Western Leader : January 20th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 3 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 20, 2012 NEWS Use your outdoor living areas all year round Freephone 0800 20 19 25 | www.archgola.co.nz WEST AUCKLAND • Warm & dry in winter • UV protection for summer • Stylish & permanent • 5 year warranty Lawrence Stanaway arch_WAjan12 Davis Funerals presents "Jazz in the Vines" for Hospice West Auckand "Jazz in the Vines" with Leza Corban will be held on the 12th February 2012 between 2-5pm, to raise funds for Hospice West Auckland. Tickets $20. Provided is a great venue, the Jazz, and free tea and coffee. BYO wine and food or alternatively food and wine can be purchased. 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Auckland Libraries spokeswoman Abigael Vogt says there s some- thing for everyone. We have a huge range of activities and displays to celebrate the diversity of our library communi- ties, she says. There are activities for teenagers and kids, and adults can do research and computer classes. The Year of the Dragon runs from Janu- ary 23 to February 9, 2013. Go to www.auck- landlibraries. co.nz for information. IN BRIEF Man found A 65-year-old man reported missing from his home in Te Atatu since January 13 was found on Wednesday. Garrick Protheroe was found at Karekare Beach by a Search and Rescue team who were in the area and was taken to Waitakere Hospital to be treated for minor exposure. The Search and Rescue team were in the area where they were looking for a female tramper who was reported missing but she too has been found safe and well. Whose shield? Police would like to find the owner of this shield. It was found outside the Guide Hall on Fairdene Ave, Henderson, in October and was handed into the Waitakere police station. It is a Maori wood carving shield with bone and the words ''The Chiefs Challenge Shield'' on it. Phone senior sergeant Ross Hunter on 839-0600. Family threatened Police were called to a house in New Lynn on January 13 after a gang member threatened a family over an outstanding debt. The man left but was later located after he returned to the property. A 28-year-old man appeared in the Waitakere District Court on January 14 on charges relating to threats and possession of a firearm. He was remanded in custody to reappear on January 20. Here's to clever cookies Supply and demand: Mrs Higgins director Markus Hasler bought the business with two partners when it was going into receivership and they're now achieving six times the turnover. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY OUTPUT Mrs Higgins produces 1.4 million units of baking per month, using: 8 tons of butter 8 tons of chocolate 12 tons of sugar 16 tons of flour Seven years ago Mrs Higgins Oven Fresh Cookies was a crumbling business about to go into receivership. But a partnership between qualified pastry chef Markus Hasler and Murray and Wendy Brackenridge has seen the company expand faster than cookies in a hot oven. The trio bought the busi- ness in November 2004 and has worked hard to improve business practices such as repairing old machinery and increasing batch sizes to work more efficiently. They now employ 40 staff and have increased the turn- over by six times what it was when they bought it. They have seven Mrs Hig- gins stores, supply super- markets and service stations and 85 percent of vending machines nationwide. Mr Hasler and his business partners are about to take a chunk out of the Asian mar- ket in China having sold the master licence for the brand to a buyer who will open the first store in Shanghai on January 24. Stores in Korea will be opening in May. All products are produced in west Auckland and delivered as frozen dough to each shop. Buying a company in such a dire financial position would seem daunting to most but Mr Hasler was unfazed. We believe in taking cal- culated risks. We always knew it was a quality prod- uct, he says. It s taken much hard work to get the company to where it is now and it took them six months to break even. You don t want to barge into a place and make changes before you know how it all works, Mr Hasler says. It took better planning and more efficient ways of doing things. For example, a batch of 10 trays takes 30 minutes to make and a batch of 15 trays only takes 32 minutes to make. This meant the sales and marketing team could ensure each order would be delivered on time, something that pre- viously wasn t happening. Now 99 percent of their deliveries are on time. Mr Hasler is humble about the success though. It s taken a lot of team work. We pride ourselves on the fact that when our staff start here they don t often leave. The Asian expansion doesn t mean any of the staff will be resting on their laurels. Our biggest chal- lenge is the high New Zea- land dollar because it means our product has been more expensive. Office and special projects manager Trevor Moyle attributes the team s success to enjoying the work. Producing something you know you re going to sell well can be fun. Operatic concert A series of daytime opera concerts held across New Zealand kicks off this month with the performers visiting Te Atatu at the end of February. The Operatunity directors and hus- band and wife team Susan Boland and John Cameron lead the cast and sing a variety of modern and more tradi- tional songs. The concert is at the Te Atatu Bap- tist Church, 448 Old Te Atatu Rd, at 11am on February 27.Tickets cost $30 and bookings are essential. Call Operatunity on 0508-266-237, email bookings @operatunity.co.nz or visit www. operatunity.co.nz.
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