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CLIENT NEWS: Innovation, entrepreneurship allow CRV Ambreed to achieve 50-year milestone

CRV Ambreed turns fifty this year. Over the past five decades the company has consistently helped farmers achieve herds that are easy to work with and profitable, ensuring a better life for farmers, their herds and New Zealand’s economy.  Managing director Angus Haslett says the key to the company’s long-term success has been its culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. “When our founders started the company in 1969, their main goal was to provide New Zealand dairy farmers with an...

February 18, 2019

CLIENT NEWS: January home sales slow in Hamilton – blame the baddies

The risk of money laundering and terrorism crime has prompted many changes around the world.  But who would have thought that, in a roundabout way, it would affect house sales in Hamilton? Lodge Real Estate Managing Director, Jeremy O’Rourke, says that’s exactly what happened last month. “From January first, all New Zealand agents began complying with the AML - the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act. “The additional paperwork now required has slightly le...

February 14, 2019

HMC NEWS: What’s the rise of populism have to do with you?

Populism. It’s a term most often used in political circles and basically refers to policies and rhetoric which appeal to the “ordinary person.”  Populism is often named as the main reason why Trump got elected and the Brexit vote went through. But, as a business owner or manager in little ole’ New Zealand, you might be lulled into a false sense of security thinking, “That’s got nothing to do with me.” I beg to differ and believe there are four lessons all of us can learn from...

February 5, 2019

HMC NEWS: Can you really say 'yes' to everything at this time of year?

How many emails have you opened in recent weeks from companies telling you they've donated to charity for the holidays? Corporate charitable giving at Christmas is now the norm rather than the exception, and us Kiwis are a pretty generous bunch.But can you really say 'yes' to everything at this time of year?  Read Heather Claycomb's article in The Spinoff which offers some advice for small businesses wanting make the most impact out of their charitable giving....

December 21, 2018

HMC NEWS: Christmas Communications Checklist

Christmas is coming and for many of us that means a long summer break is on the horizon. But before you turn out the lights and head off, take a few moments to ensure you’ve got your communications sorted. Here’s a list of five communications actions to tick off your list before your break. Distribute good newsWith a dearth of business news coming out over the Christmas and New Year break, journalists are often looking for good news stories to fill space.  This creates an opportunity to...

December 18, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: KCE backs Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s life-saving work

Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter will receive ongoing support from energy generator King Country Energy (KCE) with a $20,000 sponsorship in 2019. KCE general manager Chris Fincham says the sponsorship is a way of saying thank you to the 24/7 life-saving service. “Due to the geography of the region, and the isolation of some farms and roads, the quick response of the chopper crew makes a real difference to people who have been injured or hurt,” he says. In 2018 alone, the Waikato Helicopter...

December 18, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Early $12,000 Christmas present for King Country communities

Nine community initiatives across the King Country including four in the Taupo-Turangi region will receive an early Christmas present thanks to the latest Heartland Community Funding round. More than $12,000 will be distributed to local community organisations in recognition of their commitment to enhance the King Country. One of the recipients, the Turangi Foodbank, will be putting the funding towards food parcel items that have not been donated by the community. Toiletries, meat, milk and soa...

December 17, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Hamilton house prices have found their mark

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand released their monthly residential property data today, showing Hamilton’s median house price dipped 2.3% between October and November and now sits at $555,000.  Lodge Real Estate Managing Director, Jeremy O’Rourke, says, “Hamilton house prices have normalised and found their mark.  “And we believe Hamilton residents looking to buy or sell at the start of the new year can expect the market will remain steady well into 2019. Buyers can e...

December 14, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Top tips for feeding cows this summer

Generating and adhering to a daily feeding plan could be the key to getting cows through an expected hot summer. That’s the message from GrainCorp Feeds technical support manager Ken Winter who says effective nutrition management can be easy and rewarding if dairy farmers focus on a daily plan. Winter says a focus on nutrition for cows is essential in summer, and a lack of preparation in previous months can impact on the summer period. “In summer, we find in many cases that the main barriers...

December 10, 2018

HMC NEWS: Leaders: is zero social profile a high-risk strategy?

According to the “iSentia Leadership Index,” released on 20 November, 44% of CEOs from New Zealand’s top companies have no public social presence. This doesn’t match the general population.  According to Statista.com, as at January 2018 74% of New Zealanders were active social media users. That’s not just a wide gap – that’s a communications chasm.  I recently led a discussion around this topic with some Hamilton CEOs and GMs and asked them why leaders are largely invisi...

December 6, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Celebrating 10 years of innovation with Lindsay’s Precision VRI system

It’s a classic story of Kiwi innovation and invention. One summer’s evening in late 2004, two Massey University engineering graduates, Stu Bradbury and George Ricketts, were sitting around, chewing the fat. They were staying on the South Wairarapa farm of Brian and Jo Bosch, living on site while they worked a summer job assembling irrigators in the area. Over a cuppa, Stu, George and Brian talked about irrigation, and some of the challenges on the Bosch’s farm – the existing pivot irriga...

December 5, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Turning adversity into business success

A businessman who’s suffered depression, been in a wheelchair with broken knees, pulled people out of rubble in the Christchurch quakes and ridden a rickshaw across India for charity, has been recognised with an award for running the top gym franchise in New Zealand. Matty Lovell’s gym recently won the Franchise Facility of the Year at New Zealand’s Exercise Industry Awards and he says he takes the same approach to business as he does in life. He’s got a list of top tips for leadership ...

December 5, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Emma’s Food Bag supporting Waikato Women’s Refuge this Christmas

Cambridge-based meal delivery service Emma’s Food Bag is getting behind Waikato Women’s Refuge Te Whakaruruhau to spread the Christmas spirit this holiday season. The company is supporting the refuge this year in a public campaign to gift Christmas Food Bags to Waikato women and children affected by domestic violence. Local businesses and individuals can get involved by purchasing a Christmas Food Bags, at a specially discounted price of $130, which will then be gifted to a family in one of ...

November 28, 2018

HMC NEWS: Leaders risk visibility and goodwill not being online, according to new leadership index

A new leadership index has found nearly half of CEOs in New Zealand have no public social media presence, putting them at risk of reduced visibility and connection with their brand’s audience. The leadership index, released this month by media intelligence and insights company iSentia, was presented during an event on leadership run by Hamilton PR firm HMC Communications. The event, part of HMC Communications’ Crucial Conversations over Lunch (CRUNCH) series, featured a panel discussion with...

November 26, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: New Zealand attempts World record in pool

English four-time Guinness World Record holder Dave Pearson is challenging New Zealanders to break his record on the pool table. On Saturday 1 December Dave ‘Ginger Wizard’ Pearson will be hosted by Hamilton cue sports club Massé to witness a potential record-breaking attempt for the fastest 10-table clearance. Players attempting to break the record will need to pocket 150 balls in total by sinking 15 balls, ten times over, in less than 8 minutes and 50.1 seconds. “A kiwi cracking the w...

November 22, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Hamilton home listings and sales escalate as local market bucks national trend

Over 410 homes were listed for sale in Hamilton on realestate.co.nz during October, representing a 13% increase on September 2018 listings and up 13% on October 2017. Sales were also strong during October with 300 homes being sold in the city. This is and increase from 245 homes sold in Hamilton in September 2018 and also up on 235 sold during October 2017. Lodge Real Estate managing director, Jeremy O’Rourke says, “The majority of those people listing homes for sale are looking to buy again...

November 15, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Hamilton veterinary practice named best in the country

Hamilton Veterinary Services (HVS) won Vet Practice of the Year at the recent Petplan Veterinary Awards which recognises the best veterinary practices across New Zealand. The Te Rapa Road practice received the award following winning the highest number of public votes. Established by Petplan in 2016, the award pays tribute to a veterinary practice’s industry contribution while going beyond normal duties. HVS small animal director and clinical veterinarian, Dr Craig Brighouse, says the award ...

November 15, 2018

HMC NEWS: Influencers: What are they and should you be using them?

It’s a tale as old as time in the PR world. Find a famous person, send them your product, pay them some money, and watch as they tell all the people they know how great your product is. It’s a promotional practice called influencer PR and its sole purpose is to use the clout of popular people to sell products. And it’s not just for hocking skinny tea or waist trainers – influencers exist in every industry, even if you don’t see them on your Instagram feed. How did we get here?Remember ...

November 8, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Food Waikato attracts top-tier investment to fund new spray dryer to grow the sheep milk industry

Food Waikato attracts top-tier investment to fund new spray dryer to grow the sheep milk industry Due to predicted growth in the sheep milk industry Food Waikato has invested in a new company, Melody Dairies Ltd Partnership. This investment will boost the nutritional spray drying capacity at Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton. Melody Dairies’ four investment partners will jointly finance and build a second spray dryer at the Park, which will be managed by Food Waikato. The four partners are...

November 5, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Waikato medicinal cannabis research company intends to list on NZX

In a first for New Zealand, medicinal cannabis research company Cannasouth has announced it will make an application to list its shares on the NZX Main Board through an initial public offering (IPO) during the second calendar quarter of 2019. Based in Waikato, Cannasouth has received a licence from the Ministry of Health to carry out medicinal cannabis research in New Zealand. The licence also enables the company to apply for an import licence to import cannabis products for research. The granti...

October 23, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: More dairy farmers breeding to reduce environmental footprint

Dairy farmers are uping their game and doing more to improve their environmental footprint through their breeding programme. CRV Ambreed’s Product Manager Peter van Elzakker says more farmers have been asking about CRV Ambreed’s LowN sires this year with the goal to start breeding for lower Milk Urea Nitrogen concentration (MUN). Cows bred for lower levels of MUN are expected to excrete less nitrogen in their urine, which then reduces the amount of nitrogen leached when cows are grazed on pa...

October 19, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Mixed-use urban apartment reflects changing residential landscape in Hamilton

In the centre of Hamilton’s central business district, a quiet revolution is happening. With the demand for residential housing high, smart buyers are moving from the suburban houses to inner-city urban apartment options. Parkhaven Luxury Apartments, at 220 Tristram Street, is leading the way in changing the residential landscape for the Waikato region. It is the first purpose-built, mixed-use complex of its kind in Hamilton – combining residential living and commercial space in one five-sto...

October 19, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Speckle Park on trend for dairy farmers

CRV Ambreed has seen a surge in Speckle Park sales this year with sales for the breed now CRV Ambreed’s second biggest selling beef breed after Hereford. Once classified as a specialty beef breed, it’s now a popular choice for many farmers. This months’ figures show sales for Speckle Park are up 50% compared to the same time last year. Speckle Park was first crossed in the 1950s in Canada using British White Park, shorthorn and Angus cattle, which give them distinct colour patterns. They a...

October 17, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Billiards champion represents New Zealand at 74

Twenty-one years ago, Wayne Carey wore the silver fern on his chest to represent New Zealand on the world stage for the first time. At 74 years young, he’ll be doing it again for the twelfth time at October’s World Billiards Championship in Leads.   Carey is arguably one of New Zealand’s longest standing cue sportsman and says he will continue playing competitively until he hits the grave. “That’s the beauty of the sport. With most sports you’re finished at 35, but billiards has...

October 15, 2018

CLIENT NEWS: Hamilton businessman wins prestigious Australasian engineering award

On Tuesday 2 October, Hamilton businessman David Platts of PDV Consultants was awarded the prestigious Chemeca Medal at the Chemical Engineering Awards in Queenstown. The Chemeca Medal is awarded to a prominent New Zealand or Australian chemical engineer who has made an outstanding contribution, through achievement or service, to the practice of chemical engineering. Mr Platts received the award at a dinner during the 47th annual Chemeca conference, in front of an audience of industrial chemists...

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