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Giving back to the community is important to SwitchFIT founders Kelly Payne (left) and Sam Edward who are pictured at a prostate cancer charity walk they organised at Christchurch Adventure Park.

Online fitness hub thriving Online fitness hub thriving

An online fitness business created by friends Kelly Payne and Sam Edward, who are based in Woodend and Northwood, is making it easy and affordable for people throughout New Zealand and overseas to stay fit. The duo, who studied personal training together, set up SwitchFIT a year ago to reach a wider audience and to cater to people wanting a flexible approach to fitness. Kelly was struggling to keep up with demand for her personal training ...
Sidekick’s Ric Thorpe catches up with business partner and Sidekick Rangiora director Jason Stapley at a Rangiora café.

Digital connectivity drives business expansion Digital connectivity drives business expansion

The power of digital connectivity has allowed Canterbury business Sidekick Chartered Accountants to expand across the Canterbury region and into Marlborough and Otago. After establishing its first office in Christchurch eleven years ago, Sidekick has set up locally owned branches in Blenheim, Rangiora, Timaru, Ashburton, Wanaka and Queenstown.  It has further extended its reach by operating a licensee model in Auckland and London. Advances in technology allow Sidekick’s advisors to operate wherever they can connect to ...
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Innovation powers agricultural business Innovation powers agricultural business

When Andrew and his brother Peter purchased a Swannanoa-based agricultural spraying business 14 years ago, it was a one-man band.  The siblings took on the challenge rather suddenly after the previous owner passed away, and Gilchrist Brothers started to take shape. Thanks to advances in technology and increased demand, the pair have grown their business to include five spray rigs, three tractors, eight full time staff and 170 hectares of leased land.  Gilchrist Brothers provides spraying, cultivation, ...
Oxford dairy farmer Cameron Henderson says technology helps farmers run successful businesses.

Technology provides social and environmental benefits Technology provides social and environmental benefits

Advances in technology have improved farming practices while also helping farmers maintain social connections, says Oxford dairy farmer Cameron Henderson. Cameron milks 720 cows on a 240-hectare farm, and leases a further 200 hectares, to support his and neighbouring dairy farms. Growing up in the farming industry, Cameron has witnessed huge changes in technology, including tools for monitoring soil moisture levels, which give farmers the ability to accurately manage their irrigation.  “It adds a lot of value ...

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