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2014 Business Excellence Awards, Immigration Skills Lists, Geraldine WiFi and more
19 May 2014

The 2014 Business Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate business excellence in our region – you can be part of this!

Entering these awards provides you and your team with a rare opportunity to receive an external review of the business, gain significant local media coverage and to showcase your services and products to a broad audience. The marketing and public exposure for your business is HUGE!



You don't have to be nominated to enter, view and download your entry form and information here.
Nominate a local business you think deserves to win at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards.

Premier Sponsors for 2014:


2014 review of Immigration Skills Lists

The 2014 review of Immigration New Zealand’s Essential Skills in Demand Lists commenced this week.

If you are considering making a submission for an occupation to be added to, or removed from, the Long Term Skill Shortage List or the Immediate Skill Shortage List, please refer to the criteria here. There is a link to an Occupation Nomination form on that web page. Please note that occupation nominations must be made to by 5.00pm on Friday 16 May 2014.

Global Expert Search - Free for May

Global Expert connects New Zealand businesses with leading New Zealand and overseas experts to progress smart business ideas and solve technical or market-related challenges. 

Callaghan Innovation offer fast, confidential introductions to the best available expertise for:
 - Market questions: market intelligence, pathway and identifying channel partners
 - Technical questions: product design, development, test, manufacture and certification
 - Sourcing specialised technologies, products, services and production partners.

Global Expert is FREE for this month only, cost is normally $495 for a NZ search and $1,995 for a global search.

Like to find out more? Contact
Sam Callander
Aoraki Development Business & Tourism
Business Services Manager
p. 03 687 2738

Free Public WiFi now also in Geraldine

Aoraki Development Business & Tourism and Vetta Technologies have partnered, along with Four Peaks Plaza to make free public WiFi available in the Geraldine CBD. Targeted at visitors spending more time in Geraldine, anyone can access the WiFi. There is no time limit rather a 100MB daily datacap per user, larger data plans are also available. 

Welcome to our new and renewed So
uth Canterbury business partners on Take time to view and connect with these Partners.

Gold Partners
Andorra Motel
Andorra Motel is situated on 1 acre of peaceful, spacious grounds in a quiet and relaxed garden setting on main north highway close to Geraldine town centre. 
Coastal Ridge Motel
Coastal Ridge Motel Apartments have been designed to bring style, sophistication and serenity to our clients matched only by a stunning scenic outlook.
Earth and Sky
Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo “Window to the Universe”
Pope Print & Copy
Pope Print & Copy – 75 years local experience, ultra-smart design, cutting edge technology, environmentally friendly processes, and our ‘can do’ attitude.
The Cyclery
The Cyclery is proud to have a team that quite simply, knows and love bikes. Whatever you want or need in a bike – James and the team at The Cyclery will sort you out!
The Oxford
The Oxford - Restaurant Bar & Brasserie located in a Historic Places Trust listed building in the heart of Timaru, inspires the brand, décor and grace of this restaurant and venue of simple class, uncomplicated elegance and pure enjoyment.

Silver Partners
Anchor Motel
AFFORDABLE, COMFORTABLE & FRIENDLY. Refurbished & under new management by Sandy & Greg. Central location, minutes walk from Caroline bay, central city, new aquatic centre, tennis courts, shops, restaurants etc. 
Audio Dynamite
Audio Dynamite provide professional Sound, lighting and audio visual hire throughout the South Island along with sales, design and installation of pro-audio visual equipment in Timaru and across Canterbury.
Berry Barn Bakery
The Berry Barn Bakery is all about wide variety and choice. All the food is baked on site, early in the mornings making it fresh and flavourful.
Cafe Plums
Owned by Rene (Choco) and Corina Fellman, Café Plums is a very special place you simply won’t come across in any other town, located in the heart of Geraldine village’s main street.
Four Peaks High Country Tracks
Four Peaks Plaza. Everything you want and need, right in the heart of Geraldine, everyday.

Geraldine Cinema
We are a friendly, independently-owned cinema screening the latest blockbusters, arthouse movies, the hughly popular Metropolitan Opera Season and live music.
Geraldine Glass
Geraldine Glass & Glazing is a long established locally owned & operated business servicing the greater South Canterbury & Mackenzie districts, specialising in every aspect of the glass industry from older timber joinery to modern fix and double glazing systems.
Geraldine Holiday Park
Geraldine KIWI Holiday park & motel is the only holiday park situated in the centre of town, yet offering a tranquil park setting.

Geraldine Orchard Farmshop and Cafe
Fresh fruit & vege grown on site, meats, condiments, salmon, on site baker, fresh fruit icecreams & lots more

G & J Campers
See New Zealand your own way in a fully equipped 2, 4 or 6 berth campervan from G & J Campers (2014) Ltd in Timaru. Forget about accommodation and transport worries… check out our competitive rates and enquire now.
Musterer's High Country Accommodation
Musterer's High Country Accommodation in Fairlie — where luxury and natural splendour come together in the backdrop of the Southern Alps, to form what one international guest described as "a whole other world of peacefulness & serenity
Serenity Motels
Get away from the noisy main highways and enjoy a peaceful nights sleep
Talbot Forest Cheese
A unique selection of cheeses crafted with the finest, freshest ingredients, each a wonderfully indulgent taste sensation.
The Country Cafe
The Country Café is known for serving up good hearty country style food, sourced from the very best local produce, wine and beverage, delivering a uniquely Geraldine flavour you’ll love.

MANZ Members
Recognising the value and power of the South Canterbury district website, SC MANZ (Motel Association of NZ) has chosen to invest and promote its members both as a collective for strength of brand, and individually. All SC MANZ members are now ADBT business partners.

Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge 
The spectacular sea view that greets you when you walk into each unit sets Timaru’s Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge apart from the rest. Bay Viaduct captures the catch phrase, “location, location, location.”
Harbour View Motel Timaru
Karl and Anna Winter take great pleasure in offering superior accommodation within the heart of Timaru and only 100m from beautiful Caroline Bay.
Homestead Lodge Motel
So many reasons to choose Homestead Lodge Motel in central Timaru; Ten Ground floor self-contained ground floor motel units, budget apartments exclusive to Homestead PLUS a meeting room for hire with space for 10-14 people.
Phoenix Motel/Outback Salmon Safaris
Clare and Baden King welcome you to Phoenix Motel and Outback Salmon Safaris – a perfect match – offer high quality accommodation and option to experience some of the best salmon and trout fishing New Zealand has to offer.
Scenic Route Motor Lodge Geraldine
Bren & Lynne Butcher and their friendly staff welcome you to Scenic Route Motor Lodge in the heart of Geraldine. We are here to satisfy your every need.
29 Townhouse Motel Timaru
Lisa and Barry Hill welcome you to Timaru's Townhouse Motel centrally located in the heart of the City.
Aorangi Motel
Aorangi Motel in Fairlie offers numerous on-site facilities to ensure your stay is enjoyable. Choose one of seven studio, one bedroom or family units as your holiday or work base at the gateway to the majestic Mackenzie country.
Asure Ashley Motor Lodge
Qualmark 4 Star Plus ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge is ideal for corporates, families and tourists. You will be spoilt for choice, from large cosy units, ideal for the whole family, to quiet studio units perfect for corporate clients and couples.
Avenue Motor Lodge
Avenue Motor Lodge offers executive studio, executive spa studio, one and two bedroom spa apartments, all extremely spacious and tastefully designed with ultra modern fittings and quality furnishings. Perfect for corporate, sports/event groups and holiday travellers alike.
Four Peaks Motel
Four Peaks Motel, a short distance north of historic Geraldine’s town centre, nestled into a quiet established garden setting. Enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, shops, galleries and facilities all within easy strolling distance.
Geraldine Motels
Geraldine Motels feature 13 spacious self-contained studio, one and two bedroom units, sleeping from 1 to 6 people – set within ¾ acre of beautiful park-like riverside gardens, all within a short stroll from the village centre.
Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort
Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort Motels offers quality accommodation situated in the heart of Lake Tekapo village. Rooms are modern, clean and most have spectacular views over Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains.
Panorama Motor Lodge
Sam and Kerrie Langton welcome you to Panorama Motel, situated in central Timaru on ‘the bay hill’, overlooking beautiful Caroline Bay and Southern Alps backdrop. Panorama Motor Lodge is a perfect choice for both business or pleasure.
Sea Breeze Motel Timaru
Sea Breeze Motel offers friendly, personal service from the most prime location in Timaru.
  Timaru Motor Lodge
John and Pauline Fitzgerald offer friendly, personal service at a quiet location on the south side of Timaru city centre.

For further details on how to 
showcase your business on please contact Raewyn Bell on 03 687 2730 or


Wendy Smith

Chief Executive


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