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Female entrepreneur event kicks off


A number of New Zealand’s leading lights in the purpose-driven entrepreneurial space are coming together to offer Kiwi women thought provoking, possibly life-changing, action packed events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

 

 

The March events are guaranteed to inspire, engage, connect and help participants better understand their true purpose and how important this is, not only for everyday living, but specifically for entrepreneurship.

With ‘purpose’ listed by the New Zealand Institute of Directors as the second most important issue for directors in 2020, international businesswoman and founder of Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Catherine van der Meulen was inspired to run the event series for current and would-be Kiwi entrepreneurs.

She had met many during her business travels since moving to New Zealand from Sydney last year.

Each event is jam-packed with keynote speakers, networking opportunities, hands-on sessions, including a passion with purpose workshop, networking connector session and a range of inspiring speakers from Kiwi female entrepreneurs walking the talk.

“There are more Kiwi women in New Zealand than ever before launching their own businesses and this event series will champion these women, offering advice, training and coaching to help them reach the next level,” explains specialist trainer and coach, and B Corp Ambassador for New Zealand, Tim Jones from ‘Grow Good’.

“The Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose events will also inspire and support women who need help taking their first steps to turn a business dream into a reality.”

The Christchurch event is being held Wednesday, 11 March at the PwC Centre, Level 4, 60 Cashel Street from 9am-1pm.

Tickets cost $150, plus booking fee, with $50 from the sale of each ticket going to the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand to support the Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific.


 

Head into the city


The summer break, for some people, means days and sometimes even weeks to fill. Arguably, there’s only so many times you can go to the beach or trudge the lengths of your local malls. We’ve put together a few of our favourite hotspots to check out this summer.

 

 

  1. Watch This Space:

    You may have noticed bursts of colouring popping up around the city, especially post-earthquake.With something as unfortunate as having vacant and empty spaces lying around the city, something positive came out of it.

    Christchurch is becoming known as the street art capital and it’s easy to see why.

    Watch This Space is a charitable trust that provides tours, showcasing all the street art, murals and graffiti around the evolving city.

    While the tour is roughly two hours – you don’t have to commit to the whole thing.

    One of the great things about this tour is that it’s free! But if you want to make a small donation to the trust, it will be warmly welcomed.


  2. An act of solidarity

    In a world where everyone is looking down at their phones, this public artwork may just make you want to look up.

    In the three years following the earthquakes, a single streetlamp from 21 cities around the world was gifted to Christchurch as an act of solidarity.The public can walk along Park Terrace on a trail of discovery.


  3. The Crate Escape

    If you’re wanting to challenge yourself this summer, head to CodeBreakers on Colombo Street in Sydenham or St Asaph in central city.Choose your own adventure with six themed rooms – each with their own storylines such as the Magic Portal, Art Heist or the lost hut of Antarctica.


Pasifika play returns


Twenty-five years ago, Pasifika play Fresh Off the Boat debuted before New Zealand audiences; now, a new generation can experience this ground-breaking play at The Court Theatre from 19 October to 9 November.

 

 

The story follows Charles as he emigrates from Samoa to 1990s Christchurch for a new life in Aotearoa, but he soon finds the fantasy weaved for him comes with a few holes.

Directed by original cast member Tanya Muagututi’a, her two daughters, Talia-Rae and Josephine Mavaega, take on the same roles that Tanya and her sister, Mishelle Muagututi’a, played in the original production!

“It’s special because I’m working with my daughters – and they’re playing the sisters that I played with Mishelle 25 years ago! Who knew that was ever going to happen? When I was in the production, I wasn’t even thinking about children… it’s amazing,” Muagututi’a says.

Completing this family affair is Tanya’s husband, Posenai Mavaega, creating sound design, with her brother-in-law, Tony De Goldi, designing the set.

Written by Oscar Kightley (bro’Town; Sione’s Wedding) and Simon Small, the play’s 1993 roaring success saw it tour New Zealand, followed by Australia and Samoa, with Muagututi’a playing the role of Ula from 1993 – 1995.

The cast also features Sela Faletolu-Fasi, Jake Arona, Roy Snow and Albany Peseta, all of whom performed in the rehearsed reading last year at The Court Theatre as part of New Zealand Theatre Month celebrations.

Following its success, the Artistic team at The Court decided to revive the play for a full season. “Fresh Off the Boat is, historically, an incredibly important Pasifika play,” Artistic Director Ross Gumbley says. “It still works brilliantly and is perhaps even more poignant now than when it was written – as was shown when it was the star piece of writing in our 2018 Indelible Ink season.”

Described as hilarious but also sobering, this Pasifika play tells a story that culturally challenges us as Kiwis, yet is universal; it’s a story about family, culture shock and looking out for each other. With throwbacks to the ‘90s aplenty, audiences will love the comedy but can also expect to be taken on quite an affecting journey.

For bookings, phone 0800 333 100 or www.courttheatre.org.nz.

 

 


 

Hottest happenings


There are some exciting things on the horizon as the inner city comes back to life. Nicholas Henare checks out some of spring’s finest.

 

 

The Riverside Market is opening on 30 September, just in time for spring, and is set to become the centre of food and activity in the city; a place where the people of Canterbury can come together and celebrate our amazing city and enjoy an incredible collection of local businesses. There’s a slice of the amazing cultures that make up our Canterbury community with flavours from around the world, including Argentinean, Greek, Chinese, French, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Turkish, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Turkish. There’s also a fantastic selection of local businesses in the surrounding laneways ranging from gifts and fashion to streetwear and tattoos!

 

Photography by Nay Hauss

 

One event close to my heart is Hard-ly Speaking. An event aimed at changing the conversation for men in Ōtautahi, the format is simple: over the course of the evening, six diverse men speak for four minutes each. There are no hard and fast rules – just a unifying belief in the value of celebrating honesty and vulnerability, and of course, locally provided eats and drinks in an epic location. The last event saw men sharing a frank discussion about topics that we often shelve due to their sensitivity. The event is on at Christchurch BMW, 104 Moorhouse Avenue, this Thursday 19 September from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are $55 and worth every cent. Guest speakers are Tyla Harrison Hunt, Isaac Gieson, Colin Mansbridge, Trevor Hone, Mike Brown and Gary Moore.

 

Photography by Malia Rose Photography

 

On Thursday 24 October, a fine selection of North Canterbury wineries from across the region are coming to the Christchurch Town Hall for the annual Taste North Canterbury – a springtime extravaganza celebrating the best of locally grown drops. Head along to experience incredible wine, delicious artisan eats, top notch tunes from local DJs and a whole lot of fun – get hyped on being part of New Zealand’s coolest little wine region! This awesome event is a great way to support local producers and get a taste of the beautiful wine being made right on our doorstep. Taste North Canterbury is for everyone – serious wine fanatics, foodies, and people who get buzzed on local experiences! From 5pm to 8pm at The Limes Room, Christchurch Town Hall. Tickets $49.

 

 

Make meetings interactive: Ricoh


The late Karl Lagerfeld said “I don’t do meetings,” but then of course he didn’t have a bespoke meeting room solution complete with a state-of-the-art Interactive Whiteboard created for him by Ricoh New Zealand.

 

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Finance Operations Manager Giles Beal (L) and Ricoh NZ Senior Account Manager Jason Carter

 

In a thriving business, meetings have to happen and Ricoh knows how to maximise productivity through design and technology. Every meeting room is different and every company is different, so Ricoh’s solutions are tailored to ensure that technology, room size, rate of usage, natural and artificial light, acoustics and table size dovetail for best efficiency and enjoyment.

Ricoh’s core product is the amazing Interactive Whiteboard. To see it in action is to realise you need it and once installed, you’ll wonder how the business functioned without it. Picture an iPad in table-top size that also functions as a whiteboard you can write on with your finger. Then picture the whiteboard function overlaying the data, plans or images on your screen, enabling you to alter, design, highlight and rearrange with a fingertip. You can save work straight to your computer, print and email instantly from the screen, video call and conference meeting rooms all over the country – it is easy and instinctive to use.

The applications for the Interactive Whiteboards are almost endless. Often wallmounted, the Interactive Whiteboards can also be placed on a stand and used table-top style, which is invaluable for architects, designers, engineers and planners. They are ideal for companies where client presentations are really important, perfect for small and large group training and for standard meetings. “At Ricoh we now have so much better interaction with our own head office and regional branches using this technology,” Karen Heydon says.

The Ricoh team recently installed an Interactive Whiteboard for the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, which has since ordered another for a second space. “As the home and voice of Canterbury business, The Chamber offers around 100 events and 300 training courses every year,” Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Leeann Watson says.

“With many of our trainers favouring a workshop approach to encourage engagement, the multi-functionality aspect of the whiteboards has been really important. This means that we don’t need to clutter up our training spaces with a range of different solutions – we can easily use the board for everything from Skype to presentations as well as just for writing on. Being internet-enabled in particular makes a huge difference, as our trainers often use this feature to show instructional videos and can navigate websites easily with a touch of the screen. It’s also really user-friendly so even the least tech-savvy people can use it.”

The Chamber has been working with Ricoh for a number of years. “We have been impressed with the way they have taken the time to learn about our organisation and our specific business requirements. They have been able to work with us to provide a fit-for-purpose IT solution that ticks all of the boxes – taking care of everything from photocopiers to IT support and troubleshooting. Their ability to get any issues sorted is integral to us being able to continue to support and empower local business,” Leeann adds.

 


 

Happy Birthday Hilton!


There are some fantastic hotels in the Garden City – The George with its Pescatore and 50 Bistro, Rendezvous with its height, the Heritage Christchurch with OGB, Distinction Christchurch Hotel with Gumption Restaurant & Bar and Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton with its history.

 

 

I was at the Hilton recently, reminiscing about an interview I did with the late great Jon Gadsby. He had reflected on the Chateau’s glorious past and we both shared stories of mischief and mayhem.

This year Hilton is celebrating 100 years of history as the world’s first hotel chain. Hilton’s legacy began on 31 May 1919, when New Mexico-born Conrad Hilton travelled to Texas with plans to buy a bank. While that deal fell through, Hilton’s pioneering spirit did not falter – he instead bought the hotel where he had been staying.

Through the times, good and bad, Conrad continued adding new hotels to his collection, becoming the first hotelier to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. Soon, Hilton hotels would circle the globe, introducing and popularising innovations that in many ways created the modern hospitality industry. This includes now customary amenities such as room service, a central reservation system, airport hotels and the much-loved mini bar.

We’ve lost so much built heritage in Christchurch, so it’s nice to reflect on the history we do have.

I’m sure Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton has a few more good stories in her yet. Happy birthday Hilton!

 


 

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.”

Visit www.braidedtherapies.co.nz for more information.

 


 

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 inspireatevents@gmail.com or visit www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/inspired-events-ltd-17051713267