Update from the Chair
Dianne Hale

Update from the Chair
Dianne Hale shares the latest from Devonport Business Association

The last month has proved to be very eventful - the biggest challenge facing the Board is looking to appoint a new BID Manager, after Judy tended her resignation mid-way through June. 

Judy’s last day of work was on 17th July, and she has worked hard to ensure everything was as up-to-date as possible, especially with the AGM looming up fast in September.  Judy has been a conscientious and hard-working Manager who has provided the relatively new DBA BID with a sound base to work from, and we will miss her extensive knowledge and capability.  Judy won’t be totally lost to us as she has agreed to event manager the ‘Glow’ and ‘Open Street’ events scheduled for mid-October.  We wish her well in her future endeavours.

The Board is in the process of assessing the ongoing role of the BID Manager and looking at various options.  An ad was placed and I have received a number of ‘Expressions of Interest’.  Information will be sent out to interested parties once the Board has determined the Job Description.

The AGM is scheduled for Monday September 18 at 5.30pm and we encourage members to attend.  Information will be provided on the DBA website prior to the meeting and we encourage you to look at it when it is available. 

The ‘i’nformation centre continues to operate on a reduced hours basis. Now that the colder weather has hit us and the two major events are over, we anticipate that the demand will reduce until the warmer weather sets in.  The Board really appreciates the ongoing support that the centre has received from a dedicated bunch of volunteers.

The Board has made two submissions in the past month or so, one regarding Lake Road and the other to the Devonport Takapuna Local Board.  I will ensure that the submissions are made available to members for viewing.

The following is a short bio from Board member Fiona Startup:

“My partner Mark and I own ‘Bookmark’, which we moved to Devonport from Takapuna in 2014.  As a Devonport resident, since moving here with my family as a child, and a member of the library staff since I was 18, my connection to and love of Devonport runs deep.  During my time at the library I have organised large events, such as the 50th anniversary street parade, and many Devonport local history events.  Now as a DBA Board member I am keen to encourage open communication of ideas between members and the board, both ways, and look forward to being a part of an energetic and creative team that will foster growth and innovation to the benefit of all BID members.”


By Dianne Hale

Channel Magazine: Issue 79 August 2017