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Decide, commit, succeed: Tabak Business Sales

Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality, said Abraham Lincoln, and Damien Fahey and Sam Cherry of Tabak Business Sales could not agree more.




“If you bring your prized business to the market, you need to have already definitely decided you want to sell,” Damien says. “Long experience shows that vendors who bring a ‘laissez-faire’ attitude to sale, or simply want to test ‘who’s out there’, tend to be disappointed and potentially erode business value.”

The decision to sell can be difficult and prompted by different reasons or situations, and Damien and Sam are always very happy to talk your position through with you, to help you establish where you are really at and what your goals are.

However, fixating solely on money and entering the market with a successful sale predicated on receiving ‘top dollar’ is inadvisable. “Your mindset as a vendor needs to be focused not necessarily on achieving ‘maximum’, but ‘optimum’ – that is, what’s best for all parties. The fairest is not always the highest,” Damien says.

“There are real dangers with a total obsession on an extreme price,” Sam warns. “Once you enter the market, you have crossed a Rubicon of commitment, whether you think you have or not. You naturally lose edge because you stop thinking strategically about the future of the business and then if you don’t sell, can you re-energise?” Damien adds. “A business is a living, breathing, profit-making ecosystem – and business performance is directly impacted by how the owner feels and performs.”

Your business confidentiality could suffer if you simply ‘test the market’; a risk to your intellectual property, staff, customers and suppliers if you are not fully committed to the sale process. Further, if your business sits on the market for a long time, or if you don’t sell, but return to the market more seriously later, your business can look tired and you might walk away with less, all because it was not priced appropriately in the first place.

“Also, do leave some salt on the bread,” Damien says. “It shouldn’t be about squeezing the last dollar from a buyer or triumphantly beating the system; it’s your legacy of leaving something great behind, your staff, clients, suppliers continuing to grow and prosper.”

As well as the vendor, your broker needs to be fully invested to achieve a good result and that’s what you’ll receive at Tabak. “We aren’t a brokerage that collects bulk business listings without genuine intent to sell, and that’s reflected in our unequalled track record of listing to sales success ratio,” Sam says.

Damien and Sam ensure the information clients receive about their business’s value is backed by correct market data, banking and accounting advice. Transparency, accountability and validity of valuation methods are critical because they achieve great sales and avoid disappointed vendors.

Phone Tabak Business Sales on 03 377 7491.



Creating a happier workplace: Braided Foundations

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is key to a happier and more successful workplace, says Catherine Overend of Braided Foundations Ltd. “If we all had more of an understanding of EQ, we could work much more effectively with one another.”



Braided Foundations is made up of a team of experienced counsellors from diverse backgrounds, providing a range of different therapies, including workshops, private counselling for individuals, couples and families; as well as supervision for organisations and workplace managers.

Catherine says there is a real need for people to work on relationships with their colleagues or managing abilities – whether it’s heavy workloads, deadlines, stress or workplace bullying. “It’s great to be able to challenge our own ideas and knowledge about working with other people, instead of making assumptions, so that we can develop better relationships with one another.”

Braided Foundations is contracted with organisations to provide supervision for team leaders, by looking at its systems and helping managers see a different perspective and a healthier approach to any problems, she says. “It’s about drawing from resources within ourselves and building on those strengths.”

From working at ground level to managerial roles and running her own practice, Catherine says her own experience during her extensive career has given her a real appreciation that we must work from the top down. “We need people at these higher levels to have a better understanding and lead by example, so that they can get the best out of their employees, which then trickles down, to become a more effective and understanding workplace.”

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City’s new boutique cinema

The golden days of cinema have returned to Ōtautahi with Lumière Cinema recently lifting the curtain on the new cinematic experience at the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.



The boutique cinema has been created for Christchurch by well-known cinephile Nick Paris, who has worked in Christchurch’s cinema and film industry for 40 years, and Max Hoffman, a former screenwriter who wrote for several major motion picture studios in Hollywood.

Set amongst the heritage features of the restored Gothic Revival buildings, with the indulgent art deco features for inspiration, they have created a space that caters to those with the most discerning taste. The two theatres are decked out with high-back velvet chairs, while a curtain show is reminiscent of Italian grand theatre.

Nick Paris says Lumière will take filmgoers back to the good old days of cinema. “Although the habits of watching moving images are constantly evolving, the social value and pleasure of watching a film in a special place such as ours remains unique and undiminished,” he says.

Lumière also features locally sourced libations and refreshments at one of their little secrets – the Bijou Bar, overlooking the stunning Botanical Gardens. Within the splendid walls of the Arts Centre, Lumière provides a cinema-going experience that is second to none – not just for Christchurch, but for the cinematic world. It’s an experience that’s simply unmissable.



An inspiring line-up

Melinda Gates once said, “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.”



Providing the platform for inspiration and motivation is at the very heart of Chris Korako and Margie Foster’s Inspired Events, which will again motivate and inspire on Thursday 13 June at Addington Event Centre with high tea, bubbles and fabulous speakers.

The theme for Inspiring 2019 is resilience, mental and physical health and wellbeing, which will be captured by the event’s speakers, top nutrition consultant and consultant to the All Blacks Katrina Darry, New Zealand’s leading mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka and author, journalist and television current affairs presenter Miriama Kamo.

Mistress of ceremonies for the event Marg Foster herself is a sport and social motivator. The dynamic mother of two, wife, professional coach, director and sought-after guest presenter, is currently the specialist coach for the Silver Ferns.

Wife, mother of four sons, mentor, board chair and company director, Chris Korako believes that given the opportunity to connect and support each other, women will thrive and reach their potential much sooner both in life and in work; particularly during those times when we need to rediscover our self-purpose.

Philanthropy and community are important to this inspiring pair and their 2018 events raised $6,000 for charity. This year proceeds will support Endometriosis and The Christchurch Aunties (supporting Women’s refuges).

Thursday 13 June, from 2:30-5pm. Individual tickets and tables of 10 are available. To secure your tickets, email direct or visit


Legal firm’s rising stars: Papprills Lawyers

This month Papprills Lawyers celebrates 125 years of providing legal services to the people of Canterbury.



In 1891, Ernest Edward Papprill was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court. In 1894, he established his own law firm in Kaiapoi and, to this day, Papprills has an office serving the North Canterbury community in High Street, Rangiora. Papprills’ main office is now at 71 Gloucester Street, where Partners Jeff McCall and Margaret Smyth, and consultant David Collins, maintain the prestigious reputation of E.E’s legacy. They pride themselves on the supportive, friendly nature of the firm that provides all manner of legal services from Commercial and Residential Property, Trusts, Wills and Asset Protection, through to Employment, Criminal and Family Court matters.

Client relationships are very important at Papprills. They have numerous long-term, intergenerational relationships, including with descendants of E.E. Papprill himself. Many highly qualified and experienced Papprills Partners and solicitors have become Judges, Queens Counsel, and prominent civil servants. Two of Papprills rising stars are Rebecca Maynard and Emma Ioane. Associate Rebecca Maynard was admitted to the bar in 2014, having graduated from the University of Canterbury with degrees in law and arts. After a few years living in London and travelling, she returned to Christchurch and joined Papprills. She enjoys all aspects of law and has an interest in residential property, trusts, wills, asset protection and relationship property.

Solicitor Emma Ioane joined Papprills in 2018. In addition to a law degree from UC, Emma also has degrees in commerce and arts, with a minor degree in Pacific studies, a subject close to her heart. “My father is Samoan and the culture is a big part of my life and my family.” Emma enjoys the opportunities she has to serve the Pacific community in her capacity as lawyer. Her legal focus is on commercial property and leases, trusts and estates, residential property and relationship property. Papprills is a close knit, approachable team with client relationships at the heart of everything they do. Their commitment is to prompt, honest and courteous service.

Lawyers sometimes have reputations of being distant, and even a little scary. Not at Papprills, however, Rebecca says. “We are genuinely focused on connecting with people and understanding their whole situation so we can offer the best ideas, suggestions and service.” The work environment is one that encourages and fosters that. Resourced well and with a positive approach to work life balance, Rebecca and Emma are afforded the time to not only spend time cultivating relationships with clients, but to also pursue their own development, strongly supported by Jeff and Margaret. “It’s almost like a family.”

“It’s great to have people genuinely interested in your personal development, and making sure they are meeting your expectations,” Emma says of the Papprills leadership. This positive, encouraging ethos extends also to Papprills’ clients. “We really go out of our way to build those relationships, and that’s something that makes us stand out from some other firms.”


Paragon Computers

Handing over the reins: Paragon Computers

“It was hard to let go of a business that I set up and nurtured over twenty-five years.”


Paragon Computers


Graeme Walcott speaks from the heart. He founded Paragon Computers in the mid-1990s and built it up from a one-man enterprise to become a trusted IT support company specialising in looking after the IT requirements of customers across a wide range of industries. Graeme has now decided it is time for him to retire and to leave the company’s future growth in the hands of his partner of ten years – Riki Browning.

Graeme will be filling his future days, not with internet systems, VoIP services and Cloud Migration, but also with family, golf, travelling and spending time at his holiday home on the West Coast.  “I began my own computing company at just the right time. It was when IBM PC compatible computers were becoming affordable and available to small businesses. I had completed a computer programming course while working in the UK – back in the days of huge mainframes and punch cards being fed into the machines. That was all to change dramatically with the introduction of the PC.”

At first, Graeme’s focus with Paragon Computers was on building home and business computer systems and selling PCs – the 286, the 386 and the 486 – very familiar numbers to people who developed their computers skills on those early Intel processors.  “Over the years we have supplied most Canterbury high schools with computers. At one stage we supplied an order for 140 PCs from Cashmere High School and Burnside High was another major client, but businesses are our main market.”

Competition soon became fierce in the PC market, with large appliance stores being able to supply cut cost computers. That challenged Graeme to expand and evolve the services offered by Paragon into IT support which is the emphasis of the company today.  “We now have a team of eight highly trained technicians who can provide a tailor-made solution that’s exactly right for a business. Our people have accounted for our success in still being around after twenty-five years and over that time we have fostered great working relationships with our customers. I am very proud of what we have achieved in such a challenging and competitive industry. Other companies that started out simply selling computers and then didn’t diversify have disappeared. We are still here.”

Riki Browning, now the sole owner of Paragon Computers, says the company is in good shape thanks very much to Graeme’s innovative approach and committed customer service. “We have some very loyal customers and I intend to both cement Graeme’s legacy and further develop the company. I am sure Graeme will always be interested in what we do. After all it was his baby in the beginning.”



Dog-gone it!

Four Ave Festivities

A beer-y good spot

A beer-y good spot

There’s a new brewery that’s opened its doors at 8 Bath Street with some great history and a stunning pilsner.

Lighthouse Brewery was started in Nelson by Dick Tout 21 years ago before he retired from the brewery business and listed the business for sale after finishing his last brew in July 2017.

Jason Revell relocated the brewery to Christchurch on Labour weekend in 2018 where he has been brewing for Ferrymead Night Markets, private weddings and now for the bar at the brewery site.

Beers from Lighthouse Brewing Company will soon be available at bars, restaurants and sports clubs.

The brewery site will continue with events and is available for private functions, special brew days and off licence will be available soon.


Dog-gone it!

Dog-gone it!

Dog-gone it!William Wegman: Being Human is on display at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū from 6 April to 28 July 2019.

William Wegman: Being Human, is the artist’s first and only New Zealand exhibition and tracks three decades of relationships between the enigmatic American artist and his iconic dogs.

Man Ray, Fay Ray and her offspring are collaborators in Wegman’s photographic and video projects, which focus upon what it is to be human in the most enduring and deadpan way.

It’s a little bit different and a whole lot of fun so check it out at our local gallery soon.



Monkey-ing around

Monkey-ing around

On 8 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal, The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show.

It’s a unique concert experience with two of the stars of the hit TV show The Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.

Anyone born in the 60s would have grown up with these tunes so it’s going to be a real flashback.

This will be the first time Mike has appeared in New Zealand since 1977, so be assured the shows will highlight many of his compositions, including some that have never been performed live.


Culinary collaboration

Culinary collaborationA culinary collaboration is coming to town! The Pescatore collaboration dinner will be two dinners in Pescatore on 10 May and a second dinner on 11 May, featuring some of Australasia’s best chefs – Cory Campbell, head chef at Vue de Monde in Melbourne, and Peter Gunn from Ides in Melbourne who was a sous chef at Attica in Melbourne and, of course,
Ryan Henley from The George.







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Sweet Société

Heaven on earth: Sweet Société

A vision of heaven is a deeply personal thing, but the odds are that every vision of paradise contains a little corner like Sweet Société. Located in The Colombo, Sweet Société is now under new ownership. Locals whisper it’s a delightful dreamland of fresh and wholesome treats.


Sweet Société


This magical spot uplifts the senses with the elegant colours and sensational smells of fresh locally baked sourdough donuts creamed every day in flavours of banoffee pie, Snickers bar, and strawberry and cream, with new flavours added regularly. The cabinet holds an extensive range of gluten-free options, including New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel lamington cake, freshly baked slices, plus the full range of macrons supplied by J’aime Les Macarons. While Sweet Société takes pride in its deliciously baked fresh goods, it also stocks an expanded range of Harney & Sons teas and frappes to satisfy your thirst.

Only the Rainbow range of gelato is non-local: imported from Italy, they are gluten-free with a range of flavours. Dairy-free sorbets are also available. The bliss is completed with the match made in heaven – the gelato donut! Owner Janette says they love sharing the joy around The Colombo. “Our shop is about providing unique, fresh and inspiring quality products, whether you’re buying for joy, to cheer a friend, celebrate an occasion or a work shout.”

All products can be supplied to order, with diverse options for bulk orders and, as the staff have sampled everything, you can be sure they are experts in making up gift boxes.


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Alcohol Consulting Group

Hospo Help for Alcohol Licensing: Alcohol Consulting Group

A successful hospitality business in the 21st century requires not just the magic mix of taste and style with an acute business sense, but also a deep knowledge of the regulatory environment.


Alcohol Consulting Group


The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, 2012 considerably increased the responsibilities of hospitality owners. With an overarching objective of ‘minimising harm’, owners must show actively how they are doing this. With a combined 30 years’ experience in alcohol licensing, Christchurch’s own Alcohol Consulting Group recognises that the knowledge required to gain and retain an alcohol license can be daunting for small and large businesses alike. Comprising specialists from a regulatory background, Consultants Helene Faass, Al Lawn and Jenn Ramsay have worked within the range of agencies that have an interest in the granting of licences.

Jenn and Helene understand what agencies are looking for from potential licensees. They have seen licences refused and understand why; they know how agencies work, what they are looking for and why they want things done a particular way. By using their knowledge and experience, they can explain to agencies and decision-makers why it might be difficult for a hospitality operator to respond to certain requirements. As well as agency experience, Al Lawn has been a District Licencing Committee member. As a decision-maker, he understands exactly what current decision-makers are looking for.

In their previous roles, Helene, Jenn and Al have seen people struggle with what was being asked for and needing help. Working nationwide, the team can travel to clients at their premises. Seeing hospitality premises on site and in action enables them to give the best possible advice. Recognising that office hours do not apply in hospitality, they are available as and when they are needed. They bring a 360-degree approach to licencing. They’ll help with making applications, training staff and all aspects of risk management, including alcohol management plans.

They understand how to balance regulatory requirements with success in hospitality. “We minimise your compliance costs and help you to fully focus on the entertainment side of your business,” Helene says. “We perform a liaison role as well,” Jenn adds. “We work with the 2012 Act daily and we know it inside out, so we can help legal teams get to grips with paperwork and hearing preparation to get good results faster.”

“We also strongly advise developers to consult from the outset about how design affects licencing,” Al says. “It will save you money and provide you with certainty.” Alcohol Consulting Group tailors assistance to the assessed risk of each premises, so that clients don’t end up paying more than they need.



Food, fun & flicks

Food, fun & flicks: American Express Openair Cinemas

A luxurious big screen cinema experience under the stars in the central city is no longer an unattainable dream, with American Express Openair Cinemas hosting all your favourites next month.


Food, fun & flicks


The South Island’s inaugural event last year proved such a hit that Christchurch city-goers have the opportunity again to watch the latest new releases by starlight. Held at Rauora Park, it’s so much more than movies, with an exciting festival programme of food, fun and flicks.

With 10 events happening at Christchurch’s Rauora Park, the festival vibes will be in full swing every weekend with an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.
Punters have no need to feel lonesome on their night out, as film fanatics and doggy owners are invited to bring their furry friends to any screening.

This year’s programme is an exciting mix of box office hits and critically acclaimed titles including A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Aquaman and Bumblebee, while a special selection of family friendly titles, including How to train your Dragon 2, Mary Poppins Returns and Instant Family will ensure there is something for everyone.

Haagen Dazs will be providing ice cream scoops for film loving troops. Fear not, the refreshments are taken care of too thanks to national partners Kaiser Beer and Giesen Wines. Aperol Spritz will also be tickling Christchurch movie-goers’ taste buds.


Tickets start at $14 and are on sale now via