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Since its official launch last month, MADE NORTH CANTERBURY has continued to make great inroads, this time with the support of Rangiora New World who is hosting the first North Canterbury Food & Beverage Showcase event in April. This event will occur at other New World supermarkets in future, showcasing the breadth, quality and availability of our incredible North Canterbury food and beverages. 

Also coming up in April we have the launch of the 2021 North Canterbury Business AwardsWe're thrilled to be hosting this event after last year's hiatus and we know our business community will get involved once again to celebrate all the amazing businesses that make up North Canterbury. This event couldn't happen without the generosity of our sponsors, who we would like to extend a huge thank you to. 

And speaking of generosity - we would like to make a special mention of ENC's Corporate Sponsor Mainpower. Mainpower has been supporting ENC for almost 20 years and have also thrown their support behind the North Canterbury Business Awards since 2008. They return as Lead Sponsors of the event once again this year. So much of what we do here at ENC wouldn't be possible without the ongoing sponsorship of Mainpower and we are truly grateful for everything they do. 

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

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Business Tips & Advice

  • A reminder that MBIE and Mind Lab have created Digital Boost - an incredible initiative providing free courses in all things digital for small New Zealand business owners. Take a look and sign up here

  • The Government has released some very helpful guidelines around employment and the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. Worth a read for all employers and employees. (Link courtesy of The Chamber). There is also an abundance of information around the vaccine rollout on the Employment New Zealand website, including a sign-up to be notified when new information arrives. 

  • The minimum wage will increase from April 1st. Employment New Zealand has released a helpful checklist to ensure you are ready for the change

  • Please remember that the Covid-19 Business Helpline is still operational. This is a fully funded service for all businesses in Aotearoa New Zealand. The South Island phone number is 0800 50 50 96. They can help you with:
    • Advice on what various Alerts Levels mean for your business and your employer obligations
    • Advice to support you through human resource challenges, including changes to your staffing profile, employee wellness and helping you meet your Health and Safety obligations
    • Information around Government business support including digital enablement, employee support and funded or subsidies business advisory support
    • General business advice to support business continuity.


Business Training & Events

April 28 | Rangiora

Join ENC for drinks and nibbles at the Rangiora RSA, learn about the North Canterbury Business Awards and find out how entering can help your business grow. This is a free event with time for Q&A. Register now to secure your space

May 5 | Kaiapoi

Sponsored by Accuro Health Insurance. Learn the benefits to your organisation in offering health insurance to your people and learn what's available. One-hour breakfast seminar with Q&A.
Register now to secure your space


Local Business News & Updates


  • This month the Visit Waimakariri team farewells Lucy Harvey who is taking maternity leave from March 30th. Khloe Peck (pictured) has been appointed as Events & Promotions Administrator in Lucy's absence. Khloe has worked in the New Zealand tourism industry for over 10 years and we know she will be a great fit for the role. 

  • Visit Waimakariri event funding applications are still open until March 31st. If you are starting a new event or trying to grow an existing event in the Waimakariri District you may be eligible for up to $5,000 towards the promotion or coordination of your event. Find out more or apply here before the end of the month.

  • Ravenswood has begun the year very busy, making excellent progress with Stage 2 titles issued, the Spine Road due to open in the coming weeks, the start of construction on Stage 3 and exceptional sales in Stage 4 just in the last couple of weeks. It is great to see the New World supermarket going up and will be a great asset for everyone when it opens later this year. 

  • Congratulations to Artisan by Rangiora Bakery for taking out the Great NZ Hot Cross Bun competition once again! Be sure to get your hands on NZ's best Hot Cross buns this Easter - instore daily. 


ENC Sponsor Profile

As ENC's Corporate Sponsor, Mainpower has been helping to power Enterprise North Canterbury since 2002. Their ongoing support and contributions mean ENC can provide the support, guidance, education and opportunities that we do. They are also the lead sponsor of the 2021 North Canterbury Business Awards. Mainpower has been distributing electricity to the region for nearly 100 years and provides profit distribution in the form of sponsorship of community initiatives throughout North Canterbury. Thanks Mainpower


Welcome to...

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

  • Planted (opening today!) is a fully vegan food truck selling yummy takeaway food at extremely reasonable prices. You'll find them by Vege'n Out in Woodend, 73 Main North Road.
  • Thompson Towing - from a tow to a jump start, these guys are fast, professional, and can come to you wherever you are in North Canterbury.
  • Property Management Solutions is now up and running, covering Christchurch and North Canterbury. They help property investors with every step of the journey, from finding the right property, to matching you with a reliable property manager and everything in between. 
  • Auldwood Birds offers individualised guided itineraries for bird watching enthusiasts throughout Canterbury in the experienced hands of owner/guide Steve. 
  • AllyMyIT are a new local business providing IT solutions, software and support for businesses and for the home.
  • Beyond Accounts have recently opened up on Cone Street Rangiora. If you'd like to take the stress out of accounts, payroll and admin needs, give Sarah or Sharon a yell.
  • The Sterling Kaiapoi is a new approach in retirement living and has officlally launched, with villas now selling.
  • Tom's Chop Shop opened on the first of the month. Go check out Rangiora's newest barber in Good Street. 
Did we miss anyone? If you know of a new business that we haven't mentioned, 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. Every so often we sit down with a local business owner to find out Why Waimakariri? 

For Lisa Willetts, the move to North Canterbury from Christchurch was all about lifestyle. In 2013, Lisa and her family were drawn to the peace, slower pace and close community of the Waikuku area. And it’s these elements that Lisa wants to share with visitors to her collaborative business venture, The Old School Collective.

Read Lisa's story >>


Business Service Partners

Success Factor specialises in working with new business set-ups including single-person enterprises, small and medium businesses and those who have an idea or concept and want help validating their business idea! They are committed to providing an holistic programme delivered professionally in a personalised environment, with tailored sessions to suit individual needs and business requirements. If you need some direction with your new business, get in touch with Debs at Success Factor now


This month we are delighted to welcome a new business partner on board. Deegeedee specialises in websites and digital marketing that gets results. CEO Dean Davis is one of the leading digital marketing consultants in New Zealand. With a proven track record in getting sites converting, ranking and generating the sort of qualified traffic they deserve. Get in touch with Deegeedee if you want to improve your conversion rate, traffic and online presence. 

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. 

Retail Space, Kaiapoi

Retail space at 121 Williams Street, Kaiapoi is currently being strengthened and upgraded. 100sqm of retail/office showroom at front & 75sqm warehouse behind with rear access. 2 carparks. Toilet & kitchen area. Upgrade includes new interior paint, new signage, higher ceiling space. Fitout can be made to tenants requirements.

Paul Brown | 021 386 069


Co-working Office Space, Rangiora

We are North Canterbury's collaborative, flexible, co-working office space in central Rangiora, right next to cafes, retail and essential amenities. Ideal for start-ups, small businesses, freelancers and those who want to get out of their home office! If you are 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 


Industrial Development, Ravenswood

4434sqm of bare land to be developed subject to sufficient interest. Your chance to operate your business within the popular, rapidly growing Ravenswood industrial precinct. Photo shows one possible concept but developer is open to other possibilities to meet your requirements. Find out more here

Brian Davey | 0292323583


Office Space, High Street Rangiora

Standalone 33sqm office space available upstairs inside the Compass FM building on High Street, Rangiora. The space is lockable and includes kitchen facilities, shared toilets, heat pump and fast internet. 

Kerry Treymane | 027 210 8647


Dynamic Coworking, Kaiapoi

Collaborative Shared Offices & CoWorking Space, offering affordable & flexible office & hot desk membership plans. Includes 2 x 4 person meeting rooms, hi speed fibre internet, free tea & coffee, unlimited parking. Ideal for freelancers, starts ups, small business owners or consultants. 


Geoff Barclay | 027 523 9953 
Or visit their website >> 


Food Manufacturing, Swannanoa

864sqm export-approved manufacturing plant available for lease or sale. Fully insulated. Could be used for food manufacturing, chilled storage, dry storage or other uses. Standalone office houses approx. 9 staff. Adjoining field has own irrigation and has been used for commercial flower growing and hay harvesting. Could be used to expand plant, subject to approval.
Mike Sleigh | 021 388 910 or view all details and images here


Office & Retail Spaces, Kaiapoi

PLC Group currently has a number of spaces for lease in Kaiapoi including spaces in the high-profile Clocktower Offices and the Riverview Offices plus a unit at 77 Williams Street. View all details here.

Mark Revis