MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Artist captures 125 Kiwi Women
Re-igniting the stories of extraordinary New Zealand Wāhine
NEW ZEALAND, March - September 2018 (Our Wāhine) –Auckland-based artist Kate Hursthouse has begun illustrating 125 extraordinary New Zealand women in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
Alongside Kate’s illustrations, her mother Karen Brook researches and writes the profiles of Our Wāhine to rekindle the stories of New Zealand’s women in history.
No longer relegated to black and white text laden history books, the full colour, bold and vibrant illustrations offer an exciting new interpretation of these women.
The aim is to showcase inspiring kiwi women of all ages and backgrounds while making history accessible, easy to digest and empowering.
The stories include change-makers such as ‘Queen of the Cosmos’ Beatrice Tinsley , chieftainess and peacemaker Rangi Toperoa ’, Antartic scientist Rosemary Askin and filmmaker Merata Mita.
The mother-daughter team launched the Our Wāhine campaign on March 8th 2018 (International Women’s Day) and will continue working on the project until September 19th 2018 (the 125th anniversary of New Zealand women being granted the right to vote).
The project is being rolled out across social media platforms and a dedicated website.
During the campaign Kate and Karen will connect with as many women-led organisations as possible to raise awareness and further strengthen New Zealand’s female connections. “With the collective help of women across New Zealand, we can ensure that these stories do not get lost”, says Kate.
Our Wāhine will become a valuable online resource and the end goal is for the illustrations and profiles to be published into a book for all ages.
Kate Hursthouse is a New Zealand artist specialising in illustration, calligraphy, and hand lettering. Kate’s work takes on a number of forms from contemporary calligraphic artworks and commercial illustrations to large scale hand-painted murals.
She has exhibited in galleries both at home and abroad and her commercial clients include Karen Walker, Lululemon, Spark NZ, TEDxAuckland, Hallertau Brewery and Auckland City Council. She is also an Ambassador for Pilot Pens New Zealand.
Contact: Kate Hursthouse
MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 26/07/16
The iconic Todds of Ashburton fashion store has dominated the northern landscape of Ashburton’s main street for ninety-six years. After three generations of family ownership the Todds are now set to hand the reigns of their business over.
Tony and Christine Todd have sold their business to the Preen family of Timaru. The Preens also have a long history in the fashion business with multiple stores in South Canterbury.
The sale will be completed February 24th 2017 and includes their second store TCR – The Clothes Rack also on East Street.
The stores will trade under the same names and continue to offer quality fashion for men and women. The intention remains to offer fashion shoes and accessories also.
The lingerie department is the only one planned to be phased out by end of February 2017 as it is not compatible with the new owner’s business model.
All staff will continue to be employed and will be offered new contracts by the new owners. Current owners Tony and Christine Todd will stay on for a period of time in a management role to assist with a smooth transition. Mr. Todd says, “From a customer’s perspective you will notice little change”.
Both the Todd’s and the Preen’s have owned fashion businesses over three generations. The Preen family have stores in Timaru and Oamaru as well as their own fashion label.
“It is a good fit for them to add Ashburton to their trading arm,” says Tony Todd.
“We have had a strong working relationship with the Preen family over many years which extends to a personal level”.
There is historical evidence of this. Second generation owner Tony Preen has a reference written by A.H. Todd which describes Tony Preen’s Grandfather working for him.
Todds Drapery was incorporated in 1920 after Mr. A.H. Todd bought out Barretts Limited. A.H. Todd had worked for Barretts since 1914. This store was situated where the BNZ is now (next door to the current Todds of Ashburton). Three of A.H. Todd’s sons worked for the company, Arch, Ray and Les. In 1938 the present store was opened and over time has transformed from a general drapery store to a fashion store specialising in the ‘medium to higher end’ of the market.
Tony joined the company as a sixteen year old junior. Tony and wife Christine took over management of the business when Tony’s father, Les, retired.
MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
International mix of talent in local workshop
(07/07/16) Washdyke based motorcycle store Timaru Yamaha, has recently attracted international talent to its workshop.
Out of 32,000 contestants, Ben Fuchs (36) won second place in the Yamaha World Technician Grand Prix 2014. From Bavaria, Germany, Fuchs found Timaru Yamaha’s job advert on website TradeMe. “It is my dream to work and live in New Zealand”, says Fuchs. He began working at the store last month. His home town is situated near the Bavarian Alps and the scenery is much like the South Island of New Zealand.
Timaru Yamaha owner Ricky McKay, having prior experience with assisting staff through immigration processes was happy to bring Fuchs’ talent to Timaru. Fuchs is a qualified motorcycle mechanic with over sixteen years’ experience. “There aren’t many specialised or qualified motorcycle mechanics locally”, McKay says. But he is pleased to have built a strong foundation of local customers and staff since first opening nearly five years ago.
Fuchs joins Tony Capillanes (38) originally from Davao city in the South Island of the Philippines. Also with over sixteen years’ experience, Capillanes worked as a motorcycle mechanic for a forest management company in the United Arab Emirates and for Kawasaki dealerships in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. “Instead of muddy vehicles”, he says, “many (motorcycles) in the Middle East came in to the workshop filled with sand”.
Fuchs and Capillanes work alongside kiwi mechanic Alan Welch also based in the Timaru Yamaha workshop. With a shared affection for motorcycles, “they all work together very well”, says McKay. Each staff member at Timaru Yamaha is dedicated to motorcycles, albeit different types. While Fuchs enjoys off-road motorcycle riding, Capillanes has a passion for drag motorcycles.
Photo available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1dhk12srs4klzi8/AAAMRYxWYqdulzvhkI689DUta?dl=0
Photo caption: A diverse workshop: Tony Capillanes, Ben Fuchs, Alan Welch
Please contact Ricky McKay of Timaru Yamaha on 027 254 9008 for further comments
MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Like Bonneville, But on Snow
Becoming the fastest human on skis
Vars, France, 22nd January, 2018 (NZ SPEED SKI TEAM) – With just over 10 days to go, Kiwi speed skier Tawny Wagstaff is training at the world’s fastest speed ski resort in Vars, France. The 39-year-old will compete in two world cup races there from the 2nd to the 4th of February before jet setting across the Northern Hemisphere for 9 more world cup speed ski events.
Last year in Canada, Wagstaff became the first New Zealander to win an S2 World Cup race. After one season competing internationally, Wagstaff was made eligible to race in the World Cup main category Speed1 for 2018.
He’s ready to break more records this season. “ I will perform well in the world cup to gain an invitation to partake in the world record attempts”. The maximum speed ever reached on skis is 254kph set in 2016 in France by Italian Ivan Origone and recorded at an invitation only event not included in the world cup.
Speed skiing is the fastest of all un-motorised sports on two feet. Tracks are on average 1000 metres long, the middle 100 metres is the speed trap and the last 300 metres is the run out zone.
Wagstaff’s flights were made possible with Intercoll who covered the cost of airfares and Mount Hutt supported him during his New Zealand training.
Nurtured from a young age with Canterbury’s Mount Hutt at his disposal, Tawny Wagstaff is an athlete who has spent his career and life in the mountains. Whether he’s in the depths of Southern Alps climbing mountains, guiding groups through the back country slopes of Japan or pointing his ski’s straight towards ground zero, one thing’s for certain – he is always exploring the limits of what’s humanly possible.
NZ Speed Ski Team
MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday April 3, 2017, Ashburton - A new funeral home called Memory Funerals will open for business at 22 Moore Street. Memory Funerals is set opposite the New World supermarket and is fitted out with a modern and cosy touch.
Owner of Memory Funerals, Jo Metcalf has over nine years’ experience in the funeral industry.
Canterbury born and bred, Jo now lives in Ashburton. Being locally based enables Jo to be personally involved in the practicalities of the business.
She has a special knack of remembering each and every funeral.
Jo says she has focused on a boutique style offering because she never wants her client to feel on a time limit, or like a number. She’s focused on being extra careful and considerate in a time that’s very raw in people’s lives.
Her aim is to pick up on the little things that can go unnoticed at a busy time, she says.
“I’m flexible about tailoring a funeral specific to the person and family. And I’m happy to guide those who aren’t quite sure”, says Jo.
Her unique approach was inspired by all the families she’s served in her career. “It’s the family’s ideas and unique solutions that inspire me”, she says.
Jo says her service doesn’t have to finish after the funeral. She is open and welcoming to clients coming back in for a coffee down the line, she says.
PHOTOS AND QUESTIONS WELCOME
Jo invites you to attend the launch evening along with special guest Jo Goodhew
Friday, March 31, 2017, 5.30pm
Memory Funerals, 22 Moore Street
Phone: 027 637 1229 or 0800 2MEMORY
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In less than a week a new Free Parking for Ashburton Facebook page gained over 400 supporters and is nearing 200 signatures on its Change.org online petition
The list of signatures on petitions in Ashburton CBD stores also continues to grow.
The Free Parking for Ashburton Petition says, “Small town retail is doing it tough nowadays. Retailers are integral to the community and culture of the wider district. That's why Ashburton retailers are lobbying the Ashburton District Council to provide free parking for shoppers to revive their CBD. They are leading the charge for regional centres across New Zealand.
Access to the heart of a small town needs to be free so that it is non-discriminatory, easy and stress-free for the community it serves. Rural people, elderly, disabled, mothers, children, business people and visitors all need quick, easy access to the town centre to keep it alive. Parking in its current state is stressful, confusing and prohibitive”.
A “Parking difficulty in Ashburton” Facebook poll uncovered that the pay and display meters were the most difficult factor of parking in Ashburton’s CBD. The next most difficult factor in regards to parking in Ashburton was cost.
What do you find MOST DIFFICULT about Ashburton's CBD parking?
The pay and display meters
ranking: 1.9 / 5
ranking: 2.8 / 5
The time limit
ranking: 3.2 / 5
ranking: 3.4 / 5
The lollipop meters
ranking: 3.8 / 5
Free parking supporter comments aligned with the results found in the poll.
From Change.org, “I'm signing because pay and display is far too expensive. I always park down a side street these days. I'm with the business owners all the way. The council are far too money hungry with no concern whatsoever for the community” writes Sharon Dickens of Ashburton.
From Change.org, “Half the time the tickets don't work. Also with all the online shopping available these days we need to support our local retailers and make it easy and inexpensive for people to park near the shops” writes Shona Mcgrath of Ashburton.
Some supporters highlighted that other small towns have changed over to free parking:
From Change.org, “NCC introduced first hour free on their meters. This has revitalised the CBD. You still need to get a coupon from the parking machine but you can select the first hour free. Keep New Zealand like New Zealand. Parking in small towns must be free, it costs nothing to provide it!”, writesKeith Langham of Nelson.
From Change.org, “Rotorua district council made parking free a few years ago and it was the best thing for the town and the retail shops!!! Follow suite Ashburton!!” – from Renee Hallidayof Ashburton.
Meanwhile the campaigners are speaking with other councils and retailers in regional New Zealand to find out their parking systems. They are looking at new technologies and different ways to offset the loss in revenue by providing free parking to shoppers. They will be taking their findings and report to the next council meeting.
For more comments please visit this petition link:https://www.change.org/p/ashburton-district-council-free-parking-for-ashburton-shoppers-fd278de5-9be9-440b-901a-ddf524710cff?recruiter=554045276&utm_source
For the Facebook page please visit: https://www.facebook.com/freeparkingashburton/
Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 12:25 pm
Press Release: Heart PR
The retailers of Ashburton behind the free parking campaign will meet with the Ashburton District Council to present their case along with signed petitions on Thursday July 7th.
They will propose one hour free parking along all streets in the CBD. They will also suggest use of Smart Parking technology which allows parking to be monitored with the accuracy of sensors, decreasing the workload and cost of warden staff. The technology is used by Taupo and Rotorua district councils. Scott Devonport of Taupo district council says, “We focus not on revenue gathering but on parking turnover. It’s a different way of thinking and it works extremely well for us”.
Hutt City Council trialled free parking in 2015 to rejuvenate its dwindling retail scene and due to the success has installed free parking as part of its 2016/17 district plan.
The Free Parking for Ashburton cause has gained over 1100 likes on their Facebook page. The online arm of its petition is on its way to its next milestone of 500 signatures.
Large posters can now be seen on shop windows throughout the CBD calling for more signatures on the petitions. They can be signed either online at Change.org or in stores.
The online petition and Facebook pages have gathered over eighty comments from residents and visitors who are disgruntled with the current parking system and support free parking.
Comments range from people disillusioned with the pay and display meters, to those unhappy with the cost. While some argue that people should walk from the West Street car-parks, others say it is not easy crossing the railway line for the vulnerable in the community, such as stroke victims, senior citizens, or parents with very young or sick children.
One retailer said that travelling business people often comment that Ashburton has the worst parking.
On Thursday June 23rd, Tony Todd from retail store Todds of Ashburton found that a near-by PAD machine was not accepting coins and had a queue of five people behind it, one of whom was on a walking aid. “Four of them drove off”, he said.
It’s never been easier for make-up fans across New Zealand and Australia to customise their own eyeshadow palettes.
Makeup company Beauty School Dropout (BSD) now stocks internationally renowned Z Palettes, available on their website. (beautyschooldropout.co.nz)
Beauty School Dropout has also formulated and launched a range of pan eyeshadows. Twenty-nine colours have been designed to insert into the Z Palettes. Each one is lovingly crafted in Australia and is cruelty-free. The makeup is affordable at just $8.50 NZD per eyeshadow.
Beauty School Dropout founder Emma Bodley created the offerings to compete with less affordable brands. “I believe that I have a great product that is long wearing,” Emma says. She found that the shipping costs from the Northern Hemisphere to the South when buying competitor’s brands were prohibitive.
Designed for anyone who loves to play with make-up, each colour has a playful name. From the shimmering aqua blue of ‘Drunken Mermaid’ to the matte dark brown of ‘Coffee Date’ each hue reflects a personal memory of Emma's. Not only are the colours fun but they are also wearable for the everyday makeup lover.
Self-confessed ‘girly-girl’, Emma was always destined for the beauty industry. “Since as long as I can remember I have loved everything girly. Now, I have an excuse to play with makeup every day, and who doesn’t want to do that!” she says.
Beauty School Dropout offers the Z Palettes in two sizes and a range of colours totalling seven different options. “Z Palette empowers beauty lovers to transform bulky makeup bags and messy bathroom counter tops into customized, organized and simplified works of art.” (zpalette.com)
Logo and images available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mf5tr4gjkbzhb44/AABEECOm06AS6xvDJPD6ay23a?dl=0
MAY 31, 2017
MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The magic of organic Manuka and the power of organic Propolis have been combined in a new lozenge for sore throat relief and as an alternative to wellness support.
TranzAlpineHoney New Zealand is set to launch new organic Manuka Honey lozenges MG400+ with Propolis. The products are organic certified by New Zealand's leading organic certification agency BIOGRO.
With GP’s now limiting prescriptions of antibiotics due to growing concerns of antibiotic resistance, people are turning to alternative solutions for cough and sore throat relief. Many are seeking what they see as natural remedies, as opposed to traditional medicines. But TranzAlpineHoney’s Manuka honey and Propolis lozenges go further than being natural - they’re organic.
Organic means that the honey’s entire production sequence is without any exposure to chemicals. And not all claims of ‘organic’ are equal either. Being certified organic by BIOGRO means regular audits and strict guidelines all regulated by government standards. “Transparency for the end user and traceability back to the beehive is very important to us”, says Yuriy Soshnikov, General Manager of TranzAlpineHoney.
Manuka honey MG400+ rating means it’s independently certified to have at least 400mg/kg of naturally occurring Methylglyoxal - this is the component responsible for Manuka honey activity.
The new premium lozenges are the latest addition to TranzAlpineHoney’s range of organic health products which includes Propolis Throat Spray and Tincture. The company also produces and exports an extensive range of organic honey. The lozenges will be available to buy in New Zealand at TravelPharm stores and selected retailers in main centres. They will also be exported to the global marketplace through TranzAlpine Honey’s network in over 22 countries.
For more information please contact TranzAlpineHoney GM Yuriy Soshnikov
Ph: +64 3 928 8941, Skype: organichoneynz, Email: email@example.com
Web: www.tranzalpinehoney.co.nz, Facebook: tranzalpinehoney.newzealand Address: 111 Stranges Road, Huntingdon, Ashburton, New Zealand