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Jun 4, 2024
Local Business

A2B Signs– new owner and new premises

Lara Herbert is at home in her new A2B Signs premises. Lara and her partner, Warren, come from Rotorua, but they are not strangers to the area having holidayed at Otautu Bay near Colville for the last 15 years. “Where I worked in Rotorua in this field, my work was more automotive based,” says Lara. “It was very busy, and I never dreamed I would leave my job because I loved it. But when we saw tis opportunity, we thought, ‘why not?’ It is different, but yet it’s the same. Rotorua is a very different environment to Whitianga. We feel at home here. “I still love my motor sports,” says Lara…

Jun 4, 2024
Local Business

Kids have fun through manufacturing and selling

Jayde, Rubylee and Julie Johnstone. Funded and assisted by Grandmother Julie Johnstone, they have created their own small business. I stumbled on this enterprise at a Saturday morning Whiti Citi Market where they had a stall. This led to a welcome into their manufacturing space. It was Gran Julie’s recuperation from lung cancer that is the beginning of this story. She needed something to fill in the long, slow days of recovery. That’s when she discovered Temu. Temu is an e-commerce company, based in the US that markets online an amazing number and variety of goods from all over the world…

May 28, 2024
Local Business

Dazzly – A new innovative EASY WAY to get a website

Marcus Feeney and Lewis Anderson– founders of Dazzly. “Forming an authentic understanding of our client’s businesses and backing that up with high-quality websites and good old fashioned kiwi customer support is what has helped distinguished us from other website design business in New Zealand,” says Lewis, one of the company’s founders. Instead of being frustrated with difficult menus, IT jargon and no one that you can get hold of on the phone – people have found the Dazzly way of creating a website fun and refreshing!, says Steve who recommends Dazzly to his customers seeking help with …

May 28, 2024
Local Business

It’s all here in Whitianga

Daisy Calder, chef and manager at Basker. There was a very generous and community minded grandmother. Her name was Val Barber. She was a great worker and wonderful woman supporting the Cancer Support Trust, particularly in the bookshop in Blacksmith Lane. Often her granddaughter, Daisy, would be with her helping her grandmother sell the books.  Sometimes Daisy would give her pocket money to support this cause her grandmother believed in very much.  Daisy’s Mother, Bev, would help too. A few years have passed by. Val Barber has died. Her granddaughter, Daisy is the Chef and Manager of Bask…

May 28, 2024
Local Business

From Italy to Whitianga with financial services – Returning home

Giorma Allemano. Giorma’s family emigrated to New Zealand from Italy in 1995 and came to Whitianga. “I was four,” says Giorma. “I went to the kindergarten in Eyre Street and then to Mercury Bay Area School. It was like living in a paradise. I moved away for University and gained my Masters Degree in Business at Massey University. My work took me to Melbourne and then Italy, but now I am able to live here again as I work remotely.” Giorma is very enthusiastic about his work. “As a Financial Advisor, my job is to help people make financially beneficial choices when it comes to mortgages, …

May 21, 2024
Local Business

The kitchen – heart of our home

Previous owner Sandy, new owner Mellory, procurement, Zoe and designer, Joleen New owner, Nic; previous owner, Tony and production manager, Alan. “We had other people interested in buying but it was with Mallory and Nic that we felt confident that the business would have the same integrity and the same commitment to quality. We are proud of what we have done for so many peoples homes and we will still be in this area, so it’s important who takes over the reins,” says Carol. The Informer paid a brief visit and the new owners, previous owners and design and build team spent a few minutes…

May 21, 2024
Local Business

Opening of Chesters Showroom with Mercury Bay Business Association

Nick and Julie from Chesters head office; Graeme Coleman, Andrea Thomas and Carla, from head office. Graeme Coleman, the local operator of Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom in Whitianga, spoke at the ‘Mercury Bay Business Association After Five’ meeting last Tuesday, 14 May. Chesters were the hosts of the monthly gathering for businesses and the gathering of 60 experienced avery informative and social time, that evening. Graeme welcomed everyone warmly. “It is time to share with all of you who we are and what we do.” With a large number of display toilet units around, Graeme used a differen…

May 14, 2024
Local Business

What is SeniorNet? Why join SeniorNet?

This is a one hour time for you to meet some of our tutors and committee members, for you to find out whether SeniorNet can help you learn how to improve your use of email, perhaps to create spreadsheets, and to organise your files and folders. This session is an opportunity for you to get to know us. If you have specific questions bring those to one of our one-on-one sessions with just you and a tutor, or join either an iPhone/iPad user group or an Android user group. These are two hour sessions where you will discover all sorts of neat ways to use your phone or tablet. Get in touch with…