New Zealand Prime Minister opens new HQ
16 April 2015 – Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has officially opened the Tait Technology Centre, the new global headquarters of Tait Communications.
The Prime Minister and Tait CEO Garry Diack were joined by the Hon. Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and MP for Ilam, Tait business partners and members of the Tait family, including Lady Tait.
The new Tait building sits alongside the company's existing manufacturing facility to form the Tait Technology Centre. It is the flagship building in Ā Mua Park, a campus development aimed at attracting like-minded businesses to a high-tech hub fostering innovation for global markets.
The 7,000 square metre building has an aquifer-based heating and cooling system and was constructed using laminated timber technology developed at the University of Canterbury and sourced from local renewable resources. The energy efficiency and 'green' properties of the building have already been acknowledged with the receipt of a prestigious EECA award in 2014.
Garry Diack welcomed guests and staff to the event and highlighted the importance of the Tait Technology Centre for the business and for Christchurch.
"These two buildings, named after our founder Sir Angus Tait, comprise the centre of our global company. This is the centre of our research for international innovation. This is the centre of our electronic and software development for our international customer base. This is the centre of our manufacturing and product procurement for our extensive international networks.
This is the centre to which we will attract excellent talent, not just from around New Zealand but from all around the world. This is also the corporate centre for our international footprint and represents Tait's long-term commitment to Christchurch and New Zealand."
The Prime Minister also addressed the guests, praising Tait for its commitment to New Zealand business.
"New Zealand needs more Taits – that's the reality. We're a country that's doing extremely well. We produce amazing products, but we need more local and global champions … We tend to think of ourselves as a big food exporter to the world and sometimes undervalue some of the really smart things we do from companies like Tait."
The ultimate vision for the new campus is to embrace the principles of innovation, sustainability and collaboration and to capture the vision for the new city of Christchurch. This investment ensures that Tait can continue to build a critical mass of talent in the fields of electronics, software and services – resident in and contributing to the local and national economies.