Dear Guest

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019. Things have certainly not slowed down in our region over the summer, with a flurry of new businesses opening their doors, residents moving in to Ravenswood and Hanmer Springs' new development being given the go-ahead.

Here at ENC we have been busy compiling an exciting business training calendar, full of our most popular training events along with some new ones for 2019. There are many other new events and updates you need to be aware of so read on to be kept up to date. 

We have also organised our first Networking Evening of the year in conjunction with the Rangiora RSA & Club. It's coming up on March 13th so make sure you secure your space for a fun and informative evening of networking. Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

ENC is proud to bring you our first business networking function of the year, kindly sponsored by The Rangiora RSA & Club. Take a tour of the new RSA building and hear about the business year ahead from ENC's CEO Heather Warwick. And of course there will be plenty of time to network with other local business operators over drinks and nibbles.

Business Headlines

Business Updates & Advice

  • The Government has recently proposed changes to the visa system for migrant workers. They are seeking consultation on a new approach to employer-assisted work visa and regional workforce planning. Submissions on this change are open until March 18th. Find out more or make a submission here

  • Are you up to speed with the Employment Relations Act amendments, both current and upcoming? If not, here is a great rundown of all the amendments from Essential HR.

  • New Zealand and other World Trade Organisation members have confirmed intentions to launch negotiations on e-commerce, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade is seeking input from business owners. Find out more or submit your feedback before March 31st

  • If your business exports to the UK you'll need to prepare for Brexit on March 29th. Here's some handy information from Ministry for Primary Industries on preparing for Brexit and a possible 'no deal'.

  •  A number of new businesses have opened in North Canterbury over the summer. A big welcome to Educare Waimak early learning centre in Kaiapoi, The Hogget bar and grill in Hawarden, Alpine Chinese Restaurant in Hanmer Springs, Hagley Kitchens Ltd in Rangiora, Village Green Antiques & Giftware which has moved from Oxford to Rangiora, and the Hurunui Hotel which recently reopened its doors under new management.

Business Training & Events

The NZTE Export Essentials Workshops are designed to help New Zealand businesses take control of their export plans and grow faster internationally. Find out more or sign up for the upcoming Christchurch Workshop here


ENC's most popular course, Supervising & Managing Others starts again on March 5th. With only a few spaces left, don't miss this chance to upskill yourself or your management team. 

Get in quick!!


View all business training opportunities here >>

If you are looking for in-house training or one-on-one coaching we also have you covered. We are in contact with experts and presenters to cover any business topic. We can organise what you need or connect you to the best person to help you. 

Contact us to find out more


Business Partner Events

Our Business Service Partner ANZ is bringing you two not-to-be-missed opportunities this month.

This free, four-hour business workshop for beginners will provide you with practical guidance to help you make the most of the online world.
Find out more or secure your spot.

Successfully done, networking helps to generate more sales and increases the chances of referrals. Get all the basic info on why, when and how to network at this free three-hour session

In Other News

  • Exporter Today has published a three-part series entitled Advancing to Australia: what exporters need to know. Read the first instalment here and find the links to the second and third instalments below it.  

  • The New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards close to entries on March 4th. If you operate a tech business that falls into any of the many categories at this year’s awards, you can enter here.

  • The Opening Ceremony of the Kaiapoi Riverview Terraces and Boardwalk will take place on February 17th from 12pm, coinciding with the River Carnival and Boat Show. See you there!

  • National MP for Waimakariri, Matt Doocey, is holding a Young Professionals Networking Event on March 1st in Rangiora. Get all the details and RSVP info here.

ENC Sponsor Profile
Ravenswood is a new residential and commercial development just half an hour north of Christchurch in the Waimakariri District, offering family living at an affordable price, with all the benefits of a thriving community. With the first residents moving in and the first businesses now opening their doors, 2019 is set to be a very exciting year for everybody involved in the Ravenswood development. 

ENC is proud to partner with Ravenswood as the organisation continues to develop its new residential and commercial offerings in North Canterbury.

Your Online Tip

The Ultimate List of Social Media Definitions You Need to Know in 2019

Do you know your FOMOs from your JOMOs? How about your #s from your @s? If you have no idea what we just said, jump on over to the Hootsuite Blog where they've provided this extremely handy list of social media definitions you (and everyone else) need to know in 2019.

Business Service Partners

This month we are excited to welcome ANZ as a new business partner. ANZ has great services for businesses and puts a lot of support into the North Canterbury community. If you are looking for a bank to help your business, pop into one of their offices in Rangiora or Kaiapoi and have a chat. 

About Business Service Partners

All of our Business Service Partners are carefully vetted businesses who provide excellent services to North Canterbury businesses. We are proud to be associated with our Business Service Partners, all of whom have a proven track record in servicing local businesses. 

If you would like to talk about becoming an ENC Business Service Partner please download our Business Services Package or contact our Business Support Manager Miles Dalton.

Commercial Space in North Canterbury

The following commercial spaces are available for lease or sale in the North Canterbury region. Please contact the listed contact person for further information on each property. To advertise your property or space, please email with the details and an image.

Commercial Property, Amberley

A range of commercial lots are available in Amberley, through Farmlands Real Estate. Varying sizes, located between Courage Rd and Pound Rd. View the lots here.

Contact: Malcolm Garvan, Farmlands

Phone: 027 231 4425

Conway Lane Office, Rangiora
Laneway office available 19m2
Flexible shared space lease
Professional setting with established tenants
Shared boardroom and kitchen
Lift access, wifi and power included
Contact: Jonathan
Phone: 027 363 0245

Niche Shared Space, Rangiora
Rangiora's own co-working space suits business professionals no matter what stage they are at with their enterprise. Daily Hot Desk, Flexible Options (week by week) and Permanent Desk options for those who want to have a place of their own without the huge overheads. Level 1, 210 High St, Rangiora.

Retail Space, Ravenswood
New, architecturally designed commercial premises to suit a range of retail tenants. Floor areas from 50sqm – 375sqm. Retail precinct completed early 2020. A great opportunity to get in on the ground floor with a location that will become a key commercial area for locals and commuters on SH1. 
Contact: Peter Brett
Phone: 021 323 800

Office, Rangiora Airfield
Office for sale or lease at 'The White House Rangiora Aerodrome' located at Rangiora Airfield, Merton Rd. Lock-up office comprising two offices, reception area and kitchen/canteen, which could also be another office. Located on council leasehold land. Aviation related use preferred. Price <100k negotiable. Would suit small business or professional person on start up or limited budget with an interest in aviation. 
Contact: David
Phone: 021 1546 855

Shared Office Space, Woodend
Shared Office Space, 61 Main North Road, Woodend. Tenancies ranging from $90/week to $240/week.
Contact: Andrew Wenborn
Phone: 027 4323 132

Factory, Kaiapoi
Tidy 10 year old 320sqm factory for lease at 116 Courtenay Drive, Kaiapoi.  
20m long x 16m wide 
Small kitchen/office plus toilet 
Two roller doors - 4.8m high 
Off street parking and yard space in front 
Contact: Paul Ayreson 
Phone: 0211347484 or 033277176

Book Your Next Business Event

The ENC Business Centre in central Kaiapoi offers a modern, spacious, purpose-built conference room ideal for your next meeting, training or social function:
  • Full day: $295+GST
  • Half day: $195+GST
  • 2 Hours: $95+GST