New president for Gisborne Chamber of Commerce

Paul Naske elected to post at chamber’s annual meeting.

Paul Naske elected to post at chamber’s annual meeting.

Paul Naske

GISBORNE’S main business advocacy group has a new man at the top, after Gisborne business management adviser Paul Naske was elected to the post of Gisborne Chamber of Commerce president.

Mr Naske manages the Gisborne District Council’s Fitzherbert Street rebuild project. He was elected to the post at the chamber’s annual meeting and replaces outgoing president Gavin Murphy.

Mr Naske is originally from Australia and is a former Tairawhiti Man of the Year recipient for his work as a youth mentor and other community involvement here.

“I am looking forward to working with the executive and the chamber team led by CEO Terry Sheldrake. Our main focus will be supporting Terry to grow the membership and make the chamber relevant to the vast array of business owners in our community."

Exiting president, Mr Murphy, who will also step down from the chamber’s executive, said he had “thoroughly enjoyed” his four-year stint as president.

GISBORNE’S main business advocacy group has a new man at the top, after Gisborne business management adviser Paul Naske was elected to the post of Gisborne Chamber of Commerce president.

Mr Naske manages the Gisborne District Council’s Fitzherbert Street rebuild project. He was elected to the post at the chamber’s annual meeting and replaces outgoing president Gavin Murphy.

Mr Naske is originally from Australia and is a former Tairawhiti Man of the Year recipient for his work as a youth mentor and other community involvement here.

“I am looking forward to working with the executive and the chamber team led by CEO Terry Sheldrake. Our main focus will be supporting Terry to grow the membership and make the chamber relevant to the vast array of business owners in our community."

Exiting president, Mr Murphy, who will also step down from the chamber’s executive, said he had “thoroughly enjoyed” his four-year stint as president.

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Don Roscoe - 6 months ago
I have nothing against Mr Naske, but in the past there has often been a divergence of view as between the council and the chamber of commerce.
One could even suggest that one of the chamber's main roles is to provide a voice for local business and an advocacy for local business to be heard effectively by the council.
How can this be done with a council employee heading the chamber? This is a bit like voting a National MP to head up the Labour party.

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