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A cut above the rest: Douglas Furniture


Making the most of the lockdown, Douglas Furniture took out the mirror to reflect on its processes and how the team can better improve them. After operating in Christchurch for more than 65 years and being one of the more established joineries in New Zealand, they managed to find uncharted territory. We caught up with Howard Nossiter about their latest expedition in the furniture world.

 

 

The business is more commonly known for providing bespoke joinery and light steel fabrication. Capabilities and experience “cover anything from built-in and standalone residential and commercial joinery, through to a complete design and fit-out service,” Howard says.

But there is something very exciting in the woodworks for this beloved local, a range that will set to put them a cut above the rest.

“We’re in the process of finishing an environmentally friendly furniture range, name yet to be determined,” Howard explains.

What sets this range apart from what is already on offer is where the materials come from.

The range of furniture will be generated from their offcuts, creating a truly unique and bespoke offer.

The team at Douglas Furniture noticed that, because of the truly bespoke nature of their business, “there were increasing volumes of off cuts destined for landfill – it has become a challenge in terms of finding a home for them”.

So, what better way was there to rehome unused materials than bringing to life their latest escapade.

The range includes, “Standard designs where clients can pick and choose what they want – feet, handles, everything that was going into landfill”.

You may be thinking, why now? “We are constantly questioning our practices and how we can reduce impact on the environment,” Howard says.

“Now more than ever, there is a similar push from our commercial and corporate clients.

So, with this range you’ll be told the value of how much landfilled space each piece saved, upon purchase”.

This awesome new idea definitely has our green tick of approval!


 

New tourism activity drops: GCH Aviation


There’s a fun new local activity that’s set to drop, giving the Canterbury tourism industry a much-needed boost.

 

 

GCH Aviation, the parent company of Garden City Helicopters, is partnering with Skydiving Kiwis to bring skydiving to Sumner Beach,

“This is a totally new product in New Zealand tourism and that’s a great place to be,” says GCH Aviation Group Marketing Manager Caroline Blanchfield.

“Some might think that this is a strange time to bring a new product to market, but this is exactly the time to innovate and launch a new tourism experience to put Christchurch on the domestic and later the international map. It really will appeal to Kiwis looking for a new thrill,” Caroline says.

Skydiving Kiwis has been a successful tourism venture in Ashburton for over a decade and hopes to bring skydiving into Christchurch as well as Hanmer Springs.

Director Lee Barraclough says the award-winning tourism operation has been working hard on these two projects for nearly two years and is now in the final stages of being able to take Cantabrians skydiving over the Sumner coastline.

“We only plan four flights a day at the start and that small section of beach will only be cordoned off for 20 minutes at a time, before other people can use it again,” says Lee, who is a resident of Sumner and wants to make ensure his operation becomes a treasured asset to the suburb and not a burden.

“It is our aim for Sumner residents to enjoy the skydivers, but also for other businesses to benefit from the visitors we bring into Sumner.”

While the New Zealand tourism industry is fearing the near future without foreign visitors, Lee is confident the domestic appetite for adventure will enable many adventure activity businesses to create a sustainable and innovative business model.

“We can reimagine our tourism industry. Instead of competing, we can collaborate, like with the Adventure Park, to offer a compelling package to visit Canterbury, or for Cantabrians to enjoy their own backyard.”


 

Time to relax! – Beauty Progress


The universe seems intent on ensuring that we Cantabrians never have a dull moment as we hurtle towards the third decade of the 21st century. While on the plus side of the ledger we are never twiddling our thumbs, wondering what to think about, or searching problems to solve; the pace of change and the idea of a future very different to one we had planned takes a toll on our wellbeing.

 

 

Stress and anxiety, or perhaps simply the mechanics of a jerry-rigged home office on the dining table is having an effect on the way we hold our neck and shoulders, setting us up for pain and stiffness.

At Beauty Progress, an extensive menu of authentic Thai massage therapy is available from trained Thai masseuses Anne and Orn, to help you regain full range of movement, reduce pain and completely relax.

Owner and Beauty Therapist Wendy Barker can help you choose the right massage, and if dry skin or breakouts have been your lockdown issue, Wendy selects from the incredible range of Gernétic therapeutic products to create a facial that is tailored to your skin and its issues.

Gernétic skin care products work at cellular level, stimulating the natural healing capabilities of the skin.

At Beauty Progress hygiene is always a priority.

“Under normal daily routines in our clinic we use absolutely the best practice cleaning and sterilising routines, however during this time we are following our beauty industry guidelines for sanitising within the clinic. You can rest assured that you are in safe hands,” Wendy says.


 

The Influencers: Joanna Norris


 

ChristchurchNZ Chief Executive

We’ve got a one billion dollar opportunity waiting for us.

One billion is the amount spent on overseas tourism that Canterbury has the opportunity to retain, according to a report from Deloitte.

The figure is calculated by estimating how much outbound tourists spend overseas and apportioning this to each region, based on population.

This produces an estimate of how much spend could be redirected into the domestic market.

If Kiwis who would usually holiday overseas redirect some of their spending locally we have the opportunity to soften the economic blow to the visitor sector, keep businesses open and people in jobs – to the tune of one billion dollars.

Pre COVID-19, the 8,800 businesses in Canterbury’s tourism sector employed close to 70,000 people and contributed $4.9 billion to Gross Domestic Product – tourism represented one of the largest potential areas for growth.

It’s not hard to see why – Ōtautahi Christchurch has a growing reputation as a basecamp for exploration where visitors can explore nature’s playground from surf to summit, but also enjoy the flavour of NZ’s newest city and the gastro, cultural and scenic smorgasboard in between.

Over the coming months ChristchurchNZ will be working closely with local and national partners to leverage these unique selling points, to showcase our city and region to locals and invite Kiwis to explore all we have to offer.

We know our corner of New Zealand is one of the best and we’re ready to welcome visitors here and show them the spirit and beauty of Ōtautahi.


 

The Influencers: Marian Johnson

 


 

Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer

I recently took part in a discussion with NZ innovation community leaders where everyone shared their thoughts on what made New Zealand a uniquely innovative country poised to thrive and lead in a post-COVID world.

I came to New Zealand 12 years ago having married a young Kiwi on his OE in London.

Like so many Kiwis, as soon as it was time for family, Mr. J was ready to come home.

When I first got here, I knew that NZ was beautiful but I had no idea at all that it was a political and social innovator.

Establishing the women’s right to vote, an eight-hour work day and state-funded pensions are all early symbols of this progressive nature.

Another superpower is our size. If NYC and London have six-degrees of separation, New Zealand has one.

The ease of collaborating and doing business here allows us to work nimbly and adaptively. This is a huge advantage.

In terms of values, Kiwis seem to prize equality above all social values.

Our startups aren’t aiming to be the newest Silicon Valley either.

I believe that our equality edge will guide our startups to create innovation that is good for the world not just good for shareholders.

And there’s no better time than the present when our geographical isolation – in a world of Zoom calls and online investment pitches – is almost negligible.

NZ based high growth startups and innovators, your time is now.


 

The Influencers: Leeann Watson


 

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

Over the last few months, we have seen a collective, community response to COVID-19.

We have all stayed home, maintained social distancing, handwashed and sanitised for our own health as well as the health of others in our community.

With the curve flattened, now is the time to look at what we can all do to promote the good health of our local business community and the livelihoods of those same people.

There are various ways of doing this, such as shopping local, with consumers supporting businesses.

There is an opportunity too for businesses to support other businesses through purchasing goods and services locally, as well as advocating for local and central Government procurement of New Zealand made products and services where the funds go back into our local and national economy, not offshore.

There is also the concept of ‘buying forward’ – buying shop vouchers, a card for ten coffees or a meal, or paying for a future car service or hair appointment now – to help stimulate the economy and generate cashflow for the businesses that so desperately need it.
This is particularly important in Canterbury given the challenging operating environment businesses have faced in the last decade.

It’s not just the financial livelihood of our community that this will help, it’s also the mental health of those around us.

We know that regular employment also provides structure and routines, a sense of purpose and worth, networks and connections that play a key role in the overall wellbeing of our community, and role modelling for our future generations and workforce.


 

Think Pink


Broadcaster and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ambassador Stacey Morrison is encouraging Cantabrians to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this July, to help raise urgent funds needed to support patients and save lives.

In the Canterbury DHB area, about 400 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Nationally, that number is 3,300 and, with more than 650 of these women still dying every year, the need for support is greater than ever.

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have exacerbated this issue even further, with around 400 women who would have received a breast cancer diagnosis missing out on getting mammograms or a referral from their GP, delaying their ability to start treatment.

Proceeds from Pink Ribbon Breakfast will go towards helping these women get the support they need, help those already undergoing treatment, as well as helping to drive early detection and ground-breaking research to prevent further deaths.

Stacey Morrison lost her mum to breast cancer aged just 45.

“I’ve been inspired by the resilience shown by so many as Covid-19 became another issue to deal with, on top of their cancer treatment. Breast cancer touches so many Kiwi families and I feel for them, especially during this stressful time.

“As we rally together as a nation, I’m also hoping we can show some love for people affected by this devastating disease. Hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast is a fun and easy way to let patients know they don’t have to face breast cancer alone. It’s a fantastic way to raise awareness about breast health and honour the ones who have survived or the ones we’ve lost. All while raising much-needed funds for this important cause – which are needed now more than ever.”

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Chief Executive Evangelia Henderson says, “Breast cancer hasn’t stopped for Covid-19 but it has had a huge impact on our work”.

“Although Pink Ribbon Breakfast wasn’t able to happen in May like it usually does, we’re thrilled to be bringing it back for July. If the last few months have shown us anything, it’s that there are many different ways we can still be together as a community. Pink Ribbon Breakfast is all about Kiwis coming together, in a way that works for them, for one cause: to bring us a step closer to our vision of zero deaths from breast cancer.

“Through all of the upheaval, we are still making sure people get the best possible support during their treatment and recovery, spreading the word about the importance of early detection, and relentlessly pushing for scientific breakthroughs. The money raised will go towards this life-saving work. So, please get involved in whatever way you can – your support will make a real difference.”

For more information and to register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, visit the website.


 

Creating something exquisite: Canterbury Jewellers


Canterbury Jewellers has earned a reputation for fine craftsmanship and honesty, in a trade where the client relies on information that is true and the quality of workmanship is high.

 

 

Providing these two key attributes has allowed Canterbury Jewellers to be one of Christchurch’s leading repair, alteration and handcrafted jewellery manufacturers, since the company was established 35 years ago.

Responding to an increasing desire from clients for a more personalised look, Canterbury Jewellers is fully equipped to create something incredibly unique.

It may be traditional with lots of fine detail, or bold and modern.

With their experienced and fully qualified team of on-site artisans, clients are invited to contribute to the creative process as little or as much as they like and are encouraged to visit at various stages of manufacture.

Phone Canterbury Jewellers on 03 366 7737 or email info@canterburyjewellers.co.nz with any enquires.


 

Foodie favourites: Bangers ‘n’ Bacon


Bangers ‘n’ Bacon was born organically when Pete Nolan decided to create additive-free meat products for his children, whose food allergies meant sausages and bacon were banned in their household.

 

 

Not wanting to face a life without some of his favourite foods, Pete began producing different recipes, with the challenge of not using any gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, corn, egg, tomatoes, artificial preservatives, nitrates, colourings or flavourings.

The end result – after four years of trialling and testing – was a delicious range of low allergy products the whole family could enjoy.

Minimally processed and created using only top quality, locally sourced meat, herbs and special homemade seasoning blends, the low carb products are also a popular choice for those on keto or similar diets.

Pete’s family and friends were also very impressed with the products, with some commenting that the sausages ‘taste so good you don’t need sauce’ – which became the business’s tagline.

“If any product we create doesn’t meet this one simple criteria, then it won’t make the cut,” say Pete and his wife Angela, who opened for business in December last year.

Sausage products to choose from include Original Pork, Peppered Pork, English breakfast, Italian Pork and Beef (in mild or hot ‘n’ spicy), and Chipotle Pork and Beef.

The nitrate-free bacon products, available in streaky and loin cuts, are cured using just salt and raw sugar (one percent), then beautifully smoked on a charcoal barbecue with a blend of apple and hickory woods.

With an array of additional products and more in the pipeline, Pete says they are always open to feedback.

“We constantly have the customer in mind, with everything we do.”

Deemed an essential business, Bangers ‘n’ Bacon continued operating throughout the lock-down.

Produced from a factory in Ferrymead, customers can order online, pick up, or find them at a range of markets.

For more information, check out the website, email orders@bangersnbacon.com and follow on Facebook.


 

The Influencers: Joanna Norris


 

ChristchurchNZ Chief Executive

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented.

If we are to save jobs and businesses, get the economy going again and ensure Christchurch is well positioned for the future, we need to do so together.

We have a chance to usher in a sustainable future by working together to save jobs, to support local businesses and to reposition Christchurch to deliver inter-generational wellbeing through a smart, sustainable and future focused economy.

It will take a collective commitment across the community and public and private enterprise to make this happen.

We need to balance necessary and urgent activity with longer-term recovery planning to usher in a sustainable future.

Our early economic recovery planning encourages people to think about working within three horizons: response, recovery and ultimately, repositioning the city for a stronger future.

In this early stage, one of the most powerful tools we have to hand is consumer spending.

Consumption accounts for 60 percent of economic activity, this means how you choose to spend your income makes a difference.

The money you spend on everyday items doesn’t just go to the business owner. It trickles through the community, it goes to workers, it goes to suppliers.

It keeps people in jobs.

I realise not everyone can spend and times will be tough for many.

But, if you are one of the lucky ones to come through COVID-19 with a job and your health, now is the time to spend locally to support businesses and keep people in their jobs.