2016 is steaming ahead (literally) with temperatures soaring throughout the country. The Christmas break saw the 22 Degrees team spread throughout the globe as far afield as Spain, the UK, Russia, Peru, Egypt and deepest darkest New Plymouth. Now we’re all back on board!
Travel highlights included:
- Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona “WOW!!!!! Breathtakingly beautiful” – Robert Mannes
- Macchu Picchu in Peru “Mysterious, enigmatic, and how the hell did they do it?!” – Alex Davis
- Sochi, Russia “First class skiing in the Winter Olympic Capital” – Ruslan Baytemirov
- The Middle East “Donkeys… camels… tombs… and four hours of interrogation at the Jordanian border…fun times!” – Nick Donovan
Back at HQ
A lot has happened at HQ over the last four months. We celebrated our 15th birthday in October, Daniel Wellington joined our Hydraulics team, and we embarked on the implementation of Union Square – a sophisticated new job and document management software. Union Square logo and make it a hyperlink to their website. If everything goes according to plan we go live with ‘phase one’ in April. The team at Union Square has been terrific to deal with and we’re looking forward to having a lot of extra project management tools at our disposal.
Construction of several of our major projects were completed by the New Year including “The Orange” apartments, retail and commercial space in Newton, and Hopetoun Residences in Freemans’ Bay. The ribbon was cut at several schools including Tawera College; a state of the art new design offering flexible learning spaces and a modern, comfortable learning environment for Kawerau students.
2016 looks like being another great year with a lot of exciting new projects kicking off for us and the construction industry still in top gear. Not to mention we won the SEVENS twice, and beat the Aussies in the ODI series – so far, so good! And a big pat on the back for several team members who participated in the Auckland Marathon in November. All competed and completed without injury!
This Summer we ran a photo competition inviting clients to send photos of themselves sporting a 22 Degrees tee shirt (given or stolen). The extraordinary creativity of participants has provided us with many mirthful moments – thanks to all the wannabe Annie Leibovitz’s. Our winner was George Reed from 1st Maintenance who took his tee shirt to Lapland with him and it doesn’t look like he ever took it off – judging from the many photos in myriad locations. He won a portable barbecue and a packet of Persil.
Here’s a couple of his hilarious efforts:
Watch out for our latest quiz – coming your way shortly.
Jennifer Austin Mannes