Deal­ing with an­other quake af­ter­math

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This month’s cover story is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the sorts of sto­ries we nor­mally carry on the front of the mag­a­zine.

It’s not a sexy new tech start-up, nor an en­tre­pre­neur who’s de­fy­ing the odds in terms of growth, ad­ver­sity or mar­ket share.

It’s a Welling­ton-based com­mer­cial prop­erty devel­op­ment firm that has been qui­etly bring­ing much-needed of­fice build­ings up to the very lat­est build­ing stan­dards, and like much of Welling­ton’s busi­ness com­mu­nity in the CBD, still hav­ing to deal with the af­ter­math of last Novem­ber’s Kaik­oura earth­quake.

Re­fur­bish­ing com­mer­cial high-rise build­ings is a tough in­dus­try to be in­volved in – es­pe­cially one in a city that’s lo­cated on a ma­jor fault line. It’s rid­dled with chal­lenges and com­pli­ance hur­dles, and not a place for the faint-hearted.

Our story on Cor­ner­stone Part­ners and its CEO Andrew Cot­ter­rell puts a hu­man face to the in­dus­try and re­minds us that in such a high-stakes busi­ness it is im­por­tant to up­hold a rep­u­ta­tion and pro­tect the brand.

Putting his face on our cover was a gutsy de­ci­sion by Cot­ter­rell, and I trust you’ll find their story in­spi­ra­tional and def­i­nitely il­lu­mi­nat­ing and in­for­ma­tive.

In the mean­time, let’s hope all those Welling­ton busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions dis­rupted by the earth­quake will soon be back in ‘busi­ness as nor­mal’ mode.

As al­ways, I wel­come your feed­back on the mag­a­zine’s con­tents, and re­mind you that I’m al­ways open to story sug­ges­tions. Just drop me an email at the ad­dress be­low.

If you’re a reg­u­lar reader of this mag­a­zine you may have no­ticed that there is no longer a ‘Mar­ket­ing Mae­stro’ col­umn by Brian H Mered­ith. Un­for­tu­nately poor health has forced Brian to fi­nally close the cur­tain on what must be one of this coun­try’s long­est run­ning se­ries of col­umns on the dis­ci­pline of cus­tomer-cen­tric mar­ket­ing.

Like many read­ers, I shall miss Brian’s in­sight­ful and thought-pro­vok­ing com­ments each month. It was an ab­so­lute pleasure to pass on his deep knowl­edge of the sub­ject.

Our heart­felt thanks, Brian, from the whole team at NZBusi­ness, for your ded­i­cated con­tri­bu­tion to this pub­li­ca­tion over the years.

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