Discover Devonport this August!
John will be taking over from Eddie de Heer in keeping readers up to date with what’s happening in Devonport through the pages of Channel Magazine.
Partner at local law firm Daniel, Overton and Goulding in the village, John is also the chair of charitable organisation Abilities Group here on the North Shore. He hopes to use his legal experience and chairing skills for the greater benefit of village and its many local businesses.
He said: “We have a fantastic group of people, with all the right interest groups being well covered. We see Devonport as being the gateway to the North Shore.
“In terms of what we offer for tourism, we are in direct competition with Britomart, downtown and Parnell etc. We have a big task ahead in ensuring Devonport competes well with these and other areas.”
The Business Association also welcomes a new president, David Barton who will also hold responsibility for finance and accounting. Past president Eddie de Heer will remain on the committee as vice-president to maintain continuity and represent local landlords.
Paul Mullane of Devonport Tours will assume the DBA responsibility for tourism and, along with Judy Machin of the Peace and Plenty Inn, will be representative on the Devonport Tourism Initiative Group.
Retailers’ representative is new member Don Kraneburg of Hammer Hardware, while another new committee member Ace Wang of Torpedo Bay Café will cover hospitality. Pauline Baker of Segway Tours will continue in her existing role as secretary and covering membership matters.
The DBA Business Improvement District programme will continue apace with the new committee.
John said: “To become a Business Improvement District we are really looking to improve the quality and quantity of services, retail and everything we offer so that Devonport is a better option for tourists and for our own people.”
The DBA was recently awarded a $26,000 council grant to go towards setting up a Business Improvement District programme. BID programmes have been successfully set up in Takapuna and Milford but the initiative has so far failed to get the green light in Devonport. Previously, many landlords voted against the move, but next time around tenants and landlords will have the chance to vote.
Further details and an update on progress will appear in next month’s Channel.
This month we’re pleased to introduce new Devonport Business Association Chairman, John Waugh.