Au­thors track suc­cess of busi­nesses

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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.

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