Business - Constant vigilance

By: Murray Chapman

As we wax in and out of Covid levels, it is important to keep vigilant with our health hygiene and usage of the tracer app. It’s great to see local businesses displaying QR codes and providing sign-in alternatives for those without smart phones – thank you for helping keep our community keep safe.

It’s also a reminder to businesses that having a plan to respond to alert levels is the best thing you can do to be resilient. The Auckland Business Chamber has developed a template that helps businesses identify who should do what and when according to the alert level. The template is on the website and we encourage people to use it.

This time around, luck was on our side with our first Women’s Networking Event, which will go ahead on  Wednesday, March 3. We’re delighted to have business coach Simonne Liley joining us for a session on mental fitness and resilience. This is about making sure your thoughts support and don’t sabotage you. It’s about minimising those 3am wake-ups when your mind is racing in fear of failure, and you are so anxious you can’t get back to sleep.

Meanwhile, Auckland Council has just released its proposed 10-year budget for consultation and will take feedback until midday on March 22. One Mahurangi will be making a submission for the local business community in general and contributing to a submission from the Business Improvement District where appropriate. Individual businesses are strongly encouraged to make their own submissions as well.

As far as infrastructure advocacy goes, we continue to have a strong focus on Hill Street, and are in the process of organising a meeting with Michael Wood, Minister of Transport, Shanan Helberg, chair of the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee, and MP Marja Lubeck to discuss Hill Street, the southern interchange to the motorway, Sandspit link and the need for a Matakana bypass. In addition, we will host our regular transport forum, which is attended by the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and elected officials, as well as interested community groups and property owners. We are also planning a meeting with experts on water treatment to look into the silica problem in Warkworth. Unfortunately, the options we’ve researched to date do not seem encouraging.
Murray is making a gradual recovery from his concussion injury and hopes to be fully back on deck soon. All One Mahurangi enquiries should go to

Murray Chapman, Manager


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