The Hive pro­posal gen­er­at­ing a buzz

The Leader (Tasman) - - OUT & ABOUT - CHERIE SIVIGNON

A group of busi­ness lead­ers will next week present a pro­posal for a new co-work­ing and train­ing space at Motueka.

Called The Hive, the con­cept is sched­uled to be pre­sented to the pub­lic on Wed­nes­day at the AGM of Vi­sion Motueka.

Team co-or­di­na­tor James Sa­muel said there had been tremen­dous sup­port in the com­mu­nity for the pro­posal, which he de­scribed as ‘‘a nee­dle changer on the dial of Motueka well-be­ing’’.

‘‘To raise the bar in terms of what th­ese young peo­ple can look for­ward to.’’ James Sa­muel

Sa­muel had a vi­sion for the hub ‘‘be­ing a sus­tain­able busi­ness in its own right, ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing a flour­ish­ing Motueka com­mu­nity, through con­nec­tions that can grow healthy com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives in a con­ge­nial en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘While the co-work­ing space is the ma­jor fo­cus, the de­sign will fa­cil­i­tate an easy flow be­tween and within the dif­fer­ent spa­ces,’’ he said.

‘‘This will cre­ate am­ple op­por­tu­nity for serendip­i­tous bumps be­tween peo­ple, with the po­ten­tial of lead­ing to un­ex­pected and ben­e­fi­cial out­comes.’’

With a pos­si­ble High St lo­ca­tion be­ing ex­plored, ‘‘we now have num­bers for floor space and costs to work with’’.

‘‘This is feed­ing into the next sprint, which is to cre­ate a bud­get and oc­cu­pancy goals,’’ Sa­muel said.

The three pri­mary ac­tiv­i­ties for The Hive were:

A re­tail walk-in en­ter­prise at the front, such as a food busi­ness, an arts col­lec­tive, a tourism busi­ness, or such­like;

a co-work­ing space of­fer­ing ar­eas for long-term ten­ants, ca­sual month-by-month users, as well as ‘‘hot desks’’ for ca­sual users and vis­i­tors;

a tech­nol­ogy train­ing cen­tre with a pri­mary fo­cus on youth train­ing to pro­vide qual­i­fi­ca­tions in dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy that were in de­mand.

‘‘To help them go be­yond sun­shine wages,’’ Sa­muel said. ‘‘To raise the bar in terms of what th­ese young peo­ple can look for­ward to.’’

Vi­sion Motueka chair­man David Arm­strong en­cour­aged peo­ple to at­tend the AGM ‘‘and give your in­put into what is hoped to be an an­chor for busi­ness and com­mu­nity good’’.

The idea had been an on­go­ing con­sid­er­a­tion for Johny O’Don­nell, An­drew Stephen­son and Gabrielle Bell. The guest list for the dis­cus­sion panel in­cluded Lani Evans, of Tas­man District Coun­cil, Chris­tine Don­ald­son, of The Bridge Street Col­lec­tive, O’Don­nell, Paul Mor­gan, Linda Glew, Jen­nifer Lund and Arm­strong.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on ‘‘The Hive - Motueka’’ Face­book page. The Vi­sion Motueka AGM is at the Me­mo­rial Hall sup­per room on Wed­nes­day with drinks and nib­bles from 7.15pm.

The Hive Motueka team co-or­di­na­tor James Sa­muel says there’s been tremen­dous sup­port in the com­mu­nity for the pro­posal.

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