Focus to promote business, remove barriers to growth

Terry Sheldrake

Our Chamber office has been busy over the last quarter. With the country soon to have a general election, along with unprecedented party leadership resignations in the lead-up, it will indeed be interesting to see the final result, and more importantly, to learn who will align with who and govern New Zealand for the next three years. Let’s hope this interest converts to a high voter turnout.

I recently attended the Eastland Community Trust annual meeting. ECT is the recipient of funds generated from the Eastland Group. Two new trustees have recently been appointed along with chief executive Gavin Murphy. The ECT’s annual report shows strong financial growth and highlights the diversity of the group’s significant business portfolio.

Mayor Meng Foon recently invited me to a meeting with Chorus. This presentation was facilitated by senior representatives from Chorus which is rolling out the UFB network across the country — one of the largest civil projects undertaken in New Zealand. Apart from bringing ultra-fast broadband into the region, one key expectation is to future-proof all communities for the anticipated continued growth in data consumption. This is important as consumers’ expectations are changing — they are demanding more and more data at a faster speed. Essentially, families are looking for more cloud-based services for their entertainment, social and home administration.

One of the chamber’s fundamental roles is advocacy for local business members. Another is supporting economic development opportunities. Both require a strong, open and honest relationship with local government.

Local government has a crucial role in all regional economic development. Within their realms, there is a role for entities like economic development agencies. The emphasis needs to be on removing and/or reducing barriers to growth and development.

In practice, there are varied approaches within the local government sector to the roles and activities that relate to economic development. Some are confined to facilitation and advocacy. Some fund the generic promotion of cities and regions, and/or the generic promotion of business and tourism, such as our own Activate Tairawhiti.

“Business and tourism” is a key area of interest for our chamber at this time.

At a recent Northern Chamber collective meeting of Chamber CEOs (Gisborne comes within the Northern Chamber collective) we agreed that the appropriate role for local government from a business perspective is that it should be focused on providing a better business environment in terms of efficient and effective provision of infrastructure, regulation and public services, along with keeping the rates burden down.

We do not favour local government providing support and services to business, especially in competition directly with those of the private sector.

Chamber members Emerre & Hathaway recently hosted a BA5 with guest speaker insurance fraud specialist Nick Penny (from Auckland) who gave a most informative presentation on insurance and cyber fraud to our membership and guests. The key message here was back up your data!

As we head into spring, farmers are busy with lambing and all the challenges cold snaps can bring at this time of year. Many industry sectors continue to be busy, and Gisborne District Council’s new building is taking shape.

If you would like to know more about joining the chamber and how we can help your business, please call me at your convenience or vist our office by the Cosmopolitan Club.

Our Chamber office has been busy over the last quarter. With the country soon to have a general election, along with unprecedented party leadership resignations in the lead-up, it will indeed be interesting to see the final result, and more importantly, to learn who will align with who and govern New Zealand for the next three years. Let’s hope this interest converts to a high voter turnout.

I recently attended the Eastland Community Trust annual meeting. ECT is the recipient of funds generated from the Eastland Group. Two new trustees have recently been appointed along with chief executive Gavin Murphy. The ECT’s annual report shows strong financial growth and highlights the diversity of the group’s significant business portfolio.

Mayor Meng Foon recently invited me to a meeting with Chorus. This presentation was facilitated by senior representatives from Chorus which is rolling out the UFB network across the country — one of the largest civil projects undertaken in New Zealand. Apart from bringing ultra-fast broadband into the region, one key expectation is to future-proof all communities for the anticipated continued growth in data consumption. This is important as consumers’ expectations are changing — they are demanding more and more data at a faster speed. Essentially, families are looking for more cloud-based services for their entertainment, social and home administration.

One of the chamber’s fundamental roles is advocacy for local business members. Another is supporting economic development opportunities. Both require a strong, open and honest relationship with local government.

Local government has a crucial role in all regional economic development. Within their realms, there is a role for entities like economic development agencies. The emphasis needs to be on removing and/or reducing barriers to growth and development.

In practice, there are varied approaches within the local government sector to the roles and activities that relate to economic development. Some are confined to facilitation and advocacy. Some fund the generic promotion of cities and regions, and/or the generic promotion of business and tourism, such as our own Activate Tairawhiti.

“Business and tourism” is a key area of interest for our chamber at this time.

At a recent Northern Chamber collective meeting of Chamber CEOs (Gisborne comes within the Northern Chamber collective) we agreed that the appropriate role for local government from a business perspective is that it should be focused on providing a better business environment in terms of efficient and effective provision of infrastructure, regulation and public services, along with keeping the rates burden down.

We do not favour local government providing support and services to business, especially in competition directly with those of the private sector.

Chamber members Emerre & Hathaway recently hosted a BA5 with guest speaker insurance fraud specialist Nick Penny (from Auckland) who gave a most informative presentation on insurance and cyber fraud to our membership and guests. The key message here was back up your data!

As we head into spring, farmers are busy with lambing and all the challenges cold snaps can bring at this time of year. Many industry sectors continue to be busy, and Gisborne District Council’s new building is taking shape.

If you would like to know more about joining the chamber and how we can help your business, please call me at your convenience or vist our office by the Cosmopolitan Club.

Terry Sheldrake MNZM is chief executive of Gisborne Chamber of Commerce. He is also an executive board member of the International Triathlon Union.

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