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Spark adds coverage to rural Maruia on alternate road to East Coast post-quake

Spark has recently switched on a metro cell site in the community of Maruia, bringing much needed mobile coverage to the rural community, as increased road traffic passes through the area, following the closure of State Highway 1 last month.
 
Maruia is located on State Highway 65, which is now the alternative route between Picton and Christchurch, as NZTA continue to clear a path along the east coast highway to Kaikoura.
 
With an expected increase in traffic along this route, Spark has boosted the localised coverage, allowing Spark customers a place to stop on the roadside to make a phone call or send a text.
 
“Maruia is an ideal place for motorists to pull over to take a break, which makes providing localised coverage for our customers in the area, even more important as they can take a call,” Spark Head of South Island Paul Deavoll said.
 
A metro cell is a small-scale cell site delivering service to a more localised area. It is placed at the local Chorus Exchange, and the antenna allows mobile coverage to extend approximately 400m in radius. This means mobile coverage is now available on the main road, the Maruia community, and around the Maruia Motel.
 
Spark has previously used a similar site in the South Canterbury township of Albury, to provide a service for the local community to great success.
 
Maruia Motels manager Debbie Sherman commented: “With the noticed increase of traffic in the area and with the motel also being busier the metro cell has made a real difference to the people living here and for our guests.
”Before the metro cell was installed, Spark customers would have to travel further up the road to be able to make a phone call,” she said.

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BNZ – BusinessNZ PSI (November 2016)

New Zealand’s services sector experienced a further pick-up in expansion during November, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI).
 
The PSI for November was 57.9.  This was 1.3 points up from October, and the highest result since August (A PSI reading above 50.0 indicates that the service sector is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope said that despite challenges for a number of businesses in recent weeks, the healthy level of overall activity for November was a welcome result. 

“Comments from respondents show that for some, the recent earthquakes have presented obvious challenges.  However, seasonal factors such as the lead in to Xmas and improving weather conditions have helped make the November result the second equal highest in 2016.”
 
BNZ Senior Economist Doug Steel said that “the November PSI was a picture of strength, and contributes to the broad based growth the service sector has shown over 2016”.

View PSI Time Series Data

Services Landscape
Tis (More Than) The Season
November’s Performance of Services Index (PSI) is a picture of strength. After looking a little slower a couple of months ago, the PSI re-stretched its legs up to 57.9 in November and well above its long term average of 54.1.
Read more  →

Broad Based Growth
Service sector strength has been broad based. In the year to November, service industries have had an average PSI reading well above the breakeven 50 mark.
Read more  →

Capacity Pressures
Interestingly, PSI employment is only marginally above average. This is despite the demand indicators like sales and new orders being so strong.
Read more  →

Firm Demand Signals
Christmas quarter sales look to be shaping up well judging by the ongoing strength in the PSI distribution sector indicators. Although these figures are not seasonally adjusted, retail, at 60.7, is above its November average.
Read more  →

View full BNZ Services Landscape  

BNZ – BusinessNZ PSI (November 2016)

New Zealand’s services sector experienced a further pick-up in expansion during November, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI).
 
The PSI for November was 57.9.  This was 1.3 points up from October, and the highest result since August (A PSI reading above 50.0 indicates that the service sector is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope said that despite challenges for a number of businesses in recent weeks, the healthy level of overall activity for November was a welcome result. 

“Comments from respondents show that for some, the recent earthquakes have presented obvious challenges.  However, seasonal factors such as the lead in to Xmas and improving weather conditions have helped make the November result the second equal highest in 2016.”
 
BNZ Senior Economist Doug Steel said that “the November PSI was a picture of strength, and contributes to the broad based growth the service sector has shown over 2016”.

View PSI Time Series Data

Services Landscape
Tis (More Than) The Season
November’s Performance of Services Index (PSI) is a picture of strength. After looking a little slower a couple of months ago, the PSI re-stretched its legs up to 57.9 in November and well above its long term average of 54.1.
Read more  →

Broad Based Growth
Service sector strength has been broad based. In the year to November, service industries have had an average PSI reading well above the breakeven 50 mark.
Read more  →

Capacity Pressures
Interestingly, PSI employment is only marginally above average. This is despite the demand indicators like sales and new orders being so strong.
Read more  →

Firm Demand Signals
Christmas quarter sales look to be shaping up well judging by the ongoing strength in the PSI distribution sector indicators. Although these figures are not seasonally adjusted, retail, at 60.7, is above its November average.
Read more  →

View full BNZ Services Landscape  

First EV fast charger opens at a South Island supermarket

The first electric vehicle (EV) fast charger to be installed at any South Island supermarket opened today at New World Northwood in Christchurch. The charging station has been installed in a partnership between Orion, Foodstuffs South Island and ChargeNet NZ.

In other countries, like the US, EV charging at supermarkets and shopping malls is commonplace. This first charger at a South Island supermarket is being used by Foodstuffs as a trial before considering the rollout of charging stations at other New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square locations in the South Island.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our customers’ overall shopping experience, and save them time too, and letting EV drivers come to New World Northwood to charge up their vehicle while they’re shopping achieves both,” says Steve Anderson, CEO of Foodstuffs South Island. “We’re increasingly focussed on sustainability, and the introduction of EV chargers at our stores, like this one, is just one more way we’re helping the environment.”

Rob Jamieson, Orion CEO, says: “We’re delighted to be able to work with Foodstuffs South Island and ChargeNet NZ on the installation of this EV fast charger.”

“As EVs become more mainstream in coming years, having chargers located at supermarkets will be part of everyday life. The New World Northwood site is strategically placed for tourists coming into the city so it makes sense to install the first EV fast charger in this location,” says Mr Jamieson.

The fast charger installed at Northwood is part of ChargeNet NZ’s nationwide network of EV charging stations. ChargeNet NZ have opened a number of fast charge stations in partnership with various electricity suppliers, site owners and BMW. A fast charger typically charges an EV in around 20 to 30 minutes. EV owners need to open an account at charge.net.nz to be able to use the charger.

ChargeNet NZ Chief Executive, Steve West, said: “The Northwood charging station is another important link in our nationwide network. This makes EVs a great option for even more people, and adds much needed resilience to the Canterbury infrastructure. The collaborative approach taken at Northwood has worked well, and I hope to see many more Foodstuffs locations in the future.”

Inkworks rebranded as SupplyMe

New Zealand online printer consumables and stationery company Inkworks has a new name, SupplyMe, to better represent what they do: sourcing the best range of quality printing consumables, office and stationery supplies, furniture and mor…