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The Pandemic Pivot: Socially-distanced drinking


An increasingly hygiene conscious world could have been the end of Christchurch man Ian McCormick’s drinking fountain business. Instead, he invented a solution.

 

 

Now, TapWaterWells’ new contactless fountains and water bottle fillers are being installed in schools and public facilities around New Zealand.

The Contactless Hydration Stations are so socially distanced, users can fill their bottle or drink from the faucet with their hands in their pocket, simply stepping on the foot pedal to start the water.

As concerns of COVID-19 hitting our shores grew in March, Ian started fielding calls from his customers – mainly schools – that they were turning off the fountains because they feared the machines required too much hand contact and may transmit the virus.

By the time the country was put into Level 4 lockdown, Ian knew it might be some time before the fountains – which children often put their mouths on – were welcome again.

So, he and his wife Madeleine put on their thinking caps and happened to both come up with the same idea: Pedal-power.

“All I had to do was design the see-saw operated foot pedal instead of the previous push mechanism, which required your hands,” he says.

Ian sent rough sketches of the mechanism to his Computer-aided Design (CAD) designer, who turned them into workable designs from his home.

Ian also uses a small local engineer, who also works solo from his home and who was able to turn the design into reality with some spare materials he had.

“By the time we came out of lockdown, we had the prototype operating and are now in full production.

“They’re now installed in schools in Christchurch, Havelock North, Tauranga and Auckland.

“We also have an order to be installed at a new bus depot in Silverdale in Auckland, and a multi-unit installation at an event centre also in Auckland.”

Ian says if he hadn’t acted quickly, his business could be facing a very uncertain future.

“As soon as the school said they were shutting them down, we knew this could be a problem – so if we wanted to stay in business we had to be ahead of the pack.

“We’re a small local business and were able to react reasonably quickly. This has really opened up opportunities for us, perhaps even overseas.”

Ian says the Contactless Hydration Stations can be used in schools and businesses, as they’re great for hygienically filling bottles and cups.

 

Tap Water Wells and Metropol are giving away two Contactless Hydration Station water bottle fillers. One to a primary school, and one to an ECE. Visit Metropol’s Facebook page to enter!


 

QUICKEST. CLEANEST. GREENEST.


Running since October 2018 next to Burger King at 530B Sawyers Arms Road, Auto Express Wash have fine-tuned the cleaning of your car to an art form. The car wash is manned by real people who walk you through to make sure your wash runs perfectly in a quick 4 minutes!

 

 

Over the past 12 months they have had 100 percent utilisation so there’s no downtime or wait while getting the wash done.

The most technologically advanced car wash company in the country is a big boast and one they are proud of.

They are also green-focused with 80 percent of the water recycled – that’s not done anywhere else in New Zealand.

All you have to do is drive up and align yourself on the conveyer system that will guide you through the 8 stages of automatic washes.

There is a friendly team watching you all the way to make sure everything’s going well.

Their Unlimited Wash Club will not only keep your car clean as much as you want but save your almighty dollar. You’ll save yourself not only time but money as well.

Whether you’re driving a Ferrari Portofino or a Nissan Leaf, the Auto Express Wash will look after your vehicle.

Phone 0800 5333 555, then get out to Auto Express Wash at 530B Sawyers Arms Road, near the airport, from 8am to 6pm and make it the quickest, cleanest and greenest way to keep your car looking great.


 

South Island Summer Escape


Looking for a break away with plenty to see and do this summer? Then explore the South Island where you’ll find majestic landscapes, golden beaches, loads of interesting activities, and fabulous food and wine.

 

 

For the ultimate summer experience, the Nelson Tasman region will blow you away with its natural beauty and range of attractions on offer.

Local hotspots include Kaiteriteri Beach, Mapua & Ruby Coast, Motueka, Moutere, Murchison and Stoke, home to Pic’s Peanut Butter, the National World of Wearable Art & Nelson Classic Cars Museum and McCashins Brewery.

Your itinerary should include a trip to Farewell Spit, the stunning Te Waikoropupū Springs, the markets at Takaka and Golden Bay, and the Lord of the Rings film locations dotted around the area.

After exploring what Nelson and its surrounds have to offer, take the time to visit the Marlborough Sounds; the perfect destination for boating, fishing and diving.

Marlborough is wine country and you’ll find 30 cellar doors available to visit in the region, along with the award-winning Renaissance Brewing, Boom Town Brewing Company, and the first dedicated gin distillery in Marlborough, which opened in May at The Vines Village.

At the head of Queen Charlotte Sound you’ll find Picton, the picturesque little seaside town where you can explore New Zealand’s maritime heritage and marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and wildlife.

A summer escape in the South Island is a must-do this holiday season, with delightful weather, friendly hospitality, heaps of attractions and beautiful sights just waiting to be discovered.