metropol » In The City

Tag: In The City

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


 

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.”