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For me, the year begins with the question: where
am I taking our company?
is is an important question for me, because,
without direction, the company will become activi-
ty-driven, and sometimes drama-driven, reacting to
problems, but never taking control of the situation
and driving the business forward.
Without a Vision, the goal can quickly become
survival, and this is a pathetic vision to aim for. For
us, our Vision is "Excellence".
at means pushing myself ( rst), then our people
and our company towards being the best we can
I love the pursuit of excellence. I think that the
pursuit of excellence for its own sake is still a good
thing. Anything less is frustrating, a waste of life.
is isn t cheap, but neither is stagnation. Pursuing
excellence means spending money on training, and
constantly looking for great ideas to inject into our
business, having a willingness to remove people and
things that don t improve what we do.
Excellence injects new life into the business. e
people are energised. e business is exciting, its
Another upside is that an obvious pursuit of
excellence attracts the best people to our team. Like
attracts like. Mediocrity attracts mediocrity. Excel-
lence attracts excellence. To attract good people you
have to be attractive.
Decisions become easier to make because there is
a benchmark for all comparisons: What would the
best agency in the world do? You don t have to roll
out excellence. You live it.
My hope is that you ll join us this year in commit-
ting to becoming the best person, parent, partner -
whatever - that you can become. en buy your rst
book that ll help you get there, and read it (anything
by John Maxwell is a good starting point).
Share ideas you ve learned with others. If others
see you intent on learning and implementing good
ideas your enthusiasm will be contagious. Join us
in 2013 for in the our journey towards Excellence.
No going back - make it a one-way trip. It will be
the most enjoyable and rewarding journey you ever
From the entire team at Cox Partners Estate
Agents we wish you a great year. Call us anytime on
Malcolm Cox, (06) 835-4321
Malcolm Cox on Property
The pursuit of excellence
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Football, Hawke's Bay United v Wellington Phoenix
A-side, 6pm, Bluewater Stadium, Park Island,
Napier, $10, under-14s free.
Concert, Femmes Night, 8pm, The Cabana,
Shakespeare Rd, Napier, $5.
Concert, Live After Five -- The Kawekas, 5pm,
Hawke's Bay Opera House, Hastings St, Hastings,
Concert, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill and Sixtyniner,
8pm, The Cabana, Shakespeare Rd, Napier, $10.
Concert, Big Sing, Napier Church of Christ, a
cappella, 1pm till 5pm, Nelson Park School Hall,
Kennedy Rd, Napier, free, contact 834 3582.
Concert, EIT Summer Series, Certificate in
Contemporary Music Performance graduates, 1pm,
Church Rd Winery, Church Rd, Taradale, free.
Concert, The Music Machine Sessions, 8pm, The
Cabana, Shakespeare Rd, Napier.
Football, HB United v Auckland City, 2pm, Park
Island, Clyde Jeffery Drive, Napier, $10.
Guided walk, Napier Hill Cemetery Summer Tours,
2pm, Old Napier Cemetery, Napier Tce, Napier,
tickets, $12, from HBMAG.
Concert, Summer In the Park -- Broadway to The
Met, 3pm, Cornwall Park, Tomoana Rd, Hastings,
free, see: creativehastings.org.nz.
Concert, Creative Napier Summer Series -- Bryan
Church Elvis Presley tribute, 4pm, Soundshell,
Marine Pde, Napier, free.
Concert, Don Burnham and the Fern Frond Boogie
Boys, 7pm, The Cabana, Shakespeare Rd, Napier.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I refer to the latest issue of the
ratepayer funded publication,
Proudly Napier, delivered last
It is nothing but a
continuation of the petty,
pathetic and parochial politics
that are the hallmark of the
Napier City Council in another
failed attempt to deliberately
mislead the public on
Of the seven points
highlighted, number two is the
most egregious. Here, the NCC
states that no, there will be no
reduction in costs if the five
councils in our region
amalgamate to form a unitary
authority to govern our region.
Apparently our mayor and her
compliant councillors have had a
monumental brain fade
concerning just two examples,
Taradale and Auckland.
In my nine years on council
we would often discuss the gains
and savings resulting from the
merger of Taradale and Napier.
The mayor supported what
our predecessors had
In the first 18 months
ratepayers saved more than $5
million and have enjoyed on-
going savings since. This is
because they were not paying for
duplication of services and
Debt was ring-fenced and rate
increases were less than
originally budgeted for.
The most recent and hugely
successful example is the
amalgamation of Auckland s
Staff levels have plummeted
from 10,000 to 8000. No cuts
have been made to frontline
services, only management. In
wages alone this equates to
about $1 billion over 10 years.
Chief executive Doug McKay
has confirmed that in addition,
other savings from improved
procurement practices, process
optimisation and enhanced
commercial management would
generate a further $1.7 billion in
savings over the same period.
These savings mean an
average rate increase of just 3.6
per cent, as opposed to 5.7 per
All figures quoted were
audited and approved by Audit
Despite those experiences our
local representatives would have
us believe it never happened.
They support the status quo of
having five dysfunctional
councils governing a region that
has a declining population,
unheard of unemployment,
tourism numbers at record lows
and the highest decline in retail
John J Harrison
Westshore -- abridged
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