Business Time

Rest home extended

Ryman Healthcare has completed the extension of its activities area at Palmerston North's Julia Wallace Retirement Village. The work included the construction of a new movie theatre, snooker room, and recreation room. The village's lounge has also been refurbished and its library has been upgraded. A grand opening will held today. A special dance floor has been hired for the evening. The village opened in 2007 and includes 111 townhouses, 50 serviced apartments and has 83 beds for residents requiring rest home, hospital and dementia care.

Boom time for brokers

The Palmerston North support office of a national travel company is basking in good business times, with expansion planned and more staff being hired. NZ Travel Brokers, which has an office in the TSB Tower in Palmerston North, has averaged 60 per cent year-on-year growth over the past four years. The same period has seen the New Zealand travel industry grow an average of 5 per cent per year. Director Steve Lee said the company opened in 2007 and had gone through a period of "meteoric" growth since. As a result of the growth, the support office in Palmerston North was being expanded to help an expanding team of brokers throughout New Zealand, Lee said. Two Manawatu-based travel brokers have been named in the company's top 10 in the country. They were Erin Sexton and three-time winner of the company's Broker of the Year award, Tracey Dench.

Retail stars recognised

A handful of Manawatu-based butchers, bakers and deli food makers, as well as retailers, florists and management, were recognised in the annual Foodstuffs Training Awards at the weekend. Keegan Smith, from Melody's New World, won the Butchery Supreme Award - the awards' youngest ever recipient at 21. Luke Clarke, from Pak 'n Save Palmerston North, also achieved a Level 4 Butchery Award, Gilmar Freire, from Levin New World, won a Customer Service Excellence Award and Kim Haakman, from Levin New World, was awarded Level 3 Retail Top Student and runner-up for the Trainer of the Year Award.

Aviation diploma offered Flight Training Manawatu is now offering the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation. Students can choose from either the general aviation, airline preparation or flight instruction strand and on completion of the two-year course they will be equipped with skills and the specific practical experience and theoretical knowledge required for launching into a career in the aviation industry.

Fitness property for sale

A building that houses a fitness centre on a major Palmerston intersection known locally as "cardiac corner" is for sale. 109 Princess St, between KFC and McDonald's on the Palmerston North ring road, is on the market, with offers on the property closing December 13.

The property generates rent of $91,345 a year through multiple tenants and has a capital value of $970,000, according to a Palmerston North City council rating earlier in 2013.

Chefs prepare for battle

Chefs in Palmerston North are sharpening their knives for a nationwide competition to find the "Premier Master of Fine Cuisine" in the inaugural Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards. The awards are designed to showcase top restaurant cuts and profile talented chefs. Bethany's head chef Michael Brill is entering "the best reserve short rib dish around". Nero chef and owner Scott Kennedy's entry is a Silere alpine origin merino loin fillet and slow roast shoulder. Table 188 Kitchen and Bar head chef Ryan Marshall will present a Silere merino loin with a shank ragu. Finalists will be announced in early December and the winner will be announced in January 2014.

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