From the editor


Welcome to a bumper edition of Waikato Business News.

In this issue we again focus on exciting developments in Hamilton’s CBD, particularly Waikato DHB’s tremendous decision to centralise a large chunk of its operations in the old Farmers building on Collingwood St.

This reflects poorly on IRD’s decision last year to move all of its operations to Te Rapa and demonstrates that Government agencies can play a significant role in encouraging a vibrant CBD. Congratulations to DHB chief executive Nigel Murray and chairman Bob Simcock.

In her monthly piece, Andrea Fox points out that most of us have no idea just how significant Tainui Group Holdings’ inland port is going to be for this region. We also cover the fantastic Drop Your Boss initiative and salute the international reputation of Waikato University’s MBA as well as nationwide success for a Hamilton plumbing company, Hamilton City Council public relations staff and Putaruru cheesemakers.

We also report on the incredible job construction company Arrow International did on the twin schools project in Rototuna and look at the exciting renovation being undertaken at Ventura Inn & Suites hotel.

Lastly we catch up on how adversity following a devastating fire at AH Franks in October has given a business the opportunity to reinvent itself. We feature the creation of Collins AutomotiveTechnicians – a one stop shop for mechanical, auto electrical and tyre services off Kahikatea Dr.

If you have got something to say or your business is going places, let Waikato Business News know on and we’ll tell the world about it.

Geoff Taylor


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