Small businesses need our support more than ever right now. While it's uncertain times for all, we are still proud to be celebrating our 11 regional Local Business Heroes for their commitment to their communities.
They now need your help! We are now looking for the New Zealand Prospa Local Business Hero - our overall winner, as voted by Neighbourly members around the country!
This lucky business will walk away with $10,000 worth of prizes!
Please take a couple of minutes to read the nominations below - then vote for the business you'd like to see named 2020 Prospa Local Business Hero.
NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods
“A very humble man who has been sponsoring any and every cause that has been requested for well over 40 years. He sponsors so many causes in and outside of the neighborhood, goes out of his way to get the meal to the hungry animals, works through the night to fill orders, even on public holidays he steps in and runs the factory single handed to allow his staff time off. He is well past retirement but dedicated to keeping hungry animals supplied with food. No order is too big or too small for his fantastic team.”
AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette
“Part of our lives for so many years. They offer a great business, post centre, the BEST fresh flowers and fruit & veg. I have NEVER known them to take a holiday. Kind and genuinely caring people who add so much to our community. You could not find a better Local Business Hero!”
WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic
Te Aroha Veterinary Clinic provide a fantastic service from a team that are dedicated to I was devastated losing Blue (horse) I bred her 14 yrs ago and loved her dearly and now I had her orphan foal to care for. Without her dedication staying for hours trying to save Blue I honestly don't know how I would have coped. They are a true asset to our community they go above and beyond the call of duty helping to care for our all animals providing around the clock care and service.”
BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue
“The owners, Tony & Julie, are great at communicating and continually ask their customers if they stock the products they want, and if they don’t, they then get it in. They have a very friendly manner and their Managers and Staff are all attentive. Thanks to Tony & Julie for choosing Pyes Pa, you have fitted in well.”
HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics
“The staff are friendly and helpful.Also the owners will order in whatever is required,if it is not currently on their shelves.”
TARANAKI: Down to Earth
“As well as a range of healthy tasty foodstuffs and quality herbal supplements, they also provide a range of products to help with sustainable living. They have recently introduced a "bring-you-own-container" refill facility for dishwasher, shampoo and other cleaners. However the best thing about this store is the excellent service. I'm always greeted with a smile and friendly word, offers of help, etc. It is always a pleasure to shop here.”
MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square
“Margaret and Veejay go out of their way to make sure customers get the freshest fruit and veggies in town and if they don't have what you want will ring around to source it for you. Despite being robbed and stabbed in daylight, they were open for business as usual the next day. They are held in high esteem locally.”
WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square
“This man got out of Viet Nam by himself when he was13, sailed on a boat and spent time in camps before coming to NZ. He could not speak english. He purchased a local dairy and over the years has totally transformed and enlarged it providing employment to a number of locals. He is the ultimate friendly shopkeeper.”
NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy
“They deliver my prescriptions to me as I’m often unable to get them. They always make sure nothing I'm prescribed interacts with anything and they always explain how to take my meds thoroughly to me, which is important as I've had a brain stem stroke and somedays my brain is scrambled. Cath is wonderful at dropping them off for me. They do a really important and medically serious job with kindness"
CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.
“The Vege Shop on Stourbridge is just the best little local biz in town. Mark and his wife Des always have a smile and time for a yarn. We feel so fortunate to have them just around the corner. They are awesome!”
OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services
“John is fantastic!!! He does everything from carpet repairs to chimney sweeping and pest control. I have him listed in my phone as John Everything! He has a brilliant attitude and has even come on public holidays at short notice.”
11.3% NORTHLAND: Lew Ringrose - Ringrose Stockfoods11.3% Complete
14.8% AUCKLAND: Jay & Kusum - Orakei Superette14.8% Complete
7.5% WAIKATO: Te Aroha Vet Clinic7.5% Complete
4.3% BAY OF PLENTY: Tony & Julie - Pyes Pa SuperValue4.3% Complete
6.2% HAWKE’S BAY - GISBORNE: Kaye & Alan - Cornucopia Organics6.2% Complete
5% TARANAKI: Down to Earth5% Complete
14% MANAWATU-WANGANUI: Margaret and Vijay - Maxwells Line Four Square14% Complete
18.4% WELLINGTON: Quoc Tran - Tutere Street Four Square18.4% Complete
4.1% NELSON - MARLBOROUGH: Cath - Blenheim Life Pharmacy4.1% Complete
11.9% CANTERBURY - WEST: Mark & Des - The Vege Shop.11.9% Complete
2.5% OTAGO - SOUTHLAND: John Swindlehurst - A&J Services2.5% Complete
Well, lookie here, The Bay Comical is back in print with 28 pages, of which 18 are real estate ads, 1 from FNDC,1 from our MP, and various others.
What, to me, is the real gem is the half page trumpet blowing piece about Neighbourly.
Now check this out, “Neighbourly is a New Zealand owned (remember that bit) social media site creating easy ways for neighbours to talk and connect.” That will do
OK “New Zealand owned.” I have connected the dots once before but this really cries out to me for a rerun.
Neighbourly, The Bay Comical, Northern News, Sunday Star Times and various other publications are, according to Wikipedia, owned by “Stuff.”
Stuff Ltd is a news media company operating in New Zealand. It operates the country's largest news website, Stuff, and also owns nine daily newspapers, including New Zealand's second and third-highest circulation daily newspapers, The Dominion Post and The Press, and the highest circulation weekly, Sunday Star-Times. Magazines published include TV Guide, New Zealand's top-selling weekly magazine.
In addition, Stuff Ltd owns or part-owns a number of digital properties, including social media network Neighbourly, internet service provider Stuff Fibre and energy retailer energyclubnz.
This is where the “New Zealand owned” bit gets interesting. Who owns Stuff? Good question. Again, according to Wikipedia '
Stuff is a New Zealand news media website owned by Stuff Ltd, a subsidiary of Australian company Nine Entertainment Co. Stuff is the biggest media website in New Zealand, with a monthly unique audience of more than 2 million. Is that New Zealand owned? Now, you may ask, who owns Nine Entertainment Co. Wikipedia again, “Fairfax merger
On 26 July 2018, Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media announced they agreed on terms for a merger between the two companies to become Australia's largest media company. As a result of the merger, Nine shareholders own 51.1 percent of the combined entity and Fairfax shareholders own 48.9 percent”
Maybe I am missing something but, how can an orgaisation 100% owned by “ Australia's largest media company” legimately claim to be “New Zealand owned?”
It will be interesting to see who, if anybody, replies and how they try to spin this. The Neighbourly censors may dislike it to such an extent that they take it down, as they have other “offerings” of mine, but they know now, from a previous post which stayed up, that they are on notice and if it does go down, a formal complaint under Article 14 of the New Zealand Bill Of Rights Act 1990 will be en route to the Human Righjts Commission faster than you can say “Freedom Of Speech.”
OH, just a reminder of who owns New Zealand media. Go have a look here vjmpublishing.nz...
Joe Neville has been missing since 2pm yesterday from 39 Darwin road. He is a greyhound cross, black with a grey face as he is quite elderly. Please call Liz or Geoff on 027 848 3162 or 407 3162 if you see him. He is very gentle and friendly. Thanks very much.
I cant seem to post a photo of him. I am not sure why.
Stuff travel writer Brook Sabin has named Kerikeri as one of the small towns Kiwis should visit, along with the likes of Timaru, Cambridge, Murchison and Cromwell. What do you think of the nomination? And are there any other small towns you think New Zealanders should visit?