Archive for the ‘Expansion to Australia’ Category

Dearly Beloved marries marriage and online business

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

New Zealand-based Dearly Beloved came into existence the same way so many online businesses do; the founder discovered a niche to fill when she herself was searching for something online that she couldn’t find.

Photo credit; Larry Lamsa on Flickr

Photo credit; Larry Lamsa on Flickr

In this case, that something was a comprehensive online wedding directory in New Zealand.

Dearly Beloved owner Juliet Blair was on a sabbatical in Germany with her soon-to-be-husband and the couple were planning to do some planning for their New Zealand wedding while they were in Europe, but they found a frustrating lack of available services to do that.

Blair shared her frustrations with a couple of German friends who happened to be software developers and three months later, in February of this year, she had her own online business up and running, which aims to help brides-to-be find what they need for their dream wedding quickly and efficiently.

While the business is just getting its feet under it now, Blair eventually plans to expand the business to Australia, Asia and the rest of the world for people interested in marrying in New Zealand.

To read more on this story, click here.

Kickstarter expanding to New Zealand and Australia

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Online crowd sourcing site Kickstarter has announced that it will open up to New Zealand and Australian projects in the near future.

Kickstarter is hosting sessions in Sydney and Melbourne this month for people who have project ideas.

Founded in 2009, Kickstarter allows people to pitch their ideas to the general public to solicit funding for their ideas to get made. Movies, video games, gadgets and music has all been funded through the U.S.-based site.

To read more about this story, click here.

Pacific Blue opens gates to LA

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Hamilton is the latest city of expansion for Pacific Blue, with return flights direct to LA ranging from $1649 to $1945.  The new service joins up with the Pacific Blue service to Brisbane, allowing passengers to connect with the onward journey from Brisbane to LA.

Hamilton Airport CEO Chris Doak welcomed the services as adding convenience and ease of use for North Island residents, as well as easing congestion in Auckland.

Central Business Association chairman Arthur Pitcher said the more international links Hamilton could get the better. “It’s fantastic. Any increase in international flights is a chance to link Hamilton to the great tourism market. I’m delighted.”

View the full article here.

Progressive Trans-Tasman Security Measures

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Technology is been employed in allowing passengers to enjoy shorter airport clearance times, with a screen of baggage been taken en route to NZ.   This means that passengers whose luggage is screened and shown not to pose a possible risk, and who have nothing to declare, can quickly access their luggage and use the express checkouts.

At the moment, only low risk Trans-Tasman flights will use this technology, but other other countries are also showing interest.

To read the full article, click here.

iPhone visual voicemail – Finally

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

A long time after the iPhone was released in Australasia, we now get visual voicemail.

I’ve been advised via SMS this morning this has finally happened – in Australia.

Visual voicemail allows you to “see” your voicemail on your iPhone, so rather than having to trawl through messages on the Vodafone voicemail system one by one – you can listen to the most important ones first, you can see who called, when they called and just listen to that message. You can listen to messages in any order, any time you like. – New Upgrades

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Over the last few weeks and months, we’ve been working on improving how works to make it a better product for you and more useful.

As well as resolving some technical issues, we have:

1) Made editing customer details much easier.

2) Added a ‘Templates’ button down the left hand menu. Templates allows you to save your newsletters to work on them later.

3) ‘Save for later’ now added to the ‘Send Mail’ page. When you’re working on a newsletter, click on ‘Save for later’, choose a name and come back to it later when you have more time! All saved newsletters will go into the ‘Templates’ page. Yes, we’re working on better wording for all of this so stay tuned!

4) Homepage update. Now you can see how many customers you’ve been in touch with in the last 90 days, and how many of your customers you’ve never even contacted before. Work on lifting those percentages and we reckon your rentention rates will rise.

As always, we appreciate your feedback at all times. Let us know what’s going on and what improvements you’d like.

Domain name registration, web hosting and e-mail savings comparison with

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

We price ourselves in the middle of the market, while still providing a high level of service. We recently compared our pricing to that of Melbourne IT’s, Australia’s largest domain name registration service –

Domain name registration – 2 years
Melbourne IT – $140.00
OPMC – $66.00

.com – 1 year
Melbourne IT – $75.00
OPMC – $27.50 – 1 year
Melbourne IT – $110.00
OPMC – $43.95

Web Hosting – Monthly
Basic Plan
Melbourne IT – $25.94
OPMC – $9.95

E-mail – Monthly
Minimum plan
Melbourne IT – $19.95 (20 e-mail address minimum plan)
OPMC – $2.15 (1 e-mail address*)

Overall, we were a minimum of 50% cheaper on pricing than Melbourne IT, and if you want to stretch your dollar further you should consider switching to OPMC.

Click here to visit OPMC Australia.

Click here to visit OPMC New Zealand.

*Pricing is comparable when you have 20 e-mail addresses with us, however many clients have just one or two, so the minimum expense with Melbourne IT is significant.
(Pricing in AUD)

Business Trip – Wellington to Sydney

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

For Wellingtonians intending to do business in Sydney, I offer the following tips for a day or two in Sydney.

-Keep a budget umbrella on hand at all times. You can pick one up from the CBD on the day for $6, anything more than $10 is midnight robbery for these things. If it rains, it usually is torrential rain. In Wellington you can get a good judgement on whether it’s going to rain, or at least have some warning. In Sydney you might find yourself in the middle of thunder and lightening and drenched. Sydney CBD also does not have the sort of street awnings to hide under in the rain that Wellington does. Your only option might be to wait it out for up to an hour until it settles down – they are usually over quite quickly.

-Look up all your destinations on Google Maps before you go – – and compare this to where you’re going to be meeting people. If it says it is a 7 minute journey you want to be very wary of this because the traffic conditions can change in a heartbeat in Sydney, particularly before 9:30AM, 11-1:30 and 4PM onwards. The train system is efficient, but again if the walking part of the journey looks short it probably isn’t.

-Make sure you allow plenty of time to get to your meetings. Arriving early is better than arriving late.

-If you have a chance, I would recommend visiting a BNI chapter ( while you’re there, where you can meet 20-30+ business professionals for a structured but friendly business meeting and gain some new contacts or even pick up some work unexpectedly. I am at these meetings once every week and can invite you along as a visitor. Just contact me through the website @

-Wireless internet is not as readily available as is in Wellington with services such as Citylink’s CafeNet. If you are a regular visitor I would recommend buying a data card from Dick Smith from a company called “Unwired” – This is an excellent solution, there’s no contract and there is ubiquitous coverage in the CBD. Otherwise try a Vodafone store where you may be able to pick up a one month data plan for $20-$30 – no promises though.

-Plan your trips to meetings carefully, and take plenty of water especially in summer. Once you are in the middle of nowhere in some Sydney suburb with no shelter, no water and no idea where you are, things will go downhill quickly from there.

-Take a map with you of the area you’re going to, CBD or otherwise. Ask what approximate location your meeting is at on any street – some streets stretch from one end of the CBD to the other, so if you start at the wrong end it may be like walking from St John’s Bar to the Ferry terminal under the motorway bridge in Wellington, to get to your meeting.

Starting a business network in Sydney

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

I have been over in Sydney for the last 2 weeks and this trip has been focused more on establishing our network over here.

This has been a good challenge, especially as we don’t have an established network here. One might ask how you can start operating your business in Sydney if you’re not into big budget advertising or don’t have an existing strategy in place. The first thing I would recommend is BNI (Business Network International). This is a structured networking member organisation that has weekly breakfast meetings on virtually every day of the week in multiple locations across Sydney.

You will need to call ahead, but you can find out more about times and locations on their website at

It is an excellent way to meet new business professionals, and who knows? You might establish a great new business contact by taking an hour and a half of your morning to meet 15+ other business professionals.

Wireless internet access in Sydney

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

For those laptop-toting businesspeople expanding their business to Sydney, especially the Wellingtonians amongst you, you will quickly find that getting wireless internet access in Sydney is a chore. While cities such as Wellington have what I would consider to be an extensive wireless network in the form of CafeNet, Sydney has no such major provider.

Rather, there are a number of providers that are located sparingly across the CBD. As easily finding somewhere that provides wireless internet in the Sydney CBD is no easy task I recommend you take a look at the following:

Azure Wireless – While Azure appears to be cutting back their coverage in Sydney, they so have a number of places where you can browse the internet. I recommend you visit this page on their website, but suggest you visit the places recommended and ask them if their wifi is working before settling in.

Telstra – Telstra offers a comprehensive network of wireless hotspots, however be warned – the cost can add up quite quickly. A list of all hotspots was last sighted here.

Unwired – These guys also offer wireless internet, however it’s designed for those who have an Unwired Wireless Card. I would recommend this option if you are planning on spending a lot of browsing time on the go in Sydney.

Woolworths (opposite the town hall) – Go up the escalators in the middle of this store and you will find a small internet access area. You can prepay with some great rates here, and you simply sit down with your laptop in the allocated Wifi spot and get on with your business. It would be affordable to work here all day if you needed to, however I did have problems with sending e-mails using any SMTP server. Tech support was helpful but said I should be able to send through my own SMTP server, which I didn’t believe as I couldn’t get it working. This would certainly be the only downside of this option.