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The Wiri Business Association provides resources for building a positive environment that attracts and retains business in the district. The association is run by a volunteer committee made up of local business owners committed to representing and advocating for the needs of our business community.
The Wiri Business Association was established in May 2006 with the mission to ‘promote and maintain a secure and successful environment in Wiri’. This was not long after the Women’s Prison opened which attracted a notable increase in anti-social behaviour in the region. We experienced a spike in break-ins, burglaries, graffiti and groups of youths wandering through properties. The opening provided the catalyst for the concept of the Wiri region networking and business opportunities to finally become a reality.
The Association is a registered non-profit organisation led by our General Manager Audrey Williams and governed by a voluntary Executive Board consisting of a mix of business and property owners. Members are voted onto the board at our Annual AGM for a period of 12 months. We also have representatives from our Manurewa and Otara-Papatoetoe Local Boards on our committee.
Our current strategic plan outlines the foundation of our objectives and our key action points to ensure our vision is fulfilled. Three strategic initiatives support our vision and are Governance and Leadership, Supporting Business and Enhancing our Environment. View our strategic plan here.
There are over 300 businesses operating in the district and our association currently supports over 700 members, including importers, wholesalers, builders and joiners, light and heavy engineering, resource recovery operators, carriers, warehousing, tour companies, manufacturers, food manufacturers and retailers, laboratories and the Ports of Auckland (Wiri). Businesses differ in size from sole operators to those employing in excess of 150 staff.
The Wiri Business Association provides resources, support and events to assist local businesses in creating a safe, positive and prosperous environment which not only attracts but also retains business in the area.
We encourage businesses from all industries to attend an event or meeting to learn about the benefits of being a part of your local business community and to join us in working towards making Wiri an even better place to do business.
Contact our office to find out more using the link below.
Audrey has been the General Manager for the Wiri Business Association for the last 8 years. Starting in a part-time roll her hours have grown along with the association activities. This includes 2 security patrol cars in the Wiri area between 6pm and 6am 7 days a week and daytime security alerts, developing regular networking events and building the Southern Business Market into South Auckland’s largest Business to Business one-day expo.
Leading the discussions for the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan, Audrey has implemented the plan and spearheaded the push to increase the size of the association to over 730 and approximately 1,400 members
If you ask Audrey what her job is, she will laugh and tell you she has over 1,200 bosses and helps them in any way possible to develop their businesses or develop the Wiri area. From event management through to advocacy for the area working with Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and the Manurewa and Otara-Papatoetoe Local Boards.
If you haven’t met Audrey when she has called in to see your business, ring her for a chat.
With the increased membership through the successful Wiri BID expansion, Maureen is excited about providing the Association’s services to our growing membership. From early 2018 we will offer a wider range of networking opportunities for everyone.
Our contract with provider Barcon Security means we can roll out our security services to all Wiri BID members. Based on the success of our random night patrols from the original BID area, we are confident in our ability to achieve similar results in deterring crime across our extended boundaries, making Wiri a safer place to live, work and play.
With the addition of newly elected members to our Executive Board, we have broadened our governance expertise, and we are focused on renewing the future strategy for the Wiri area over the next 12 months.
After a successful expansion campaign, the Wiri Business Association now represents the greater Wiri area meaning better security, lower crime rates and better management of the environment. The rubbish and graffiti removal and continual improvement of the overall cleanliness and feel of the area will benefit everyone. Combined with our access to transport networks, these improvements make Wiri a desirable place for businesses to be.
I believe the challenge now is to encourage the businesses of Wiri to interact more and make the most of the many networking opportunities and events that the association organises and hosts. Ultimately, we are funded by the businesses and would like the benefits and opportunities to flow back to them.
Gregor arrived in New Zealand 10 years ago to manage a premix plant for Tegel Foods in Takanini and settled in South Auckland which he has grown to consider home. Just over three years ago he joined Mainfeeds and today oversees the feed mill in Wiri and a smaller mill in Levin.
Gregor completed a Batchelor’s Degree in Agriculture at Pretoria University. He subsequently gained experience at all levels of feed production, mainly for poultry. He considers that for the last 34 years it has been, and still is, a great career choice in a global growth industry.
Involvement with the Wiri Business Association stems from Gregor’s interest in the development and growth in the area over the last 10 years. Mainfeeds has a significant capital investment at Chonney Crescent, and with head office based in the South Island, Gregor considers that networking with local businesses to influence local government on matters of mutual interest is important.
Gregor is keen to see local talent developed to supply a viable selection of potential employees that can contribute to their own, as well as Mainfeeds and South Auckland’s success.
Teena is the Director of Adstaff Personnel Limited; a ‘Kiwi’ owned recruitment company based in South Auckland since 1963. (Adstaff was previously known as Advance Personnel Services Limited)
Starting her career in recruitment in 1992 with Drake International, Teena moved on to set up the Kelly Services branch in East Tamaki in 1995. From there she was contracted to work for Advance Personnel Services Ltd In 1998, where she eventually bought out the owners of the company.
Adstaff has been based in Ash Road, Wiri since 2005 and Teena has seen growth and expansion in the area which is great for local business, economy and the people who thrive here.
Teena is very excited at the prospect of being involved with the Wiri Business Association Executive Board and hopes to be able to offer advice and support to promote our growing area.
Joseph joined East Tamaki Healthcare (Nirvana Health) seven years ago as the legal counsel and currently works as the Community Liaison Manager. He is a qualified lawyer who previously worked for the Ministry of Economic Development where he was seconded for a period to act as the Private Secretary to the Minister of Consumer Affairs.
In his current role, he represents the company on the boards of the Otara, Otahuhu, and Mangere East business associations; and is a former board member of Manurewa, Glen Innes, Dawson Road and Mangere Bridge BIDs. He also sits on another half dozen community boards and panels where he is developing strong governance skills.
He has a commerce degree from Otago University, a law degree from Auckland University and a post graduate diploma from Auckland Business School. Once the baby brain fog clears up, he will return for more studies.
The Manurewa Local Board is a solid supporter of the Wiri BID. We have ensured our Board plan aligns with the BID to enable business growth, employment opportunities and strategic partnerships with central and local government.
As a section of our new boundary falls within the Otara-Papatoetoe ward, our newly elected Executive Committee will include a representative from their Local Board. This person is yet to be advised.
‘As a chartered accountant and business advisor, I offer fiscal stewardship and governance input to assist Wiri Business Improvement District grow, especially during the period of expansion over the next few years.
I will conduct workshops with other consultants to improve profitability of members’ businesses and ability to grow, which will create more employment opportunities.
Networking with the business community offers mutual benefits to all who want to be active and partake in what the association offers to its members.’