A simple business philosophy and looking after his employees have taken Sir John Davies a long way in the past 50 years. The achievements of the tourism magnate and former mayor of Queenstown were recognised at a gala dinner in Auckland last night when he was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. Born in Wellington 78 years ago, but raised in Dunedin, Sir John is the owner of family firm Trojan Holdings, which has major interests in skiing and other tourism-related ventures in the South Island. Sir John, who came to Queenstown with his wife, Trish, Lady Davies, in the early 1960s, said he viewed the accolade as a "reflection of what we've done with the company". "I came to Queenstown with virtually no money - as a musterer - and steadily invested." His philosophy in business was "getting the product right". "It's about caring for the product and caring about staff." He put himself in the customer's shoes to understand what they wanted, and took the same approach with the … [Read more...] about Sir John enters Business Hall of Fame
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A political commentator believes putting Sir John Key back in the spotlight is a calculated move from National. Leader Simon Bridges has used the party's annual conference to herald a new video and motto - promising a focus on "you". 'I simply don't believe it': Simon Bridges rejects poor polling Leaked polling shows National below 40 percent under Bridges But Facebook posts from National MPs on Saturday put the focus squarely on the former Prime Minister, who led the party to three thumping election victories before retiring from politics. Nikki Kaye, Nicola Wilis, Dan Bidois, Hamish Walker, Simeon Brown, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Matt Doocey, Matt King and even Bridges himself were amongst those posting selfies on Facebook with Sir John on Saturday. "Bringing him in always had that risk, but on the other hand Simon Bridges clearly wanted John Key's endorsement as leader - and so there was a bit of a fine line to walk there," Massey University's Grant Duncan told Newshub. He … [Read more...] about National MPs flock to get selfies with Sir John Key
Sir John Major made an unprecedented threat today to take Boris Johnson to court to stop him dragging the Queen into a Brexit storm. The former prime minister said he was prepared to lead an application for judicial review if the next PM attempts to suspend Parliament. Mr Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule out asking the Queen to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament, a situation that would prevent MPs from voting against him crashing the country out of the European Union on no-deal terms on October 31. Senior lawyers backed Sir John, who led the Tories to victory at the 1992 general election, saying they believed such a landmark case could be successful. In a passionate broadside aimed at Mr Johnson on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Sir John protested: “You cannot and should not bypass Parliament in this fashion. I cannot imagine how anyone could conceivably think that is right.” He said it would be “utterly and totally unacceptable” and … [Read more...] about Sir John Major’s blast for Boris: I’ll see you in court
Newcastle United will need an element of luck in their search for a successor to Rafa Benitez, believes Sir John Hall. The former Magpies owner admits that getting the managerial recruitment process correct is "very difficult" for any owner, and accepts that he often struggled to correctly identify the coaches who would flourish on Tyneside. Famously, Sir John brought Kevin Keegan out of the footballing wilderness and handed the ex-Newcastle forward his first opportunity in management, something which proved to be masterstroke and led to 'The Entertainers' period in United's history. Yet the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness all struggled at St James' Park, despite all three arriving as househould names and with previous managerial success. Managing director Lee Charnley is currently compiling a shortlist of potential candidates to follow Benitez, whose contract officially expires on Sunday night, and Sir John insists there will be an element of risk involved, no … [Read more...] about Sir John Hall reveals how owners search for managers
MP Sir John Hayes looks set to back Boris Johnson for 10 Downing Street following Michael Gove's exit from the Tory leadership contest.It's become a two horse race between Brexiteer Johnson and Environment Secretary Jeremy Hunt after Hunt came second in the fifth ballot for Tory MP's, beating Environment Secretary Gove by two votes on Thursday.The South Holland and the Deepings MP, who backed Gove in the previous rounds, is moving towards Johnson because of his Brexiteer credentials.Although Sir John is still "reflecting" on his final choice, he says: "I think you have got to have someone who is completely committed to delivering the will of the people - it's about Bexit credentials in a way."At this stage Sir John says only that it's "likely" he will vote for Boris, explaining: "I am committed to Brexit and it's difficult to imagine not supporting a committed Brexiteer."Jeremy Hunt was a Remainer in the 2016 Referendum.Sir John said: "I think it's a difficult choice for us."Jeremy … [Read more...] about MP Sir John Hayes to switch to Boris for PM?