On Thursday 16 April 2015, Tait Communications welcomed New Zealand Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key, to Christchurch to officially open the new home of its global headquarters – the Tait Technology Centre.
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.
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 and brand positioning.
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, from not just from around New Zealand but from all around the world.
This is also the corporate Centre for our extensive 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.”
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Mr Key unveiled a new commemorative plaque for the Tait Technology Centre, before joining Garry Diack and Minister Brownlee on a tour of the new campus.
The first stop was for a demonstration of some of Tait’s latest innovations, including Tait BioLink, Tait UnifyVoice and Tait’s Push-to-talk app.
The group then took in the exterior view of the Tait Technology Centre – the EECA award-winning building with a backdrop of a green park-like setting, edible garden plots, fruit trees and an outdoor gym. Even the Prime Minister couldn’t resist having a go on the elliptical trainer!
Next the Prime Minister met some of Tait’s software engineers before taking a tour of the manufacturing facilities, where Tait’s world class communications products are made before being shipped to customers around the globe.