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What brings together a physio,
a transport workshop manager,
a school administrator and a
Business, that's what. And in this
case, the healthy 4 Square store
in Nightcaps, nurtured for the past
20 years by Jimmy Forde, his wife
Karen and their family.
When they decided on a change
of pace, buying a Queenstown-
based food courier franchise, their
business was for up for sale.
Jimmy's sister Lynda Sutherland of
Nightcaps had worked in the store,
knew it and was interested.
And so was Wairio farmer Chris
Adams and his wife Winton
physiotherapist Sue who has a
head for business, did their farm
books and was happy to tackle the
bookwork of a busy store.
And busy it is. Lynda and her
husband Keith live on site, the
others only a few kilometres away.
The store is open seven days a
week, 12 hours a day and employs
a total of 14 people, themselves
included, on a full and part-time
basis -- from Melanie Griffiths who
has worked there for some years
to 16 year old Arielle Wallace for
whom it is a welcome after-school
In their first hundred days the
business partners have had the
store remodelled to provide more
space, more readily accessible
shelving, more freezer and
chiller units. They've include a
delicatessen bar, developed a
fresh fruit and vegetable section
that is competitively priced, cold
drinks, and a supply of ready to go
foods and coffee to go.
Takeaways are a big part of the
business, truckies calling in for
a hot pie and coffee to go or
phoning head so that their fish
and chips or burger will be ready
when they call.
Lynda left her job at the Takitimu
School office when they took
over the 4 Square store but she
is in touch with colleagues and
classes, the store filling fish and
chip orders for the schools twice
Keith keeps the beer shelves
stocked in spare time from his
job at TSL and Chris Adams lends
a hand between farm chores,
organising the installation of
outside chiller and freezer units
to cope with stocking a store that
stands on its own, the nearest
others some distance away.
Their catchment area is wide
-- Birchwood to Winton and
everywhere in between.
It could make for complacency,
the seeming lack of competition,
Ohai's only shop closing some
years ago. But complacent they
are not, keeping up with demands
They have grown an already good
business and Lynda says they
don't plan on taking their foot off
People say it is good but she says
"it will be better!''.
New store owners ringing the changes
Store manager Lynda Sutherland (left) with business partner Sue Adams at the
4 Square in Nightcaps.
By Pat Veltkamp Smith
The Fiordland marine area user's
guide "Beneath the Reflections"
will soon have a DVD companion.
The 30-minute DVD includes the
history of the Fiordland Marine
Guardians, perspectives and
interviews with government
agencies, including Environment
Minister Nick Smith, plus marine
and bio-security information for
Guardians chairman Malcolm
Lawson said Mr Smith was very
supportive of the Fiordland
community management model as
outlined in the DVD.
"It is a bottom up management
model -- instead of someone in a
government department saying
what will happen."
Producer Bryan Campbell from
Invercargill company Big Screen
Advertising, said the final cut
should be ready for its first
public viewing in about a month.
He said one of the challenges
producing the DVD was the piles of
information he had to sift though
from many agencies, but the
upside was the location -- "that
place doesn't get any better."
Mr Lawson said he was impressed
by what he had seen in the draft
"It is not just a clinical DVD
-- it has got some very good
photography in it."
"Beneath the Reflections," a 136-
page written guide produced in
2008 was a collaboration between
the Fiordland Marine Guardians,
the Ministry for the Environment,
Department of Conservation, MAF
Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry
of Fisheries and Environment
The guide was a comprehensive
"one-stop shop" publication with
the main marine regulations,
charts and information about
the history, environment and the
establishment of the Fiordland
Mr Lawson said there had
been interest in the Fiordland
management model because it
involved local people.
"We have had people from
overseas looking at different
management models who are
interested in the management of
Fiordland," he said.
Pricing on the DVD was yet to
be confirmed, but Mr Lawson
said the intention was to make
it accessible to as many people
as possible and thought the cost
would be minimal or even free.
Marine guide DVD
By Russell Fredric
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