K Road Business News June 2016
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Myers Park Book
Our heritage consultant Edward Bennett has just completed a book on Myers Park entitled a Centennial History of Myers Park 1915 – 2015.  This has been funded by the KBA and the Waitemata Local Board.  The book has gone to print this week and will be available free to libraries, educational institutions, local government agencies and the general public on request.  We feel very privileged to have someone on staff with the knowledge and expertise to undertake such a project and proud to be involved in the production of what is the first book on this much-loved park.
First Thursdays
Contrary to our announcement earlier this year, the first First Thursdays of the year will take place on Thursday 4 August.  Due to an approach to us by Auckland Transport, Open Streets replaced what would have been our May First Thursdays.  The theme for August First Thursdays will be light and the tag line will be The Great White Way.  This is a reference to the 1950’s heyday of K’ Road when a new abundance of electricity meant dazzlingly lit shops, evening trams and nighttime cinema provided late night shoppers with a street spectacle which was described at the time as ‘The Great White Way’.

We want K’ Road to be a spectacle of light on the night and are inviting retailers, cafes and bars to register their ideas of how they can help us achieve this.  In typical First Thursdays style we’d like as many businesses as possible to stay open from 6 – 9pm and encourage you to create a bright and fun atmosphere or activity in store for the duration.  Please can you register your willing ness to be part of the event here and get a couple of paragraphs outlining what you plan for the evening along with an image if possible, to us by Friday 17 June 2016.

Meet the KBA’s New Precinct Manager
As promised, we’d like to give you the opportunity to meet the KBA;s new precinct manager Michael Richardson.  Michael will introduce himself and give a short address on topics relating to the future of K’ Road Business Association.  He’d also like to hear your ideas on how he can help you grow your business.
You can catch him on either of these two days at the venues listed below:
  • When:            Thursday 23 June
  • Time:              5.30 – 6.30pm
  • Where:           Carmen Jones, 382 K’ Road
  • When:            Friday 24 June
  • Time               7.45 – 8.45am
  • Where:           Bestie Café, St Kevin’s Arcade, 179 K’ Road
Refreshments provided.  Please RSVP to which event you plan to attend.
Introducing the KBA Staff
Kathy Moriarty – Office Administrator
Kathy has been on staff with the KBA for ten years now.  She has worked in the management of Business Improvement Districts for 14 years, serving as the Precinct Manager of Glen Innes for four years before joining the KBA.  Kathy has a background in journalism as well as experience working in not for profit public relations.  She enjoys the variety K’ Road has to offer her and the creative energy of the people who inhabit its many nooks and crannies.

Introducing the KBA Staff
Edward Bennett - Heritage Consultant
As the KBA's heritage consultant Edward manages the Association’s heritage festival programme, takes heritage walks and is responsible for the KBA heritage Facebook page.  He also assists prospective tenants with finding available premises. Edward studied fine art at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts and has a Bachelor of Design 3D from Unitech Institute of Technology.  He has been a resident of the K’ Road precinct for 16 years.

Introducing the KBA Staff
Teisina Tua - Day Security Guard
Teisina has been K’ Road’s day security guard for the past three years.  His beat patrol stretches from Mayoral Drive to Ponsonby Road, but mainly concentrates on the strip between Queen Street and the motorway overbridge.  He has worked in security for eight years, both as a doorman and a patrol officer and loves the challenge his job offers.  Most of all he likes the fact that his work brings him into contact with such a cross-section of people, from bank manager’s to beggars.  ‘It’s interesting,’he says.  ‘It’s not always an easy job, but I love it,’

K' Road Welcomes Social Business
New residents at 5 Galatos St, Eat My Lunch business founders Lisa King and chef Michael Meredith, have brought a revolutionary concept to our precinct.  For every customer who uses their business lunch delivery service, they provide a free lunch to a school child who would otherwise go without.

“We started Eat My Lunch with a mission to make sure no kids go hungry in New Zealand,” says Lisa.  In the past twelve months, the company has delivered 180,000 lunches to kids in 32 low decile schools in Auckland and Hamilton.  We applaud Lisa and Michael for their socially responsible business model and the efforts of the 1,000-strong team of volunteers who help deliver it.

Some Hints from the ANZ Bank on How to ‘Grow Your Business Past Yourself’
If your business has stayed at more or less the same level over the past few years, this guide compiled by ANZ offers some tips on developing your business past yourself. It looks at the progression from sole owner operator to director, outlines the advantages of growing your business and offers some tips on business development.

In the logical scheme of things, the progression for a small business operator might be like this:

  • The founder starts as an owner operator (often a sole trader) then progresses on to:
  • Owner manager employing other(s) then to:
  • Owner director(s) of a more formal company structure.

However, not all business people can (or want to) move from one level to the next. And the reality is that there is a huge difference between a business person and an entrepreneur.  Read more

For further information contact  Melissa Pond, ANZ Branch Manager, Upper Queen Street ph 09 252 4232 ext 74232, mob 021 834 711 or Business Banking Manager Piuush Cally,  ph 09 252 2742 or mob 027 522 1460

Open Streets
Thank you all again for the great uptake in involvement with Open Streets.  It was probably the busiest event we’ve had in a decade and illustrated the precinct’s ability to produce a fun and laid back family event, which still retained echoes of our infamous K' Road edge.  Click here for an overview of the day.
K’ Road Street Enhancement & Cycleway Plan Survey
If you haven’t already had your say on this project, the deadline for feedback has extended to 15 June 2016.  This project will significantly affect the way our main street functions and we strongly urge to have your say on it.  Click here for survey. In the meantime, the KBA is continuing to represent members through ongoing liaison with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport as the project progresses.

K' Road Night Security
Funding for the K’ Road night security has now run out  We have been fortunate to receive funding from council’s safety budget for the last 6½ years to run a two-man beat patrol on K’ Road from 10pm – 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.  This funding has now come to an end and the patrol will finish on Saturday 25 June 2016.  Our Barwatch system which keeps the doormen of licensed premises in touch with each other, a co-ordinator and the police District Command Centre, by way of RT’s, however, will continue over the 10pm - 3am period.

Introducing the KBA Office & Security Staff
The operation of a Business Improvement District covers a wide range of activities extending from marketing and promotions to management of safety issues to liaising with council over delivery of services.  The KBA employs three office staff and two security officers to carry out these activities on your behalf.  We’d like to introduce them to you.

Michael Richardson – Precinct Manager
Our newest member of staff, Michael Richardson, comes to us from his role as Industry Relationship Manager at Auckland University of Technology. During his six years in industry relationship management at AUT, Michael’s responsibilities included promoting stakeholder engagement both within the multiple sectors of the university as well as externally across the public sector, industry, business and community groups.

Michael also has many years’ experience as a careers adviser, educator, small business owner and as an advocate for small to medium enterprises.  He has a particular interest in creative entrepreneurship and development.  As mentioned above, Michael will be doing a meet and greet later this month at two local venues where you are very welcome to come and meet him in the flesh and hear his vision for our precinct.

Introducing the KBA Staff
David Korewha - Night Security Manager
David has been managing security for the KBA for 12 years now.  He began work as the Association’s day security guard, walking the beat for nine years.  Five and a half years later, he initiated the Association’s night security patrol and began managing security at both ends of the day.  Three years ago, he gave up the day job and his company Impact Security now manages both the KBA’s night security patrol and Barwatch.

Being a local resident of seven years, David is on the alert for security issues 24/7 and gains great satisfaction from knowing he's done a good job.  “I feel I’ve done well if I get a problem person off the streets or prevent a fight.  I also love training officers to be better security employees for the future.  I give all my experience to my staff, always have.”

Apartment Living on the Strip Set to Escalate
With around six new apartment blocks either in development or near completion on the strip, K’ Road’s residential numbers are set to swell in the not too distant future.  Aucklanders are beginning to see the benefits of living close to the CBD and free of home maintenance chores such as lawn mowing and washing the house.

Low maintenance luxury seems to be the order of the day in our precinct as developments such as The Hereford in Hereford St, Urba, also in Hereford St and the Summit on the corner of K’ Road and Symonds St come on stream. K’ Road’s social demographic is about to diversify and the presence of shoppers and pedestrians predicted to multiply   This apartment influx signals both business opportunities, particularly in the street’s west end where most new residences are located and the potential for greater community development.

KBA Security Hours
Daytime 10am - 6pm - contact  Teisina Tua 021 045 2305
Nighttime 10pm - 3am - contact David Korewha 021 469 939

For enquiries regarding events, rubbish, rates, roads, footpaths etc
Ph 301 0101 - 24/7


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