AT decision to reduce Highbrook Drive speed limit
It is very disappointing that Auckland Transport has ignored the feedback of local businesses and dropped the speed limit of Highbrook Drive (motorway to the Crossing intersection) from 70kph to 60kph. It is a dual carriageway, the national speed limit for which is 70kph.
Highbrook Drive was originally meant to be a freight route but with the growth of Flat Bush has become a key arterial route for the movement of both freight and people. The road self regulates at peak times when it is congested but flows relatively well at 70kph during the day.
This decision will take effect from 30/6/20 and impact negatively on business productivity.
Great prospects for ATT graduates
42 apprentice tradespeople recently graduated from Apprenticeship Training Trust’s programme that recruits, employs and places apprentices into host businesses, aiming to provide trade training opportunities for Kiwis and deliver quality tradespeople to the construction industry.
Chief Executive Helen Stephens says these graduates will be sought after as they enter a booming industry facing a skills gap that “continues to widen with an estimated 80,000 more people needed in the sector overall”.
“They are already well set up having earned through their 4 or 5 years of training, and have the prospects of being a busy employee, or a business owner and leader in the future.” Earning during training helps pay for house deposits, build up Kiwisaver, settle down and enjoy leisure pursuits.
ATT Graduation is one of the largest annual gatherings of tradespeople.
Local businessman inducted into the NZ Business Hall of Fame
Sir Noel Robinson, founder of manufacturing company Robinson Industries, has been inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. Sir Noel has been involved in driving many visionary projects, including Highbrook Business Park, Vodafone Events Centre and Vector Wero Whitewater Park.
His work has had a very strong community focus and he has dedicated a lot of his time to philanthropic causes.
Plastic Free July
The main kaupapa behind Plastic Free July is to choose to refuse single-use plastic for one month to see how much you can reduce your waste. This times well with the ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand which came into effect 1 July 2019.
Local company Ecobags has a range of bags and packaging options including paper, compostable, recyclable, reusable that meets the new requirements of the new legislation.
Local company wins 'Employer of the Year' at the Best of the Best Westpac Auckland Business awards
East Tamaki company Link2 Group Limited was declared Winner of the ‘Best of the Best Employer of the Year 2018’ at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards ceremony held on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Founder-Directors Indra and Manasa Sirigiri established the Company 19 years ago to engage in a market with exacting standards of ethics and customer service.
Local company is Dealer of the Year
11 March 2019
East Tamaki caravan and recreational vehicle (RV) business The South Auckland Caravan Centre has been named New Zealand Dealer of the Year at the Jayco Australian-New Zealand dealer conference in Melbourne.
They won four awards in total. As well as the NZ Dealer of the Year, which the company has won 10 times, it won the 200 New Sales Club Award (more than 200 sales), Outstanding Achievement Award and Wells Fargo Award (based on turnover) out of Australia and New Zealand.
To qualify for The Outstanding Achievement Award, companies must have experienced sales increases of more than 20 per cent. South Auckland Caravans hit the 32 per cent sales growth mark.
Proposed Airport to Botany Rapid Transit
26 November 2018
This is one of three transport projects making up the Southwest Gateway programme – a partnership between Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Airport to improve access and travel choices in the south east and south west of Auckland.
The three projects together aim to create an integrated, 21st century transport system to move people and freight between the city’s south east including Botany and south west including Onehunga, Mangere, as well as the south including Manurewa, Papakura and Pukekohe.
With accompanying public transport linkages, the proposed Airport to Botany Rapid Transit should improve connectivity to the East Tamaki/Highbrook employment area.
East Tamaki businesses winners at Business Awards
18 October 2018
Four local businesses did East Tamaki proud at the Westpac Auckland South - East Business Awards, announced at a Gala Dinner held at the Vodafone Events Centre on 17 October. Link2 Group came away with the overall Supreme Award as well as winning Employer of the Year. Conveyancing Shop Lawyers won Excellence in Strategy and Planning and Excellence in Community Contribution. EDIStech won the Excellence in Customer Service Delivery category and Ceracell Beekeeping Supplies (NZ) Ltd won the Excellence in International Trade category.
Congratulations also go to Ecobags who were finalists in the Excellence in Innovation and People's Choice categories.
Helius Therapeutics announces new medicinal cannabis manufacturing operation
10 October 2018
East Tamaki has been chosen by New Zealand's first commercial cannabis company as the site for growing and turning the product into medicinal products.
Helius Therapeutics has just announced it has leased nearly 1ha of space in the industrial heartland of East Tamaki, saying it will create a "new state-of-the-art facility for medicinal cannabis cultivation, extraction, research and manufacturing operations".
Helius is looking forward to getting its facility up and running soon, with the aim to sell domestically and internationally by mid-2020.
Royal Wolf acquires leading container and storage company Spacewise
6 August 2018
Royal Wolf is the largest shipping container supplier in Australasia specialising in the hire, sale and modification of new and refurbished shipping containers, and portable container buildings such as kiosks, kitchens, worker’s lunch rooms, and public safety walkways.
Royal Wolf Executive General Manager Paul Creighton said Spacewise would “tuck into” its existing New Zealand business to provide substantial synergies with the product and services it currently provides.
“The purchase is testament to not only Royal Wolf’s continued expansion but the ongoing growth of the container hire and sale industry in general,” he says.
“Containers have become a part of the landscape in New Zealand and in a growing number of industries, and for many of our customers, they are the go-to solution because they’re portable, robust and can be adapted to meet a customer’s unique needs.”
Multimillion-dollar long-term lease approved in East Tamaki
26 June 2018
The Overseas Investment Office has approved Waste Management Ltd's 25-year, $362.7 million lease of the former Lion bottling facility at 11 Springs Road in East Tamaki.
The industrial site will undergo a $43m redevelopment before the 25-year lease begins. The redevelopment will include the demolition of existing structures, to make way for a purpose-built 8285-square-metre industrial facility for Waste Management. Occupying the entire site, the development will provide comprehensive logistics and operational facilities from which Waste Management can both service the Auckland market and oversee their national operations. Waste Management plans to convert 20 diesel trucks in its national fleet to electric vehicles by mid - 2020.
GETBA member Linden Johnson receives Queen’s Service Medal
06 June 2018
Long standing GETBA member and former Committee member, Linden Johnson has received the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community. Mrs Johnson has volunteered for a range of organisations. Over the course of 20 years, she has been on the Board of Trustees for West Melton and Howick College Schools, and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Howick Intermediate School. She has been the Secretary of the Point View Heritage Society since its inception in 2001 and has volunteered at the Howick Historical Village. Described as the guardian of Mangemangeroa Valley, she regularly volunteers to remove rubbish from the Point View Reserve and encourages others to do likewise. Among her involvement with numerous community organisations, Mrs Johnson is also a street co-ordinator for Neighbourhood Support, holding regular meetings on community safety.
Government funds local company to expand its recycling facility
31 May 2018
Astron Plastics is getting $500,000 under the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund to expand its plastic recycling facility in New Zealand. One of Australasia’s largest recyclers of used plastics, every year Astron converts millions of kilograms of plastic into new products including plastic resin, slip sheets and underground cable covers.
Astron will use the funding at its East Tamaki plant, including to install a pre-shredder and extruder, to filter out contamination from organics and other waste. This technology will add to one of the plant’s existing recycling lines, allowing it to run at optimum levels and increase the range of hard-to-recycle plastics, numbered 2 and 4, that can be processed.
> For more information on the Waste Minimisation Fund visit here.
Nautech ‘cobots’ help revolutionise air cargo industry
10 May 2018
Nautech are part of a Kiwi collaboration turning global aviation logistics on its head, finally giving airlines the ability to wirelessly track shipments in real time. Nelson-based logistics specialist Core Transport Technologies system works via Bluetooth tags installed on cargo containers, pallets and unit load devices (ULDs). The tags and readers required for the system are manufactured in Auckland by Nautech Electronics. And to complete the homegrown story, Air New Zealand was the launch customer for the Bluetooth-enabled automation.
Local company raises funds for a good cause
04 May 2018
East Tamaki based company, Chancellor Construction took to the streets in Flat Bush to raise funds for St John Ambulance. More than a dozen staff members worked in small teams across every construction site in the neighbourhood doing health and safety inductions which was followed by barbeques and an auction.
> Read more on page 25 of the Eastern Courier
Consultation underway on Pakuranga to Botany stage of AMETI
28 March 2018
Auckland Council has approved the consent for the Panmure to Pakuranga stage of the project. Public consultation is currently underway for the Pakuranga to Botany stage of the project. This stage includes the continuation of the busway along the centre of Ti Rakau Drive, development of a flyover to provide better travel options for motorists between Pakuranga Road and Pakuranga Highway, cycling and walking networks, a new station in Pakuranga Town Centre and a future interchange near Botany Town Centre.
Local business hits million dollar crowdfunding target
05 March 2018
Riot Foods, which sells cereals, protein powders and dried meat snacks under its CleanPaleo, and Poppy+Olive brands, gained 155 new investors who pledged money to help grow the business. The wholefoods company, part-owned by former Bachelor star Art Green plans to increase staff numbers by 50 per cent after securing a $1 million funding boost.
The funding would include opening a new factory at Auckland International Airport, as well as ramping up production at its East Tamaki plant.
Petition launched to support East-West Link
18 January 2018
Local National MPs have launched a petition in support of the East West Link, almost simultaneously given resource consent by the independent Board of Inquiry and axed by the new government late last year. The NZTA website states that the government has requested a review of the East West Link to identify options to provide a lower cost better value solution. The Prime Minister has however stated (read article) that neglected regional roads and alternatives to roading are more worthy of funding. It is to be hoped that the government does address the need to enable easier freight movements between Onehunga, Penrose and East Tamaki - areas which have some of the highest freight volumes in NZ. Click here to sign the petition.
New drone technology advances security
08 December 2017
East Tamaki based company, VigilAir has launched what it says is the world's first semi-autonomous drone, a device which promises to reduce the costs and risks related to security response teams at large outdoor locations.
"With the world continually urbanising, ongoing security technology innovation will help with many governments' aspirations to develop safer cities," VigilAir chief executive Mike Marr says.
A Touch of Italy wins Trophy For Champion International Red Wine Varieties
03 November 2017
The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand each year and it has been an extremely exciting moment for the team at A Touch of Italy to win the Riedel TROPHY FOR CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL RED WINE VARIETIES with their Vigne Vecchie Leggenda Primitivo di Manduria.
"Gloriously fruited, the wine is packed with dark berry, milk chocolate, roasted hazelnut and toffee flavours with a light dusting of warm spice, enhanced by velvety texture and an opulent plush finish"
> Follow A Touch of Italy on Facebook to get their latest updates
Two local winners announced at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards South 2017
20 October 2017
Congratulations to our two local winners – franchise hotel apartment operation The Quest Highbrook won Employer of the Year and logistics contract service provider Link2 Group won the Excellence in Strategy and Planning category.
Finalists announced for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 – South
29 September 2017
Congratulations to local businesses Quest Highbrook, Link2 Group, Aspect Blinds and Ecobags NZ for being finalists in the following categories:
Quest Highbrook - Best Emerging Business, Excellence in Customer Service Delivery and Employer of the Year
Link2 Group – Excellence in Customer Service Delivery, Excellence in Strategy and Planning and Employer of the Year
Aspect Blinds – Excellence in Strategy and Planning
Ecobags NZ – Excellence in Innovation
The Westpac Auckland Business Awards are delivered annually by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony on 18 October.
Maori Television's Te Kāea starts broadcasting from its new home in East Tāmaki
25 August 2017
After more than a decade in Newmarket Maori Television's 160 staff have relocated to the new headquarters in East Tamaki.
The new premises has a modern layout and provides the space and flexibility to encompass new platforms and technologies to support Māori Television's purpose of revitalising the Māori language in a fast-changing digital environment.
The building provides value for money, has access to arterial routes and to the airport and proximity to Māori communities.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.