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Kannangara Thomson

A law firm with a difference: Kannangara Thomson

Kannangara Thomson isn’t your average law firm. Formed only 10 years ago by founding partner, Stephen Kannangara, the firm has grown to be over 30 strong and occupies a modern premises at 575 Wairakei Road.

Kannangara Thomson

The firm enjoys a point of difference which the partners believe makes it unique among law firms in Christchurch. Rich in diverse cultures with staff from all corners of the globe, there are an astonishing ten languages spoken at the firm which, at least in part explains the firm’s by-line, ‘We speak your language’.
The by-line is also something of a play on words and intended to portray the fact that the lawyers and support staff at Kannangara Thomson break down the often complicated language of the law and explain your legal issues to you in plain English (or Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Afrikaans to name just a few of the other languages spoken at the firm).
As well as being culturally diverse, the firm provides a wide range of legal services to its divergent client base, with lawyers specialising in business sales and purchases, commercial property transactions, investment property, residential property sales and purchases, estates, asset protection and estate planning involving the use of family trusts, wills, company law, family law and much more beyond.
The partners at Kannangara Thomson have a good grounding in the law having all served their time at much bigger law firms. Part of the ethos of the firm is that it does not wish to replicate the typical law office environment of those larger firms and, with that in mind, staff and partners are not burdened with such mundane daily tasks as time recording in six minute units or fee budgets, as is the case at almost all larger law firms.
Another factor which sets the firm apart from its larger counterparts is that once a fee range is quoted, it will very rarely be departed from, thereby giving clients certainty.

Kannangara ThomsonThe staff at Kannangara Thomson is respected and well looked after, with occasional unexpected gifts from the partners in recognition of stellar performance, frequent morning teas, flexibility of work hours and arrangements and almost fortnightly lunches provided by the partnership. As a result, the team at Kannangara Thomson is a settled and happy one, able to function at its absolute best to provide excellent legal results for clients.
With ample off street parking available and a convenient location near the airport, the gateway to the south, the new western Belfast bypass and the motorway north, the Wairakei Road location has proven to be one which is very popular with the firm’s client base.
The team at Kannangara Thomson look forward to being part of the Canterbury legal landscape for many decades to come and assisting you with your legal needs.

Cindy-Lee Sinclair

Marketing your property: Cindy-Lee Sinclair of Harcourts Holmwood on what to think about when selling your home or investment

Long established as a top-flight professional real estate agent in Christchurch, Cindy-Lee Sinclair of Harcourts Holmwood Real Estate Merivale says there are several things to know when putting property on the market. An absolutely key element is to ensure an agent has a signed listing authority before they bring buyers through, Cindy says.

Cindy-Lee Sinclair

Your agent should provide you with a written market appraisal to help you set your expectations about price range for the property. The agent should also discuss with you all the different ways you can sell the property and help you settle on the method that best suits. The agent should also talk through the marketing options and help you choose a programme that meets your needs and the method of sale chosen.
Cindy says you also need to understand how and when the agent will be paid, and how the commission on the completed sale will be calculated. Other costs to consider include marketing and the auctioneers fee, if you choose to sell via auction.
Cindy recommends everyone planning to sell their home read the ‘New Zealand Residential Property Agency Agreement Guide’ prepared by The Real Estate Agents Authority. It sets out in some detail the information you need and the decisions you will have to make and you can clarify any information in there with Cindy or your agent.
Cindy can be contacted at
cindy.sinclair@harcourts.co.nz
or at 0274 888 616.

TES Limited

Protecting your tech investment: TES Limited is your go-to for quick and helpful technical assistance

Nothing creates deep frustration as quickly as technical issues can. To deal with such issues, TES Limited in Avonhead provides technical assistance with a fast turnaround and a guarantee on all work.

TES Limited

From maintenance such as PC/laptop/phone/iPad repair, to fixing overheating laptops or broken laptop/mobile screens and power sockets, there is very little that TES cannot fix. This prevents technology from going to landfill and saves customers the money and frustration of dealing with a device not working to its full potential.
The company can solve problems remotely and provides computer maintenance like virus removal, lost file recovery and software installs. TES also sells ex-lease machines in excellent condition (listed regularly on the Facebook page and website, with a six-week layby option). It can also provide annual maintenance contracts to businesses, a PC and laptop rental service, as well as internet and networking support.
“Technical issues that can be complicated to others are easy for us because it is what we do,” owner Pankaj Gupta explains.
“Sometimes people struggle for too long with things that are actually a very easy fix. We give free estimates and fast turnaround, which is why customers leave smiling, wishing they had come to us earlier. We also have an on-call service.”
Technology is such a big part of our lives now that having a business you can rely on when things go wrong helps protect your technology investment. Pankaj seems to build good relationships like that every single day.
Visit Shop 6, 104 Staveley Street, Avonhead, phone 03-342 7373 or shop online at
www.teslimited.co.nz.

Cleaning

Call in the cleaning pros: tops tips to choosing a professional cleaning firm

‘Let your fingers do the walking’ was once the catchcry of calling in the professionals and, although our fingers are now doing the walking in a directory of the digital kind, the premise behind this concept remains true. Sometimes the professionals really are the way to go.

Cleaning

Methamphetamine, animal waste, insect infestations, mould, industrial accidents, contaminated batts, crime scenes, death and odour are all scenarios where your home and health can benefit from the safety and security of a professional eye.
At its simplest, a professional cleaning firm is highly experienced, with the products and techniques to tackle any manner of mess. While at face value, this provides a tidy space for you to get on with life, at a deeper level it gives the safety that comes from professionally removing germs and pathogens that risk your health.
Cleaning is, after all, not always a one size fits all affair and turning a professional hand over to this job can ensure your service is customised to your needs and it can be as simple or as thorough as you choose.
Although the state of cleanliness can be somewhat subjective, varying at least in some degree from person to person, what’s more objective are the sanitation practices and procedures that a professional cleaner adheres to, in order to keep your space germ free.
After all, they make it their business to keep your business clean.

McFadden Accounting

A taxing affair: McFadden Accounting takes the pain out of tax time

Rumour has it the Beatles got taxed at 94 percent in the UK in 1963, rousing George Harrison to write the heartfelt lyrics, ‘Now my advice for those who die, declare the pennies on your eyes…. yeah, I’m the taxman, and you’re working for no one but me’.

McFadden Accounting
Jason McFadden

We haven’t reached 94 percent in New Zealand, but according to Jason McFadden of McFadden Accounting, the New Zealand system is so complex, “people are often paying more tax than they need”.
Take Portfolio Investment Entities (PIE) and KiwiSaver, taxed at a discounted rate determined by your income band. People nominate the tax rate at the outset: if you set your tax rate too high and pay too much, you won’t get the excess tax back; set the rate too low and you have to include your PIE or KiwiSaver income in your tax return – you’ll be taxed in your income band and lose the discounted rate. “A rate set too high or too low sees you penalised. It is quite a prevalent problem,” Jason says.
Buy a new mortgaged home and rent out your retained mortgage-free house, then no claim on mortgage interest payments is possible. However, sell the renter into a company which raises the mortgage, and that company can claim a tax deduction for the interest. Jason says you will incur conveyancing costs, but you can be better off longer term.
With 26 years’ experience, Jason offers a competitive service, travelling to you to see where, why, and how you operate. Jason can see you promptly throughout Christchurch and North Canterbury.

Priority Communications

Creative marketing and communications: the team behind Priority Communications tells us how to stay relevant to customers in a modern world

The average person scrolls through more than 20 metres of content on their smartphone or computer each day – sometimes in just one sitting.

Priority Communications

So it’s more important than ever for businesses to be creative and highly strategic in how they market themselves and communicate with the people that matter to them.
That’s where the team at Priority Communications comes in. This talented crew are experts in creating engaging content and helping organisations communicate at their very best with customers, staff and others.
“Often businesses don’t have the budget to have an in-house public relations team. We’ll work with them to create a marketing communications strategy and then assist them to put it in place,” Priority Communications Director Michele Hider says.
“Several of our clients see us as an extension of their team, asking us to look after everything from their website and social media presence to engaging with media, producing their marketing material and supporting them with crisis communications.
“Others have us on board for one-off campaigns or distinct pieces of work such as writing their annual report, developing a new website or microsite, organising an event, or liaising with the media over a special issue.”
The Priority Comms team are a friendly, down-to-earth bunch, who are just as comfortable meeting clients at home or on a farm, as in a corporate setting. Between them they have backgrounds and qualifications in public relations, journalism, broadcasting and community relations. They work alongside local, well-respected partners for graphic design, web development, photography and videography.
“The first impression people have of your business stems from your marketing and communications, so it is important to do it well,” Michele says. “We get enormous satisfaction out of watching our clients grow and thrive.”

I Do For You

A day dreams are made of: choose I Do For You to plan your perfect day

A beautiful wedding day experience – angst-free, co-ordinated, and a true reflection of a couple’s desires – is never a coincidence, but rather the culmination of weeks, sometimes months, or even years of meticulous planning.

I Do For You
Few appreciate this more than Moira Murphy of I Do For You. With more than ten years of experience planning events, Moira believes planning a wedding should be a joy not ‘something to get through’ and has devoted her career to helping a couple’s wedding day fulfil it’s potential.
“You only do this once so it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. I love my job and it is my privilege to make ‘hard’ easy for you.”
Engaging a wedding planner like Moira can save couples money as all supplier discounts are passed directly onto them. With a flexible service, I Do For You can cater for all elements of the wedding planning process, including partial planning, website creation, on the day support and the full package.

AWESOME HQ, PHOTO BY PEANUT PRODUCTIONS

Savvy shared spaces: fourteen awesome places to co-work in Christchurch

Christchurch is embracing the burgeoning international trend of co-working, with savvy businesses snapping up shared spaces throughout the city. Whether you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, start-up or community group, the clever co-working concept is creative Christchurch at its best.

AWESOME HQ, PHOTO BY PEANUT PRODUCTIONS
AWESOME HQ, PHOTO BY PEANUT PRODUCTIONS

Evil Genius Bar & Lair
Unit B, 1091 Ferry Road
Described as a café, bar and co-working space for ‘outcasts, geniuses, mavericks and misanthropes looking for a cool spot to work, eat and drink… not necessarily in that order’.

Regus
6 Hazeldean Road Addington and Awly Building, 287-293 Durham Street
A statement office, friendly coworking space to hire, a buzzing business lounge and meeting rooms with all mod cons – it’s all here to rent between these two innovative spaces.

ARGO
215 Marine Parade, New Brighton
‘An ecosystem of passionate and driven professionals’, offering desks, an event space, meeting room, parking, in-house events and networking, with beach views and surfboard storage!

Christchurch Community House
301 Tuam St, Christchurch Central
Run by a group of non-profit organisations committed to modelling a strong, connected community, there’s ‘hot desking’ for community groups, and a range of tenancy options and bookable rooms.

C-Lab
270 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central
Desks and meeting rooms for freelancers, entrepreneurs and start-ups in the vibrant Boxed Quarter laneways, it even has a roof-top balcony.

EPIC
76/106 Manchester St, Christchurch Central
A hub of high-tech digital collaboration for some of New Zealand’s brightest high-tech companies, it has meeting rooms, event spaces, a co-working lounge and hosts interesting speakers every week.

The Boardroom
10 Wakefield Ave, Sumner
A shared space for remote-working Sumner residents, it’s located above the local surf shop, with six permanent desks and one hot desk, available between 9am and 5pm.

GreenHouse
146 Lichfield St, Christchurch Central
An innovation hub for start-ups, scale-ups and small businesses with 40 desks, meeting rooms and an open event space for up to 100, offering tailored support, programmes and events.

Awesome HQ
192 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central
Provided by the Ministry of Awesome, this co-working space is designed to support start-ups, freelancers, small businesses and individuals.

Phillipstown Community Hub
39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown
Made up of groups working towards developing a more inclusive community, it has three community lounges and several office spaces.

The Collect
Suite 1, Level 1, 185 Manchester St
Offering desks and meeting rooms, its founders wanted to create a home for freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs to ‘create a diverse community where our workspace continually inspires us’.

XCHC
376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Providing spaces to produce, showcase and share creative works, there’s an onsite licensed café and bar, exhibition and event space, and a loft apartment for visitors and artists in residence.

BizDojo
4 Ash Street, Christchurch Central
There are 150 desks, three meeting rooms and an open event space. Marketed as ‘more than just a desk’, insightful people and programmes are on hand to help businesses grow.

community101
111 Cashel St, Christchurch Central
A free co-working space at BNZ in the CBD offering flexible hot-desks and meeting rooms, available for anyone during business hours.

Molls Dolls

The dames of dance: how the award winning dance group ‘Molls Dolls’ got their collective groove on

Molly Chapman was four years old when she donned her first pair of tap shoes and clicked her way across the floorboards. Born and raised in Dunedin, Molly grew up in a family that was, and still is, very involved in musical theatre. “My sister plays leading roles and directs musicals in Dunedin, and my brother acts and directs too.”

Molls Dolls

Molly taught tap in Dunedin and continued to teach it when she moved to Christchurch, aged 22. Her love of dance was passed onto her son, Hayden Withers, who graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in 2014, and is now New York based, and wowing audiences at Off Broadway. “Hayden’s my
inspiration,” Molly says.
The birth of Molls Dolls came about when the mother of a young girl she taught suggested Molly take a class for adults, as well as preschoolers. The same mother also suggested the name Molls Dolls.
It was while attending a Masters Games event with a softball team, which Molly says was enormous fun, that she became aware that the Masters had a Dancesports category.
She returned home with a plan in mind and wasted no time in putting out the word she was looking to teach tap to adult women. She set up a dance studio in her home and in 2015, Molls Dolls were up and tapping.
In 2016 they competed in their first Masters Games in Dunedin. “Our team comprised six ex-tap dancers. We were in the Formation Team section of the Dancesports and the crowds loved us so much that we returned home wearing silver medals!”
Fired with such a win, Molls Dolls headed to the Masters at Wanganui in January 2017. “But this time there were 11 of us (three teams) and we came away with Gold and Silver.”
On Waitangi weekend of this year, Molls Dolls competed at the Masters, again; by now the three teams had grown to 21 dancers, aged from 37 to 69. They made a clean sweep, with the red and silver team winning the gold medal, the blue team taking out the silver, and the black and gold team getting bronze. They also got the silver medal in Show Dance.
The girls are super industrious when it comes to fundraising. “From May to August we make up to 300 dozen cheese rolls, per run – we’ve even made over 1,200 dozen!”
Next up for these indefatigable dames of dance is the Masters Games in October at Timaru and Wanganui in February, 2019. “We’ve also been invited to an Australasian Competition called Follow Your Dreams, with a qualifying competition in Christchurch in August. If we qualify then we’ll be heading to Melbourne in January 2019.”
Molly says her dancers inspire her and have brought so much fun into her life. “The girls give me so much joy. I don’t think I would have survived the hard times without them; they make Molls Dolls!”
For more information, email molz@xtra.co.nz.

Immigration Express

An integral immigration role: Immigration Express is proud to be helping welcome much-needed workers and their families to NZ

Immigration Express is busy and buzzing like a beehive, and that’s just the way the team likes it. Proud of the role it plays in bringing overseas workers to Canterbury, Immigration Express knows that our rebuild progresses, our factories continue to produce and our cows get milked in part because of its contribution as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for immigration medicals.

Immigration Express
A ‘one-stop-shop’ for immigration medicals.

Portugese, Filipino, Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghai-ese are spoken by the team which is friendly and professional through what can be a complex time for a new migrant and family.
The required X-rays, blood tests, biometrics and medicals are all done right there in the clinic which holds ‘Approved Panel Physicians for New Zealand Immigration’ status, and there is free parking outside the door. Hours are from 7am until 5pm but can be extended by special arrangement. The all-inclusive fee is $470 with no hidden extras and no charges for copies of your results.
Co-owner Daphne Durning says having recently gone up from three radiographers to five, the team is still busy and always looking for more doctors and medical staff. Daphne’s philosophy is for the business to fit around the team’s circumstances and families, not the other way around. “I always wanted a job that fitted around my life and couldn’t find that, so I have ensured it is integral to our own business,” Daphne says.
No wonder it’s such a happy place to visit and a great place to work.