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Innovation hub planned for Motueka

February 3rd, 2018
[by David Armstrong]

A group of leading-edge Motueka business leaders are developing a working concept for a new co-working and training space in Motueka that will foster business innovation and development.

Vision Motueka has invited the project team to present their ideas of the "The Hive", to the public at its AGM on February 14th.

The idea for a Motueka Hub has been an ongoing consideration for Johny O'Donnell, Andrew Stephenson and Gabrielle Bell. James Samuel, the team coordinator will be the guest speaker. Ample time will be given to engaging with and drawing out fresh ideas and feedback, from everyone who comes along on the night.

The guest list for the discussion panel is expanding and includes Lani Evans (Tasman Council), Christine Donaldson (The Bridge Street Collective, Nelson's coworking space), Johny O'Donnell, Paul Morgan, Linda Glew, David Armstrong and Jennifer Lund.

James has working experience and contacts with similar successful ventures in New Zealand, including Nelson's Bridge Collective and the diverse range of co-working spaces in Christchurch and Wellington.

The team's Facebook page, The Hive - Motueka, says the three primary activities of the hub will be:

  • A retail walk-in enterprise at the front, such as a food business, an arts collective, a tourism business, or suchlike.
  • The co-working space would offer space for long-term tenants, casual month-by-month users, as well as provide "hot desks" for casual users and visitors.
  • A technology training centre with a primary focus on youth training that can give them qualifications which are in demand - thus giving them a path to well paid work. This part of the hub would also serve wider public needs by providing leading edge video conferencing.

James has a clear 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," James says.

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

"We are actively seeking options for where The Hive could operate from, but with a possible High Street 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."

The open meeting will be held in the Memorial Hall supper room on Wednesday February 14th. Drinks and nibbles starting at 7.15pm, then the AGM business, which will be over quickly allowing James to begin his presentation before 8.00pm.

"Come along, learn more and give your input into what is hoped to be an anchor for business and community good," says Vision Motueka chairman David Armstrong.

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