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Maori Television's Te Kāea starts broadcasting from its new home in East Tāmaki

16 August 2017


After more than a decade in Newmarket Maori Television staff are heading south for the new headquarters in East Tamaki.

Interim chief executive Keith Ikin says the new site will be more accessible to the Maori community.

The converted office building offers more space for the service's 160 staff, but the board is still considering options for building a studio.

  

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New developments for Highbrook Business Park

11 August 2017


Goodman (NZ) Ltd have announced $70.5 million of new investment at Highbrook Business Park, including Gateway Warehouse Developments earmarked for $46 million of development spending.

“It continues the recent momentum at this key estate which is expected to be over 90% complete within three years.” said Goodman CEO, John Dakin.

 

Highbrook Site Plan showing location of new developments

 

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Breakfast with Hon Paula Bennett

17 July 2017

 

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett addressed a full room of GETBA members at our latest breakfast event on Friday. Her speech focused on the national poll but came without hard-hitting criticism of her National Party's opponents.

Bennett covered some important local issues including road transport connections, where she talked about the upcoming East-West road connection that will eventually improve links from the business areas of Onehunga and Penrose to SHs 1 and 20, and that the "next stage" of those links will be to extend them further east. 

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Mercedes-Benz Botany open for business 

3 July 2017

 

New Zealand's largest Mercedes-Benz dealership is now open for business on Ti Rakau Drive, an area identified as a growth corridor for automotive retail. A second showroom will be home to an Armstrong Hyundai dealership.

The Mercedes-Benz dealership has actually been open for business since the start of June and has sold nearly 60 cars. "While a number of dealerships have been represented in the Botany and East Tamaki area over the years, it is still lacking a central automotive hub that areas such as Newmarket and Greenlane have developed. We are confident that the Ti Rakau area will now become that central point," Armstrong Group owner Rick Armstrong explained.

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Z Energy recycling initiative piloted in East Tamaki

19 June 2017

 

A new Waste Minimisation initiative, which is to be piloted on Highbrook Drive, was announced by Z Energy last week. 117 of their retail sites are installing new forecourt recycling facilities with a grant of $218,000 from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund. The project aims to reduce the amount of waste Z Energy send to landfill by 40%.  Trial bins are being piloted at three sites in Auckland with more to be rolled out around the country later this year.

The Waste Minimisation Fund aims to boost New Zealand’s performance in waste minimisation, by reducing waste and increasing the recovery of useful resources from waste. Further information on the fund can be found here.

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Armstrong Motor Group confirms Hyundai for new Botany dealership

15 May 2017

 

One of the world’s fastest growing brands, Hyundai, is set to join Mercedes-Benz as the second brand occupying New Zealand’s largest dealership in East Auckland, creating over 100 jobs. Built on a large 11,000 m2 site at 279 Ti Rakau Drive and boasting nearly 5,500m2 of floor space, the dealership was always built for two brands, with separate facilities for each.

It is expected that Mercedes-Benz will open in early June, with Hyundai following shortly after. The dealership has been in the making for two years and will trade as East Auckland Hyundai.

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Goodman NZ announces Highbrook developments

22 March 2017

 

Goodman Property Trust have announced a package of new developments at Highbrook Business Park totalling $44 million. The new projects will add an additional 60 apartments, 3,009 sqm of high quality office space and 324 car parks to The Crossing, intensifying its use and providing capacity for future development stages. 

With a current value in excess of $1 billion, Highbrook Business Park is GMT’s largest investment asset. Around 70% of the way through its planned development the 110 hectare estate already features more than 40 buildings, providing over 380,000 sqm of warehouse and office space.

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New Years’ honour for local businesswoman

9 February 2017

 

Congratulations to Ranjna Patel QSM, JP, who has been made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to health and the Indian Community. She has been the driving force behind Nirvana Health Group (formerly East Tamaki Healthcare), one of New Zealand's largest Primary Health networks with more than 30 medical clinics, servicing 190,000 registered patients from predominantly lower socio-economic communities, which she and her husband started as a sole GP practice in 1977.

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Minister visits new Botany dealership under construction

9 December 2016

 

Minister of Transport Simon Bridges has visited the construction site for Armstrong Motor Group’s new dealership at 279 Ti Rakau Drive, which is due to open in May 2017.

Armstrongs have been working with Ti Rakau Properties, part of the United Industries Group, to develop the 1.1 hectare site, which is to be the largest retail dealership building in New Zealand and will provide the genesis of a new automotive precinct for East Auckland.

 

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East Tamaki Healthcare co-founder wins 'Visionary Leader' award

6 December 2016

 

Co-founder of East Tamaki Healthcare Ranjna Patel has been named winner of the Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader award for 2016.

Ranjna and her husband, Dr Kantilal Patel, took over the one-doctor East Tamaki Clinic in 1977 and have successfully expanded the business since then. Now renamed Nirvana Health Group, it operates 35 clinics, 29 pharmacies and a call centre, employs 1060 staff including 300 doctors and more than 200 nurses, and conducts 1.2 million consultations a year or up 4000 consultations a day. Ranjna also created a groundbreaking domestic violence programme, the Nirvana Foundation, in 2014.

 

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Winners named in 2016 New Zealand International Business Awards

25 November 2016

 

Congratulations to East Tamaki’s GMP Pharmaceuticals Group, winner of the Excellence in Operations and Supply Chain category in the 2016 New Zealand International Business Awards. Run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise with strategic Partner ANZ, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the awards, and winners were announced at a gala dinner on 24 November.

 

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New southern public transport network from 30 October 2016

25 October 2016

 

Changes to southern bus routes into East Tamaki including 31, 352 and 353 will take place from 30 October. The changes provide better connectivity to Highbrook and East Tamaki business precincts, addressing the needs of workers.

For those companies with staff that commute by bus, we encourage you to advise your employees to check their bus route and timetable for any changes.

 

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Flexi Cards expands into credit card market 

19 October 2016

 

East Tamaki based Flexi Cards (previously known as Fisher & Paykel Finance) has linked up with Mastercard to provide a Q Mastercard and hopes to double its consumer finance business in the next three years.

In a move away from the company's merchandiser-only arrangement, users can sign up for the card online and make purchases anywhere. The card gives users 90 days interest free to pay off their debt. Greg Shepherd, Flexi Cards New Zealand chief executive, said that Flexi Cards was looking to bring other innovation to the New Zealand market in the future.

 

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