Mu­tual re­spect and a shared fo­cus

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

It is 2011 – the year of the Rugby World Cup and an­other year for Porirua City busi­nesses to fo­cus on con­tin­ued growth and suc­cess.

As the new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce, I am keen to learn more about what busi­nesses want from the cham­ber and, equally im­por­tant, what they want to do for the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

I have joined the Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce from the Manawatu Cham­ber of Com­merce, where I was the ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

In this po­si­tion, a key fo­cus was on grow­ing the mem­ber­ship of the cham­ber and en­sur­ing the right set of cir­cum­stances ex­isted for mean­ing­ful net­work­ing to oc­cur. This will also be one of my goals with the Porirua cham­ber.

Many of you will have some ex­cel­lent ideas or ques­tions about the way for­ward, in these times of rapid change.

I am a firm be­liever in the value of build­ing strong re­la­tion­ships, based on mu­tual re­spect and a shared fo­cus of recre­at­ing Porirua City as the eco­nomic hub of the Welling­ton re­gion.

We have a new lead­er­ship team at the Porirua City Coun­cil; mayor Nick Leggett and his coun­cil­lors will be work­ing with the new chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son to ac­tion the City Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project.

This means that now is the ideal time to be­come in­volved in voic­ing your opin­ions about the in­fra­struc­ture and pol­icy that you be­lieve is re­quired to fos­ter on­go­ing growth for the busi­ness sec­tor.

An op­por­tu­nity ex­ists, dur­ing the next few years, to col­lec­tively con­sider our fu­ture, to en­sure lo­cal democ­racy and on­go­ing sus­tain­abil­ity, and af­ford­abil­ity for ratepay­ers.

The coun­cil must con­tinue to work closely with the cham­ber to­wards set­ting com­pet­i­tive com­mer­cial rates and meet­ing busi­ness needs.

There are a raft of ini­tia­tives to be ex­plored re­gard­ing mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial busi­ness pro­mo­tions and I am sure that Porirua will be­come even more vi­brant and at­trac­tive to in­vestors.

In the short time that I have been in Porirua City, I have been im­pressed with the over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive en­ergy of the city.

I am ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­i­ties and look for­ward to meet­ing and net­work­ing with many for­ward think­ing and dy­namic peo­ple.

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