Tar­geted rate gets de­ci­sive back­ing


Tawa busi­ness and prop­erty own­ers have voted to bring in a tar­geted rate for the sub­urb.

The rate, which could cost as much as an ex­tra $1.50 a day, de­pend­ing on the size of the build­ing, would bring in about $90,000 a year to­wards Tawa be­com­ing a Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District (BID).

There are 49 BIDs in Auck­land and they have been es­tab­lished in Kil­birnie, Khan­dal­lah and Mi­ra­mar.

Busi­ness con­sul­tant for the Tawa BID, Tony Henderson-New­port, said the vote, which closed on De­cem­ber 16, was in­cred­i­bly pleas­ing.

He said 25 per cent of the busi­ness and prop­erty own­ers needed to vote, and 33 per cent did.

He did not have the com­plete re­sults yet, but said the ma­jor­ity gave ‘‘over­whelm­ing sup­port’’ to­wards the BID.

‘‘The funds from [Welling­ton City Coun­cil] get paid in July but we want to be well ahead of that, mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to get crack­ing and im­prove Tawa as a busi­ness area,’’ Henderson-New­port said.

He said the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions rugby tour this year was one event Tawa needed to make the most of, at­tract­ing vis­i­tors to spend time and money in the sub­urb’s re­tail area.

An annual gen­eral meet­ing will be held in late Jan­uary or early next month to rat­ify the BID vote, and then the work could be­gin on strat­egy and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Henderson-New­port said.

In Novem­ber, Peter Co­hen, who owns the build­ing that housed Mary Pot­ter Hospice shop on Main Rd, ex­pressed un­ease about what he said was a lack of clar­ity about what the tar­geted rate would cost.

He said the rate had gone from $1 to $1.50 with­out enough com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the BID com­mit­tee.

But com­mit­tee mem­ber Ant Si­mon said the process had been trans­par­ent and noth­ing that was done would ben­e­fit one build­ing or busi­ness owner over an­other.

Henderson-New­port said in the weeks lead­ing up to the vote dead­line, he sat down with Co­hen and was able to demon­strate the ‘‘depth of en­gage­ment’’ that was car­ried out in Tawa and al­lay fears.

‘‘We wanted to make sure peo­ple were lis­tened to and we achieved that. Peter had valid gripes but we were able to talk to him am­i­ca­bly.’’

Tawa has also been ear­marked for a $1 mil­lion city cen­tre up­grade by Welling­ton City Coun­cil.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.