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Peter Ransby. 1946 - 2015. His legacy at the Bowater Motor Group.

Written by Media Manager.

Peter RansbyPeter Ransby and Alan Large sharing a story and a laugh at Bowater Honda. Not an unusual sight on any given morning at 10am, all visitors to the couch welcomed and appreciated. Click to enlarge.

A life well lived, echoing with an loud and infectious laugh, the constant of a love of friends and family, the pride in a garden that fed many a family, a cheeky smile to greet those that walked through the door, and an honest and loyal work ethic is certainly a life well worth celebrating.
This was just a part of the life of Peter Ransby. A man that has been such a vibrant part of the Bowater Motor Group for many, many decades, spanning a time of over 45 years.

Yesterday, at a packed Marsden House, family, friends, colleagues and loved ones all came together to send Peter off in a manner befitting a man so loved, respected and widely regarded.

After a short and valiant fight right up until the very end, sadly Peter Ransby lost his struggle the morning of September 29th at Nelson Hospital and passed on, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Peter has been such a large part of the success of the Bowater Motor Group for generations, and by generations we mean that quite literally. Peter has worked alongside all 4 of the generations of the Bowater family over the many decades he has been a valued part of the company - working in a wide variety of different roles, in different departments from the workshop through to the showroom floor.

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In the days following the sad news of his passing those in many of the Bowater Motor Group businesses across the region rallied together to share cherished memories of Peter. Many have commented on our Facebook post with some very kind thoughts, and flowers have arrived. A flood of humourous stories has been shared at the Bowater Honda showroom in Achilles Ave by colleagues and customers past and present, over a date scone and a cup of tea or two, as we all came to grips with the loss of such a respected and appreciated colleague, contributer, mentor and friend. A new kind of sound has been ringing out in the showroom at Bowater Honda over the last couple of days - the sound of friends and family coming together to celebrate a life well lived. 

We spin the winning wheel to find a Selfie winner

Written by Media Manager.

 150812-feastwinner79Meet Jane Bayley - winner of the recent Bowater Honda Feast for the Senses Selfie Competition. Click to enlarge.

Our senses this July were certainly sharpened with the first Feast for the Senses Festival on the streets of Nelson. What a great way to liven up the city and celebrate winter and all of the great business around town. Bowater Honda was very proud to be involved, and jumped into it boots and all. The team organised the bright and funky vibrant yellow Honda Jazz for Uniquely Nelson manager Cathy Madigan to drive around in for the month as a very funky and visual mobile billboard with some attractive Feast for the Senses good looks. Not content with just this we decided to get behind an interactive Selfie Competition, cheekily dubbed the "Sense of Selfie".

The good folks of Nelson were invited to spot the Bowater Honda Jazz parked in prominent locations around town and snap a selfie with the car, and then upload that to the Facebook competition page. At stake was a great range of prizes which together created an awesome weekend of shopping and fun in the city including a $200 retail spend at Morrison Square, a $50 retail spend at the Nelson Farmers Market, overnight accommodation for two at the Palms Motel with continental breakfast, valued at $189, the weekend use of a brand new demonstrator vehicle from Bowater Honda and a $100 dining out voucher at Panama's Restaurant. What an awesome prize!!!!!

Over the month of July many activated their sense of selfie and got into it. Then came the fun part - drawing the winner! 
With a car as funky and stylish as the all new Honda Jazz as a backdrop we decided to think quite outside the box and come up with a novel, and fair way of picking the winner. A winning wheel. Literally. Watch the video below. 

Cathy and Nick prepare to spin the winning wheel
Click on the play button to watch the video of how we drew the winner - it was quite ingenious and involved the winning wheel spin courtesy of the Honda Jazz. 

After all that excitement of the Lotto-esque live draw it was time to gather in the troops and meet the winner Jane Bayley at the weekly Wednesday Nelson Farmers Market in Morrison Square to present her with prizes.

150812-feastwinner63from left: Amme Hiser from the Nelson Farmers Market, winner Jane Bayley, Nick D'Evereux from Bowater Honda, Nona Jackson from Morrison Square and Cathy Madigan from Uniquely Nelson 

Jane Bayley was understandably excited to collect her prize. She took her selfie with friend and fellow Selfie Entrant Maree Lawson whilst enjoying one of the Moveable Feasts as a part of the promotion. She said she was going to share her prize with friend Maree Lawson.

Jane came to collect her prizes at Morrison Square today. She received $50 of shopping vouchers at the Nelson Farmer's Market from Amme Hiser, Manager at the Nelson Farmers Market, use of a Bowater Honda for the weekend, thanks to Nick Devereux, Sales Manager at Bowater Honda, $200 of Morrison Square shopping vouchers from Nona Jackson, Manager at Morrison Square, and dinner for two at Panama Kitchen Bar, overnight accommodation and breakfast at The Palms Motel (presented by Cathy Madigan, Manager at Uniquely Nelson).

150812-feastwinner70Sense of Selfie winner Jane Bayley enjoys the moment with Amme from the Nelson Farmers Market and Nick from Bowater Honda. Click to enlarge.

Feast for the Senses was a month-long promotion throughout July that promoted Nelson City’s dining, arts, festivals and winter events. Bowater Honda joined with Uniquely Nelson to promote the Feast for the Senses campaign with a bright yellow Bowater Honda Jazz covered in Feast for the Senses branding. The Selfie Competition was a fun way for the public to get involved when they saw the car parked around the city. By taking a selfie with the car and uploading to Facebook, participants were entered in the draw the win the Feast for the Senses prize package.

Click here to see the competition page.
Thanks again to our wonderful partners in this promotion - please support them!

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Join in the Feast for the Senses by activating your sense of self with a jazz!

Written by Media Manager.

Find your Urban Jazz. Take a Selfie & Win big!

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This winter the team at Bowater Honda are one of the driving forces behind the exciting winter promotion "Feast for the Senses" - happening all over Nelson city during the frosty month of July. We have come onboard with festival organisers Uniquely Nelson, in support of this great mid winter's collection of great activities from Movable Feasts through to Deep in the Bleak - a series of awesome musical concerts happening at Old St John's in Hardy Street. 

Up for grabs with the Jazzy Selfie Competition is a Feast for the Senses Nelson City Experience - it is the chance to have a full on awesome weekend of completeness courtesy of Uniquely Nelson, Bowater Honda and a bunch of great Nelson retailers. This is a fully awesome prize and it is soooo easy to enter! 

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