Client Profiles

Morrison Design | Designers in demand

Covid-19 put construction projects on ice and sent shivers through the economy, but Wellington firm Morrison Design says there’s been no cooling off in demand for its services.

Clifton Glamping | Happy glampers

The Covid-19 pandemic squashed international tourism, but Clifton Glamping in Hawke’s Bay is busier than ever as home-grown glampers rush to fill the gap.  

Electrical Importing Company | NZ ‘David’ standing strong against Goliaths and pandemic

Electrical Importing Company is considered an alternative supplier to the industrial electrical sector - the only NZ owned and independent ‘David’ up against multi-national ‘Goliath’ competitors.

Sumich Plumbing and Drainage | Summiting 30 years of service

Sumich Plumbing and Drainage is celebrating 30 years, testament to its resilience throughout economic recessions, construction market fluctuations and now, a global pandemic.

Three Tree Landscaping | Kick starting in Covid

Stefan Curry leapt into starting his own business Three Tree Landscaping one month before the Covid-19 pandemic put NZ into lockdown.

Advintage Wines | COVID advantage for Advintage

Hawke’s Bay-based online wine merchant Advintage is toasting a record-breaking year after locked-down Kiwis flocked to the web for their wine fix.

Mexicali Fresh | Riding the Mexican Wave

Serving up a taste of Mexico in the art deco streets of Napier has been a winning move for Mexicali Fresh franchisee Maggie Donnelly.

Long Dog Cafe | Loving lifestyle change despite lockdown

Customers flock to a beachside café in Dunedin because they know they can rely on it being a top-quality experience.

HAMR Home Building Contractors | Building business success on the Coromandel Peninsula

Starting a new business in the middle of the global financial crisis may not be for everyone, but for Richard and Hannah Warwick it was the perfect time to launch their company, HAMR Home Building Contractors.

South Wairarapa Veterinary Services | Mouse or horse – best health is the aim

For the past 40 years, South Wairarapa Veterinary Services (SWVets) has gained a solid reputation for the comprehensive care of all species of animals: production, lifestyle, pleasure and companion.

Goldfields Jet | Striking gold year-round for seasonal tourism busines

Since 1991, Goldfields Jet has given hundreds of thousands of thrill seekers the ride of their lives on Central Otago’s Kawarau River, Staircase Rapids and Kawarau Gorge. Cam Jones had been working as a jetboat driver for the company since 2011, but in mid-2018, bought the business.

Caltex Omahu | Service fuels success

At a time when retailing is moving towards self-service, it’s top-shelf team service that has Caltex Omahu in Hastings flying high.

Liddells Pharmacy | Service sells with a personal touch

In a fiercely competitive and fast-changing market, an 80 year-old Pukekohe pharmacy is doubling down on what it does best – great service with a personal touch.

Black Rock Farm | Succession planning vital in this farming business

The Bunnys farm Black Rock, running sheep and cattle on their 425 hectare block at the end of Black Rock Road and on ‘Banavie’, a 420 hectare lease block next door.

Rosie’s Removals | Moving on up

Petra Miller has had a somewhat restless career, so it’s fitting that her latest venture is helping people move.

Metris | Taking the guesswork out of growing

It’s true that you can’t control the weather, but thanks to science and modern technology, it’s now possible to eliminate some of the risk factors from the business of growing crops. And for that, growers are thankful.

Remarkable Sweet Shop | The sweet smell of success

The Palmer family opened their first Remarkable Sweet Shop in Arrowtown in 2004, quickly adding two further stores in expansion that has seen the Palmers hit the sweet spot of confectionary retail in New Zealand.

Catch Design Ltd | A design company’s values create goodwill

It was Hamish Stevenson’s ‘can- do’ attitude that helped launch his career as a freelance designer in 2004. 

Needs More Cushions | Style with soul inspires ethical business

Three years ago Jill McKenzie started a blog to indulge her cushion obsession. Today her passion for pillows has morphed into a start-up selling ethical interiors with a truly global story.

The Rockermans | Lifelong passion starts as hobby and builds to booming business

For more than 45 years, Stu Robbie has been crafting bespoke timber furniture – and what started out as a hobby has turned into a life-long career.

Yara New Zealand | A fertile business with a strong focus on innovation

Whether it be a crunchy Hawkes Bay Royal Gala or a crisp Marlborough sauvignon blanc, our produce is sought globally for its flavour and freshness – and that’s all good news for Yara New Zealand.

Carter Court | Home with a history

Carter Court has a history reaching back to nineteenth century England, but its eyes are firmly on the future and the Wairarapa community it serves.

The Four Regions Trust | Investment growth that benefits the community

Investments made by the Four Regions Trust, formerly the Powerco Wanganui Trust, have grown substantially thanks to the governance of a skilled team.

Spa Pools Otago | Soaking it up, enjoying growth success

Spa pools have moved from the wish list to shopping list, with many Kiwi families now able to afford one in their backyard. 

Mark and Annie Ferguson | Family agribusiness has strategic plan to create secure future

A farm forestry block is a vital part of a fifth-generation farming business. Mark Ferguson’s father, Ian began to plant some of the 100ha pine forest in the 1970s and his foresight in doing so is reaping economic benefits for two generations of Fergusons.

Atlas Gentech & Simply Leasing | Driven by the deal, loving the success of what you do

With the US$151 million sale of their technology equipment group this year, Auckland businessmen 
Steve Moss, Alan Willett and Steve Varney (pictured), could justifiably call it a day. But the trio are still chasing deals; this time to build their next business Simply Leasing, in the rapidly growing equipment leasing market.

Dunedin Palms Motel | The people have voted and it’s a winner

Alex and Karen Greenan are very proud of the fact that after only four years of owning the Dunedin Palms Motel they are a Loved by Guests award winner (online travel agents).

Paul Ejamme | Working together for business success

Financial adviser and self-professed ‘number lover’, Paul Ejamme is one of the directors of Finsol, a Hawke’s Bay based business insurance and ACC specialist company established in 2010.

Morrison Design | Safe and sound, simple objective for structural engineering firm

It’s number-crunching, head-scratching work, but the goal is always simple, says Morrison Design director David Morrison. “An architect comes up with a beautiful idea for a building or structure – and we make sure it doesn’t fall down.”

Trucks & Trailers Ltd | In it for the long haul

It began 31 years ago, with one man repairing heavy trucks from the back of a ute. Today Trucks & Trailers has close to 100 staff and sells hundreds of trucks, vans and utes each year.

Reo Pēpi | Te Reo Māori alive and well in this new Dunedin business

The adage ‘Don’t go into business with family and friends’ clearly doesn’t apply to Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson, two Dunedin cousins and friends who have launched a business publishing bilingual books for babies and young children.

Junction Wines | Family rules in this wine and farm business

The combination of farming and viticulture on John and Jo Ashworth’s rural property in Takapau, Central Hawke’s Bay, sounds like a Sunday roast. Beef, sheep, peas and wine are the main ingredients on their 364-hectare block, which they established more than 30 years ago.

Daniel Mead – Street Artist | Painting the town makes for good business

Few artists have a resume as visible as Daniel Mead’s.  Murals and street art by freelance artists Daniel, and Tessa Petley dot the streets and landmarks of Dunedin – the street art capital of the South.

Pure Plumbing and Gas | New plumbing business ‘flat out’ due to quality emphasis

Growth has been so solid since Marcus and Jessica Lee set up their plumbing and gas business in late 2016, that they’ve tripled the ‘on tools’ workforce, and yet are still “flat out”.

Dempsey and Forrest Ltd | Innovation spells success for Wanganui funeral business

Dempsey and Forrest Funeral Directors, owned by Jim and James Forrest, has been helping families through difficult times for more than 85 years.

Leabourn Passenger Services Ltd | Driving business success in the North

For more than half a century, the Leabourn family has been transporting people from A to B. 

Taste Nature | Passionate providers of the best food possible for Dunedin

Integrity is a word not lightly used at Taste Nature. For owners Rayna and Mark Dickson, above right, it is the bedrock of their business that is lived and breathed, not just by them, but by the whole team.

King & Dawson Architects & Engineers Ltd | Architecture and engineering under one roof makes for versatility

King & Dawson has built a solid reputation over many years, having existed in its present form for around 30 years and in various partnerships since 1906.

Clifton Glamping | Adding a glamourous diversification to farm business

Before Tom and Lucia Gordon were married, their favourite thing was to retreat and go camping on the Gordon family farm, Clifton Station near Cape Kidnappers.

Waterwise Wairarapa | Embracing a new challenge proves a wise move

Purchasing the business you work for was a big step up for plumber and gasfitter, Rob Summers, but when Waterwise Wairarapa came on the market in 2016, Rob and his wife Sarah decided it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Production Partners Ltd | Providing clients with cut through in competitive markets

In April 2018, Production Partners Ltd will celebrate a decade in business. The company, owned by Lee Shaw, specialises in printing and print management. 

Trident Homes Tauranga | Distance no barrier for successful home company

Although the Trident Homes Tauranga franchise is based in the Bay of Plenty, the relationship with Moore Stephens Markhams Wanganui, which began 24 years ago, is still thriving today.

StockX Limited | Disruptive technology unlocking value for farmers

StockX founders set out to transform the agriculture sector and now, two years down the track, the online stock trading platform is proving its innovation with not just one but two innovation awards.

Wharerata Farm | Motherhood and farming all in a day’s work for fifth generation farmer

When Sophie Atkinson took over running the family farm Wharerata in Pirinoa late last year, she became the fifth generation to manage the property.

Daisy Jake Hairdressing | Styling hair and growing business a hand in hand success

After being a hairdresser for 24 years, winning numerous awards, managing a large hair salon with 27 staff and training hairdressers, Kerri decided the time was right to start her own hairdressing salon. Kerri Cox bubbles with enthusiasm when she talks about opening her hairdressing salon, Daisy Jake, almost a year ago. “It’s awesome and going fantastically,” she says. 

Gillions Funeral Services Ltd | Family funeral business embraces technology

Gillions is based in Dunedin and services the wider Otago area from Palmerston to the north, Lawrence and Roxburgh in central Otago, to Milton and Balclutha in the south.  

Crown Flooring Ltd | Cloud based technology covered for this expanding Auckland business

Adrian de Roode began his career in flooring in the 1970s, working for his father Albert out of the family home’s basement. The company began its life as a flooring installation business Albert de Roode Ltd, but as it grew, Albert and Adrian moved into flooring supplies.

KayJay Angus | Expert knowledge translates into farming excellence

Wairarapa couple, Neil and Joan Kjestrup are justifiably proud of their Angus Stud, KayJay Angus, after all, it’s the reflection of many years’ hard work.

Acupuncture New Zealand | Moving to Xero with us; a successful remedy for accounting woes

Acupuncture New Zealand has ‘come home’ to the Moore Stephens Markhams fold, with a move onto the Xero cloud based platform one of the key benefits gained.

Hutchwilco | Marine firm making it big in New Zealand

Hutchwilco is something of a rarity. The Auckland-based marine equipment firm was founded in 1894, and has bucked the trend to send manufacturing offshore – making its hugely popular life jackets in New Zealand for all its 122 years.

Hastings Honda | Streamlining systems keeps motorbike businesses on track

The doors of Hastings Honda were opened ten years ago by Dennis and Christine Mills, a couple who are no strangers to the world of motorbikes and ATVs. 

The Pharmacy Guild Of New Zealand (Inc) | Mentoring the right prescription for this membership organisation

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (Inc) is a national organisation that looks after the business interests of community pharmacy owners.  

Mackintosh Group Limited | Succession planning vital to this family farm business

Paul and Anna, and Bruce and Helen Mackintosh live and farm just outside Wanganui on Dunkeld, a 225 hectare sheep, beef and grain cropping property.

Sumich Plumbing and Drainage | Grit and determination underlies success

Sumich Plumbing and Drainage was established in 1991 by Chris Sumich, providing Aucklanders with plumbing, gas fitting, drainage and roofing services.  

Alarm Watch | Making sure you are safe and secure 24/7

Wanganui alarm and monitoring company, Alarm Watch Limited, is an innovative business that’s moved ahead in leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings 27 years ago.

Teletronics | Supporting the shift into the digital world

Scott Bensemann and Chan Jackson own electronic sales and service centre, Teletronics Limited in Masterton.  The pair bought Teletronics in 2014 from the previous owner who had run the business for more than three decades.