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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
24 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2011 100% NZ OWNED & OPERATED 4260992AA When Arnold and Jacqueline M a l a t am i g r a t e dh e r ef r o m the Philippines several years ago they brought with them their long- cherished dream of one day opening their own cake shop. With the opening of Cra zy cakes on Main St (formerly the Vodafone shop next to the Mayfair) and a soon-to- be-opened branch in Petone that dream is now a reality. Jacqueline has always been passionate about cakes and baking, says Arnold. She is an experienced pastry chef having previously worked in a 5 Star Resort Hotel in the Philippines. When Jacqueline came to New Zealand she worked in the bakery of a supermarket chain. Customers soon became regulars and would tell her they were just crazy about the cakes she made. So the couple spotted a gap in the market and together with partner Leo Agustin, who, in one of life's little ironies, was Arnold's former boss at an International Resort in the Philippines where they had previously worked together, opened their first shop in Upper Hutt. "All our doughnuts are made the traditional way," says Arnold. "Using our very own fermented process this ensures an unrivalled taste in terms of texture, consistency and flavour. "Every single doughnut we make reflects our passion for what we do." Crazy Cakes also makes cakes for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. In addition to their doughnuts Crazy Cakes offers one of the best coffee selections in town using a local company Mojo Coffee. "The coffee culture in New Zealand is much more developed and sophisticated than anywhere else in the world," says Leo who looks after the coffee side of the business. "Arnold and I worked at a resort catering for people from all over the world. But nothing prepared us for the experience here where it has been elevated to almost an art form. "So we had rather a steep learning curve to develop the skills needed to make good coffee. The people a tM o j oh a v eb e e nw o n d e r f u l with their training assistance and support. We have worked hard to develop the barista skills required to make really good coffee." "Great coffee to complement our delicious doughnuts." % % % % • 118 Main Street Upper Hutt, Wellington 528 2760 • Petone Lower Hutt, Wellington L--R Leo, Angelo, Arnold Jacqueline Malata For a limited time Buy one and get one FREE* OPENING SPECIAL company profile company profile crazy for cake and Doughnuts? Conditions may apply. Valid until 31st December 2011 Drive strategy forward to keep city growing Wayne Guppy COMMERCE COMMENT The past 12 months economi- cally have been very difficult. The Wellington region during this time performed poorly com- pared to many other parts of the country from an economic point of view. Five years ago we formed the Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS) to increase the GDP of the Wellington region. Following an independent review of the strategy in June of this year, it was agreed that we should continue economic devel- opment on a regional basis. However, the strategy itself needed to be refreshed and reviewed completely, looking for any changes that may be con- sidered for governance and implementation arrangements. Following a workshop of the mayoral forum in November to discuss the future focus of regional economic development activities and governance options for the Wellington region, it was agreed to consider four main aspects of the Wellington Regional Strategy. The regional strength and challenges. The areas the region needs to focus on in the short to medium term. The governance arrangements for the WRS. The operation of the WRS com- mittee. The workshop agreed that the economic strategy for the region needed fewer, clearer, and higher level goals than the cur- rent strategy. It was agreed that the vision should be to be the smartest and most productive region within New Zealand''. Six focus areas were con- sidered by the workshop to be the most important for this region to move forward and to increase our GDP. Those areas were: Innovation. Investment for growth. Building world-class economic infrastructure. Targeted marketing of the region to attract business, investment and talent. Education and workforce development. Open for business. In 2012 all councils within the region need to drive the strategy and grow Wellington. Failure to do that will see the continual poor performance of the Welling- ton region in economic development. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year and enjoy the time with family and friends during the holiday season. I look forward to continuing to lead this city in 2012. Wayne Guppy
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