isolation, it’s a crucial time of year for our dairy farmers as they plan ahead and start selecting bulls for their Autumn or Spring mating programmes. CRV Ambreed’s 2020 line up of bull graduates will provide one of New Zealand’s essential service industries with genetic solutions to help keep farmers operational and future proof their business.   For CRV Ambreed this means it is business as usual, with a difference. The company is finding new ways to comm...

April 6, 2020

Five PR implications of Bauer Media closure

This morning (2 April) Bauer Media announced it is closing permanently.  In news reports, staff said they never saw it coming.  I would imagine most of us in the PR industry didn’t either. This is a huge blow for quality journalism in New Zealand.   Bauer Media published some of our most respected and iconic magazines including NZ Woman's Day, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, The Australian Women's Weekly, the Listener, North & South, Next, Metro, Kia Ora, Home NZ and Your Home...

April 2, 2020

How to adapt your marketing strategy for COVID-19

Companies of all sizes around the world are feeling the effects of COVID-19, and now have to re-evaluate their business plans for the foreseeable future. The pandemic has brought changes in consumer behaviour, media consumption and social media platforms that now require businesses to adapt their marketing strategies accordingly. Particularly hard hit are brick-and-mortar businesses and those who predominantly rely on offline marketing strategies such as events, trade shows and word-of-mouth re...

March 25, 2020

Waikato business community rallies to protect their own from COVID-19 fallout

The Waikato business community is rallying together to help deliver business continuity resources to those affected by the COVID-19 virus. The collaboration comes following last week’s announcement by the Government of a $4 million regional support package aimed predominantly at New Zealand domestic SME businesses. The region’s economic development agency, Te Waka, will lead delivery of this economic support to Waikato businesses affected by COVID-19 on behalf of New Zealand Trade and Enterp...

March 18, 2020

Regional Field Days visitors get a taste of myHERD

Farmers at this year’s regional field days have the opportunity to learn more about CRV Ambreed’s new herd recording and management tool, myHERD. From 01 June this year farmers will be able to subscribe to myHERD. CRV Ambreed Information and IT Manager Andrew Singers says the new tool will provide farmers with a highly functional genetics platform that gives them an integrated option in the market. “myHERD will give farmers a choice when it comes to herd recording and management. Most imp...

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