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No Limits: How Craig Heatley became a top New Zealand entrepreneur

By Joanne Black

Published by Allen & Unwin, NZ$36.99

Reviewed by Sarah Ell

While Netflix and other streaming services may be revolutionising the way we consume TV content today, there’s no denying that in its day, Sky Television caused a massive revolution in New Zealand viewing. No longer were we limited to watching TV 1, 2, or 3 – the world came to our screens.

It was thanks to low-profile Kiwi businessman Craig Heatley that Sky became a feature of so many New Zealand homes. You might not know that this unassuming boy from Lower Hutt also set up the mini-golf course on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive and developed the Rainbow’s End amusement park.

This authorised story of Heatley’s life and business achievements begins with his days as a sporty youngster in his first forays into business. By 1986, he was the youngest person on the NBR’s Rich List and he ‘retired’ following the 1987 share market crash.

However, as author Joanne Black tells it, an entrepreneur with a mind like Heatley’s was never going to be content just playing golf. It was time to take on pay TV.

No Limits is an interesting, readable look into the little-known life and business practices of one of New Zealand’s top business stars. Heatley’s voice features strongly in the book, along with interviews with friends, family and business associates. Former Prime Minister John Key is a friend and writes the prologue.

It’ll interest those wanting an insight into business, and into the lives of the rich and deliberately not-so-famous.