SkyCity Hotel Aiming For Sky High Profits

SkyCity has caused a controversy by aiming to build a five-star hotel in the middle of Auckland. The hotel is projected to earn $20 million in additional revenues from visitors to the controversial New Zealand International Convention Centre.

However not everyone is on board with SkyCity. The Green Party has called for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) deal to be re-evaluated. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said, “On one hand SkyCity put their hand out begging for more money from the public, and on the other they are also millions and millions of dollars better off than the public knew about.”

But Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said yesterday any benefits to SkyCity from the new hotel would be properly weighed and accounted for after preliminary design plans were submitted.

SkyCity has given a total cost for the 300 room hotel at $130 million.

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.

Rising From the Career Graveyard

In 1988 Marty O’Halloran was banished to the place where careers go to rest – Auckland. As he packed up his belongings from DDB in Sydney, his admen colleagues showed sympathy. Auckland afterall, was considered to be the place where careers died.

Although O’Halloran doubted the move, his employers insisted that running their client McDonald’s would help with career. A quarter century later and they couldn’t be more right.

He became chief executive of DDB New Zealand in 2001. In 2005, he took over as regional group chief executive based in Sydney, overseeing DDB agencies in that city, Melbourne and Auckland.

O’Halloran told the NZ Herald successful changes were made to the DDB New Zealand agency from 2001, which involved building a full-service operation that met the different needs of clients, such as public relations and media buying.

Marty O’Halloran

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 Stuff.co.nz,

“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.

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.