It’s very rare for most companies to maintain client relationships for longer than 5 years or so. What normally happens is that as personnel change, the affection or relationship with clients also changes or declines. Inevitably therefore we cannot expect to hold clients forever, regardless of how hard we may try. Further, clients sometimes like to see change as a form for improving what is on offer.
"In the very early 1990s, RCG were approached by representatives of Ngati Whakaue, an Iwi group from Rotorua who were considering a shopping centre development in the central city of a Greenfield site of some 13 hectares which previously housed the central railway station."
As a result of that initial discussion, we developed a relationship with Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings limited, and on their behalf over a period of 20 years, we gradually developed Rotorua Central which is a 55,000 sq metre shopping centre in Rotorua.
The Directors of Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings limited, were the same Directors throughout the 20 year period. The shopping centre "Rotorua Central" is a key asset for the company and has proven to be a very successful facility for the local Rotorua community.
Since then, the Directors have been determined to continue growing the company through the acquisition of other properties and the development of new facilities where possible.
RCG has maintained its close relationship with Pukeroa Oruawhata over nearly a 30 year period, and is the Architect responsible for a new major spa complex that is planned to be built on the lake front in Rotorua. We are very proud to be associated with Ngati Whakaue and its wider group of companies.
"However in the past 48 hours, we attended the funeral of one of the Directors of the company, Hamilton Manaia Pihopa Kingi. "Bishop" as we knew him was one of 6 original Directors."
He was a special person, reliable, respectful to others, a gentleman, considerate and keen to help others when required. His colleagues, Malcolm Short who is Chair of POHL, and Alec Wilson, are still on the board and contribute markedly to the ongoing activities of the group.
It has been a memorable experience for those of us in RCG to have had a relationship that has extended to almost 30 years. We thank Bishop for his significant and quiet contribution to that relationship and for his work for his people. His legacy will live on and he leaves behind a Whanau that will continue to work hard to continue his work and to grow the assets created.
RIP, Bishop Kingi, and thank you for your friendship over many years. The relationship we have with Ngati Whakaue is proof that business relationships can sometimes certainly grow into long standing personal friendships.
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