Library

APR Consultants has accumulated a considerable library over the years and we are pleased to be able to make available some documents as a resource.

This resource includes a sample of past work which is in the public domain. Some publications are in pdf format. Click here to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

what can make a difference in your business?

Insights.pdf

The Dimensions of Business

 The Dimensions of Business.pdf

A Rotorua Success Story

Charter Article.pdf

The Olympics of Business 


Many of us will have absolutely enjoyed the success of the New Zealanders
who participated in Rio at the Olympic Games. People often draw parallels
between business and sport and success and failure. There are certainly a
lot of parallels in terms of planning, organisation, mobilising resources,
taking good advice and ensuring that the people involved have the skills and
experience to deliver on the day. Critical also is having the resilience to
succeed, sometimes when it looks like the odds are stacked against you. So
what can we learn from our Olympians success and failure from a business
perspective - here are a few of my observations: Firstly note the
reflections after the games about whether an Olympian will commit to the
next Olympic cycle. This is a smart move and the parallel in business is
always to take some time out of your business to critically evaluate where
you are and what your next plans are. This is often referred to "working on
the business" instead of what we always do in "working in the business". The
second thing is to assess how the performance of the athlete(s) was against
expectations. Did they live up to their ranking and perform as expected. If
they didn't why was this the case? There are plenty of parallels here around
competitive environments for businesses. Sometimes athletes perform at the
highest level and ahead of predictions and yet may not medal because the
competition has stepped up another gear beyond that of the athlete. This is
often the case in business where in spite of a business performing at the
highest level either a disruptive technology and/or significant developments
in the sector and investments by competitive businesses can lead to a very
challenging business environment. The third parallel I would draw is that as
a nation we "punch well above our weight" on medal per capita basis yet our
investments in sport are not necessarily at the same high levels on a per
capita basis. This means we have to be smart about what we do and how we do
it. This is a very close parallel with business as it forces us to focus on
what we do and innovate and to be smarter about the things we do. The final
parallel is the ongoing learning and development that we all have to do
whether it be in business or sport. If we think that we have enduring
success because we have had record sales or major investments, you know it
is time to step back from the business. Like a gold medallist the opposition
is always close and you cannot for a moment step back from your commitment
to ensure that you are meeting your customer's needs

In this camber publication:

 

Property Council presentation

Property Council presentation 

Arts Waikato 2009 Review

Title: Arts Waikato 2009 Review.

Market Research

Title: Market Research – An online survey for the Bay of Plenty Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Directors – Opportunities for Governance Development in the Region.

Rotorua District Perceptions of Safety Survey 2014

Title: Rotorua District Perceptions of Safety Survey 2014

Client:  Rotorua District Council

Synopsis:  The annual Rotorua District Perceptions of Safety Survey provides residents with the opportunity to express their views on matters of personal safety, safety in neighbourhoods and safety in public places such as the inner city. 

 

Development of the Waikato Progress Indicators (WPI)

Killerby, P. and Huser, B. (2014) 

Title: Development of the Waikato Progress Indicators

Client: Waikato Regional Council

Synopsis: Waikato Regional Council Technical Report 2014/44, August 2014 (122pp). This report summarises the results from desktop research undertaken throughout 2013-14 as part of the development of the Waikato Progress Indicators (WPI) programme. The aim was to learn from national and international good practice to inform the development of a comprehensive assessment of economic, environmental and social wellbeing conditions and trends for the Waikato region.

 

Waikato Progress Indicators

Huser, B. and Killerby, P. (2014)

Title: Waikato Progress Indicators – Tupuranga Waikato – Summary

Client: Waikato Regional Council

Synopsis: Waikato Regional Council Technical Report 2014/23, August 2014 (36pp). This document provides a summary of the results of the Waikato Progress Indicators (WPI) – Tupuranga Waikato. The WPI is a dashboard of 32 environmental, social and economic indicators that provide an overview of how well our region is doing across a range of societal wellbeings and the extent to which we are making progress.

Waikato Progress Indicators webpages: http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/wpi

 

Waikato regional MARCO indicators: Data analysis report 2013

Waikato Regional Council Technical Report 2013/27 - 2013

Title: Waikato regional MARCO indicators: Data analysis report 2013

Client: Waikato Regional Council

Synopsis: The purpose of this report is to help inform and guide the setting of priorities by key decision-makers in the Waikato region, to promote better coordination and application of community resources.

 

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Sustainable Development

Title:Rotorua'sRotorua Lakes Council’s Corporate Sustainability Policy (2008)

Client: Rotorua Lakes Council (formerly Rotorua District Council)

Synopsis: A Corporate Sustainability Policy and Action Plans was adopted by Council in December 2008.

 

Title: South Waikato District Community Outcomes Survey (2005)

Client: South Waikato District Council

Synopsis: Household postal self-return survey to help identify the aspirations and priorities of South Waikato communities.

 

Title: Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter (2001)

Synopsis: Ongoing project to promote environmental sustainability by Rotorua tourism attractions, accommodation and service providers. Now expanded to include a Rotorua Sustainable Business Charter.

 

Title: Northland Forward Together - Kokiri Ngatahi Taitokerau: Northland SustainableEconomic Development Strategy (2001)

Client: Northland Regional Economic Development Strategy Steering Group

Synopsis: Formulation of a strategy involving three district councils of the Northland Region, Northland Regional Council, Central Government agencies and Iwi/Maori representatives including an extensive business and community survey programme, the construction of 16 industry sector "think tanks" and workshops with key stakeholders. Winner of the 2004 New Zealand Planning Institute Project Award.

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Evaluation

Title: Arts Waikato Review 2009: A case study on capacity-building in the Waikato regional arts sector (2009)

Client: Trust Waikato

Synopsis: An independent review of Arts Waikato, to feed into decision-making around major funding commitments by Trust Waikato.

Title: Rotorua District ICT Strategy (2005)

Client: Rotorua ICT Strategy Steering Group (Rotorua Community ICT Trust, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua Social Services Council, Rotorua District Council)

Synopsis: A three year plan to strengthen and empower Rotorua communities through better use of Information and Communication Technology.

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Strategic Planning

Title: Rotorua District ICT Strategy (2005)

Client: Rotorua ICT Strategy Steering Group (Rotorua Community ICT Trust, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua Social Services Council, Rotorua District Council)

Synopsis: A three year plan to strengthen and empower Rotorua communities through better use of Information and Communication Technology.

 

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Employment

Title: Rotorua Employment Skills Strategy (2003)


Client: Rotorua Employment Skills Steering Group (Rotorua District Council, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Work and Income, Tertiary Education Commission)


Synopsis: Research-based action plans to resolve sector-specific skills shortages in the Rotorua District.

 

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Social Research

Title: Social Impacts of Class 4 Gambling in the Rodney District (2010)

Client: Rodney District Council

Synopsis: A review of the benefits and costs of electronic gambling machines in the Rodney District, to inform Council and key stakeholders as part of a three-yearly policy review.

 

Title: Review of Tertiary Education Needs for the Western Bay of Plenty Region (2010)

Client: Priority One

Synopsis:  A review of tertiary education needs for the Western Bay of Plenty area. The purpose was to establish tertiary education needs in relation to current and future trends, plans and policies that may impact on training and research services delivered by tertiary providers. The impacts of population growth and emerging business sectors and opportunities are particular areas of focus.

 

Title: South Waikato District Youth Survey (2005)

Client: South Waikato District Council

Synopsis: Survey of students at Forest View High School, Tokoroa High School and Putaruru College to help identify the aspirations and priorities of South Waikato young people.

 

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Recreation and Leisure

Title: Whakarewarewa Forest Project - Update (2009)

Client: Rotorua District Council

Synopsis: This report updates the findings of a 2007 study of recreational activities in Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, as well as estimating the economic impacts associated with recreational use of the forest.

 

Title: Mountain Biking in Rotorua (2006)


Sponsor: APR Consultants

Synopsis: A study into the popularity of mountain biking in the Rotorua district undertaken prior to the UCI World Mountain Biking Championships held in Rotorua in August 2006.

 

Title: Whakarewarewa Forest Project (2007)

Client: Rotorua District Council

Synopsis: This report was commissioned to gauge both the impact that the forest has on Rotorua and to determine further the sustainability of the forest as a valuable local and national resource for growing and cementing Rotorua as the place to work, live, invest and play.

 

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