- Shark Nett Gallery
- Business Excellence Awards
- Multi Kai Cooker in Chrisco Catalogue
- High Praise for Gisborne’s Inbound Tour Operators Council (ITOC) Conference
- Getting to know Poutama - Business Advisor, Vonese Walker
- Air New Zealand Service Boosts Tourism
- 2009 $Unlimited Investment Challenge
- Poutama Had Moved
- First Aid for Workplaces
Shark Nett Gallery opening at Havelock, Marlborough and photos
Michael and Lynette Bradley, Havelock, Marlborough.
Last month a dream was realised for Michael and Lynette Bradley when the Shark Nett Gallery was officially opened in front of whanau, friends and local dignitaries.
In perfect sunshine, the gallery perched above their Havelock property was filled with people.
Children from Havelock School sang waiata reminding one and all of the importance of the collection.
“It was a proud day for me, for all of us,” said Michael.
Kaikoura MP Colin King, local Mayor Alistair Sowman, Wellington tour operators and even former policeman and Marlborough District Councillor Graham Barsanti paid tribute to the Bradleys and what they had achieved in the area.
While acknowledging the pride for their achievement, Michael said the project, which had been more than two decades in the making, had come at quite a cost.
“Quite a bit more than I ever imagined.”
He had overcome significant health problems and sold assets to finance the venture.
The Shark Nett Collection was owned by Michael and Lynette.
He said the purpose of the collection was to ensure that our children and grandchildren were exposed to the traditional and contemporary carvings, drawings and paintings that are linked to their heritage in the Kaituna, Hoiere, Ana Mahunga, Totaranui, Wairau districts and to confirm their blood ties with those previous occupiers and owners of land from D’Urville Island to the Clarence River, whose history stretches back 1000 years.
These carvings of our Tupuna are in accordance with Maori Tikanga for those that hold Mana Whenua within their own Rohe.
“Those carved ancestors are symbols of our blood links to those former owners, occupiers of these territories. They signify our continued occupation and customary authority in this region, by ensuring our fires are burning to keep the souls of our ancestors warm.”
He said carvers were commissioned to reproduce the traditional history of the Rangitane people of the Marlborough Sounds. The focus of the carvings was on the ancestors of significance and other local traditional stories of importance.
These include Taniwha, Maori Gods (Tangaroa, God of the Sea, Tu Matauenga, God of War and Tiki, the God of Mankind). The carving was ongoing with mainly four people producing most of this collection, with the first being purchased in April 1989.
Michael said the private collection, reputed to be the largest in the World, depicted traditional and contemporary, mythological and marine themes that are of historical importance to the Rangitane Iwi, of the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
He spoke of the history of the area. He said on February 16, 1856 at Orakaiwhea Pa, Rangitane of Kaituna and Hoiere ceded all their customary land interests in the Marlborough Sounds as a favour to the Crown, in return for land reserves in Havelock, Kaituna, Hoiere and Mahakipawa.
The Crown promised to protect Rangitane Land, Fisheries, Forestry and estates for as long as they wished to retain them.
Marlborough Maori Population Census was completed. Rangitane o Kaituna was recorded as having 17 adults and five children.
Michael said the carvings were to replace the ones lost, stolen, burnt, taken by Tribal Invasion, confiscated by Early Explorers for Museums & Artefact Hunters, from Rangitane.
“These carvings celebrate the survival of Rangitane, who were still hunted down by Te Rauparaha and his retainer’s right up until 1847, but remain as owners and occupiers to the present day.”
“These carvings are dedicated to the former owners and occupiers, ancestors of the Rangitane Iwi of the Marlborough Sounds whose descendants are scattered all over the World.”
Michael said all wood used in the carvings was sourced from the Kaituna and Hoiere rivers of Havelock, Marlborough Sounds and most of it was Matai or Totara.
While the gallery is open with daily guided tours between 10am and 4pm, it is only the start, said Michael.
- Shark Nett Cafe / Wine Bar is currently under construction to promote Mussels, Scallops and other local seafood’s along with local wines to our Visitor, Tourist market.
“We foresee our waterfront location as a major cog in the promotion of local Maori Art, Wine, Seafood and other high quality value products.
- Shark Nett Lounge Bar / Shop is currently under construction for relaxing and wine tasting while viewing more Maori Art. Shark Nett has carved Patu, Taiaha, Fish Hooks and small panels for sale, along with other Maori themed products. The furniture that is produced from local timbers is also for sale.
- Shark Nett Workshop produces unique native wood furniture and other wood products for the Visitor, Tourist market.
Shark Nett also has plans for Reclamations, Walking Tracks, Kayaking, Trout Fishing, Fishing Charters, Horse Rides, Waka Display, Marine Farming Mussel Museum, Jet Skiing, Bird Watching all linked to the facility at Kaituna / Havelock.
Shark Nett has 700,000 Visitor Tourist travel past their entrance on Queen Charlotte Drive annually of which 40% are Internationals. There are 1.7 million Visitor Tourists travelling from Havelock to Nelson and 1.2 million from Havelock to Blenheim of which also are 40% Internationals.
For more information – www.sharknett.co.nz
Business Excellence Awards
Three Poutama clients are among finalists in the 2009 Westpac Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Awards which will be announced at an awards gala dinner at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings next month. (October 29).
Cultureflow, Flowers by Chilton and Waimarama Maori Tourism have been selected as finalists in the Te Puni Kokiri Maori Business Excellence Award. Cultureflow is also a finalist in the Xplore.net -Online Award and Waimarama Maori Tourism is a finalist in the Venture Hawke’s Bay Visitor Industry Award.
Chief judge Rick Cranswick said all the finalists represented an extremely high standard of business success for the region.
Thirty-three businesses were announced as finalists this month at a function held at Ormlie Lodge in Taradale. Several businesses were finalists in two categories.
Mr Cranswick, Chief Executive of accounting firm WHK Coffey Davidson, said all finalists’ entries represented a high level of innovation and organisation among businesses in Hawke’s Bay.
“The strong standard of entries reflects the vibrancy of Hawke’s Bay’s economy, even in the current economic climate.
He said selecting finalists was a rigorous process and the judging panel held long discussions before making their selection.
“Already we know there are excellent finalists in all categories and every winner will be a top quality business. We are now looking forward to meeting the business owners over the coming weeks."
Mr Cranswick said more judges have been added this year to ensure a wider spectrum of knowledge across all areas of business and to alleviate some of the time pressures with getting to businesses scattered from Dannevirke in the south to Mahia in the north.
Fellow judges are Steve Alexander and Bill Amner (WHK Coffey Davidson) Glenice Hibbard and Adrienne Pierce (Smart) and Amanda Sye (Number 9 Marketing and Design), Sharon Chapman & Julie Gillies (ABC software), Murray Cowan (Grow HR), Richard Wilson (Westpac). Winners of each category along with the Hawke’s Bay Today Business of the Year and the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce/Employer Manufacturers Business Person of the Year will be announced on October 29.
“We look forward to announcing the winners when the region’s business community turns out to celebrate excellence in award winning style,” Mr Douglas said.
Poutama finalists at a glance:
Flowers by Chilton
Christine & Mary-Ann Simpkin, Napier
Director of Flowers by Chilton, Christine Simpkin said she was shocked and excited to be named one of the 2009 Westpac Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Awards finalists.
“It was such a huge process, it was like preparing a business plan all over again but has already helped us, not just by being named a finalist but just on refocusing on our business.”
She described the business as a full service retail florist providing decorative planning for weddings and conventions venues, tangi and special events.
She said it was currently developing a portion of space to grow its own plants, stocked a small line of jewellery and was looking at expanding into merchandising, and marketing to the tourist industry.
“Flowers by Chilton strive to be one of Hawkes Bay’s most innovative and unique florists. Our approach to floral design is to be creative and customer focused. We are determined to continue to enhance the tradition of flowers through innovative design, aggressive marketing and most importantly, quality products and service.”
Christine said Flowers by Chilton, which is co-owned by MaryAnne Simpkin, started approximately four years ago in small leased premises operating under the trading name Pretti Werz & Flowers Ltd.
By the third year we had purchased Flowers by Chilton, an established business which had been in operation for over 20 years. We also purchased a client base of 600 accounts thus increasing our business threefold.
This opportunity gave us entry to grow our own plants which is what we are currently establishing and we also have colour dying rights for the lily Cromeatellis.
She said Flowers by Chilton had experience in the field of design. In addition to those skills the owners had two years experience in graphic design, a certificate in landscaping design, a Bachelor of Horticulture degree and four years experience in floristry.
Jason Fox & Sarah Reo, Havelock North
Ngati Ruahine, Ngati Kahungungu, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Rangi
Cultureflow launched its first Reo Maori Interactive Language programme in August 2002. Teaching Te Reo Maori nationwide, Cultureflow programmes offer a blended learning style. Their resources are built so the motivated student can undergo self directed learning, (SDL), however, they also provide on-site tutoring.
This year they launched web learning which enables students to log into the Cultureflow classroom from their laptop. They offer four programmes which start with correct pronunciation and the bare basics ranging right through to an intermediate level programme, Te Kete Tuarua – or TK2, teaching 50 phrases and over 300 words over a 14 week period.
Their software is the first of its kind in the Maori language. Their Eye-speak Maori Pronunciation software enables improvement of over 3000 words in the Maori language. They teach over 1500 students annually, with a small back office team of 4 full time staff members, and 8 part time tutors/marketers nationwide.
Multi Kai Cooker in Chrisco Catalogue
Doug Andrews – Whangarei
Doug Andrews’ already successful Multi Kai Cooker is currently a 1000 unit a year business for him and he says who knows what may happen when orders come through from this year’s Chrisco catalogue.
Doug said he was approached last year by Chrisco, a Christmas hamper business that aims to help its customers save throughout the year for a wide variety of Christmas hampers, toys and gifts, home furnishings and electronics.
“We have no idea what’s going to happen really. We have to wait and see what happens when people start ordering.” He said Chrisco put the Multi Kai Cooker in its catalogue last year in October and a week into the catalogue they had over 100 cookers ordered.
“They gave us a call and said gear up because it looks like you might get some good numbers.” November this year is delivery date so we’re trying to fulfil that order. “
Doug, who has owned an air conditioning, heat pump and heating and ventilation company in Whangarei for almost 18 years, manufactures the Multi Kai Cooker at his own factory.
“The Kai Cooker is an addition to our production.”
He said what he had done was design the cooker to be user friendly, hygienic and he had patented the product on the market today. He said the Multi Kai Cooker offered an alternative to the traditional New Zealand Maori ground Hangi with the convenience of gas.
“The ground Hangi uses Manuka wood as a fuel source, stones that are heated by the wood and wet sacks which continuously drip onto the stones. The combination of heat, steam and Manuka ash cooks the food with a smoky Hangi flavour. After 3 - 4 hours in the ground, the moisture evaporates from the wet sacks and the dryer heat roasts the food.”
He said Multi Kai Cookers had a BBQ hotplate (the stones), a gas burner (heat source), Manuka saw dust (sprinkled on the BBQ plate for smoky flavour), fresh or semi frozen meat portions which drip onto the BBQ hotplate (steam), and as the moisture from the meat portions stops dripping onto the BBQ hotplate, the dryer heat roasts the food.
“Basically, the Multi Kai Cooker consists of a range of cooking chambers, a BBQ hotplate, a dual or triple ring cast iron burner, gas hose, regulator and LPG gas cylinder. A stand, onto which the gas cylinder conveniently fits, is available for the Family Size Cookers. This stand has 4 lockable wheels.”
He said the Family Size Cookers had a 385mm diameter BBQ hotplate and cooking chambers and the Large, Deluxe and Jumbo cookers had a 600mm diameter BBQ hotplate and cooking chambers. The family size Kai Cooker will feed 25 hungry people. There are other cookers in the range that will feed up to 250 people.
He said Kiwi expatriates all over the world had heard about the cooker so he had literally sent the cookers all over the world
“I’m talking the UK, Canada, Milan, the USA, Hawaii, everywhere.”
As its developed, friends of expatriates see it or hear about it and other cultures have bought the product, he said. “We’re not talking large numbers but we are talking all over the world.”
Doug said Chrisco, who also operated in Australia, decided after seeing the huge interest in New Zealand that they would put the cooker in the Australian catalogue as well.
“We approached them on that one because we said we were already setting up manufacturing in Australia which goes out next month.”
He said they had set up with a company partner in Australia and the USA.
For more information – www.multikaicooker.co.nz
High Praise for Gisborne’s Inbound Tour Operators Council (ITOC) Conference
Recently Tai Rawhiti Ventures (Maori Regional Tourism Organisation for the Turanganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) and wider Tairawhiti region) took the initiative and opportunity to provide its Maori Tourism members a variety of significant networking showcases and activities at the recent Inbound Tour Operators Council (ITOC) conference.
It was held 10-13 Hereturikoka (August) 2009, in Gisborne.
ITOC is a primary and peak organisation within the New Zealand tourism sector representing all the major Inbound Tour Operators (IBOs).
These companies are the drivers of most inbound tourism to Aotearoa, and are responsible for itinerary development, tour programmes, and a significant amount of international promotion and marketing activity on behalf of small and large tourism businesses throughout the length and breadth of Aotearoa NZ.
“Tai Rawhiti Ventures, Maori Regional Tourism Organisation for the Turanganui-a-Kiwa and wider Tairawhiti region would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge Poutama for their support, donations, sponsorship and other assistance, in regards to activities to showcase our region conducted in association with the recent Inbound Tour Operators Council conference.”
This letter from the ITOC chief executive is a direct result of this investment and support. View Letter
Getting to know Poutama - Business Advisor, Vonese Walker
Over the next few months we have decided to profile our Poutama team so you can really get to know them. Vonese looks after the ever-growing Auckland region making regular visits there as well as to Taitokerau.
Q. Where are you from/raised/iwi affiliations etc?
A. Born in Singapore and lived in Waiouru, Palmerston North & Lower Hutt. Grew up in Lower Hutt from the age of 5 and lived there most of my life since returning to Feilding to live on the whanau farm with koro 4 years ago. On my mother's side iwi affiliations are Ngati Tukorehe & Ngati Raukawa. On my father's side Te Arawa, Ngati Rangiwewehi.
Q. Where are you based now?
A. Live in Awahuri, Feilding just out of Palmerston North on the whanau farm. Work from home and travel when needed.
Q. Children? Pets? Partners, husband?
A. 2 kids, Haize (10) and Kaya (8) and husband Damian, Ngati Kahungungu. Live with my koro John who is 93.
A. Love sports - play mainly golf and netball. Love spending time with whanau and kids and watching them play their sports and hobbies. Enjoy listening to music and catching up with friends.
Q. Favourite book of all time and why?
A. The Harry Potter series - absolute loved it and big fan of magical, fantasy stories. Also enjoy reading good biographies of sports people or famous people; last book enjoyed was Willie Apiata story.
Q. What is your role at Poutama and how long have been doing it?
A. Information Manager and Business Advisor for Auckland/Northland regions. Been at Poutama for 11 years, started in the Office Manager role, worked part time when had the kids and then came back to work full time after Kaya was 1 to set up database and information systems. Worked and trained to become a business advisor.
Q. What is it that most excites you about your job?
A. Meeting great people and seeing them reach their goals in their business life. Coming across new ideas and businesses and working with them to develop their ideas.
Q. You’re meeting Maori in business everyday. If you were a guest speaker at a high school careers day, what advice would you give students wanting to establish their own business?
A. Make sure they enjoy what they do and never be too scared to ask for help.
Q. What most impresses you about Maori in business?
A. Many of my clients are doing it for their whanau and to make something better of themselves.
Q. If you could choose three people anywhere in the world to join you at a dinner party, who would they be and why? (they can be dead or alive)
A. Tiger Woods - he inspires me and as a golfer he amazes me at how he can perform at his peak when he really puts his mind to it.
Barack Obama - would be great just to meet him.
Brad Pitt - he's a hunk.
Q. What three words that best describe you?
A. Generous, kind and loyal.
Q. What is your favourite New Zealand holiday experience?
A. Trip to Mt Ruapehu for some snowboarding with my hubby.
Q. Can you reveal one thing not many people know about you?
A. Competitive - when it comes to anything sports I always want to win and hate to lose...anything!!
Q. What’s your idea of a great day off?
A. Phone and emails off, a game of golf if the weather is nice or snuggled up watching DVD's if it's raining. Don't often have a day off so not worrying about work for a start is good!!
Air New Zealand Service Boosts Tourism
Last month’s announcement that Australians will soon have a direct flight to Rotorua is a welcome boost to the tourism industry, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
TIA Chief Executive Tim Cossar said Rotorua and central North Island tourism operators will certainly be celebrating Air New Zealand’s announcement of two Sydney-Rotorua flights each week from December.
“Rotorua has been hard hit by the economic downturn, which has meant fewer package tours and fewer Asian visitors – two sectors who have traditionally visited Rotorua in large numbers.”
He said Australia had continued to be a growing market for the New Zealand tourism industry, and the announcement on August 7 offered the potential for significant growth in arrivals from Sydney into Rotorua.
Ministry of Tourism figures show that more than 200,000 Australians visit Rotorua each year, adding millions of dollars to the local economy. Increasing Rotorua’s accessibility will create excellent possibilities for stronger growth, Mr Cossar says. It will also directly benefit nearby regions including Tauranga and Taupo.
“Growing visitor numbers into New Zealand will help lead us out of recession, creating jobs and attracting valuable foreign exchange.”
He said Rotorua was one of New Zealand’s iconic destinations and this new service would help it retain that status.
“I congratulate Rotorua’s tourism sector for the efforts they have put in to attracting international flights to the region.”
TIA members in Rotorua are excited about the new service and what it will mean for their businesses.
Polynesian Spa Managing Director Martin Lobb says it is tremendous news.
“We think it’s going to be very good for short breaks, bringing Australians to a part of the world that is completely different from what Sydneysiders have got, with our geothermal, mountain-biking and fishing.”
HELiPRO Operations Manager Tim Barrow says the new service will boost both holidaymakers and the valuable conference and incentive (C&I) sector.
“The C&I market has been wanting to come to Rotorua but they haven’t been able to because of the lack of direct access. Now that barrier has been removed, we’ll see the rewards,” said Mr Barrow.
He said Rotorua had great product and infrastructure and everyone was very excited.
Wai Ora Group Chief Executive Bryan Hughes said the new service would be very good for the entire central North Island.
“It will be a very, very good route for Air New Zealand, giving them a competitive advantage that nobody else has. The C&I market is going to open up. We have a great region already – this is the icing on the cake!”
Poutama CEO Richard Jones says that with Air NZ soon starting direct flights between Rotorua and Australia, and Pacific Blue's recent launching of Hamilton to/from Sydney and Brisbane service there is opportunity for Maori tourism operators in the Central North Island to undertake direct marketing activities into those cities. From personal experience Richard says Wholesalers and Travel Companies particularly in Sydney are very receptive to meeting with operators that take the time to go and visit them, arranging meetings with them is only an email away.
- Tourism contributes close to 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) for New Zealand.
- Tourism directly and indirectly employs nearly one in ten New Zealanders (this includes 108,100 FTE directly and 73,100 FTE indirectly).
- Tourism in New Zealand is a $50 million per day industry. Tourism delivers $24 million in foreign exchange to the New Zealand economy each day of the year. Domestic tourism contributes another $26 million in economic activity every day.
- Total tourism expenditure reached $20.1 billion for the year ended March 2007. International visitor expenditure accounted for $8.8 billion or 18.3% of New Zealand’s foreign exchange earnings.
Visit www.tianz.org.nz for more information.
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Poutama Has moved
As of August 31st, 2009 Poutama’s physical address has changed.
We are now located at:
Level 1, Orbit Tower
All other contact details remain the same.
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First Aid for Workplaces
Every year thousands of people are injured or fall sick at work – some seriously.
A quick first aid response can mean the difference between life and death, or can reduce the severity of the injury. There is also a legal requirement for workplaces to take all practicable steps to provide first aid facilities under the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995, and to have procedures for dealing with emergencies under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act).
First Aid for Workplaces – a Good Practice Guide can help you manage first aid needs in your workplace. This guide takes into account recent regulatory changes, including the withdrawal of the Factories and Commercial Premises (First Aid) Regulations 1985. It can be downloaded from http://www.osh.govt.nz/publications/booklets/first-aid-2009/
Tom Manaena, Commercial Manager ( 021 538 838 or 04 495 1132) – Tom is responsible for the finance, investment and accounting side of the business and also spends a lot of time out on the road covering the lower North Island, Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Central and Upper South Island regions. He also deals with clients at all levels and in all sectors.
Oscar Nathan, Business Adviser ( 021 801 559 or 07 348 8903) – Oscar covers the wider Bay of Plenty and East Coast regions and deals with clients at all levels and in all sectors.
Vonese Walker, Information Manager ( 021 683 681) – Vonese covers the Northland, Auckland and lower North Island regions. She deals with clients at all levels and in all sectors.
Gail Maxwell, Office Manager ( 021 375 090 or 04 473 2652) – Gail is often the first point of contact for Poutama clients. She also supports Tom with the accounting function and provides back up to all of the team.
Kylie Stafford, - Communications, ( 021 494 977 or 03 570 5333) – Kylie is responsible for Poutama’s newsletter and communications. Feel free to make contact with her with any relevant information or networking events for publication in the newsletter.
Richard Jones, CEO ( 021 619 075 or Skype richtj) – Richard looks after the national and international stuff, strategic issues/relationships/development and also deals with clients at all levels and in all sectors.