22 News – May

New Building

Since our last blog the team have cycled the Otago Rail Trail, we’ve hired two new staff and we’ve bought a building!

22 Degrees moves to 25 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby at the end of May and we’re looking for tenants for the top floor. The upper level is a smart 220m² space with views and parking. It’s handy to cafes, shopping, the CBD and motorway on ramps. To find out more, please contact Jennifer Austin-Mannes jennifer@22degrees.co.nz

We plan on a July 25th official building “house warming” event. Watch out for your invitation.

Our Otago cycling trek was brilliant! Eight of the team headed south to cycle the rail trail starting at Clyde and finishing in Middlemarch. The first two days were glorious and part of the Indian summer we’ve been enjoying. The next two days saw the wind turn south and we cycled in perpetual rain with snow on the hills. The cycling went from relatively flat and easy to 6km climbs through stunning South Island scenery.  Everyone survived and improved from day to day. All would attest that arriving at the night stop was pleasant relief for the wear and tear on the butt. Our longest day was 57km, which was also our wettest and windiest day – in some areas it was quicker to walk than cycle into the southerly.

Trail

Various highlights mentioned by the guys: “the scenery” “the physical challenge” “the characters” “team bonding” , the “food”. A couple suggested they might do it in reverse order next time (next time?) and another thought more padding on those bicycle seats would have been a good idea!

One of the highlights was certainly the excellent quality of the food almost everywhere we went – some of the cafes we stopped at for lunch (such as the Courthouse Café in Alexandra) would put most Auckland eateries to shame and the nightly fare was generally really good pub meals of shanks, cod or steaks. Another unique experience was our attempt at the great southern sport – curling!  We split the crew into two teams for a curling session at Naseby and I’m pleased to say the McGregor’s beat the Low-landers by a good margin.

Overall we’d recommend this trip to anyone keen to give it a go! Ryan Thompson organised everything so he has all the contact details if this adventure appeals.

It’s been very busy work-wise, with a number of new projects coming on stream. We’ve welcomed two new members to the team. Barbora Laskova has joined the Hydraulics and Mechanical teams. With a Masters in Engineering (Building Services) and experience in hydraulics design she has a lot to offer us. Originally from the Czech Republic she is now making New Zealand her home. Ruslan Baytemirov has joined the electrical team. He worked in building services in Russia before coming to New Zealand and completed his Masters in electrical engineering at AUT last year. He replaces Francois.

It’s a sad farewell to Francois de Chaumette this week. He leaves us to undertake his big OE and we’d like to thank him for his terrific contribution in helping to establish the electrical division over the last three years. It’s now a thriving division and this is in no small part due to his efforts. Unfortunately we will no longer have a Springbok supporter to hassle after each defeat to the All Blacks – but luckily we have his email so can still send our commiserations.

I look forward to catching up with you in our new office.

Robert Mannes