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Motueka economic summit sequel coming up

March 11th, 2015

'Business as usual' will be off the agenda at the Motueka Economic Summit being planned for May, a follow up to the hugely successful local business event held in August 2014 (see our story here).

Four speakers and subsequent discussion forums will feature at the summit sequel, with topics being some of the challenges and opportunities faced by many local firms in the fast-changing business environment.

The event will be one of the features of the "Motueka 2030" community consultation project being organised throughout May by Vision Motueka Development Trust.

Last August about 130 business and community leaders attended an over-subscribed economic summit, hailed by most who attended as one of the biggest forward-looking events in Motueka for many years.

Eight speakers provided information about the state of their particular business and industry sectors, along with some ideas and opinions about future development of the town's economic health.

However, some who attended have wondered 'what next?' and were hoping for some sort of follow-up which may lead to action, says Vision Motueka chairman David Armstrong.

"Quite a few people since then have told me how much they appreciated the summit meeting and that it had sparked interest in ideas to make things better.

"Of course, big changes don't happen overnight or unilaterally, so we have put together another programme to carry thoughts forward.

"This time, we will use Memorial Hall as the venue, and have speakers who will offer thoughts not on specific industries but on challenges that affect all businesses these days and the opportunities that result."

Speakers will be Johny O'Donnell (use of online media), Marion Edwin (employment of an ageing workforce), Scott Haines (job and skills training for young people) and Iain Sheves (Wakatu's plans for West Motueka development).

The talks will be followed by discussion groups on the four topics, with all attending choosing which topics interest them most.

Registrations for the free summit are now open at this address, and all local businesses will receive information and invitations to attend. The summit will also be open to all Motueka people who register.

For more information, visit, email, or phone (03) 528 4046.


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