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  • Mahurangimatters 5 September 2012 | 35

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    enterprising localsPUNCHING ABOVE OUR WEIGHT

    Rodney companies looking to expand their market, launch into exporting, increase business contacts, fund research and development, or up-skill their staff are invited to take advantage of the programmes and services offered by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED).Specific ATEED services include the Westpac Auckland North Business Awards, funding for skills and expertise development, funding for research and development, rural business support, the Starting off Right programme for new businesses, and referrals to other organisations.ATEED also provides business mentors 61 local businesses have been matched with volunteer mentors in the area in the last 12 months, and there are 109 mentors who offer their services to the Rodney region.The Effective Network for Auckland North businesses meets bi-monthly in different locations including Warkworth, Te Hana, Orewa and Kumeu. ATEED business growth north manager Ngaio Merrick says businesses are encouraged to attend as a way of increasing their business

    Small is bigAccording to ATEED statistics, of the 8751 businesses in Rodney, 98 percent are small businesses employing fewer than 20 people. The largest local employment sector is the construction industry with 1100 employees, closely followed by agriculture, forestry and fishing with 1030 employees. The Rodney retail trade employs around 800 people, while accommodation and food services provide 710 jobs.

    Support services offered to grow business

    contacts and raising their companys profile in the local area.ATEED is here to assist all businesses from start-ups to established companies whether they are small, medium or large enterprises, Ms Merrick says.All businesses are eligible for networking, connecting and referrals.

    However, some specific programmes do have their own parameters. For example, to receive a business mentor the business must have under 25 employees and be actively trading; for training funding the business must be operating in a commercial environment and aspire to grow. For research and development funding there are a

    variety of terms which can be discussed directly with the business.Ms Merrick says the rural specialist works with various rural-based businesses particularly the food and beverage, equine and aquaculture sectors. During the recent Food Show, ATEED subsidised six artisan food and beverage businesses from North Auckland to exhibit at an Auckland on the Menu stand to showcase this burgeoning sector.Ms Merrick advises small business owners who may be thinking of expanding into Auckland or further afield to talk to ATEED about developing an individual growth action plan for success.ATEED is an Auckland Council controlled organisation.

    ATEED offers a range of services for local business including The Effective Network events. Pictured at the Te Hana Te Ao Marama networking meeting, from left, are Linda Clapham, Thomas de Thierry and Ngaio Merrick.

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    enterprising locals

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    Craft brewers ride rising tide of popularity

    specialising in producing a select amount of natural hand-crafted premium beers. Each batch is brewed in the age-old tradition, in a copper kettle and fermented in timber-clad fermentation tanks, before being transferred to the stainless steel tanks to condition naturally.All Sawmill beer is unpasteurised, unfiltered and naturally carbonated.

    It is made without any chemicals and is free of preservatives. Ultra-filtered rainwater and specialty yeasts are used to further enhance the natural flavours of the brews. Our beer is fresh which is why it goes beautifully with food. The Sawmill Brewery makes six distinctly different beers a light crystal wheat blend, a traditional

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    Its been no surprise to Sawmill Brewery owners, Mike Sutherland and Kirsty McKay, that the production of craft beer in NZ increased by about three percent annually over the past three years.The couple took over the brewery in Leigh in late 2010 and their beer sales doubled in their first year.The latest figures from the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Market Survey show that the craft beer market grew by 14 percent from June to December last year.Mike says while their sales increase represents a lot of hard work during their first year, it also reflects how people are changing their beer drinking habits.We are becoming more aware of the different varieties of beer available, he says.For a long time, beer drinkers have stuck to the mass produced beers which arent as flavoursome as craft beers. After only being exposed to products from NZs main beer producers for so long, a lot of people dont know what traditional beer should taste like. It should be full of malty and hoppy flavours and aromas, with no artificial additives, sugars or preservatives, and is best served fresh.Between 2008 and 2011, the number

    of small craft breweries in NZ doubled from 15 to 30.Mike says of the 300 million litres of beer produced annually, craft beer has a four percent stake in the market and that share is growing.Originally from Oamaru, Mike studied commerce and horticulture management, including viticulture, at Lincoln University. He worked as an exporter, selling produce, meat and fish for 10 years before he and Kirsty, a lawyer, purchased the brewery from Peter and Decima Freckleton, who had established it in 2004.Mike says they had always been interested in owning and operating a production-based business.We wanted to get into a growth market and I fell in love with craft beer while in the South Island, where there are a number of small breweries. I had a general idea of how to make beer but before we took over from Peter, he gave me a crash-course in what to do. He wasnt a trained brewer, but a lot of the craft brewers arent. They just have a passion for beer and learn as they go. Ive tried to spend as much time as I can with other brewers around the country, learning how we can improve our beer and enhance its characteristics.The Sawmill Brewery is a microbrewery,

    Sawmill Brewery owner and operator Mike Sutherland says their Pilsner beer, a traditional blend made by using NZ Pilsner malt and Motueka grown hop varieties, is their most popular brew.

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    Pilsner, pale ale, dark ale and two specialty beers. The Doctor is a dark lager, much lighter on the palate than a stout or Guinness. It is smooth and rich with warm cocoa and toffee notes, and is best enjoyed with chocolate or a nutty cheese.The 12 Gauge has a distinctive tropical fruit aroma. A good dose of Motueka hops is added late in the boil resulting in beer that is aromatic but without bitterness. It is excellent paired with duck or a dish with a fruit component.The brewery can produce 1200 litres in any one batch and it takes around a month to condition. The amount we are brewing at the moment is about one-third of what we will brew in December. We have two more fermentation tanks coming in this month to get ready for summer. We are also consulting with a German brewmaster. I am confident the more beer we make, the more we can sell. We supply bottles and draught beer to around 50 outlets nationwide with most going to Auckland and Wellington. People can also come in and fill their own flagons. Mike says his target is to double production over the next 12 months.We love the area, love what we do and we have a lot of fun. We want to continue growing and have a bigger brewery one day. Our focus at the moment is