The Power of Collaboration in Business

A couple of questions we feel are worth constantly asking are:

Are we at a plateau in our current business?

And if so what’s stopping us moving forward?

So why is it worth asking these? Well, it’s easy to fall into the day to day rhythm without stepping back and reviewing how to optimize your approach. There’s obviously lots of areas of business that requires attention here. Today however, we are going to focus on collaboration, and just ask the simple question

Are we as a business collaborating in a way that will maximize our long term growth?

Now, it’s easy to look at the immediate reality and say ‘yes’ we collaborate a lot, and it’s hard to see what else you could do to collaborate more. But often this means looking outside of the box and thinking even further ahead by asking, who can I collaborate with in a years time? Because if there’s someone or a company that’s not on your list… It’s time to start making the initial connection and seeding the relationship.

Of course there’s a chance this may not pay off. But in the same breath, it totally could turn into the biggest opportunity for your company in a years time.

As a business park, we try to foster these relationships as much as possible. We have a tremendous network of businesses. Some that reside in the park and some that don’t. Ultimately, though, we try and create the business environment to make this possible, so that the connections can flow organically.

We feel as a business park, it’s not just about the facilities we provide. Of course they are important. But it goes beyond that to the connections we make and the people we introduce.

How do you facilitate collaboration both in your company and outside?

6 Reasons off-shore businesses move to New Zealand

We all know it’s not easy picking up your business and moving to another country. It’s not just adapting to a new currency, but you need to set up a new business, adapt to a new culture and transition any physical equipment over.

So if all this is true – Why are businesses moving to New Zealand?

  1. The perfect test bed for new business opportunities - New Zealand is a smaller market place that is highly representative of the world. But some things are incredibly innovative here. It’s the perfect test bed to validate new solutions before they are rolled out globally. Both Google and Facebook conduct a lot of their early market tests in New Zealand.

  2. Great incentives for business owners - New Zealand offers some very impressive Research & Development grants and there’s investors looking for standout companies here. You can find more info on these here. In fact world leading investors such as Peter Thiel’s Founder’s Fund are coming into New Zealand to find new innovations. They have already invested in 3 NZ companies, and they have scouts that come out here.

  3. Get the innovative edge - Though New Zealand is perceived to be a long way away. It’s also incredibly innovative. So if you already know how to scale and are looking for a new edge. Being around New Zealander’s and employing them could give that 10x edge you are looking for. It’s a well known fact that Oracle employed New Zealanders to help to build their unbeatably innovate boat that won the America’s cup.

  4. It’s a beautiful country and you can win at business too - You can have the lifestyle and build a great business. Companies like Xero and Vend are showing that you can create industry leading companies and products from New Zealand.

  5. Ease of doing business - The world values Kiwis. We are a friendly country and have proved to be the #1 easiest place to do business in the world. (The ease of doing business index is an index created by Simeon Djankov at the World Bank Group. Empirical research is needed to establish the optimal level of business regulation—for example, what the duration of court procedures should be and what the optimal degree of social protection is). Secondly New Zealand companies can incorporate their businesses in just one day and register a property in two. That’s incredibly competitive. In fact, in 2018, Inc rated New Zealand as the #12 best place to start a business in the world.

  6. Kiwis want businesses to move here so there’s a ton of extra support - It’s no secret that New Zealand is a small country. We have a lot of room per population. Our population density is relatively low, at 15 people per square kilometre. That means we can accommodate lots more people and we realise that boosting our economy is important. We are also a wonderfully diverse nation. With that said we go out of our way to help and we care about the success of others.

    So tell us, if you’re thinking of making the move and have questions or want to find out more. We’re all willing to help you here in New Zealand. Give us a call at the OC Park on 021-877-142 or we’re confident lots of other kiwis will go out of their way to help!!

This month in the OC Park 

Things have been moving fast so we haven't given an update as regular as we would like. We've mainly been helping the 3 new companies that are in the process of moving in! Welcome! 

We're also planning our next stage of development which we expect will be available later in the year or earlier in 2020. So if you'd like to secure a spot let us know. To those who don't know much about the Park. The OC Park has all services - Gas, UFB , Power and water  smart modern new development with sustainable features ready to go. It's one of the fastest growing business parks in the Wellington Region. 


We only have 2 lots available. One sized at 808sqm and one 1376sqm. 

We also have a couple of building leasing options opening up. There is an office space available for 240sqm offices for mid year next year. So there's a chance to snap this up now. 


We are working on the consent for the next stage of 9 lots this would ready late 2019 or 2020. 

For any other updates or questions, feel free to call our managing director, Stuart on 021 877 142

The expressway land grab and what it means for 2019

2019 has arrived and we are very surprised at how fast things are moving up the coast. 

Of course, we knew the expressway would mean higher demand for commercial property this year. But we never through it’d start like this. 

If you had asked us on what we expected for January, towards the end of last year we would have expected a gradual increase in demand as companies came back from their summer holidays.

However what happened in actuality was very encouraging, and this is a great sign for the Kapiti region and it’s general growth. 

So it’s really been a big surge in demand, and that’s caused our predictions for 2019 to be much more bullish.

Strong growth in the January month in any industry indicates that the market is maturing. It implies that over the holiday break large number of people people have decided to take action as the new year begins.

So now we have early indications, what might the year look like?

Firstly we expect to see a transition phase for the first three quarters. Now that a lot of property has been secured in the recent months, there’ll likely be an initial ‘move in’ period. This usually means a bit of time before it feels like the new growth has ‘happened’.

Then we predict once businesses are set up and established, a new wave of land and business prices will follow. Of course, with these new businesses and people in the area, there will be new services and opportunities to meet the new demand (new cafes, retail opportunities etc.). But we expect this to happen in the fourth quarter when the growth has really ‘set in’.

Anyway, it’s been a great start to the year, and it’s still too early to know for sure what will happen. If you’ve got any insights you’d like to add we’d love to hear it.

But for now stay tuned for 2019!

Otaki Commercial Park 'Updates' from Stuart Pritchard

It’s been a while since we gave an update to friends and our networks on the progress we’ve been making at the park. 

This last year has been fantastic. We have seen exciting growth not only in the park but also in the region. So for those who have been out of the loop, here’s a little update on progress. 

Stage 1a and 1b is now virtually full and we have some amazing tenants here now.

How stage 1a used to look:

How stage 1a looks today: 

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So with that said, it’s all about stage 2 at the moment and we are proud to report that stage two is filling fast too. 

To show you some progress…

Here’s how stage two looked earlier this year: 

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Here’s how stage two looks now:

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… Sometimes it's hard to stop and look back at the view and how far we've come. So this post is about us stopping for a second to say thank you, and that we look forward to continuing to work with all you amazing talented people that we have met along the way!  

In closing, we get that there's still lots to do, and we are very grateful for all your support and helping us get that step closer to our vision, being: to create an affordable park that empowers great businesses to create their dream workplace. 

We are always working towards supporting our tenants and partners to make this more of a reality so as always, please continue to let us know how we can help you! 

Kindest Regards,

Stuart Pritchard
Managing Director

Our 5 Reasons to move your life to the Kapiti Region

It’s no secret that many Wellington folks live in the Wellington and spend their weekends up in Kapiti to break free from the city life. But how many really consider that if they moved out here and commuted in for a day or two, how much their lifestyle could be improved. 

Here are some of the benefits we see living in Kaptiti. 

1. So Much Space 

Yes, it sounds obvious, but paying Wellington prices in Kapiti, you really can have a lot! There’s fantastic sections in Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae with huge backyards making this area a prime spot for raising a family and enjoying the weekends. Better still, there’s no crowds!

2. Beauty, Nature And Beaches

There’s not much we need to say here, but Kapiti has stunning beaches overlooking Kapiti Island. It really can be paradise. To explain it in pictures, here’s a Paraparaumu beach morning we shot a few days back. Clearly people overseas would kill to live here! It really is worth a short commute if you have a series of meetings to attend in Wellington. 


3. The climate

You’ll get to enjoy a slight temperature bump. Otaki (nicknamed ‘Sunny Otaki’) is just that little bit warmer! But this is a trend all throughout the Kapiti Coast. If you think that temperate can affect your mood, and a better mood means more happiness in general, and that leads to a better living standard. Then we shouldn’t take temperature lightly! 

4. Beach community, character and class

Kapiti is the home of some stunning brunch outlets and cafes. It’s a great place to meet for business and in the weekends! Not to mention there’s many top class restaurants to discover!! 

Moreover, it’s got such a stress free vibe to it! 

5. A Faster Commute to the City

The expressway is merging the regions and it really is that good. Ask any one that does the five day commute and they will have lots of positive things to say! It also has easy access around the region. Within 20 minutes drive you can do so many great activities. For instance, if you’re a golfer, you’ve got 4 golf courses to choose from including the Paraparaumu golf club which is world class.

... In summary, things are changing and it’s a bold move to not consider the coast lifestyle! With it’s better access points, it’s becoming a bigger hub for business. Not to mention, technology has enabled us to thrive in an environment like Kapiti like never before. We can meet people all over the world through Skype. Infrastructure and shipping is always making improvements.  

We would love to hear your thoughts on this! 

But we say in earnest... honestly, consider Kapiti… it’s seriously great!!

Gorge Cafe Thank You For Keeping Us Firing!

It's easy to get caught up in the day to day business and forget how good we've got it in the OC Park. 

Yip, we've got great coffee and superb food whenever we want it - literally just footsteps away! 

Sometimes we have to consider the opposite situation - a bad cafe as our local (or worse – NO Cafe). 

But honestly it's great, whenever we have business partners around or the chance to show people to the Park we've truly got a great environment to have meetings! 

So this is where we write a quick post to thank the Gorge Cafe for not just feeding us. But feeding us well (and keeping it super affordable also)!

Here's what they've got going this week - if you're in the area and in the market for a delicious highly affordable lunch! 

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Even better, if you'd like to check out the Park this week, to show off the great food and thank Gorge Cafe for their great support and service - we're offering lunch on us to the first 3 business owners* interested in swinging by the park for their first tour next week (the week starting 3rd September)! 

Offer ends - September 6th.Just be one of the first to email me here by then with the subject line 'Free Lunch':

*Offer is only applicable to new businesses that have not yet toured the park. 

What's going on in the Wellington Region In Commercial Property

It's an exciting time to be alive in the Kapiti region! Especially if you're in business. Why...? 

... There's a shift happening that we've been waiting a long time for... Literally for years. The highway has come. And it's good. 

Historically you needed to be in or near Wellington if you needed to conduct business. But now it's a much faster trip into town things are changing. 

1. A focus on servicing Wellington AND the rest of the Upper North Island

The focus has always been how to get closer to Wellington. Now it's about being able to service Wellington, while at the same time servicing Auckland and Central NZ (because the balance is more possible than ever) – as that's where the big money is and most of our population resides! If you're selling up north, then basing yourself in Kapiti or slightly more north is a head start (and a cost cutting option on shipping).

The focus has always been how to get closer to Wellington. Now it’s about being able to service Wellington, but being able to service Auckland and Central NZ – as that’s where the big money is!
— Stuart Pritchard, OC Park Director

2. The populations growing. Rent and housing prices are heating up in Wellington and it's driving people north. 

Young couples for example are being forced to look for their first house or land outside of the city. Living on the Kapiti Coast gives people a better recreational lifestyle with a great community and beach lifestyle – without the big drain of commuting times that there once was to the City. This means there's more qualified people in Kapiti than ever before.

3. There's big investment options especially in commercial property (and residential). 

Business Parks like ours are starting to fill up fast. It's something we've been preparing for as the road was being prepared. However now it's really happening. With new residential subdivisions jumping on the wave, the timing seems VERY good to invest. 

Anyway, that's our latest update to you and the top 3 big shifts we see happening in the region. 

If you'd like to learn more or think there's some we are missing let us know and we'll add them to this post so it's more valuable to our readers! 

Be sure to check out our home page and learn more about the OC Park too. We can offer you as a business A LOT for a very reasonable price.

The top 5 things to consider when moving your commercial business

Moving a business is a big deal.

It's not easy to pick your operations up and set up in a new location. It's costly and plain frustrating.

That's exactly why it's right to get your workplace right. 

Here are our guidelines we've learnt from selling commercial property in NZ, and of course doing what we can as property managers, to ensure our tenants thrive. 

1. Ask if you really need to be on the main strip

Not every business needs to be located in the centre stage. Although it can give a business lots of credibility... It comes at a cost. And that could mean a lot less profitability. 

Therefore we ask people if they actually need to be in the centre of Wellington. There's obviously pros and cons to both. But if you are running a distribution business or high tech business and you can get to customers online or through other channels, it may be a huge waste of cash. For example Central Wellington or even Petone commercial land and leases can be seriously pricey. 

2. Good access (on road, shipping, minimal congestion).

This is a little obvious, but ask if you can distribute your products fast? If not it's going to cost you a lot. Make sure you can get to a highway easily if you are shipping goods. As a business park, we are strategically located just off the new expressway which is critical for many companies. Also being a little North of Wellington allows people to ship North and South a little easier. So being central is important. So definitely consider this.

3. Comfortable facilities close by (you want your staff to enjoy their workplace)

Your staff likely appreciate a good cafe where they can get great lunches and coffees without paying through the nose. Getting out of the factory or office to go grab a bite at a good cafe gives them a chance to reset and this will likely add to your productivity. The old saying goes, look after your people and the profits will come. We feel this is absolutely true.

4. Room to expand.

The last thing you want is to find a new place and then have to move again when you've grown a bit two years later. Yes, of course, this is a good problem to have. But honestly, it will be painful when it happens. So it's best to consider a workplace where you have room to expand.

5. A team of allies next door. 

Business and work can be stressful. Therefore having great people around and a community outside of your company to connect with can both be refreshing and motivating. One thing we think is a hidden secret of a business park is the chance you get to meet other companies that have different perspectives. This can create new insights, serendipity and partnerships you never would've got on your own!

Anyway those are our top 5 factors to consider when moving a business. Stay tuned for our next posts.

Finally, if you haven't – check out the OC Park here. Be sure to watch the video and see if the park is something that could work for you. We are selling out quickly and we are now approaching a second stage of lots. So it's a great chance to snap up a great deal before the land prices appreciate due to people coming north from the new expressway!