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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.

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.

Curated from Stuff.co.nz


Shop Owner Retires After 73 years in the Business

90 year old Jack Fannon is retiring after spending an astounding 73 years with the same menswear firm. Fannon ran the  menswear store in Dargaville after inheriting it once his father passed.

“Jack was 17 and had a year in the business before spending three years in the army and air force based in New Zealand during World War II. He reluctantly returned to menswear after the war was over but now says he has no regrets.

He says tailoring was big business in those days and menswear was a specialty field. “Everyone had suits and you had to go to a menswear shop to even get a handkerchief.”

“I have kept it like an old menswear store. A lot of my clientele want to be served and have knowledge of what they are buying. I have really good local customers, but for the last six or eight years I have relied on outside customers from all over Northland.”

His business has had some lucky escapes. Major fires in 1961 and 2010 destroyed several nearby shops.

But it is the interaction with customers he’ll miss most when he retires on September 30.

“I’ve never been a hard-nosed businessman,” he says. “I’ve always tried to keep business friendly and personal.” His old-fashioned values extend to his business practices – there are no computers and stock is all counted manually.

“Once you put a person on a computer they just become a number,” he says.

The business will continue trading under its existing name in the ownership of Kate and Emma Smith.

Jack will stay on for a while to help the new owners get up to speed but has no plans to take things easy when he finally walks out the door. “I’m a hands-on type of guy and I’ve got lots of things to do.”

Curated from Stuff.co.nz.