Category Archives: Tauranga

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.

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 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!