This extended episode of First Hand sees a couple at an economic crossroads, and making the decision to move into self-employment. After finding their jobs in Auckland compromised, Alec and Sheena McDonald set out to find and buy their own dairy in a small North Island town. They end up in Awakeri, near Whakatāne. The lifestyle transition is far from trouble-free, as the couple must negotiate the worlds of bureaucracy and banking to insure their new business stays afloat. The documentary provides insights into running a small business during a time of economic reform.
I'm not sure what the fee is but it could be anything up to a dollar I suppose. And it could be which is the better way of going? A dollar in the company's office which keeps it buoyant, possibly, or a dollar that makes it crash by direct crediting wages which could be your last wages.– Alec McDonald on the risk of financial ruin, from continuing to spend $1 to direct credit wages
Made with funding from NZ On Air