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Surco and the New Zealand Distributorship

Surco is a company whose influence and odor-control products are scattered all over the globe. Founded in 1946 and in continuous operation ever since, our enduring success is the byproduct of a superior work ethic and the development of outstanding odor control solutions for portable toilets that far surpass industry standards.

New Zealand is a land of many opportunities for Surco distributors. Establishing a foothold and finding a door that is open just enough for one entrepreneurial foot to slip through is not easy, but it is possible, and rewards are high with relatively few risks.

For one thing, no Surco product distributor ever stands alone. We are always there to help with any problems that might arise, and our enduring bond with our existing distributors is one of our major selling points. Another is our product line, which is far superior than any odor control product solutions on the market today, as each is backed by well over 70 years of laboratory refinements, experience and on site testing.

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The New Zealand Entrepreneur

As is the case in any country, the New Zealand entrepreneur is faced with his or her own set of particular issues. There are many pros in establishing a start-up business in New Zealand, not the least of which is that it is the least corrupt nation in the world, blessed with a spectacular landscape, a business population that is very tightly networked and a laid back, creative, fun-loving and balanced atmosphere. Some cons include international travel costs that can hurt new entrepreneurs and raising funds locally can also be challenging.

New Zealand entrepreneurs do not receive funding or hand-holding, but they do have access to a network of investors, tax breaks, advisors, mentors and university grants. Last year, the nation launched a first-of-its kind initiative for global entrepreneurs interested in establishing start-ups in New Zealand. Known as the Global Impact Visa, this program is run in collaboration with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) and provides three-year visas for up to 400 entrepreneurs and investors.

Participants are permitted to settle in New Zealand and either start a new company or expand an established one. After that three-year period expires, they are eligible to apply for permanent residence if they so desire. They have the freedom to live wherever they want but they must converge in one meeting place several times per year to learn from one another and hear from experts.

New Zealand’s Portable Toilet Industry

The portable toilet industry is fairly young here, having developed about twenty years ago. Poly John Pacific is the nation’s leading supplier of portable restrooms and sanitation-related equipment. They offer a wide range of models to suit every application including: construction, corporate and outdoor events, special needs such as wheelchair access units, portable showers, multi-station men’s urinal cabins and free-standing hand wash stations.

Tempfence is another company that also offers portable restroom solutions that can withstand the demands of high usage and frequent activity. Their signature model is the Billabong, which is among the most modern, sleek, stylish, state-of-the-art portable toilet on the market today. Although Poly John is currently their supplier of portable restroom products and breaking this tradition will be a challenge for any entrepreneur, convincing a portable toilet provider to try Surco products just once is certain to do the job.

So get on the bandwagon today and challenge your abilities to become a successful New Zealand distributor of Surco’s fine odor-control product solutions.


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A Short History of New Zealand By Way Of The Latrine

New Zealand is a very young country in terms of both its discovery and human settlement. The Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture, were the first settlers to arrive in the region after journeying in canoes from Hawaiki between 1200 and 1300 AD. These early people were intrepid explorers and they navigated the currents of the Pacific Ocean and the wind and the stars. The term, ‘Māori’, which translates as ordinary, didn’t actually exist until the Europeans arrived. They themselves used the word to distinguish themselves from the new, fair skinned settlers.

Life in these villages revolved around the acquisition and preparation of food. Many were hunters, gatherers and fishermen, while others farmed arable land and grew crops. Dutch explorer and sea-faring merchant, Abel Janszoon Tasman, in the service of the Dutch East India Company, was the first European to arrive in New Zealand in 1642. The name, Tasmania, derives from his own and he dubbed the new nation, Nieuw Zeeland, in honor of a Dutch mapmaker of the same name. It was the British, however, more than 120 years later after the voyages of Captain James Cook, who claimed New Zealand as part of their empire.

Māori communities did utilize paepae (latrines), which served individual houses or small groups of people. Traditional beliefs that human waste could cause illness if not properly disposed of inspired these early people to keep human waste separate from both living quarters and food preparation areas.  Early European settlers were not as scrupulous in their attitudes to human waste,although they did build privies or outhouses over holes (cesspits) in their backyards. Some built outhouses out of earth sods, but these could be precarious structures because roaming cattle liked to rub against the sods, which caused them to cave in and create a foul mess. Settlers learned to tolerate the smell and even after cesspits were banned in the 1870s, still used them for reasons of thrift and convenience.

Health reformers in the 1900s rebuilt these structures, which led to sanitary improvements in many villages. Progress was slow, as even by the 1950s, 67% of Māori homes had no flush toilet, as compared to 17% of non-Māori homes. By the early 1970s, the number of Māori homes without flush toilets dropped to 11%, but this number was still high when compared with others at 3%.


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