We talk to Trevor Beard, Branch Director Hawkes Bay, about their office getting behind the local Festival of Hockey.
Q. Hi Trevor, please tell us a bit about your support of this tournament. Why did you get involved?
Crombie Lockwood was founded in Napier in 1978 and we have always taken pride in working with local organisations to support events in Hawke’s Bay. It’s a natural fit for us to partner with the Hawke’s Bay Sports Events and Education Consortium (HBSEEC) and the Festival of Hockey is a fantastic tournament. Just think, in Olympic year we are especially fortunate to have this calibre of athlete right on our doorstep.
Q. You are also ‘adopting’ the Canadian team. What does that entail?
A. Lots of pancakes and maple syrup! More importantly, most of the teams travel without a significant fan base so by adopting a visiting team we can extend vocal support and local hospitality to make their time here more memorable.
Crombie Lockwood Hawkes Bay staff welcome Canadian Hockey Team Pictured: Kaitlyn Williams, Katherine Gillis, Kathleen Leahy, Thea Culley, Natalie Sourisseau, Sara McManus, Madeline Secco, Shanlee Johnston, Stepahanie Norlander, Coach: Ian Rutledge, Physiotherapist: Rachelle O Brien.
Q. Crombie Lockwood has long ties to the region. Where do you see the growth opportunities?
A. Recently, the Hawke’s Bay economy has kicked up a gear or two as people outside the region realise this is a pretty special part of the country to live and work in. The wine industry often grabs the headlines but we are seeing growth across a diverse range of businesses. Our community always gets in behind new and exciting ideas and the success of the Festival of Hockey showcases Hawke’s Bay as a viable destination for world-class events.
Q. What’s happening in the insurance market that we should be aware of?
A. The insurance market is going through a period of transition especially as it relates to business earthquake insurance. We live in an active seismic area and experienced significant premium increases following the Canterbury earthquakes. Five years out from the worst of those events the pendulum is rapidly swinging the other way. Crombie Lockwood constantly monitors these changes and as a business owner if you have not reviewed your current insurance offering, now is a good time to do so. We are fortunate to have the most experienced insurance brokers in the business – if you’re not talking to us you need to be.
Q. And finally, any predictions on who will win the tournament?
A. There really is only one team, the Blacks Sticks of course but go the Canadians as well!