Authors track success of businesses
A new book which highlights 12 world-class Waikato businesses offers a window on the leaders, founders and staff which have made the companies a success.
Making Moolah in Mooloo Country was the original working title of the book initiated by former Waikato Times racing editor Aidan Rodley.
But when business journalist Andrea Fox, a former business editor of the Times, joined the project, the working title was ‘‘immediately dismissed’’ as being too flippant for a serious subject matter, Rodley said in the book’s introduction.
Fox suggested tying in the ‘‘champions theme’’ from Rodley’s previous book, Where Champions are Born - New Zealand’s Most Influential Studfarms. And so the title, Champions of Waikato Business, was settled on to represent the new book, a hard-cover, glossy page publication which tracks the journeys of the 12 companies’ success. For Fox, Rodley and designer Ken Emery, the book started as a documentary of Waikato’s thriving business sector but quickly became an absorbing collective of the region’s business memory, philosophy and sheer grit.
‘‘These companies, some welldug in and almost household names, some relatively newlyhatched but in tremendous growth phase, all make it look easy from the outside looking in. But it’s not. Being in business can be hugely rewarding but it will never be easy,’’ Fox said.
‘‘There have been tiny beginnings and some large rewards. Rollercoasters of failure and success. Moments of great entrepreneurial vision and blind, fumbling instinct.
‘‘But always there’s been unquenchable self-belief. Mostly it’s been about innovative Kiwis going about their business quietly and more surprised than anyone when they are recognised.’’
The Waikato champions profiled are Admark, Cambridge Stud, Gallagher Group, Greenlea Premier Meats, Modern Transport Engineers, NDA Group, Pacific Aerospace, Porter Group, J Swap Contractors, Te Akau Racing, Waikato Milking Systems and Waikato Stud.
The book is available from bookstores for a recommended retail price of $39.90. It can also be purchased online at the website championsofwaikatobusiness .co.nz.