Christchurch Business Review

Reviews of Christchurch Businesses

Compare health Insurance & health plans

Health insuranceI was recently asked to compare health insurance plans for my employer who wanted me to look into health insurance companies who specialise in group insurance.  We were aware of Sthn Cross, and my previous employer offered health cover with UniMed, a lesser known brand but one of the top four in New Zealand. I also looked into Nib.  My main concerns were whether we could get staff cover for pre-existing conditions, and finding flexible options that would enable different packages for factory staff versus executives.  I was also concerned about the amount of paperwork to set up a scheme and how much work it would entail.

All three were good at coming back to me (UniMed has a new Sales Manager), and similar benefits.  In the end, I recommended UniMed.  They had a comparable plan to Sthn Cross, but premiums were cheaper which we could pass onto staff.  Luckily our staff numbers met the minimum size criteria which means that pre-existing conditions will be covered – something that individuals can’t get if they apply outside a company.  I knew UniMed had a good record for paying out, but the clincher was that UniMed won the category for most satisfied customers for two years running in an independent Canstar survey (2013 and 2014).

They’ve offered assistance to get us up and running and also to put information on our intranet and careers page which is something we didn’t have last time and will be really helpful.

MetroGreen – Pole Saw and Pruning Saw Supplier

I was recently driving from Dunedin up to Christchurch via Timaru and remembered that a good friend told about a really good arborist and garden equipment supplier in Timaru called MetroGreen. I was looking to get a good quality pole saw and pruning saw so I decided to pop in and take a look.

MetroGreen stocks a the full range of pole saws including WOLF-Garten, ARS, Jameson, Bahco, Samurai, Wicked Tree and Silky saws including all the spare parts and blades. I was really impressed and decided to go for the Samurai based on MetroGreen owner Ken Malcolm’s recommendation after talking to him about my garden project back home.

In addition to saws, MetroGreen also stock a full range of secateurs, knives, axes and machetes as well as quality tool sharpeners and tool sharpening equipment to keep your garden blades razor sharp all the time.


New Zealand Vets and Veterinary Clinic Review

Most vets in Christchurch and New Zealand offer a wide range of services and animal care…and the team at VetEnt are no different. Each veterinary clinic owned and managed by VetEnt throughout Christchurch and New Zealand specialise in pet services such as grooming, routine check ups and even emergencies.

Many people feel that pets are more than just animals, they are companions and friends showing affection towards their owners. Pets need to be taken care of and part of taking care of them is making sure they are in good shape and in good health.

These animals are just like people; they can get sick and feel pain. And just like any other family member, when a pet gets sick, it needs to see the doctor – the animal doctor or veterinarian of course. Vets like those at VetEnt are 100% committed to handling all emergencies and check-ups etc to help restore your pet’s health.

VetEnt is the leading veterinary clinic and practice in Christchurch and even throughout New Zealand. They have over 70 VetEnt veterinary clinics throughout the world.  Their main focus is on caring for animals and they are always searching for good employees who share the same love for animals.

Countrywide Distributors – Wholesale food suppliers review

Countrywide Distributors is a food company specialising in supplying wholesale food, wholesale meat, whole fish and frozen food to the food industry in New Zealand. Quality food and freshness are priorities in this industry and reliable supply of ingredients is very important to maintain standards and food safety.

Whole food suppliers like the team at Countrywide Distributors need to run the business with military precision, ensuring that the right frozen foods, wholesale meat and fish including fresh produce and dry goods arrive at various food service establishments and catering companies countrywide.

Based in Christchurch, this company is a leading provider to New Zealand’s ever growing food service industry and with an established reputation, Countrywide Distributors will continue to be one of the preferred food suppliers to restaurateurs, hoteliers and other respected names in the hospitality industry.

Christchurch Windows and Doors Tips and Review

Rimu windows & doors

timber-bifold-doors-rosewoodPeople always ask me to use rimu when making wooden windows and doors, but although it’s been done in the past, rimu as a timber isn’t stable enough.  There’s a very high possibility of twisting and warping so I’d recommend using a more stable wood.  If you are dead set on the rimu look, you can use rimu in jambs or frames around the windows and doors (to create show wood reveals).  But if you use it for the window or door timber itself, you’ll get gaps.  No fun having bifolds that jam!

Any decent joiner is sticking away from it now, even on internal doors.

We recommend you use cedar instead.  It’s very stable, lightweight and looks great.

Traps when making bifold doors

I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to ensure your joiner uses very good track systems on bifold doors and windows, to make them longer lasting, and smoother. If you don’t, the danger is that they start binding, and sagging.  It’s critical to get a system that is going to carry the weight.  Is so important to work out the weight.  Double glazed doors are much heavier.  I usually over-scope and over-engineer bifold doors.  I use a track system that carries 100kg per door leaf – double the weight of a double-glazed door.  It has an extra bearing that makes it smoother, and this cuts down wear.

As for recommended height, there’s no standard.  We just make to fit. Whatever you want!

I always advise to paint at least on the outside.  You should be restaining it at least once a year, and it’s a job that inevitably doesn’t get done as often as it should.

We’d normally make bifold doors out of cedar.  We’ve just made some out of rosewood which is a good stable hardwood, but it’s getting harder to get.  Stability of the wood is the most important thing.

By Adrian Harris, Master Joiner of bifold doors and windows and timber doors and windows Christchurch.