Category Archives: Christchurch

Canterbury University Scores Netball Tactix Partnership

Following the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, The University of Canterbury lost an unfortunate 25% of it’s student population. Student numbers are still continuing to decrease. In order to rebuild, vice chancellor Rod Carr thinks a partnership with the Tactix netballers and Crusaders rugby team will help drive student recruitment.

Mr Carr says the partnerships approach is a change of direction and is supported by stakeholder research. “Partnering with these two leading participatory sports will help us begin a conversation with young people and their parents about UC and the wide range of academic options available here through schools engagement activity involving players, and match day activities,” he told the National Business Review.

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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Watch this space: Christchurch’s Future Cash Cow

A Christchurch City-Council owned company is showing great potential as a future cash cow. Enable Services is an ambitious company building a fiber optic broadband network in Christchurch in partnership with the Crown.

Steve Fuller runs the company and is no stranger to fiber optics. Fuller has been working with telecommunications for 31 years at Spark. He started the company from scratch in 2007 with very few staff. These staff managed the building of a 350 kilometer network providing fast internet connections for local businesses, the heath sector and schools.

The Council are not the only ones seeing potential in Fuller’s work. Christchurch City Holdings will contribute between $300 million to $440 million worth of debt and equity.

This project is not just for financial gain. At a presentation it was stated, “”Our city will be transformed – ultrafast broadband is a key enabler to transform economic and social development.” summarised the Council’s estimates for pay-off:

  • $1.7 billion in dividends from Enable in 50 years if the council owns just over half of the company.
  • $2.5b of dividends if the council owns 100 per cent.
  • 48 per cent of households connected by 10 years.
  • 74 per cent connected by 20 years.
  • Enable’s revenue should reach $200m a year in year 40, the year to June 2051.

For further information, read the whole article here.