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Dear Guest

Times remain very uncertain for our local business community with the recent changes to Alert Levels but we are happy to see the most recent announcements from the Government around the resurgence wage subsidy, mortgage deferral scheme extension and extension to the leave support scheme. 

A reminder that help is also available at a local level. The Regional Business Partner Network Fund is still on offer for eligible businesses, distributed in North Canterbury through ENC. Find out more on our website. With the help of the Ministry of Social Development we have also put together a list of resources for those seeking employment or looking for staff. And the Covid-19 Business Support Helpline is still in operation on 0800 50 50 96. We encourage businesses to seek help if they need it, either directly from Government agencies or through ENC.

Ron van Til has recently completed his tenure as Board Trustee after nine years. Ron has given a lot of time and energy to his role over the years and ENC is very grateful for his valuable contribution. And Andrew Gilchrist recently completed his one year position as the inaugural Intern Trustee. Following the success of the inaugural position, the Board is now seeking to appoint a new Intern Trustee. Applications close September 15th. 

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

Business Headlines


Local Business News & Updates

  • ENC has compiled a useful list of resources for job seekers and employers looking for staff. It includes job vacancy websites, local recruitment agencies, training opportunities and assistance and subsidies available through the Ministry of Social Development. View the full list here.

  • A series of workshops for those affected by Covid-19 job losses will kick off in Oxford next week, followed by Kaiapoi and Rangiora. The 'Keeping North Canterbury Working' half-day workshops are run by Waimakariri District Council and Ministry of Social Development. Find out more here.

  • The Waimakariri District has a wide range of support services in place to help you with all aspects of your wellbeing including mental health, financial, family, business, health and much more. Waimakariri District Council has released this helpful flyer outlining the support services in the district. ENC encourages all residents to utilise these services as needed.

  • The Rangiora Promotions Association is holding its Last Wednesday Club networking event on August 26th at Charles Upham Village in Rangiora. RSVP to by Friday August 21st. 

  • The Rangiora Promotions Association Pop-up Business Expo is taking place on Wednesday, September 23. Open to all local 'people in business' who have a genuine interest in Rangiora and the businesses therein. Registrations are open now. Click here to register or find out more

Business Training & Events

September 9 | Kaiapoi or Online

Book in for a free discussion with Matt James from North Canterbury Business Services. Matt is a well respected Rangiora business coach and is on hand to answer any questions you have on business coaching and advisory, strategic planning, business analysis and process improvement, making changes and navigating challenges, growing your business sustainably, getting started with your new business idea... pretty much anything business-related!
Find out more or book your space here.

September 24 | Kaiapoi

Your financial information can tell you a lot. Even simple calculations provide key information about your business which will help you plan and manage your finances. When you’ve got this sussed you can spot problems before they become serious and see where you have opportunities for growth. So if you don’t know your Profit & Loss from your Balance Sheet this is the session for you. Sponsored by ANZ this is a free event.
Find out more or book your space here


Business Tips & Advice

  • A two-week Covid-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy payment has been made available nationally by the Government for employers, including self-employed people, who are financially impacted by the resurgence of Covid-19 and changes to Covid Alert Levels. Visit the Work & Income website for details.  

  • The Government has amended the Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme, removing the revenue-drop test from 1pm on August 21 to make it more widely accessible. Find out more from Work & Income.

  • The Covid-19 Business Support Helpline is still in operation, providing specific advice and access to Government business support, advice on what Level 2 means for your business, HR and general business advice, access to online resources and webinars and connections to business advisory services. The number for South Island businesses is 0800 50 50 96.

  • Employment NZ has released some helpful information around ensuring that employers are following proper employment process when dealing with Covid-19 redundancies. Read the full article here.

  • The Equal Pay Amendment Bill was passed last month laying out a new process to raise and consider claims of systematic sex-based pay discrimination across female-dominated industries. Employment NZ will be releasing a number of tools, resources and support services to help employers and employees with the changes, which are due to commence within the next three months. Find out more here.

  • The Apprenticeship Boost Subsidy as well as additional funding for Mana in Mahi were announced by the Government recently - great news for employers with apprentices. Get all the details here

  • MBIE has released a fantastic Mature Workers Toolkit aimed at assisting employers in hiring, developing and retaining mature workers. Take a look here

  • From 2021, Immigration New Zealand will be making some changes made to temporary work visas. This could affect you, your business and your employees if you currently have staff on temporary work visas. Read all the changes and how they may affect you here.


ENC Sponsor Profile

The Learning Staircase

The Learning Staircase designs and retails top quality educational resources for learners of all ages, including adults. Their core programme, StepsWeb, is an online literacy programme currently being used by over 900 NZ schools and a growing number internationally. Their leading computer-based literacy development program, Steps, is used by a number of tertiary or vocational training institutions for adult learners. It can also be used in the workplace.

Find out more about The Learning Staircase here >> 

Welcome to...

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

  • Vintage Rose - The Nostalgic Boutique in Kaiapoi is now open, brimming with fine china, vintage and retro items and giftware. 

  • Lashes by Tegan is offering stunning eyelash extensions from Waikuku. Welcome to the region Tegan.

  • Cohesion Design Studio provides full design, creation and installation of custom made joinery from their Okuku base. 

  • The Flower Lab creates beautiful dried floral home decor including dried floral jars, domes and wreaths. 

  • Mylk Made went live earlier this month with their sustainable solution to making your own plant-based mylk at home. Congratulations Jemma and Max!

  • SWIFT Mobile Locksmith is based in Woodend and is a 24-hour mobile locksmith service providing a complete locksmith services including automotive and residential lockout assistance.

  • Realistic Safety launched back in April, so a very belated welcome. Realistic Safety provides meaningful health and safety business solutions and ongoing local support for business owners.

  • Kaiapoi's first coworking and shared office space - Dynamic Coworking Limited - is now up and running. Congratulations Geoff and Bridget. 

  • Doctor Bike is a brand new bicycle workshop in Kaiapoi, offering quality repairs at a reasonable prices. Check them out on Ohoka Road. 

  • Welcome to Dusted Transport who provide private and professional passenger services throughout 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!  


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: The Feedshack

Since they saw a gap in the pet supply market back in 2008, supporting the local community with quality products and excellent service has always been the driving force for Miles and Tracy Ashley. "Our loyal customers have helped us to grow organically and have got us to where we are today,”

says Miles. 

Read the full story on why Miles and Tracy love to do business in the Waimakariri District >> 


Your Online Tip

What is Local SEO and Why Should You Be Doing it?

According to Google, 46% of searches have 'local intent'. This means that the searcher is looking for something that is physically near them, like a restaurant, dentist or mechanic for example. With your local audience of more importance than ever before, now is the time to ensure your online business presence is optimised for those local searches. This helpful blog post from Bright Local answers all your Local SEO questions like what is it? Why should I do it? And how can I get my business to appear on that little map in the results search? 

Business Service Partners

PIC Insurance Brokers is 100% New Zealand owned and operated with around 100 employees throughout New Zealand. Their brokers are salaried, not chasing commissions, so they focus on delivering the best outcomes for their clients taking risk into consideration. They are here to advise, guide and act in the best interests of you and your business.

Find out more or get in touch with Moira Kemp today >> 


This month we would also like to welcome our newest Business Service Partner, Real Communications - a public relations consultancy based in North Canterbury which specialises in strategic communications focused on businesses and organisations taking positive action to improve the world around them. Find out more or contact Real Communications here.

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.   


Commercial Space in North Canterbury

The following commercial spaces are available for lease or sale in the North Canterbury region. Please contact the listed contact person for further information on each property. 

Ravenswood Junction Retail Precinct

Ravenswood Junction is adjacent to Ravenswood New World which is now under construction. Retail tenancies are available for lease from 87m² to 750m². Although not restricted to, Ravenswood Junction is specifically seeking interest from the following businesses types: Café, Gym, Hairdresser / Health & Beauty, Giftware / Book Shop, Food / Restaurant and or Bar operators, Travel, Pharmacy, Medical Care (Audiologist / Optometrist / Dentist), Florist, Laundromat, Office uses, Bank, Other.

Contact: Jerome O’Sullivan

P: 021 901 874 
W: Visit website >> 



Kaiapoi Office Spaces

Choice of two buildings in central Kaiapoi: the ENC Clocktower Offices on Williams St, or the Riverview Offices above the new shopping complex on Charles St corner. Multiple office spaces to choose from. Sizes vary from 1-2 person offices through to larger spaces for 3-4 people. All include excellent facilities, unlimited high speed broadband at $10/week+GST, and flexible lease terms. 

Contact: Jedd Pearce
P: 0274 339 001
W: View online >> 



Retail/Hospitality, Kaiapoi
Times Square is a busy shopping centre with its own free parking opposite a 69 unit retirement village in the middle of Kaiapoi's Williams Street. Unit 7 has become available and is calling out for a restaurant operator. Would possibly suit a Thai restaurant or the likes. SAVE MONEY on the FIT OUT as it is all complete! The landlord will provide free rent for the first 6 months to the right tenant. Negotiable with the landlord. 

Contact: Jedd Pearce
P: 0274 339 001
W: View online >>  



Retail, Conway Lane, Rangiora
Two retail spaces will be available soon in Conway Lane, Central High Street, Rangiora. One space - 96m² will be available in October; Another space - 62m² will be available in January 2021. Both have own storage area and toilet. Preferred tenant is higher-end fashion or complementary retail.

Contact: Lindsay Bain or Jonathan Bain
P: 021 123 1333 (Lindsay); 027 363 0245 (Jonathan)



Co-Working Office Space, Rangiora
We are North Canterbury’s collaborative, flexible co-working office space in central Rangiora, right next to café’s, retail and essential amenities. Ideal for start-ups, small businesses, freelancers, and those who want to get out of their home office! If you a looking for just an hour or a permanent desk option, we have you covered.
Level 1, 210 High Street, Rangiora. 
Bookings can be made online: or email:



Co-Working Office Space, Kaiapoi
Includes hot desks, dedicated offices and a 10 seat board/meeting room. Flexible membership plans – daily, weekly, monthly or long term options. No fixed term leases or operating expenses. This will suit start ups, professionals or small businesses requiring office facilities, high speed fibre internet and seeking a collaborative business community. 2/77 Hilton Street, Kaiapoi (The Crossing).


Office Space, Rangiora
Rangiora central 700m² office space. Available Late 2023.

Contact: Andrew Wenborn, Ashmore Holdings
P: 0274 323 132