Category Archives: Bay of Plenty

Heat Pump Specialist Pumping Out Awards

A local heat pump specialist has pumped out another big award. Goldstar heat pumps, installers of heat pumps in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga was previously named Waikato’s number one Fujitsu dealer. And now they’ve accepted an even bigger title: number one Fujitsu dealer in New Zealand.

This is no small feat for the expanding company. Fujitsu is New Zealand’s favourite air afterall. So this means Goldstar Heat Pumps is the biggest dealer of New Zealand’s favourite air – not a small feat.

What’s next for Goldstar you may be wondering? If they follow this trend then probably world domination.

Kiwis Not In An Outdoorsy Mood

It seems us Kiwi’s aren’t quite the outdoorsy kind we used to be. Outdoor products company Fishing Camping Outdoors, or FCO, is closing it’s doors for good. It’s the second outdoor products firm to leave our land in recent times, after Mountain Designs shut its New Zealand business in August.

By June, every FCO will have closed shop. All thirteen FCO stores were based in the North Island. Group managing director Peter Birtle believes Australia stands a better chance at sustaining the chain. He told,

“Our initial approach of developing a business specifically for the New Zealand market has proven to be flawed and FCO has always battled to get the attention it required while we have been addressing challenges in our BCF (boating, camping, fishing) and Ray’s Outdoors businesses [in Australia].”

In total the chain is accepting it’s loss of $19.8 million.

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.


Starting at Grass Roots Level Paid Off

A Bay of Plenty innovator discovered that staring at grass roots level can really pay off. Today Steve Saunders is an active angel investor and a managing director at PlugGroup Horticulture. Here’s how he got there:

Steve Saunders was initially exposed to the horticulture innovation in 1990s. Little did he know that this would become a hallmark of his career! He has the chance to work with the Crown research institute MAF Technology.

He was already managing the orchards division of Te Puna Pack and cool, which is now part of DMS. He eventually founded the Tauranga based agri-tech companies which together form PlusGroup Horticulture. Now he is a board member of start0up funding group “Enterprise Angels” alongside Priority One which is a well know Tauranga economic development agency.

That isn’t all he’s been achieving lately. Recently he won the Westpac Tauranga Excellence in Business Leadership Award for his contributions to the Bay of Plenty’s business community.

“He returned a year later to Tauranga, rejoining the nursery then moving into the Te Puna Pack and Cool kiwifruit post-harvest operations. He eventually worked in a range of cool store and packing roles, before moving to run the company’s orchard management operations. When Te Puna Pack and Cool was sold, Mr Saunders and former general manager Trevor Heard set up Gro-Link, an orchard and post-harvest management company. They were also the first in the industry to set up a kiwifruit grower pool trust entity.

After five years, the partners found they were heading in different directions and Mr Saunders set up GroPlus and PollenPlus, the first companies in Plus Group Horticulture. He was joined by Andrew Scott, now the general manager, and Beverly Rawcliffe, the finance manager, who Mr Saunders described as very valued members of the team.

For the next six years, it was head down as they developed and expanded the business, then Mr Saunders handed over the operational reins to Mr Scott.”

Curated from NZ Herald, read more here

Rotorua Airport Still Has a Chance to Fly High

Although mistakes have been made regarding the Rototura Airport, there are still chances for it to fly high like it did in it’s glory days of the early 2000’s. Rotorua Airport Chief Executive Alastair Rhodes believes that while the airport has faced challenges, it still has ample opportunities.

Rhodes told NZ Herald, “It was all very well to get consultants in. However, unless they were actively involved in Tasman aviation, it would have been difficult to provide the council with the right information to make the right decisions, especially when externally it looked like Hamilton and even Palmerston North had sustainable and growing Tasman services.

“I know those lessons have been learned and the current council has made the very difficult decision after spending more than $9 million to keep it here.

“Stopping funding these flights was a sound commercial decision. Whereas continuing to fund them would have been political, not commercial.”

Even though Rotorua Airport has lost it’s opportunities to fly to Sydney, there are still opportunities for commercial development in and around the airport. The land around the airport has state highway access.

Rhodes is focusing on three ideas for the future – discussions with larger airports and their links to Rotorua, commercial development and attracting back general aviation activities.

Curated from the NZ Herald, read more here.


Rotorua Big Save Furniture Gets Even Bigger

Rotorua’s very own Big Save Furniture has expanded so much that it cannot be contained in it’s old building anymore! According to Trade HQ,

Big Save Furniture has been facing growth unable to be contained by their smaller premisis, according to managing director Tom McKimm. “It will be a much better environment and look a lot more professional,” he told the Rotorua Daily Post.

The expansion also means a better customer experience. The bigger floor area of the new shop improves the shopping experience by allowing better product displays and a larger product range.

A host of flats and a professional consultancy had to move over to make room for the expansion. Big Save Furniture isn’t just expanding in premises. The furniture giant is also looking to hire two more staff members following expansion.

This expansion serves as an excellent example of the growth opportunities expected under the proposed Rotorua District plan.

Goldstar Heat Pumps Expands in Tauranga

Tauranga is now being offered New Zealand’s favourite air as Goldstar Heat Pumps expands to their region. The number one distributor and installer of Fujitsu – New Zealand’s favourite air has committed to help Tauranga residents cope with Summer weather.

Tauranga is known for having an inconsistent climate throughout the year with large spikes in differences between minimum and maximum temperatures.


By expanding to Tauranga, Goldstar Heat Pumps hopes to combat those temperature ranges. They have been considering expanding into Tauranga for a while now, only to be overwhelmed by demand from their current regions.

Goldstar Heat Pumps supplies and installs Mitsubishi and Fujitsu heat pumps in Auckland and the Waikato. Recently they won an award for being the number one heat Fujitsu heat pump dealer in Hamilton! Considering Fujitsu heat pumps are New Zealand’s favourite air, this is no small feat.

For now Goldstar Heat Pumps is only servicing Tauranga and Mount Maunganui rather than the wider Bay of Plenty region. Their Tauranga sales number is (07) 579 5294.


Local Heat Pump Specialist Claims Big Title

A local heat pump installer has won an impressive title; distributors of New Zealand’s favourite air! Goldstar Heat Pumps have been deemed the #1 Fujitsu Heat Pump Dealer in Hamilton!

But Goldstar Heat pumps don’t only deliver to Hamilton. They also install heat pumps in Auckland and Tauranga.


Goldstar Heat Pumps also offer Mitsubishi heat pumps. When small and medium sized businesses offer products from recognised brands, it improves their own brand’s standing.

Heat Pump Installer Lets Customers Choose their Special

Till the end of October, a heat pump installer is trying a new kind of offering. Instead of giving a generic special which customers can either accept or decline, customers can now choose between two specials.

Customers looking for heat pumps in Hamilton can choose between paying nothing for 9 months or paying no interest for 12 months.


This special is only available for those in Auckland, Waikato,  and Tauranga. Those in Auckland may want to pay special attention to this offering.

With the Auckland council planning to ban open fireplaces and wood burners, it may be time to consider getting a more health conscious and easily maintained heat pump.

According to the NZ Herald, A new wood burner and flue can cost about $3500, heat pumps cost about $2000 for a small room, a 2000 watt heater costs less than $100 and four cubic meters of firewood costs around $400. So heat pumps appear to be one of the most economic and effective ways to heat your home!