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Farmers are reeling from pressures Farmers are reeling from pressures

While the world focusses on the Covid 19 virus few even think of the North Canterbury farmers who are literally facing the toughest times in living history. Gayle Lichfield, Chairperson of the Canterbury Rural Support Trust, says the past twelve months drought has had even worse effect than the three-year drought that hit recently. She says the virus has compacted the stress because of transport restrictions and therefore farmers have been unable to sell off stock. “It’s ...
Natarsha Crawford

North Canterbury voucher scheme to attract more customers North Canterbury voucher scheme to attract more customers

A free new initiative with the aim of increasing consumer spending in North Canterbury by locals and visitors is in the form of an electronic booklet which contains coupons or vouchers offering discounts to customers. Behind the scheme is the Women in Business North Canterbury group who see the value in offering the opportunity to all businesses in the district. The networking group meet twice monthly in Rangiora’s Brook Hotel to support each other and the ...
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 ...

Competition and catch-ups on ice… Competition and catch-ups on ice…

North Canterbury’s agricultural sector is still adjusting to the news that one of their most significant annual get togethers won’t go ahead this year. The New Zealand Agricultural Show – run by the Canterbury A&P Association – was one of the last iconic events to surrender to Covid-19 last week. It’s the first time since World War II officials have had to stand down. Scheduled to run from November 11-13, the Show welcomes 100,000 annual visitors. It ...

Home schooling six children changes perspectives Home schooling six children changes perspectives

Home schooling six children aged between six and 16 during the Level 4 lockdown, while juggling a business is a sobering concept for most of us. And, perhaps it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest – if we’re honest – that it’s a horrifying thought for everyone else. North Canterbury couple Peter and Claire Hansen own Peter Hansen Drainage. They also milk a small herd of registered Jerseys near Rangiora. In between all ...

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