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Grant and Merryn Straker loved what they saw and experienced in Gisborne during Tairawhiti Techweek ’18, so they have decided to open an office here.

They are the husband and wife team behind Straker Translations, one of the businesses that took part in Hack Tairawhiti — a 48-hour hackathon that opened the techweek in May.

Chief executive Grant Straker said the company was excited to establish an office in regional New Zealand.

“We want to create opportunities for people to be a part of our future and work for a global company with all the great lifestyle benefits that Gisborne offers.”

The move would involve relocating staff from out of town and hiring staff here.

The couple have developed a cloud-enabled, global translation service. Their multi-lingual and web-based platform enables human translators to deliver quick, accurate translations.

Straker Translations have sales offices in nine countries, with production centres in Auckland and Barcelona.

Activate Tairawhiti general manager economic development Steve Breen says the Strakers expressed interest in relocating part of their operation to Gisborne off the back of the success of Hack Tairawhiti.

“Straker is one of the world’s fastest- growing translation companies.

“They loved what they saw and experienced here, so we are actively working with them to facilitate a successful move.

“One of the advantages we have is Launch! Coworking, which provides an early start-up space while they establish a permanent location.”

THINKING OF THEIR EMPLOYEES: Straker Translations now has an office in Gisborne so their employees have a chance at home ownership . . . and a work/life/play balance. Pictured are the company’s founders — husband and wife team Grant and Merryn Straker. Picture supplied