NZ management promotional feature : Recognising excellence – appreciating quality

BMW experience
An entertaining day behind the wheel of an award-winning BMW will improve driver’s skills, build confidence, and offers the opportunity to strengthen relationships through shared experience participants will never forget.
BMW believes when it comes to driver training standards, there is no room for compromise, certainly not when it comes to your own skills and safety.
BMW Driver Training covers everything from the essential driving skills to advanced competency levels – whether it’s avoiding an obstacle on wet road, gaining valuable off-road experience away from the highway, or perfecting the ideal line on racing circuit.
After each training session, every driver will have the vehicle – and themselves – under better control than ever before.
BMW Driver Training’s group experiences are ideal for groups or individuals who want to give unique gift or experience for their clients, employees, or loved ones.
BMW Driver Training can also accommodate corporate and incentive groups for dedicated events. The programme can be used as an employee appreciation or customer relationship-building experience.
The cost for either the Level I or Level II course is $600 plus gst. This includes buffet luncheon and morning and afternoon refreshments.
The group session for up to 20 people is based on an Advanced I Driver Training course and costs $12,000 plus gst day.
Gift vouchers are available for all courses.
To book call 0508 BMW DRIVE (0508 269 374) or email [email protected].

Win full-day driving course
You could win day honing your driving skills at BMW Driver Training Course worth $600 plus GST.
Just go to before January 1, 2011.
Winners will be advised by email.

Movie magic
The easy-to-use Flip Video™ shoot and share pocket video cameras make movie-making simple. Just plug them directly into your computer to download the footage and save your summer memories.
Now Cisco has announced an all-new range of the cameras just in time for summer. The new UltraHD and MinoHD video cameras feature the signature Flip simplicity and are now equipped with integrated image stabilisation and higher frame rate that make videos look even better.
The pre-loaded FlipShare software now also features direct uploading to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
FlipShare allows users to take digital still images from video and comes with Magic Movie button, helping consumers to make fun movies of multiple video clips.
“Flip Video has been making it easy for New Zealand consumers to shoot and share video for year now, and the new models mean even higher quality HD video is now available,” said Todd Lynton, managing director of Cisco Consumer Products ANZ.
“Kiwis love being able to share their videos quickly and easily, and with Christmas and summer on the way it’s perfect time to extend our range.”

Fantail Lodge Country Estate
A balance of facilities, service, and fine cuisine – winning formula Fantail Lodge near Katikati in the Bay of Plenty, one of the country’s finest and dedicated boutique lodges, has been re-inventing itself. While many industry players find the current market challenging, Fantail Lodge is positioning itself for the next decade, significantly increasing capacity and upgrading existing premises. It now has more than 30 luxury rooms.
Fantail’s founders Harrie and Barbara Geraerts have created delightful and sustainable environment over the past 20 years. Although the ‘party style’ conference may be thing of the past with more emphasis on focused working and performance, businesses often have real desire to escape to the countryside.
A business group may occupy the lodge exclusively with everything tailored to its needs and excellent service and facilities exceeding the market’s expectations for ‘big city’ capabilities.
The Garden Villas offer space and comfort with state-of-the-art fibre optic network, fast broadband internet, voice and data carrying capacity, Freeview and Sky TV. This newly installed system allows corporate guests to communicate in real time with overseas offices and to download large amounts of data/video during any meeting session. One of the key advantages at Fantail, and increasingly important for businesses and governmental organisations with sensitive data, is that the communications system is guaranteed secure.
Fantail Lodge has for two decades been renowned for well balanced blend of superb facilities, excellent service, and fine cuisine. This alone is great achievement; but to accomplish growth and expansion in these straitened economic times is no less than remarkable.
To host business meeting or conference at Fantail Lodge Country Estate promises exactly that: something truly remarkable.

For more information, contact:
Harrie Geraerts at Fantail Lodge Country Estate
phone: (07) 549 1581 or 0800 conference
email: [email protected]

Euro… is statement,a very fine statement
An expression of excellence on Auckland’s waterfront, by John Clarke.
The city’s real essence is its harbour; its real front entrance the downtown wharf area. It’s just pity it’s been such mess for so long. But the refurbished Euro symbolises what can be done and what should be done with this city’s magnificent front door.
The reinvented version is still recognisably Euro but it has swallowed up its sister Nourish establishments, the Green Room and Pasha. The enhanced Euro is larger; it is smarter with more choice, more accessible and it is everything we Aucklanders were hoping for. The Nourish Group has now provided the city’s waterfront with what it has always deserved; an establishment of which Aucklanders can at least be vicariously proud.
There is stunning new private dining room, an open chef’s table/bar where one can be cooked for exclusively but not feel excluded. The service area/bar runs almost the whole length of the place and leads directly out onto the full length wharf alfresco area.
And, as always, with the passionate chef-patron Simon Gault’s total dedication to quality, there is no compromise. The restaurant has in full view meat drying/aging room providing all with proof – appreciated or not – of the high quality products Gault prepares for diners, and the respect he has for those products.
The character is Kiwi but the service world class; the balance has always been about right. The food is excellent as one would expect and the range more extensive than before. With the extended premises the whole wining and dining experience has more variety.
One wonders why in the past certain journals have refused to give this establishment the recognition it deserves. Perhaps they’ve confused refusal to compromise on quality and commitment to excellence with arrogance. But Euro has none of the sneering superiority of some world-famous establishments elsewhere; it has always been convivial and refreshing.
The revamp makes this restaurant the newest and best expression of Auckland hospitality. No pale cringe-inducing copy of some indefinable Mediterranean café-restaurant this; Euro is definably Auckland and proud of it.
In the new Euro, Gault and his compatriots have managed to identify and portray – in the finest hospitality sense – the essence of Auckland; long time coming, but here it is.

Shed 22 Princes Wharf,
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 309 9866

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