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Dear Guest

We warmly welcome Marie Black and Dan Gordon to the ENC Board for their first meeting in November. They will join our newly appointed Chair, Holly Sterne, and our other very entrepreneurial Trustees. You can read all about the Board changes in our story.

ENC has also been working to form a shared value partnership with the new Waimak App and Hurunui App, which are community and business directories for all.

It was great to see The Kaiapoi River Queen being lifted into place on the Kaiapoi River earlier this month, adding another attraction to the 'Rivertown'.

Read on for more updates, business news and new businesses in North Canterbury.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO


Business Headlines


Local Business News & Updates

  • ENC Corporate Sponsor MainPower New Zealand Limited has announced the 30 recipients of the $30,000 2019 MainPower Community Fund. Read the full story here >> 

  • Hurunui businesses are invited to a free social media training seminar on Monday, November 25th at the Omihi Community Hall. Hosted by Eventful Hurunui and presented by Collab Digital, this is a great opportunity to hone those essential social media skills for free. More information can be found on Facebook >> 

  • Have you checked out the new website of AmberleyNZ? A great wee site showcasing the many thriving businesses on offer in Amberley.

  • Congratulations to The St James of Hanmer Springs which was recently named Best Motel in the 2019 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence for the second year running!

  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa opened their brand new extension this month, including the amazing Conical Thrill ride and new cascade pools. Well done on a huge development.

  • Rangiora architectural designer Jason Higham from Higham Architecture came away with the Highly Commended Award in the Designer New Home category at the 2019 Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) held in Auckland last week. Congratulations!

Business Training & Events


Business Tips & Advice

  • Starting or growing a business in 2020? Now’s the time to be working on your business plan. Whilst there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula for creating a plan, there are some key things every plan needs. Check out this helpful article from MBIE: How to Write a Business Plan >> 

  • Did you see this article in the latest New Zealand Business Magazine: How to Build a Great Export Brand? Definitely worth a read for those thinking of exporting.

  • MBIE is keen to know how to address the issue of migrant exploitation in New Zealand. They are doing a review that could have significant effects on businesses that employ migrant labour. Find out more and have your say here >> 

  • MBIE is also seeking feedback on the design of a Fair Payments Agreement System. Subsmissions close November 27th, so take a look and submit your feedback here >> 

  • Employment New Zealand has launched a new online learning module about employment rights. 'An Introduction to Your Employment Rights' aims to inform both employees and employers about their rights and responsibilities surrounding employment. Find out more or complete the module here >> 

Welcome to...

A huge welcome and congratulations from ENC to all the new businesses that have opened since our last newsletter: 

  • Nori Table sushi restaurant is opening today (Thursday)! Check them out in the Riverview Retail Complex, Williams Street, Kaiapoi. 

  • Black & White Coffee Cartel opened its first North Canterbury branch in Rangiora's High Street in early November. 

  • Creatives has opened on Williams Street in Kaiapoi, selling local art, crafts and jewellery as well as offering jewellery repairs. 

  • Lordship Linens is now open on the corner of Good Street and High Street in Rangiora, selling a beautiful range of women's clothing and accessories. 

  • Also on Good Street, La Boutique Hair has recently opened its first North Canterbury branch, with a successful branch already operating in Christchurch. 

  • Karfa Moroccon Cuisine recently opened its doors at 124 High Street, Rangiora, offering delicious, authentic Moroccan dining and takeaways.

  • Refillingood is a new Oxford-based business that delivers refillable eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries throughout much of North Canterbury and Christchurch. 

Did we miss anyone? If you know of a new North Canterbury business that we should mention in our newsletter, please let us know!  


ENC Sponsor Profile

Spark Business Canterbury is a locally owned and operated business dedicated to looking after Canterbury SME’s telecommunications needs in partnership with Spark Business. As an ENC Silver Sponsor, Spark Business Canterbury is

pleased to be able to support local business. 

Find out more about Spark Business Canterbury or contact them today >> 


For some it's the location, for others, the ease of doing business, the sense of community or the amazing work/life balance. Whatever the reason, hundreds of business owners have chosen to set up and operate their businesses in the Waimakariri District. Each month we sit down with a local business owner to find out Why Waimakariri? 

Why Waimakariri: Rangiora Bakery

When asked why he has chosen to keep his successful business based in the Waimakariri District for over 40 years, Ron van Til says the answer is simple: “People, people, people.” 

“The connections you develop with people within the district and being able to help others in the community is paramount,” he explains. 

Your Online Tip

How to Deal with Negative Comments
As the operator of a business that uses social media, you're guaranteed to encounter someone posting a negative comment on your page or channel at some point. Sometimes this is an unhappy customer wanting attention, sometimes it's someone with nothing better to do. Either way, there are ways you should and should not respond to such comments in order to maintain the integrity and public image of your business. This article from Bluleadz ticks off the major Dos and Don'ts of Responding to Negative Social Media Comments >> 

Business Service Partners

ANZ North Canterbury has six local Business Specialists to assist you with all your banking needs. Different businesses have different challenges. Whether you’re a sole trader, start-up, rural business, larger commercial or institutional business ANZ North Canterbury's specialists have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your business goals.

About Business Service Partners 

All of our Business Service Partners are carefully vetted businesses who provide excellent services to North Canterbury businesses. We are proud to be associated with our Business Service Partners, all of whom have a proven track record in servicing local businesses. If you would like to talk about becoming an ENC Business Service Partner please download our Business Services Package or contact our Business Support Manager Miles Dalton.   


Book Your Next Business Event

The ENC Business Centre in central Kaiapoi offers a modern, spacious, purpose-built conference room ideal for your next meeting, training or social function:
  • Full day: $295+GST
  • Half day: $195+GST
  • 2 Hours: $95+GST