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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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The best mayor in the business

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The best mayor in the business

On August 24, 1864 the first British settlers travelled up the Waikato River and landed in Hamilton, which was known as Kirikiriroa by the local Maori at the time. The settlers established the first militia settlement and the city of Hamilton, as it is known today, was born. Fast forward to today and the city is proudly celebrating it’s milestone 150th birthday, recognising it’s unique past and looking forward to a prosperous future. The city has been built on the area’s agricultural assets which have driven economic growth. From the first...

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Loveblock

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Loveblock

High on the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley are rows of grapevines blanketing 73 hectares of land. Among the vines are well-fed sheep contently grazing on the dandelions and weeds that freely grow among the vines in the fertile soil. The parcel of land is peaceful, tranquil and baked in sun. From this elevation, 150 metres above the ocean below, it feels like you can see the end of the earth. The Loveblock vineyard is a little slice of heaven, at least for New Zealand wine industry power couple Erica and Kim Crawford. Following...

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Digital diva

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Digital diva

There’s one Kiwi businesswoman who knows which buttons to press when it comes to mobile technology based solutions. In fact, she thrives on the constant evolution of the online sphere, giving people what they want, when they want it. Davina Richards talks to Jenene Crossan about her new business model which literally gives women power in the palm of their hand.   Shooting for the stars Jenene had me at “I had never created anything”. Of course, everyone has to start somewhere, but I’m amazed how this woman has solidified herself as a...

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