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Marty Murchison, of Murchison Homes, has focused on reviewing business processes and writing a book during lockdown.

Positive action creates a stronger business Positive action creates a stronger business

For Marty Murchison of Murchison Homes, the lockdown period has created a golden opportunity to revise business plans, processes, and marketing materials, along with writing a book which provides an in-depth understanding of the building process. On day one of the lockdown Marty dove straight into examining his business strategy by creating three cashflow plans based on different scenarios including continuing on the current pathway, a moderate downturn, and a worst-case scenario. “These different scenarios ...
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Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate

After cancelling of her all upcoming school environmental workshops due to Covid-19, Lesley Ottey of Eco Educate has leapt outside her comfort zone to connect with a global audience via technology. Eco Educate specialises in sustainable resource education and provides hands-on workshops for hundreds of preschools, primary schools and high schools across Canterbury. The organisation works alongside Waimakariri and Ashburton district councils. Even before lockdown hit, Lesley was closely monitoring overseas developments and anticipated that her ...
Waiau coach Marina Shearer aims to empower Year 13 girls throughout New Zealand with her new Thrive13 programme

Business outside the box Business outside the box

North Canterbury businesses are facing unprecedented challenges amid the evolving Covid-19 situation. Each week we’ll profile a local business which is thinking outside the box to adapt to a new reality. Let’s share ideas and support local businesses. Gina McKenzie While many businesses have pressed pause on new projects, Waiau-based coach Marina Shearer accelerated the launch of her initiative Thrive13 forward a month to help Year 13 girls during uncertain times. The coaching programme aims to boost ...
Laura Organ of PT on Panckhurst prepares for her next online fitness class.

Business outside the box Business outside the box

A desire to boost physical and mental wellbeing, while helping clients maintain an exercise routine prompted Laura Organ of PT on Panckhurst to move her classes online the day before the lockdown began. Pre-lockdown, Laura ran box fit classes for general fitness and balance and strength sessions for seniors from the Woodend Community Centre, along with personal training sessions from her home gym. She’s kept the online sessions running at the same time to provide ...

Wetland project fosters cultural values Wetland project fosters cultural values

When Barb and Greg Morriss first embarked on an ambitious project to restore a 250-metre stream running off Saltwater Creek the area resembled “an overgrown jungle”.   The trio, who milk 400 cows on a 250-hectare block, had noticed that their stream was flooding the surrounding land more often and decided to allow the area to revert to its original form as a wetland. Barb says this move made sense from both an environmental and operational ...

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