RNZYS A POPULAR PORT FOR BUSINESS PEOPLE
IN THE CITY of Sails, there’s an opportunity to become a part of one of the more venerable associations located in the central city. One which provides a range of attractive benefits for corporate and individual members.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Westhaven Marina is eminently accessible, explains GM Hayden Porter. “You don’t even have to be a boat owner, although some interest in the water obviously helps.”
That’s reflected in the club’s membership; more than 60 percent of individuals don’t own a vessel.
“A great deal of members join for the social and networking opportunities. While we try not to mix too much business with pleasure, there’s no doubt that from the associations and friendships which arise from membership, plenty of business takes place between our members.”
Far from an association for old boys, the RNZYS provides a range of attractive benefits, particularly for corporate memberships. With nine function spaces, a boardroom, as well as the sort of facilities more commonly associated with a yacht club such as a restaurant, bar and lounge, the club provides an ideal venue for events.
One long-standing member is Commodore Steve Mair; in many respects, this highly successful entrepreneur has tied his business to the RNZYS. Three of his businesses relate to the marine industry in one way or another.
A lifelong mariner, Mair is one of the youngest Commodores the club has ever seen and is deeply involved in the marine and business communities. “Just being a member is one thing, but if you get involved and get stuck in, you’ll get a lot more out of it. You are likely to forge lifelong friendships and, no doubt, establish plenty of commercial relationships.”
He says the RNZYS has always played a role in his business development, through the facilities on offer on the one hand, and the valuable associations with good people on the other.
“For me, being a part of the RNZYS is all about the people you meet. That means lifelong friends and business relationships and a lifetime of memories and experiences.”
Porter confirms that among its membership are many influential members of New Zealand society, while many of the country’s top companies also maintain corporate memberships.
“Business focused memberships are increasingly popular, as they provide substantial benefits.” Rolled into the corporate package is four individual memberships, eight hires per year of function rooms, a 20 percent discount on food and beverages, magazine promotion and a listing on the Squadron’s website.
Memberships are geared to the small business community too, starting at just under $500 per month. An individual membership starts from around $25 per month.