Interviews

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Bags of Success – My Food Bag’s Cecilia Robinson

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Bags of Success – My Food Bag’s Cecilia Robinson

  Cecilia Robinson is the modern day definition of Superwoman. She is the co-CEO and mastermind behind My Food Bag, a rapidly growing company turning out multi-million dollar revenues. Simultaneously she is a dedicated, doting mother of two young children. My Food Bag answers the tricky question families’ face every day – what are we having for dinner tonight? The increasingly popular service is based on the home delivery of food parcels containing all the ingredients needed for a week’s main meals together with simple, healthy and...

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WRC Pilot Talks About Life on the Road and What It Takes to Beat the Best

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WRC Pilot Talks About Life on the Road and What It Takes to Beat the Best

  Fourteen to 16 hours per day, temperatures of up to 55 to 60 degrees Celsius and speeds of up to 220km/h; that’s a typical day in the life of 29 year old World Rally Championship (WRC) driver Hayden Paddon.  The South Cantabrian just notched a major milestone – not only for himself but for our little nation – when he became the first New Zealander ever to win a leg of the WRC. So how exactly does one get from small-town New Zealand onto the WRC circuit, let alone winning a stage of it? For Hayden, rallying isn’t just a sport, nor is it...

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The Sky’s the Limit for Cloud-based Accounting Behemoth Xero

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The Sky’s the Limit for Cloud-based Accounting Behemoth Xero

    One in four New Zealand SME business owners reading this story will be users of Xero accounting software. It’s statistics such as this, and many more just like it, that are useful when it comes to describing the mammoth size of Xero and how it is truly dominating the cloud-based accounting software industry. Equally impressive is that Xero is the number one accounting provider in New Zealand by a long way, and number one in Australia too – so much so that “the Aussies’ are trying to claim us,” Xero founder, Rod Drury says....

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The Road to Rio 2016

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The Road to Rio 2016

  Standing on the starting blocks at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Sophie Pascoe won’t be thinking about the four long years she’s spent preparing for this moment, neither will she be thinking about the competitors lined up beside her, or the spectators filling the stands. “To listen to that national anthem after winning a race is a proud moment for you and your country.” The only thing on Sophie’s mind at this exact point in time will be the finish line and her chance at that prestigious gold medal. Sophie Pascoe has long...

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From Oompher to Unfiltered

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From Oompher to Unfiltered

  He sold his first start-up business to the government, he has enviable contacts with some of the biggest players in the business world, he’s had a one-on-one meeting with Sir Richard Branson, recently moved to America and is now taking his second business global. You’d be forgiven for thinking these are the triumphs of a well seasoned businessperson, but in fact they are the accomplishments of a 20 year old entrepreneur, originally from Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island. Jake Millar has already accomplished more in...

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Baking Ambition

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Baking Ambition

    It all started with a bagel four years ago. Well actually it started with the want to see wholesome products on the shelves of supermarkets – products that weren’t chock full of ingredients that chefs themselves haven’t even heard of. But bagels were the first thing to appear from the oven. This passion for quality food is what kick started Good Honest Products founder, Steven Illenberger, into creating his first few products for supermarkets across Christchurch. “When we started we were only ordering in a couple of bags of...

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Ways to Hit the Ground Running

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Ways to Hit the Ground Running

  Five years ago New Zealand’s largest retail chain found itself heading towards a very precarious position. The Warehouse Group (TWG) was in a downward spiral and without something, or someone, coming to the rescue, it could well have crash landed. With more than 220 stores nationwide including The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationary, Noel Leeming, Torpedo 7 and TWG Financial Services, TWG is a firm staple for kiwi shoppers. However, the retail behemoth’s red sheds had been in decline for a number of years and had it not been for the...

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The Dux Dines On

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The Dux Dines On

  In the aftermath of the earthquakes Christchurch lost more than 500 hospitality premises. But leaving was never an option for Richard Sinke, owner of the Christchurch famous Dux Central and Dux Dine. The city is a part of his blood, having run the iconic Dux de Lux in the Arts Centre since 1978. Businesses who didn’t share the same ties to the city packed up shop and moved to more stable land elsewhere in the country, but Richard firmly stood his ground in the face of a barren and crumbling CBD and made a promise to himself and the...

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The Gamesman

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The Gamesman

  There was a point during his playing career, when pulling on the iconic black jersey and for the All Blacks, Justin Marshall was given the best piece of advice he ever received, and a mantra he continues to live his life by. At the time he was going through a difficult stage in his life – not just related to rugby, but his personal life too, in particular with the media. His coach at the time, Wayne Smith, told Justin to trust his instincts. “He told me I was thinking too much and I needed to trust in myself and my abilities, and...

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Making It His Way

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Making It His Way

  Alasdair Cassels is an icon in Christchurch, or he is around Woolston anyway. His distinct looks play a part in that status: tall frame, dark glasses, long white hair and moustache – it’s quite a striking presence, but a humble and friendly one nonetheless. The man himself is probably just as iconic as his business ventures during the past few years, specifically his boutique shopping arcade, The Tannery, and the Cassels & Sons Brewery which he co-owns with his son, Zak, and son-in-law Joe Shanks. The Cassels family has...

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