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Real CommunicationsReal Communications is a public relations and communications consultancy specialising in real stories about people taking positive action to improve the world around them. We work with you to create insightful communications strategies and then deliver on-point content (articles, videos and photos) to your target audience.


Balcairn-based sports vet Sara Bagheri pictured with her dogs Mini and Nala, wants to set up a community vet service for those who cannot afford the cost of veterinary care.

Making veterinary vision a reality Making veterinary vision a reality

For sports vet Sara Bagheri, delivering her first chiropractic course to international vets became an exercise in adaptability when most students had to leave New Zealand part way through their studies. Sara, who provides holistic veterinary care to animals ranging from dogs through to goats and horses through her business Zoominals, was running the Balcairn-based course for vets and chiropractors from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, along with lecturers from the UK and Germany. “We’d finished ...
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Award helps expand Waipara winemaker’s business Award helps expand Waipara winemaker’s business

Waipara-based winemaker Jess Mavromatis of Ekleipsis Wine has been awarded the first Thrive Fund business scholarship from public relations consultancy Real Communications. Jess will use the funding for business mentoring to help expand her boutique organic wine brand which is currently exported to Japan and Australia. Ekleipsis Wine is also available in select restaurants throughout New Zealand and from Vino Fino in Christchurch. “I am standing on a platform and I’m about to take a big ...
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Empathy and values drive decision making Empathy and values drive decision making

For Maria Thackwell, owner of Maria Thackwell Mortgages, the lockdown period provided an opportunity to reaffirm the human-centric values such as empathy and relatability which are at the core of her business operation. “At times like this you really need to show your values as a business owner, while also remembering that it is important to show your human side too. “Being in such a high-pressure industry as finance you need to understand the huge ...
Marty Murchison, of Murchison Homes, has focused on reviewing business processes and writing a book during lockdown.

Positive action creates a stronger business Positive action creates a stronger business

For Marty Murchison of Murchison Homes, the lockdown period has created a golden opportunity to revise business plans, processes, and marketing materials, along with writing a book which provides an in-depth understanding of the building process. On day one of the lockdown Marty dove straight into examining his business strategy by creating three cashflow plans based on different scenarios including continuing on the current pathway, a moderate downturn, and a worst-case scenario. “These different scenarios ...
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Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate

After cancelling of her all upcoming school environmental workshops due to Covid-19, Lesley Ottey of Eco Educate has leapt outside her comfort zone to connect with a global audience via technology. Eco Educate specialises in sustainable resource education and provides hands-on workshops for hundreds of preschools, primary schools and high schools across Canterbury. The organisation works alongside Waimakariri and Ashburton district councils. Even before lockdown hit, Lesley was closely monitoring overseas developments and anticipated that her ...

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