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Shaun Cosgrave’s ToView Team Take Out Region’s Top Awards

It was victory all round for Shaun Cosgrave’s ToView team at the Harcourts Central Region awards in Tauranga last week, for the October – December quarter.

ToView team member and rural sales specialist, Aaron Davey, won the Top Sales Consultant award, across all real estate sectors. Shaun took out second place, making him the top sales consultant for residential sales. Shaun was also named the Top Exclusive Lister for the quarter.

“Having our team as number one in rural sales and residential sales is very pleasing,” said Shaun. “We always strive to achieve the best results for our clients, so we really appreciate their support”.

Shaun has been working in the Hamilton area for over 20 years and was the first Harcourts sales person to achieve property sales of over $500m.

Campbell Scott, manager of Harcourts Central Hamilton office, said that Shaun’s achievement of being the top residential sales consultant for the region was exceptional.

“To be able to get that to level after taking a six month sabbatical is a great effort.

“Harcourts has about 330 sales people across the region, and it was one of the most buoyant quarters of the last couple of years, so the ToView team have done exceptionally well”, Campbell said.

“In fact our whole Harcourts Hamilton central office did exceptionally well, picking up five of the six awards in our category”.

Harcourts Hamilton saw a dramatic rise in monthly sales in the second half of 2014. There were 196 sales in August, rising to 305 for December, equating to a 55% increase over that time.


Golden Apple Possibly No Longer Ripe

The new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been a global sales phenomenon. In fact, earlier in February they became the most profitable country in history. Numbers showed that the Silicon Valley firm made $18 million in three months by selling 34,000 iPhones an hour around the clock from October to December.

But analysts are asking about the future of this successful firm. Firstly it is being asked whether they have reached their peak.

The big challenge now, says the vice-president of research for CCS Insight, Geoff Blaber, is to find the next growth opportunity.

“Western Europe and north America are becoming saturated. To have room for growth, Apple has to rely on taking growth from [Google’s] Android operating system based devices,” he said. “The big, focus is on China and to a lesser extent India.”

Another question being asked by the NZ Herald is whether there are many people left who want an iPhone. The latest iPhone sales were worth more than Microsoft and Google’s latest quarterly sales combined.

Only time will tell whether Apple has reached it’s ripest peak.

Wellington House Factory Open for Business

New Zealand’s first ever house building factory has opened it’s doors in Wellington. The factory is aiming to produce 500 prefab homes annually.

Trade HQ wrote, “Sean Murrie, Matrix Homes chief executive and director, said “People are building components of houses, then assembling them on the site. But the whole thing here is we’re turning fully finished houses with code compliance certificates.”

While this is a big leap forward as far as construction goes, it’s been speculated whether the market will be as big. Grant Florence, chief executive of Certified Builders is concerned that demand will not meet up. “They have to overcome some consumer negatives around the prefab concept because people relate it to cheap and they relate it to prefabs at schools,” he said.”


Air Conditioning Units in Hot Demand

Rising hot temperatures have unsurprisingly caused air conditioning units to rise in demand too. Marlborough air conditioning businesses have reported an upturn in trade. This trade is heavily reliant on whether Daniel Corbett predicts temperatures of 24° or 30°.

Martella Refrigeration and Air Conditioning general manager Linda Cosgrove said this trend is always seasonal. “We certainly see at this time of year there’s a lot of people looking at getting air conditioning installed.” However she claimed demand has increased compared to this time last year.

It’s not just the heat pump sellers who face an influx of demand. Air conditioning repair businesses also need to prepare for peaked demand. A broke air conditioning system is more noticeable especially when opening windows doesn’t cut it.

If you aren’t in Marlborough but still want to stay cool, get  Tauranga, Waikato or Auckland heat pumps from Goldstar heat pumps.

Pack & Send Went Global Before Going Local

Before Pack & Send could reach full local market penetration, it needed to go global. Global in deliveries that is! Pack & Send’s business model is based on packing and sending items which that are fragile, awkward, or valuable to any address in the world.

Want to send a heirloom ring to Tainjin China? Pack & Send can cover it. How about Bali bound baseballs? Pack & Send will throw them that far. How about elephant tusks to South Africa? Pack & Send will alert local authorities and most likely not deliver that. But you get the gist of it – Pack & Send makes deliveries.

Currently managing director Matthew Everest has a large painting, a record turntable and a very large backpack in his Blenheim road packing store. He told, “If you would ring up any courier company and say this is what I’ve got, they would say, no, no and probably too big.”

There is definitely demand. Everest says millions of goods are bought and sold on TradeMe each year. And that’s just TradeMe! Imagine the goods being shipped around worldwide.


Bread Plant Manager Brings In the Dough

A bread plant manager in Christchurch is set to bring in the dough when he receives a payout of $87,300. Keith Wills was forced to resign after his role became unclear following the 2011 earthquakes.

Wills challenged an Employment Relations Authority decision that ruled he was not constructively dismissed from Goodman Fielder’s Christchurch site. The Employment Court believes the company’s Christchurch site in Essex St made operational changes after sustaining major damage in the February 2011 earthquake.

Since it was believed that the baking manufacturing plant’s rebuild would take two years, it seemed unsustainable to continue employing bakers. Wills found his role as manager seemed uncertain and asked to be considered for redundancy.

Wills wrote in his resignation letter “I have enquired several times about my position and my future within within Goodman Fielder, however no one has been able to give me any answers. This decision has not been an easy one to make after 33.5 years working for Goodman Fielder, however the ongoing uncertainty and stress has unfortunately left me with no choice but to resign.”

Judge Corkill ordered the company to pay Wills $13,437.15 in loss of wages, $61,907 in redundancy compensation and $12,000 for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings – totaling $87,344.15.

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Gattung Savours Latest Business Success

Business whizz and foodie Theresa Gattung has managed to combine her two passions into one delicacy of a business. And it’s all mixed together perfectly to form one very successful business. Gattung chairs My Food Bag, a business dedicated to delivering ingredients and recipes approved by Nadia Lim.

Gattung puts every moment of her time to good use. When she’s not heading the succesful business witha  turnover of $30 million, she’s an award winning philanthropist. Last year the company tapped into the Australian market and plans to continue doing so in the foreseeable future.

Meringue Queen Says Let Them Eat Cake

Self proclaimed meringue master Stacey O’Gorman supplies meringues all the way across the world to London. However at her wedding celebration she insists her loyal subjects (read: wedding guests) will just need to eat cake.

O’Gorman’s company Meringue Girls doesn’t create puffy delicacies for just anybody. Upmarket stores Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Harvey Nichols and Jamie Oliver’s Recipease all get to supply and enjoy such posh pleasures as lemongrass and ginger, pistachio and rosewater, honey and salsa peanut, and watermelon meringues.

Unfortunately O’Gorman is all puffed out. She told Stuff, “thought of whipping up a batch for her big day “is all too stressful, really – so my wedding is going to be cake-ified”. After making up to 10,000 meringues a week, it’s easy to see why she wouldn’t want them staining her big day!

Meringue Girls follows a “quality over quantity” model that has seen it embraced by top food stores and the London in-crowd. Its soft-hued meringues are sought after for society weddings and press and fashion PR events. The best seller is a vintage wooden apple crate of 170 rainbow meringue kisses in 11 flavours, which costs £140 (NZ$270).




Failed Fashion Firm Owes 2.3 Million

Catherine’s Fashionwear found itself being collapsed into receivership after being fashionably late in repaying creditors. The store imported sporting apparel and outfitted numerous sporting teams. That was until it’s collapse in July 2013 when the court took action, bought about by Heartland Bank.

Reports by receivers James Greenway and Andrew Bethell of BDO told NZ Herald that creditors were owed $2.3 million and a complaint had been laid with the Serious Fraud Office after discrepancies were found in the accounts.

“These practices resulted in the level of accounts receivable and stock being substantially overstated in the company’s financial accounts,” the reports said.

Liquidator Jurgen Herbke said Catherine Casey, founder of Catherine’s Footwear and the owner of CGG were in dispute over who to blame for Casey’s failure. “She blames the funder and owner, and he blames her – but because of holidays I haven’t yet had time to get to the bottom of these claims,” he said.

World’s First Mobile Power Company Electrifying NZ

Powershop has been New Zealand’s pride and joy in the power company industry. They were the first to sell carbon offset energy through their online store. Now they have shocked us once more. Powershop has positioned itself as the world’s first mobile power company.

Their new mobile technology makes power usage and wastage much more visible to environmentally conscious consumers. Anyone with an iPhone, Samsung or any smartphone can clean up their act. CEO Ari Sargent told NZ Herald,

“Mobile makes viewing and understanding energy consumption radically simpler, easier to understand and, importantly, more fun… It gives you an incentive to really understand where you’re using or wasting the most power, which leads to lower usage.”

The mobile app allows mass tracking through days. If you bought a heat pump in Hamilton from Waikato’s number 1 Fujitsu dealer, you can track whether you turned it on or left it running. This tool has already been useful. An Auckland man discovered that it used the same amount of energy to leave his heat pumps running overnight rather than turn them on in the morning!

Mr Sargent is very optimistic about the use of mobile. “Mobile makes it real. If you can literally see the difference between switching lights off or leaving them on, you’re far more likely to change your habits and behaviour,” he said.

Hopefully other New Zealand businesses jump on this mobile trend in 2015!