Kapiti Observer : September 15th 2011
36 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 REGIONAL OUTLOOK promoting & rewarding business excellence Profiling the entrants CBS Ltd, BOOST Business Coaching, First Actual Design Company, Gen-i, Horowhenua Motor Company & HMC Kapiti, Nature Coast Enterprise Principal Sponsor Awards Evening Sponsor Council Par tners Category Sponsors Emkay Ltd At last a NZ designed and manufactured bra designed for real women. Providing wearers with an unprecedented level of comfort, support and lift, Emkay is available in a full range of styles, cup and body sizes. Emkay s unique patented design means wearers no longer have to endure underwire rubbing, ribcage chafing or shoulder straps falling off. For more details visit www.emkaygirl.com Telecom Hub Kapiti Telecom Hub is a locally owned business servicing the region for over 11 years. Our retail team are available at 16 Ihakara Street in Paraparaumu and our business team will visit your business at a time that suits you. 25 businesses have gone through to be entrants in this year's competition. Over a series of ads we'll tell you a bit about them... We pride ourselves on finding out about your specific communications needs and recommending the right landline and calling plans, broadband and mobile solutions to keep you connected and also to make you aware of new opportunities. For more details visit www.telecom.co.nz CentreSkate For exciting family fun featuring music, lights, games, ramps and competitions come to CentreSkate in Levin. Enjoy active quality time for families and a safe environment for teenagers. Open on Friday nights and school holidays the venue is also available for private sessions, team building, birthday parties, sports functions, school groups and skating lessons. We have skates for hire and skateboards and scooters are welcome. For more information phone 06 368 6840 Vista del Sol Vista del Sol is a 5 star luxury boutique Lodge and Spa in Te Horo with 360 degree views of an unspoiled panorama, bird life, and magnificent sunsets of the Kapiti Coast. Relax in comfort in Vista del Sol s elegant facilities including the indoor Island Spa where you can soak and relax, the Island Day Spa for an indulging range of SPA and Beauty treatments, luxuriously appointed suites, 3 lounges, Mike s Bar, Library and Vista del Sol s Dining and Gardens. For more details visit www.vistadelsol.co.nz To see the full list of entrants go to www.electra.co.nz/businessawards On tape: The city block-sized Hygia mural that took a month on the side of Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts in 1998. Te Papa to be all taped up soon By PRIYANKA BHONSULE It will be a fleeting moment of beauty as one side of Te Papa will be covered in tape art, only to be taken down in 24 hours. The national museum has com- missioned Belmont artists Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby to dream big'' as they put up a massive tape installation on Te Papa for Wellington's Festival de Carnivale. The couple created the original art form using tape to sculpt narratives and have travelled the world installing murals on museums, in Disneyland, and for smaller community projects. They have spent weeks plan- ning the concept for Te Papa, along with working out the logis- tics of putting up so much tape in three days. It has been a long lead-in so there's a lot of anxiety which we don't usually have,'' Ashby says. Te Papa isn't the biggest installation we've done but it's the most exciting, especially since it's our home town and such a pivotal time in Wellington,'' Duthie says. While the design is strictly under wraps, Ashby says there will be a lighthouse stretching up the side, incorporating one of the windows on the side of Te Papa. Apart from working 12-hour days to finish in time, there are other challenges. We'll be working in the windiest city in the world, during the windiest month. It'll be a mechanical ballet with the huge crane lifts we use,'' Duthie says. Tape Art mural, Te Papa, Friday, September 30 to Monday, October 3. Many people forget how big Ford was Geared up: The Ford Motor Plant produced thousands of vehicles between 1936 and 1988. Changes to import rules forced the closure of the plant. ' There used to be a saying that you either work for Fords, were going to work for Fords or had worked for Fords. ' Ford Motor Plant reunion organiser John Walter By NICHOLAS BOYACK It has been a generation since the Ford Motor Plant in Seaview closed, but it remains one of the most well-known businesses in the Hutt. At one point there were four motor assembly plants in Lower Hutt, which, combined with the Woburn Railway Workshops and Gear Meat, guaranteed everybody had a job. When the plant closed in 1988, it not only signalled the end of an era but also the beginning of an economic decline which Hutt City is still struggling to recover from. John Walter worked at the plant for 19 years and is part of a group organising a reunion later this year. Looking back at his years at Seaview, he has nothing but posi- tive thoughts. I loved it. It was a great place. As many people say now, it was a good job with good money. It was not hard work. People always say how good we had it there.'' Mr Walter started at the plant just before Christmas in 1969, having come from the West Coast with his family. With three children, he needed a good job with career prospects, and that is what he got at Ford. I started on the tractors (pro- duction line) and worked my way up the grease pole. I ended up as the area manager for production.'' People have largely forgotten how big the factory was and how many people found work there, he says. There used to be a saying that you either work for Fords, were going to work for Fords or had worked for Fords.'' Among his photo collection are some photos of strike action, a reg- ular occurrence at the plant. Mr Walter says it was about posturing, since, at the time, the workers realised they were well- off. There was an element of flying the red flag for a while. They liked to have a dig at a multinational.'' As well as good pay, he says there was another benefit the workers enjoyed. A lot of people liked the subsidised meals, because it was their main meal.'' Organisers hope to attract 300 former employees for the reunion on Saturday, October 22. For more information, contact John Walter on 567 5387 or email email@example.com.
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