Sponsorship Helps to Support Your Community
October 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Sponsorship Helps to Support Your Community.
Local community sponsorship is a noble act that benefits everybody.
Over the years I have been on various unpaid committees.
I really enjoyed the five years I spent on the Finance Committee of the Wellington Cancer Society. There are good people there.
They work hard with an army of volunteers to fight against cancer. My father lost that battle.
Developing accommodation facilities was one of our main achievements. You can find these next to Wellington Hospital.
They’re for families who can’t afford to stay in motels near their loved ones undergoing treatment. This project was made possible by donations from the public.
When you travel around the country, you can donate money to your favourite charity and it costs you nothing.
You can now find, compare and book accommodation in New Zealand while supporting your favourite charity.
At no extra cost to you, online booking website www.kiwikarma.co.nz will donate 3% of your room to a charity you choose.
It costs you nothing extra to do good while choosing from their full slate of 3,100 accommodation listings from all over New Zealand.
Because Kiwi Karma uses the same reservation system as all the I-sites up and down the country, their room rates should be the same.
Sometimes they’re even better than other online accommodation sites including global giants Expedia and Wotif.
Instead of the money going off-shore, with Kiwi Karma, 3% goes to your fellow New Zealanders who are doing it tough.
Kiwi Karma has no booking or credit card fees. So they work out better than paying the hotel directly.
Kiwi Karma has 15 charities to choose from including Cancer Society, Plunket and Arthritis. So do yourself and your favourite charity a favour – visit www.kiwikarma.co.nz and have a look around.
By Hemi Pou, Managing Director of Wakefield Hotel- Clothing and Shoes
04 801 8150
I decided to open a men’s clothing and shoe store in 2007.
I have a real passion for amazing old-school craftsmanship and heritage brands that have rich histories and tell great stories.
This led me on an international quest to work with the best craftsman and brands who share my philosophy around authenticity, integrity and the highest quality.
Wakefield Hotel represents classic heritage and contemporary men’s clothing and footwear brands that celebrate artisan skills. We’re honoured to have built relationships with some of the best, such as 3Sixteen, Ande Whall, Grenson, Iron Heart, PF Flyers and Schott.
Business planning is an essential step towards success and I came to work with Dean Dalton through Te Puni Kōkiri back in 2007. It was important for me to approach brands and banks having done my homework and with good story boards.
We met up and spent 2 days working through every aspect of the business.
This included looking at my goals, the margins, working structure and the industry standards. We also surfaced all the costs involved. I learned how to use cash flow sheets, a tool I'm still using on a daily basis.
Dean has developed benchmarks for every industry and even though there was no massive difference between these guidelines and what I had in mind, it specifically answered these 2 questions, how much and why?
The DaltonPlan® helped me move in the right direction and the business is now a few years old and growing! It was good to sit down and think about everything thoroughly.
I worked 7 days a week when I started but as time went on and the business started thriving, I found a good balance between my work and my personal life.
I'm constantly taking new steps. The initial inspiration keeps on coming.
I have always looked for creative solutions to problems, and with a lot of hard work and help from some very smart people who were kind enough to share their knowledge we have managed to grow.
Today Wakefield Hotel is a robust family business, firmly rooted in our community and working with fantastic people towards a better life.