Rugby unites busi­nesses

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

Kings­land busi­nesses are broad­en­ing their hori­zons in a bid to reap the ben­e­fits of the Rugby World Cup.

Work be­tween the Kings­land Busi­ness So­ci­ety and the Auck­land City Coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment group has be­gun as busi­ness own­ers look ahead to the 2011 cup and be­yond.

A part­ner­ship be­tween the so­ci­ety and the coun­cil would es­tab­lish a busi­ness im­prove­ment district, an as­so­ci­a­tion that would rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of busi­nesses within an area ex­tend­ing west from Don McKinnon Drive to Morn­ing­side.

It would be funded through a levy, based on rate­able val­ues, col­lected from lo­cal busi­nesses and non-res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

Seven­teen sub­urbs work along­side the coun­cil in a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ca­pac­ity in­clud­ing the in­ner city, Avon­dale, Blockhouse Bay, Eden Val­ley, K Rd, Mt Eden, One­hunga and Pon­sonby.

Eden-Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Christo­pher Dempsey says for a set levy a group of com­mit­ted busi­nesses can ac­cess spe­cific sup­port and re­sources from the coun­cil, rather than strug­gle in iso­la­tion.

“The ad­van­tage of pay­ing a levy means you can then pay some­one to pro­mote Kings­land,” he says.

More than 350 ten­ants and prop­erty own­ers will be sent a bal­lot pa­per next year ask­ing if they would back the for­ma­tion of a busi­ness im­prove­ment district.

At least a third of all bal­lot pa­pers need to be re­turned and of those bal­lots 50 per­cent must be in sup­port.

The Kings­land Busi­ness So­ci­ety, which was es­tab­lished three years ago, is the only group for lo­cal busi­nesses in the area and rep­re­sents a quar­ter of them.

Chair­man Steve Gil­lett says to drum up more mo­men­tum for the project, a core group is busy door-knock­ing to re­cruit more mem­bers.

“There’s so much po­ten­tial here and busi­nesses work­ing to­gether can make a real dif­fer­ence.

“We want our busi­nesses to be suc­cess­ful and at the same time we want to keep the unique char­ac­ter that at­tracts cus­tomers to Kings­land,” he says.

For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Chris­tine Fo­ley on 623-4395 or email busi ness@kings­

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