Mutual respect and a shared focus
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.