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Payout news will help farmers tackle the summer dry

This week’s record forecast payout announcement by Fonterra is good news for dairy farmers as they tackle the effects of the summer dry, says Perrin Ag senior consultant Daniel Payton. The co-operative has lifted its 2021-22 forecast farmgate milk price range to $8.90 - $9.50/kgMS, up from $8.40 - $9.00 per kgMS. “As temperatures soar across the country, pasture is scarce and many farmers are priority feeding their milking herd by culling cows. “Many dairy farmers are also reviewing their...

January 26, 2022

Employers concerned about Covid infection risks, sick leave and business continuity as people return to work

As people return to work after the summer holidays, concerns are surfacing from employers about how to minimise Covid infection risk, manage sick leave and ensure business continuity in the event of a local outbreak. A month on from the introduction of the Government’s Covid-19 Protection Framework, Tompkins Wake Senior Associate Karina McLuskie says employers’ focus is shifting from vaccination conversations to working through a myriad of ‘what ifs’ as employers prepare for the impact C...

January 14, 2022

Father and son venture makes cycling accessible for more Hawke’s Bay locals as e-bike demand triples

A new venture run by a Hawke’s Bay father and son is making cycling accessible for more locals, with estimated demand for e-bikes in the region tripling over the last three years. Respected local cycling enthusiast, Dave McGregor, is the owner of New Zealand’s newest Electrify NZ e-bike franchise in Taradale, working with his son Alex. Born and bred in the Bay, Dave has been in the cycling industry for more than 25 years, with 18 of those as sales manager for another bike shop in Taradale se...

January 10, 2022

Lodge Real Estate says sanity is returning to Hamilton housing market

Real estate agents say some sanity is returning to the Hamilton housing market as they tackle conversations with vendors about their price expectations and buyers face having bank preapprovals removed. For some, however, November prices may have still felt insane. The Real Estate Institute of NZ reported that Hamilton’s median house price broke another record in November, moving to $881,000 from just $829,000 in October.  This compares to Hamilton’s median of $693,000 in November 2020.&...

December 16, 2021

NZ’s largest Isuzu dealer invests $34M in new Auckland and Whangarei facilities

CAL Isuzu, New Zealand’s largest independent Isuzu dealership, announced today it will build a new $22M dealership and workshop in East Tamaki and a new $12M dealership and workshop in Whangarei.  Tenders for construction open soon with construction set to begin in mid-2022 with hopes both new facilities will be fully operational in early 2023.  The Whangarei operation will also grow its team numbers from three to around 12 once the facility is completed. While many companies tighten...

December 16, 2021

Plan next season’s recruitment now to avoid unnecessary headaches

Dairy farmers taking on new sharemilkers or contract milkers next season should be planning recruitment now, as the industry continues to face staff shortages with competition high among employers.Perrin Ag senior consultant Mark Williams says in his experience many dairy farmers don’t plan their recruitment well and end up rushing the process. That can spell trouble down the track. “If you know you will be recruiting for the 2022/23 season, you should be spending time now getting your ...

December 7, 2021

When good news is just not news

It’s exciting when your team wins awards or appoints new people. Sharing the news internally is a great way to boost your team’s morale and instil pride. But if we’re brutally honest, most of the time, no one else really cares! So how do we make them care? How do we engage clients, customers, key stakeholders and potentially, media? Kate offers some tips : Link your news to an industry trend or topical issue – why have you appointed a new person? Do you need the extra resource to cater f...

December 6, 2021

Preserve your reputation, beat the storm

I don’t know if it’s a combination of Covid craziness and end of year angst, or the cosmic after-effects of last month’s micro Moon eclipse, but recent days at HMC have seen an unusual convergence of heavy issues and crises.  For our team, every time we advise a client on a tough issue, we like to step back and understand what we can learn, take away and apply in the future when another client issue arises.  Here are a few of our learnings over the past month, which might help wh...

December 1, 2021

Omega Capital boosts commercial finance experience base with new addition

Waikato-based commercial mortgage broking firm Omega Capital has boosted its commercial finance and property development experience base with Dion Wright joining the team. Dion, who lives in Hamilton, joins Omega after holding roles in commercial property project management for ABB and the University of Waikato, and before that holding several finance roles. “I have had quite a different pathway to joining Omega, but my property development experience along with my earlier experience in proper...

November 30, 2021

New Chief Executive for Food Waikato

Dairy product manufacturer New Zealand Food Innovation Waikato has appointed Tony Giles as its new Chief Executive. Tony, who was formerly Chief Executive of New Zealand Dairy Goat Co-operative, will take over from Stuart Gordon, who has been Chief Executive of FoodWaikato for the past nine years. Stuart is stepping down from the role but will remain as part-time Chief Executive at Waikato Innovation Park,where FoodWaikato is based. FoodWaikato Chairman, Barry Harris, said Stuart was leaving th...

November 25, 2021

Electrify NZ now the largest specialist e-bike supplier as demand for e-bikes nationally soars

Electrify NZ has become the country’s largest specialist supplier of e-bikes in New Zealand, as demand for e-bikes has grown 25 times over the past six years from an estimated 2,000 units in 2014 to an estimated 50,000 last year. Electrify NZ, the trading name of Urban Cleantech Ltd, announced this week it has acquired competitor Electric Bikes New Zealand, the longest established e-bike supplier in the country. This means Electrify NZ now has more than 70 independent suppliers nationwide and ...

November 24, 2021

Good soil management key to sustainable irrigation for award winning Canterbury farmers

Understanding soil types and managing soil biodiversity is key to sustainable irrigation and a successful farming operation, according to Canterbury mixed cropping farmer Angus Aitken. Angus and his wife Elise are the Supreme Winners of the 2021 Zimmatic® Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards. They farm a 550ha mixed cropping property in Waiau that grows a variety of produce, from sweet corn to red clover for lamb finishing. The Aitken’s have a consent to draw water from a nearby Waiau ...

November 21, 2021

Demand for governance expertise doubles as NZ businesses seek to protect themselves against the pandemic

Board Dynamicschief executive Henri Eliot says demand for his company’s expertise in board appointment and evaluation has doubled over the last 12 months, as New Zealand businesses seek help to strengthen their corporate governance in the wake of the pandemic. National law firm Tompkins Wake has purchased a 50 per cent stake in Board Dynamics, enabling the duo to enhance its current offering to companies wanting professional expertise to protect their businesses during unprecedented times. &nb...

November 19, 2021

Hamilton property listings escalate during October but sections remain scarce

Spring has seen new residential property listings in Hamilton jump up to over 614 listed for sale according to realestate.co.nz, but empty sections remain hard to come by for buyers. Lodge Real Estate Managing Director Jeremy O’Rourke says on any given day you can count on one hand the number of empty sections available within the Hamilton city boundaries, with the scarcity of sections particularly hitting the north of the city. “While there are plenty of house and land packages available in...

November 16, 2021

Vaccination Communication

By Heather Claycomb Everyone is talking about Covid-19 vaccinations. Pro-vax, anti-vax, doubled-jabbed, first dose, second dose, booster, ninety-percent targets.  These are some of the most-used words in our daily conversations, right?  And those conversations can quickly heat up when you meet someone with an opposing, or just slightly different, point of view when it comes to vaccination mandates and corporate policy. As a business owner or manager, one the most sensitive communicati...

November 11, 2021

Tompkins Wake attributes Rotorua’s lifestyle appeal to its 30% growth in three years

The lifestyle attraction driving population growth in Rotorua has been the impetus for Tompkins Wake’s business growth in the region of 30 percent over the last three years, according to its chief executive Jon Calder.  The national law firm has welcomed prominent Rotorua lawyer Catriona Gordon, as it continues to grow and expand its reach in Rotorua and across the wider Bay of Plenty. This week, Catriona joins Tompkins Wake as a new partner, bringing with her a team of two senior solicit...

November 5, 2021

New housing rules to stimulate development may be hindered by tight finance restrictions

Government moves to intensify building development and stimulate housing has given a green light to build more houses, but developers already have the brakes on because of tight lending restrictions by banks, say mortgage brokers. The General Manager of Hamilton based Omega Capital, a non-bank specialising in sourcing property finance, Noni Martin, says sweeping changes introduced by Government in the last couple of weeks, designed to stimulate housing development, may not have the desired resul...

November 3, 2021

Patient care remains top priority as Hospice Waikato prepares for End of Life Choice Act coming into force

The Waikato region’s leading provider of palliative care services has spent the past few months educating its team of 130 staff and more than 650 volunteers about what the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act means for the organisation and its patients as assisted dying becomes legal on 7 November. Hospice Waikato CEO Craig Tamblyn says the Act coming into force does not change, whatsoever, the palliative care and family bereavement support services the organisation provides. “As ass...

November 3, 2021

Bankers leaving the industry in frustration as lending rules tighten

Employees in mainstream banking are leaving the sector as they become fatigued by constantly changing lending rules says the new General Manager of leading mortgage brokerageOmega Capital. Noni Martin joined Omega Capital in June last year after a long career in retail banking. Her last role was as a partner in BNZ’s Property Finance division, managing a $650 million plus portfolio. “I still have a lot of long-time friends and colleagues in banking.  It’s a very tight community and t...

November 2, 2021

Experienced property finance banker Nikki Wood joins Omega Capital

Commercial mortgage broking house Omega Capital has welcomed new broker Nikki Wood to their team bringing with her more than 20 years of property finance experience. Nikki, who lives in Hamilton, joins Omega from Westpac where her last role was as a senior property finance manager looking after a portfolio of around $500 million. “I have a deep understanding of the property development sector from buying land through to consenting processes and the issuing of titles. I enjoy working through le...

October 29, 2021

Noni Martin appointed new General Manager of Omega Capital

Hamilton based non-bank lender Omega Capitalhas promoted one of its most experienced property finance bankers, Noni Martin, to the role of General Manager as it experiences unprecedented growth. Martin steps into the new position, taking over from Omega founder, Scott Massey, who will remain as Managing Director of associated company Alpha First Mortgage Investments. Omega Capital is one of the largest regionally based companies in the commercial mortgage broking industry. The business has exper...

October 27, 2021

GrainCorp gives dairy farmers easy access to canola meal to boost production

GrainCorp Feeds is now importing high quality non-GM canola meal into New Zealand, via a robust supply chain and supported by the company’s local knowledge and distribution infrastructure. GrainCorp Feeds General Manager Daniel Calcinai says GrainCorp has worked with canola meal extensively in Australia and his team is looking forward to sharing that knowledge and expertise with New Zealand dairy farmers, across both the North and South Islands. “Canola meal is the major protein meal consum...

October 20, 2021

Luxury apartments on the river launched at One Cook Street in Hamilton East

With floor to ceiling views north down the Waikato River, Hamilton’s newest development at One Cook Street in Hamilton East promises some of the city’s most luxurious apartment living. Lodge Real Estate has launched One Cook Street to the market, on behalf of developers Black and Orange. The apartments are situated on the top three levels of the eight-storey development and start at $2.365 million. They are pitched as a once in a generation opportunity to secure Hamilton’s best river views...

October 19, 2021

Property investors rotating portfolios to manage tax changes

Property investors are rotating their portfolios selling off older properties to buy newer ones as they seek to manage their investments against changes to property tax rules and Healthy Homes standards. Hamilton’s Lodge Real Estate Director, Jeremy O’Rourke, said Lodge agents had noticed a trend over the last few months of property investors “rotating” properties in their portfolios, bringing older properties to the market, and seeking to buy new ones. He believed it was being driven by...

October 14, 2021

NZ genetics company Tropical Dairy Group announces capital raise on Catalist

New Zealand dairy genetics company Tropical Dairy Group Limited (TDG) announced today a private offer on Catalist – a new stock exchange designed for small to medium enterprises (SMEs). Seeking to raise $3 million from wholesale investors, TDG is the holding company and 100% owner of both Thermo Regulatory Genetics Limited and Dairy Solutionz (NZ) Limited, founded in 2018 and 2009 respectively. The raise comes ahead of an intended public listing in early 2022 on the Catalist Public Market. F...

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