Far North Holdings has had commitment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for a second round of funding in support of the proposed innovation and enterprise park the Far North District Council-owned company aims to develop near Kaikohe. The PGF has committed $19.5 million to fund site preparation, roads and drainage. The PGF’s latest round […]
The New Zealand government announced today that all current COVID-19-related rules and restrictions on businesses and services will be lifted when the country moves to Public Health Alert Level One at midnight tonight. Northport will observe rigorously, and expects all companies operating at the Northport facility to follow, the ‘golden rules’ of Level One: all […]
Kerikeri Retirement Village will emerge from lock-down completely when New Zealand moves to Public Health Alert Level One. All restrictions on visitor access to the Village’s Care Facility and public areas will be removed. The Village will observe “rigorously” the ‘golden rules’ of Level One outlined this week by the Prime Minister. All staff will […]
Marsden Point-based Marsden Maritime Holdings has welcomed additional funding in the 2020 budget for shovel-ready infrastructure projects and the rejuvenation of rail links. It has urged the government to announce these quickly to enable training, to provide certainty to employers and to enable project owners to line up the contractors and labour necessary to do the […]
When Gwen Webb turned 100 last Friday (15 May) she smashed the record for the number of centenarians living in the Care Facility at Kerikeri Retirement Village. There are now six, with a grand total of 607 years between them. A seventh centenarian, 103-year old Nell Graveson, still lives independently in her cottage at the […]
Details subject to change if official advice regarding COVID-19 aged care changes or is updated. Kerikeri Retirement Village will ease COVID-19 aged care restrictions on visitor access to its Care Facility when New Zealand moves to Public Health Alert Level Two, chief executive Hilary Sumpter said today. Each of the 66 Care Facility residents will […]
The Port Facility Health and Safety Committee (comprising Northport Ltd staff and representatives of the port services companies operating at Northport) met last week to discuss site-wide conditions for Public Health Alert Level Two. It was decided that the basic principles of physical distancing and enhanced hygiene and sanitisation that have been adopted at Northport […]
Northport has been operating along strict Public Health Alert Level Three operational guidelines since 11.59pm on Monday this week. Contactless procedures have been implemented and full contact-tracing is in place. Companies that stopped operations at Northport at Alert Level Four have resumed their activity here. People working for these companies have joined those who were […]
Northport has issued further Covid-19 Protocols. These cover return to work for those companies who ceased operations at Alert Level 4 and protocols for all operations at the Facility at Alert Level 3. Northport Facility Covid 19 Protocols Rev 0 – April 2020
Northport Ltd welcomes and supports the decision announced by the government to return to Public Health Alert Level Three at midnight on Monday next week. We are expecting an increase in imports and exports through Northport at Level Three. However, it is unclear at this stage what products these will be, or the volumes involved. […]
Kerikeri Retirement Village will maintain the lock-down of its Care Facility and premises when New Zealand moves to Level Three on Tuesday next week, chief executive Hilary Sumpter said today. The move is at the directive of the Ministry of Health. It is aimed at reducing to the greatest possible extent the risk of COVID-19 […]
JSC Timbers of Riverhead has placed the first commercial order for farm tōtara timber harvested and milled as part of a two-year totara study to test the practicality and commercial viability of a new industry based on regenerating farm-tōtara from private land in Northland. The company placed an order with the Tōtara Industry Pilot (TIP) […]
Northport continues to work with authorities, shipping companies, stevedoring and other port service providers to identify and prioritise freight deemed as essential. These include kiwifruit exports, cement for essential infrastructure construction projects, animal feed, fertilisers for agriculture and horticulture, and liquid CO2 used in the food and drink industry and to support Northland’s dairy plants […]
As we enter Public Health Alert Level 4 this evening we’d like to take this opportunity to outline how Northport plans to operate over the next four weeks, and potentially beyond. Of course, the situation remains fluid and largely uncertain, so we will provide updates if and when any developments result in changes to what […]
It is with a heavy heart that we must advise that Kerikeri Retirement Village implemented its full Isolation Plan (lockdown) from 3pm today (Monday 23 March 2020). Here are the basic details: KERIKERI RETIREMENT VILLAGE – ISOLATION (LOCKDOWN) PLAN There will be no visitors to the Care Facility, and external activities will be curtailed, as […]
New Zealand has today escalated its Public Health Alert Level from Level 2 to Level 3, with a pending escalation on Wednesday this week to Level 4. Ports are classed as essential services under the NZ Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. Northport will undertake whatever trade requirements the NZ Government imposes or allows. Additionally […]
Marsden Maritime Holdings (NZX:MMH) recently reported its earnings for the interim six-month reporting period ending 31 December 2019. Results for the first six months of the financial year were an improvement of 20% over the same period last year. However, given the current market conditions being disrupted by the COVID-19 virus and uncertainty regarding its […]
Far North Holdings has sold most of its land holding on Kellet Street in Opua to a residential developer. The land is consented for low-density, high-quality residential development. No further details of the buyer are available at this stage. The company is restricted by contract from publicising this information. The company will not reveal the […]
Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has recorded a Net Surplus of $5.3 million for the interim six-month reporting period ending 31 December 2019, an improvement of 20.0% ($0.9m) over the same period last year. Earnings from the joint venture interest in Northport Ltd for the first six months increased by 9.7% ($0.4m) to $4.8 million. […]
Northport Ltd welcomes announcements by the government that significant investment is to be made in road and rail links in Northland. Efficient transport links are vital for the entire region to realise its full economic potential and we will support any development that seeks to achieve this. We are delighted that a national discussion is […]
Northport Ltd has purchased its second harbour mobile crane to support a growing need for container-handling trade and to provide increased resilience for dedicated container vessels using the port. The company has also acquired a $250,000 crane simulator from CM Labs and two new Kalmar terminal tractors to move containers to and from shipside. The […]
Leading Hawke’s Bay conservationist Pete Shaw has been recognised by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand for his work on fossils in the Maungataniwha Native Forest. He has been awarded the Harold Wellman Prize for the discovery of important fossil material in New Zealand, including the largest mosasaur tooth on record here. Pete Shaw is a […]
Leading farm nutrient supplier Ballance Agri-Nutrients has acquired a site in Whangarei to establish its new bagging and distribution centre. The premises at 223 Kioreroa Road are used currently as a round-the-clock transport hub for a logistics company but will be converted over the next two years into a fully-enclosed, fully-ventilated facility to service Northland’s […]
The Board of Northport Ltd has welcomed the publication of the final report by the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy Working Group. Northport Ltd Chairman Murray Jagger said: “Northport has a very clear vision of the role it can play in the economic growth of Northland, Auckland and New Zealand. “Significant growth is possible […]
The 2019/2020 kiwi egg-lifting season is approaching its mid-way mark and a leading Hawkes Bay kiwi conservation initiative is reporting good numbers of eggs despite a slow start. The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, which runs the Maungataniwha Kiwi Programme, says the season is shaping up to be an unusually long one, with kiwi eggs likely […]
SailGP will return to New Zealand’s Northland region for testing and training ahead of its second season of racing next year. Six F50 catamarans were raced in the successful inaugural season this year and organisers will test the event’s seventh boat in Whangarei Harbour between now and the end of January, using Northport in Marsden Point […]
Far North Holdings has received the Resource Consent from Far North District Council that it needs to progress its proposed residential development on Kellet Street. It has also received the necessary Earthworks Consent from Northland Regional Council. Resource Consent was initially received on 20 August this year but contained some minor errors that required correction. […]
Kerikeri will be more blessed than usual on the retirement village front next week when representatives of 29 organisations from across New Zealand descend on the town for an Independent Villages Forum hosted by the Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand. The event on Wednesday 13 November will be hosted by the Kerikeri Retirement Village. […]
Far North Holdings has provided the following updates on its wharf projects in Paihia and Opua: Paihia Wharf Work on the $4.698m Paihia Wharf upgrade project, contracted to United Civil, is now expected to be complete in late January. We expect the four new pontoons on the new South-East extension to be operational by Christmas, […]
Far North Holdings has had “significant interest” in its plan for a business park near Kaikohe. The company has published for the first time a plan of the proposed Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park indicating progress in discussions with organisations involved in glasshouse horticulture, renewable carbon products, native timber drying, housing trades training and construction, […]
MARSDEN POINT, Northland – Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has welcomed the findings in the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy working group’s second interim report published today (3 October), calling them “solutions-based” and “progressive”. Chairman Murray Jagger said much would hinge around the expected practical recommendations from the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy […]
Northport Ltd welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, about government’s intention to invest $94.8 million through the Provincial Growth Fund for upgrading the rail line between Swanson and Whangarei. Northport Ltd is of the view that efficient transport links are vital for the entire region to realise its full […]
Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones today laid the last few licks of paint on railings at Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands, symbolically completing a $1.281m renovation and upgrade of the iconic gateway to the town once known as the Hell-hole of the Pacific. The Provincial Growth Fund contributed $1.114m to this […]
MARSDEN POINT, Northland – Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has urged the North Island vehicle industry, Ports of Auckland and Auckland Council to consider using some of the hundreds of hectares of land at Marsden Point in Northland for vehicle imports, to future-proof the upper North Island industry. It wants decision-makers to explore fully the […]
Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) has lifted the Net Surplus for the financial year ended 30 June 2019 by 3.1% ($0.3m) to $9.7 million. The improved result was largely due to a $0.6 million uplift in the valuation of the Company’s investment property. Earnings from the joint venture interest in Northport Ltd was down slightly […]
Project partners running a two-year study into the viability of a Northland totara timber industry have unveiled a website (www.totaraindustry.co.nz) to explain the project and its social, economic and environmental objectives. Tōtara timber from Northland farms is being harvested selectively under a ‘continuous cover forestry’ model and milled as part of a two-year project […]
Seven out of every 10 viable kiwi eggs lifted from a Hawke’s Bay forest during the 2018/2019 breeding season have resulted in juvenile birds that are being returned to the forest this year. The eggs were recovered as part of the nation-wide Operation Nest Egg (ONE) initiative, where they’re retrieved from nests, then incubated and […]
One of the most prolific and successful kiwi conservation programmes in the country has a raft of new birds to add to its work after a successful ‘prospecting’ exercise in May. Ten volunteers identified eight new breeding pairs, two breeding pairs that were already known about and five new male birds that can now be […]
Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones today opened the new $4.75 million Bay of Islands Airport terminal, 356 days after he drove a digger bucket through the old one to mark the start of demolition work. The new airport terminal was the first of six “shovel ready” Far North projects, championed by Council-owned trading […]
Native birds to bear the brunt of multi-species mega-mast Conservationists in the central North Island warn that native bird populations are due to “take an epic hammering” this Spring when predator populations balloon. Staff of the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust have seen a significant increase in rat numbers on their two properties in inland Hawke’s […]
Leading farm nutrient supplier Ballance Agri-Nutrients is about four weeks ahead of schedule with the deconstruction of its landmark Port Road plant in Whangarei. Dismantling started in January and is set to be complete by late July. A second stage of demolition will take place once the company has secured its new site in Whangarei. […]
The Board of Marsden Maritime Holdings (MMH) today announced the election of Mr Murray Jagger as Chairman of the Company with effect from 1 July 2019. Mr Jagger replaces Sir John Goulter who as previously advised is retiring at the end of June. Incoming Chairman Mr Jagger has been a director of the Company since […]
Kerikeri Retirement Village has introduced a single technology system, eCase, to streamline every aspect of its operation, from registering and managing requests for its retirement accommodation through to streamlining patient record-keeping in its care wing. The eCase management system is helping the Village to reduce costs, eliminate the need for paper-based records, and de-duplicate a […]
Safety-conscious workers at Refining NZ this week enabled an $18,000 donation to Whangarei charity Food for Life, which delivers 250 hot lunches each week to three low-decile schools in a bid to boost children’s energy levels and academic performance. The donation will enable the charity to extend its programme both within Whangarei and further north […]
The Bay of Islands has the best international marina in the Asia-Pacific region according to the Marina Industries Association (MIA), the organisation representing the marina and related service industries in this part of the world. Bay of Islands Marina in Opua won the marina award last night at the association’s 2019/2020 Club Marine Awards on […]
Ten staff at Kerikeri Retirement Village learned the basics of this country’s least used official language, New Zealand Sign Language, during the official sign language week marked nationwide in early May. The courses were conducted as part of the Village’s staff wellness and education programmes. One of the benefits is that it will allow carers […]
Kerikeri Retirement Village has launched a Kerikeri bequests appeal to help raise $8.5 million needed to expand and upgrade its care facility. It wants to increase the number of care beds it can offer from 66 to 100 and place them in spacious en suite rooms which can accommodate an increasing level of care as […]
Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (MMH) today announced the pending retirement from the Board of its Chairman, Sir John Goulter, with effect from the end of the financial year, 30 June 2019. Sir John has been a Director of the Company since 2011 and was elected Chairman in December 2012. Commenting on his time serving on […]
Far North Holdings has acquired the Opua Industrial Estate on State Highway 11, just south of the town. Ownership transferred at the end of February. The move gives the company additional flexibility to accommodate local businesses at every stage of their growth and development. Opua Industrial estate is a logical fit for the company because […]
The Provincial Growth Fund will pay for preliminary work around the establishment of a Ngawha innovation and enterprise park on State Highway 12 east of Kaikohe. The $890,000 funding will help develop a business case study, site assessment, preparation of applications for a private plan change and resource consents, and initiating discussions with potential occupants, tenants […]
The Department of Conservation has approved a $411,000 plan by a leading Hawke’s Bay conservation trust to release up to 200 kiwi in the 11,400ha Pohokura Forest between 2019 and 2024. The move is an important third step in an ambitious kiwi conservation plan to control predators and establish self-sustaining populations of North Island Brown […]
Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (NZX:MMH) announces that it has recorded a Net Surplus of $4.444 million (2017 – $5.297 million) for the interim six-month reporting period to 31 December 2018, a reduction on last year, primarily as a result of lower bulk cargo through Northport. Overall cargo throughput at Northport Ltd was down 11.0% to […]
Representatives from the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) and four Mid North retirement living and aged-care providers have expressed concern to the Far North District Council (FNDC) that the Far North District Plan currently under consideration does not adequately take into account the needs and impact of the growing number of elderly here. The five organisations […]
Northport Ltd is delighted that the geotechnical tests for the Marsden Point spur line have taken place and we look forward to the results. Efficient transport links are vital for the entire region to realise its full economic potential and we will support wholeheartedly any development that seeks to achieve this. We continue to work […]
Kerikeri Retirement Village, Mitre 10 Kerikeri and ChargeNet have joined forces to open a new electric vehicle (EV) charge facility in the car-park outside Mitre 10 in the Waipapa shopping centre. Funding for the EV charging station came through the EECA Low Emission Vehicles Fund. Through the fund the Village now operates a fleet of […]
Family politics, a 120-year-old love story and modern-day research to see if native wood can be harvested sustainably for commercial use have converged in an historic church in Northland’s Matauri Bay. The iconic Samuel Marsden Māori Anglican Church building is dedicated to the memory of Reverend Samuel Marsden, whose early missionary success can in part […]
Leading farm nutrient supplier Ballance Agri-Nutrients will be investing in its Northland presence over the next four years to improve services to Northland farmers and growers. The four-stage upgrade includes the demolition of its Port Road plant in Whangarei, along with the sale of another property and the opening of two new centres, one in […]
Maintenance dredging will take place at Northport next week for the first time in 17 years. Work to remove sediment build-up in the ship turning basin near Snake Bank, along Northport’s linear berth and at Refining NZ’s Jetty 1 berth pocket will start on 7 January and continue for most of the month. Northport stressed […]
Russell Wharf infrastructure Far North Holdings has appointed Bellingham Marine to undertake the infrastructure upgrades planned for Russell Wharf. Work on the $1.25 million project, paid for with a grant from the Provincial Growth Fund, is expected to start in March next year to fit in with the contractor’s work programme and avoid interfering with […]
Drought, fires and difficult days for stock may be at hand if traditional Māori botanical indicators are to be believed. Ti kauka, or cabbage trees, in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay are among several species to be flowering unusually prolifically or early this year, an event understood to forecast a long, hot, […]
SailGP sea trials will take place from mid-October in Northland. The competitive sailing series’ new-class wingsailed F50 catamarans will be tested here and the region will become the central technical and development hub for the production and delivery of some of the most advanced boats in the world. Designed and constructed by New Zealand’s Core Builders […]
A donated goods processing centre and retail outlet being built by Hospice Mid-Northland on its Kerikeri Road site is largely complete and set to open within the next few months. The innovative insulated panel building is one of only three in the District and will help the organisation potentially to earn an extra $100,000 a […]
A leading conservation trust has committed $250,000 to reintroducing kiwi to the 11,400ha Pohokura Forest in the central North Island. The Department of Conservation has approved a $411,000 plan by the Trust to release up to 200 kiwi in the a tranche of private land between 2019 and 2024. Reintroduction will be accompanied by extensive predator control work. The […]
Three out of every four viable kiwi eggs lifted from a Hawke’s Bay forest during the 2017/2018 season of Operation Nest Egg have resulted in juvenile birds that will be returned either to the forest or to a captive breeding programme this summer (2018/2019). Of 59 eggs that were taken for incubation from the Forest […]
Significant restructuring of the Maritime car-park in Paihia will cause disruption there between 20 August and 23 September. Council’s commercial trading and asset management firm Far North Holdings is changing the layout of the area to improve commercial vehicle flow, boost traffic safety and enhance pedestrian access to the wharf. The traffic island in the […]
Most submissions to a public consultation process on a building to replace the existing, non-compliant kiosk on Russell Wharf have favoured redevelopment, with design-option A emerging as the preferred choice. Far North Holdings received 139 submissions as part of its voluntary consultation process involving the Russell community. Of these, 85 (61 percent) indicated that they […]
Minister of Regional Economic Development Shane Jones drove a digger bucket through the old Bay of Islands Airport building today to mark the start of construction of a larger and more fit-for-purpose terminal. His demolition effort was watched by members of the construction team, Kipa Munro of Ngāti Rēhia, deputy mayor Tania McInnes, and representatives of […]
Far North Holdings has filed a resource consent application with the Far North District Council for the ability to develop and sub-divide 17 sites located along Franklin, Baffin and Kellet streets in Opua. An application to Northland Regional Council for earthworks consent has also been filed. The company says no decisions have yet been taken […]
Far North Holdings (FNHL) has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education to build a new area office in Kaitaia, on the site of the car-park the company owns at the corner of Redan Road and Commerce Street. The Ministry plans to move into the new building in December this year. Aspects of the building’s […]
The first containers to be used on a new direct shipping service between Whangarei, Brisbane and Singapore were delivered to Northport today aboard a vessel named, appropriately, Northern Diplomat. The seasonal fortnightly shipping link is being offered to Northland businesses by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a global leader in sea cargo transportation and logistics, and will improve […]
Well-known Hawke’s Bay conservation specialist Tamsin Ward-Smith has joined Hawke’s Bay-based Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust to assist with expanding the Trust’s kiwi conservation work. Her brief includes overseeing the development of chicks that hatch from eggs collected at the Trust’s property in the Maungataniwha Native Forest, working with the predator-proof sanctuaries where they are raised […]
Four more Far North economic development projects championed by the District Council’s commercial trading and asset management arm, Far North Holdings, are to receive $6.724 million of government funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) launched by the Minister of Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, last month. They are: a new terminal at Bay of […]
Far North District Council is consulting with ratepayers across the district about whether to transfer ownership of Russell Wharf from Council to Far North Holdings Ltd (the Council-owned ‘delivery vehicle’ for Council’s commercial activities). The proposed transfer forms part of the Long-Term Plan (2018-2028) on which Council is currently consulting with ratepayers. The question about […]
Two Far North economic development projects championed by the District Council’s commercial trading and asset management arm, Far North Holdings, are to receive almost $7 million of government funding, primarily from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) launched by the Minister of Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, in Gisborne today. They are: a new interpretive gallery […]
The last pine trees have been felled in a major Hawke’s Bay forest regeneration project that aims to convert a 4,000-hectare pine plantation back to native vegetation. Over 3,500 hectares of the Maungataniwha Pine Forest have now been logged since 2006 and are now in the process of being re-converted back to native forest by land […]
Bay of Islands Airport owner and operator Far North Holdings says it hopes to start work at the end of April on expansion of the terminal building there. Work to modernise the facility is expected to be complete by May 2019. Passenger numbers have grown by a third since Air New Zealand started flying larger […]
A bumper harvest of kiwi eggs has marked the first half of this year’s kiwi conservation work in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay. Conservationists working for the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust have lifted 32 eggs so far, compared to 46 for the entire season last year, and are reporting viability rates of […]
Northport Ltd is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Cargo volumes at Marsden Point have more than doubled since the port opened in 2002 to a record 3.64 million tonnes last financial year. Ship calls have increased from 93 a year to 250 a year over that period, with berth occupancy now at a record 66.4 percent, […]
Kiwi conservation data suggests kiwi are not great travellers Specially-trained kiwi conservation dogs used to sniff out kiwi in the Maungataniwha Native Forest, just south of Te Urewera, are finding a large proportion of unidentified adults, indicating that that intensive and ongoing predator control efforts there are proving effective. 38 adult birds have been found […]
A dawn unveiling ceremony at Bay of Islands Marina in Opua today conferred the blessing of tangata whenua on 149 new marina berths and work which will start soon on the next phase of the marina’s expansion project. Four pou were unveiled, along with a commemorative anchor stone and a touchstone representing local hapū Ngāti […]
A kiwi population survey conducted in the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s sanctuary in the Maungataniwha Native Forest has yielded an adjusted male call rate of 2.53 an hour. This is high by Hawke’s Bay standards and compares favourably with rates of 0.5 an hour just across the Waiau River in unmanaged parts of Te Urewera […]
Far North Holdings is warning that a temporary parking area will replace parking next to the Opua launch ramp between August and mid October 2017, while the main area is resurfaced and marked out. The gravelled surface of the car park will be replaced with a full tar seal as part of the Bay of […]
New forest resident secures kiwi conservation for next three decades A very ordinary brown kiwi with an unremarkable name signalled a truly outstanding feat of endangered species conservation last week. Kevin the kiwi became the 200th young adult bird to be released into the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s Maungataniwha Native Forest property in inland Hawke’s Bay, […]
Far North Holdings has entered into a commercial agreement with the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga to redevelop and expand its accommodation. The Far North District Council’s commercial arm is to build 10 high-end units on adjacent land which it will own and lease back to the hotel. Construction is taking place in two phases. […]
Construction of the proposed new terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport near Kerikeri has been pushed back a year to April 2018 to future-proof the airport against the potential introduction of new security requirements for domestic airports in New Zealand. In light of the possible new requirements, airport owner Far North Holdings has had […]
Refining NZ has started the next round of public consultation about its proposal to bring bigger cargoes of crude to Marsden Point. The most visible part of the consultation – The Deeper Story pop-up container – outlining the rationale, and scope of the proposal will be located in and around Whangarei from March 25 with […]
Northport Ltd welcomes and supports the announcement last week by Minister of Transport Simon Bridges about State Highway 1 upgrades. More than twenty kilometres south of Whangarei are to be widened in the largest roading project yet undertaken in Northland. The State Highway 1 upgrades announcement sends a positive message regarding central government’s support for […]
The Department of Conservation has boosted predator control efforts in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay with an $18,000 grant to the Forest Lifeforce Restoration (FLR) Trust. The Trust runs an extensive predator control operation, described by DOC as “ambitious”, in two sanctuary areas comprising 1,000 hectares of native forest. The sanctuaries have […]
Opua-based Bay of Islands Marine Painters has been recognised by a leading supplier of anti-foul paint for “unheard of” growth in the use of its product, an indicator of significant growth in the region’s marine services sector. Propspeed, which supplies an anti-foul paint for boat propellers and running gear, says Bay of Islands Marine Painters […]
Filming has taken place in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay for a television documentary called Modern Dinosaurs that looks set to take New Zealand into the homes and hearts of people all around the world. Modern Dinosaurs is a six-part series to be broadcast on The Discovery Channel in 2018 and later […]
A Hawke’s Bay kiwi conservation project has received a massive shot in the arm through a doubling in funding for one of the region’s most prolific and successful conservation initiatives. The Maungataniwha Kiwi Project, run by the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, has been given $20,000 by Kiwis for kiwi to help boost operations still further. The […]
Two new custom-built deep-water fishing vessels leave Opua this month for delivery to owners in Melbourne and Costa Rica. The NorthCape 34 and NorthCape 40 boats were built by Bluefix Boatworks and mark a significant up-tick in business for the Northland boatyard. Bluefix, owned by Northlanders Brad and Charlotte Rowe, re-located to Opua last year […]
Planning is under way to expand the terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport near Kerikeri and to modernise facilities there. Owner and operator Far North Holdings hopes to start construction in the second quarter of next year if building consent is obtained and the tendering process is successful. Building work is expected to take […]
Whangarei Harbour Radio will change its radio frequency this weekend (from midnight on Friday 23 September) to VHF channel 11. A listening watch will be maintained on the existing channel 19 for a week but this will be switched over to Coastguard New Zealand on Saturday 1 October. Northport, which manages the harbour’s shipping operations […]
Out of school care provider Sherpa Kids Australia has signalled expansion plans for Victoria. It has appointed an area development manager to grow the franchise business and expand its presence in schools across the state.
Michael Rasmussen has taken on the master franchise for Victoria following the success of his own Sherpa Kids local franchise. He aims to grow the number of Sherpa Kids franchises in Victoria from five to more than 25.
Mr Rasmussen was formerly a teacher at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Camden, New South Wales,
Sherpa Kids has operated in Victoria for four years and competes with both Camp Australia and YMCA to offer out of school care services.
Mr Rasmussen says Sherpa Kids will differentiate its offering through a community-focused service, with local owners engaging with local schools and parents.
“I think the fact that local people provide and manage Sherpa Kids services is important. These are people with a significant stake in both the business and the community in which it operates. They have an incentive to make sure it’s being done right and being done well,” he said.
“From my experience, local ownership and involvement in the service has always resulted in a higher quality of care being offered to families.”
Sherpa Kids delivers out of school care in a highly structured environment. It engages children with a wide range of activities tailored to fit in with the individual requirements of schools and their curriculums, Mr Rasmussen said. These include arts and crafts, music and drama, sport and games, and cooking and technology. Many are based on specific themes, such as the circus, recycling, sporting events and space exploration.
There are more than 80 such themes, equating to more than two and half years of activity. The range is expanded each month as franchise owners around the world develop new ones.
Vicki Prout, managing director of Sherpa Kids Australia, said she wanted to give the business of out of school care in Australia “a really good dusting.”
“This is a stale sector of the child care market,” she said. “Some of the more established providers have been around for decades. The rut they’re in is both deep and long. In many cases they’ve degenerated into little more than a corporate baby-sitting service.
“Children and their hard-working parents deserve way, way better. We’ve been around long enough to earn our stripes but we’re still the new kids on the block. The way we do things is gaining traction with both teachers and parents. I’m confident that Mick’s remit to build our brand in Victoria is going to change significantly the out of school care landscape here.”
Sherpa Kids franchises cost $35,500 for a five-year agreement with the option of a further two five-year terms.
Mr Rasmussen is looking for potential franchisees with a passion for children and their communities, who can build and manage strong relationships, and who can multitask.
“We tend to look for people with a background in business or people management of some description, and a work history of delivery and success within a team environment,” he said.
“A marketing or sales background is helpful, but not essential. This is a people business and our most successful partners care about helping others achieve success. They are willing and able to put in the hours and the legwork. They are dedicated to the delivery of results rather than just effort. And they have the personality and stamina to build a formidable franchise network.”
The ideal franchisee would also need to be empathetic and people-focused, and a good communicator.
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About Sherpa Kids
Sherpa Kids is an international company headquartered in Australia. It runs before and after school clubs and holidays activities in schools and other community facilities. It has some 100 franchises worldwide and looks after around 5,400 primary school-aged children every day.
Sherpa Kids Australia is currently in 25 schools across the country. It provides Out of School Care each month for more than 5,000 children from 3,000 families. The fact that Sherpa Kids services are delivered by the business owners is important; the service is being provided by someone with a significant investment in the business and the incentive to make sure it’s being done right and being done well.
We deliver a highly structured, engaging environment designed to achieve a positive social and educational outcome. We believe this differentiates us clearly from our competitors. Activities include arts and crafts, music and drama, sport and games, cooking and technology. Many are based on specific themes and tailored to fit in with the individual requirements of schools and their curriculums. More than 80 themes have been prepared, equating to more than two and half years of fun and educationally-engaging activities.
Conservation experts are nervous about what heavy snow in North Island conservation areas will mean for the start of this season’s kiwi egg collection and incubation programme. This year the annual kiwi conservation milestone was met with significant snowfalls in the central North Island, hampering collection efforts and making foraging difficult for younger birds. Staff […]
Hawke’s Bay-based conservation group Forest Lifeforce Restoration (FLR) Trust has welcomed the Predator Free by 2050 initiative announced by the government earlier this week. It says the target is achievable but that success will rely on collaboration and information-sharing on a scale not yet seen in New Zealand conservation circles and that few have dared […]
Work starts next week on a three year project to restore jetty gantries at Refining NZ’s Marsden Point refinery to pristine condition. Last refurbished in 2000 the two gantries which are used for unloading crude ships and uploading fuel product ships bound for New Zealand ports, have been subject to ‘fair wear and tear’ and […]
Northport Limited has welcomed the Auckland Development Committee’s decision to refer to the incoming Auckland Council the conclusions and recommendations of its Port Future Study, released earlier this week. It is calling for further discussions in the interim to look at alternative solutions to growth issues faced by Ports of Auckland. The company believes the […]
Western Australian banking icon Bankwest today signed off on a comprehensive stakeholder engagement plan developed for them by Due North PR managing director Peter Heath. The plan is integrated with Bankwest’s community engagement and corporate responsibility programmes. It is also part of a fully-measurable external communication strategy developed by Heath to help Bankwest meet the […]