- Craig comes to us. He’s listened to our goals, our investment needs and our insurance needs & he’s sold us products that fit best to suit our lifestyle.
- Louis & Barbara Kuriger
- Craig has really looked after us, He’s gone and got the best deals. That’s his job.
- Ross & Shelley Clark
- Dealing with a specialist company like Abacus is vital. That relationship thing is absolutely important because you know someone is going to bat for you.
- Steve Day, MD Pace Engineering
- I am truly grateful to Jamie and consider myself extraordinarily fortunate to have received the benefit of his astute advice and assistance.
- - J. F. Pickett
- It has felt very good to know we have Richard and the team at Abacus Group Ltd on our side.
- - Brian and Tracey Downes
- Richard bent over backwards in his endeavours to help us every step of the way through the claim, making the process as simple as possible.
- - John & Carole Lynskey
Taranaki people are being encouraged to think big by the region's economic development agency.
Venture Taranaki (VT) has just secured funding to help people based in the region develop ideas and research projects which interest them and also benefit the community.
Along with South Auckland and Otago, Taranaki has been included in the Curious Minds pilot scheme, which is connected to central government's Participatory Science Platform.
The programme forms part of a government strategy called Science in Society: A Nation of Curious Minds, which is geared up to get more New Zealanders engaged with science and technology.
The Curious Minds Taranaki pilot gives members of the public an opportunity to work alongside scientists and tech experts to help make their ideas a reality.
VT project manager Lucy Graydon said schools, community groups and businesses were all encouraged to apply.
"We want to hear ideas about anything that could make Taranaki more interesting, better, cleaner or smarter," Graydon said.
Two types of funding are on offer through the pilot. Up to $1,000 is available to assist with idea development while a maximum of $20,000 could be to tagged testing and analysis of initiatives, with the view that successful projects will be up and running by the end of the year.
"This is a big win for Taranaki and for anyone in Taranaki with a great idea," she said.
Applications for seed funding close on August 28 followed by the project funding deadline on October 2.
For more information email [email protected]
Happy Waitangi Day!
PART TWO OF A SIX-PART SERIES
The provincial hospital in Matanzas where Craig had three emergency surgeries looked good from the outside, but standards, experience and facilities were extremely lacking.
PART THREE OF A SIX-PART SERIES
Richard: “Remember virtually nobody could speak English and we had no Spanish. There was also an underlying culture we didn’t know about until later, that you just had to go along with the system. Being loud and pushy wouldn’t work, we just had to be very patient.