New operator sought for cafe

The Clinker Cafe in St Arnaud, opened a year ago and hailed as a new hub in the Nelson Lakes area, is seeking a new operator.

The business is up for sale, and has already attracted healthy interest, local agent Bruce Batty of Summit Real Estate said. Owners Pat and Wendy Gelling said it was always the intention to lease the business, but they were not able to find anyone at the time they opened.

The cafe would close from Monday, to give everyone a break, and hopefully it would not be too much longer before it was open again, Pat Gelling said. The cafe was part of a $1.1 million development in St Arnaud that included a boat storage and museum development on land the Gellings bought five years ago in the heart of the alpine village. Gelling said he and his wife were busy enough with their other business interests, including their contracting firm, the shop near the cafe and a young family, and were therefore seeking someone to take on the cafe business.

Burger joint sold

Tasty Buggers burger joint in Bridge St has sold, almost a year after it was put on the market. Its last day of trading is today. Owner Luis Sabino said last year when he put the business on the market he had been working 12 hours a day, six days a week for the last 4 years, and he was exhausted and ready for a break. He also wanted more time to spend with his family. Sabino said the new owner planned to open their own brand.

ASB revitalised

The ASB Nelson branch in Trafalgar St, which has been shut to the public for just over a year for a major renovation and earthquake strengthening works, will soon be reopened. Members of six local iwi are scheduled to bless the new ASB branch and regional centre at a special dawn ceremony on Monday. The 6.30am service will be attended by staff and families. The revamped branch will be open to the public from July 28. ASB Nelson has been operating in temporary premises off Buxton Square.

Sponsors back awards

Renewed sponsor support means there are some great prizes to be won at the 2014 Westpac Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, chamber chief executive Dot Kettle said. "This is the first time in five years that winners will receive prize packages along with the title and trophy, specifically designed by Moutere sculptor, Michael MacMillan."

The prize packages are: Westpac Supreme Award - 10 hours senior IT consulting from Datacom on strategic issues within their business [valued at $1500]; Redwood Cider Large Business Award Winner - opportunity to meet with senior members of the Air New Zealand management team in Auckland [package includes 2 return airfares]; Media Works Medium Business Award Winner - $1000 advertising; The Radio Network Small Business Award Winner - $1000 advertising; The Nelson Mail Business Start Up Award Winner - A Fairfax Digital marketing solutions package valued at $1000.

Entries close September 26. Entry forms are available online at

Farm seminar

A seminar specially for farmers on a new and specific farm management accounting package will be held in Motueka next week.

Nelson chartered accountants firm RWCA is staging the Figured on Farm seminar on Tuesday, July 22, at the Top 10 Motueka Holiday Park conference centre, to present details of the Xero farm accounting package.

RWCA partner Manoli Aerakis said the new package tailored for farmers has been built by Deloitte and MyFarm, and has been presented in a roadshow series around the country. If you'd like to attend the seminar, email

Business plan prizes

Last year Nelson business Chia won the ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition and now there's an opportunity for others to have a go. The competition, run by, part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, gives existing small businesses or those with an idea that are yet to start-up the shot at a prizes worth more than $65,000.

All they've got to do is enter their business plan showing an original idea that is geared for growth and sustainable revenue. The best and most innovative plan will see the supreme winner win a prize package worth $45,000.

Stage 1 of the competition is open now at, with entries closing on August 12.

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