Mt Roskill in Auckland gets new business association

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Official launch by Mayor Phil Goff on July 3, 2021

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Auckland, June 7, 2021

Ella Kumar (second from right, back row) with some of the founding members of Puketapapa Business Voice (Photo Supplied)

Auckland’s newest business association gained official status last week following ratification of the founding documents by its members at their first Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Called, Puketapapa Business Voice (PBV), the group began work in December 2018 when popular community leader Ella Kumar, concerned by the lack of a cohesive representation of businesses in the area, invited businesses to meet for coffee and networking at a local café.

No proper representation

She said that Puketapapa (Mt Roskill) is an area with a growing number of businesses, but without a single, definable, business district.

“Instead, it has many business centres such as Stoddard Road, Carr Road, and Dominion Road, and several other smaller groups of businesses within the wider area. I was once a business owner. I have a heart for businesses and understand the challenges they face. My vision was for business owners to unite to become a stronger voice together,” she said, speaking at the first Annual General Meeting held at the Hub Café in Three Kings.

In March 2019, Kerrie Subritzky, a business owner and Editor of Beacon Community News joined Ms Kumar and since then, the pair has been working together as volunteers to promote the Group, which has now grown to over 150 members.

First AGM of Puketapapa Business Voice in progress (Photo Supplied)

 

Executive Committee elected

The AGM elected the following to the Executive Committee: Ella Kumar (Chairperson), Kerrie Subritzky (Secretary) and Priyan Rajapaksa of Right Click Accountants (Treasurer).

According to Ms Kumar, Puketapapa Business Voice is the first business association in Auckland with sustainability and low carbon as one of its key purposes.

“The Group will be officially launched by Mayor Phil Goff at a celebration on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the Fickling Convention Centre located at 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings.

Further information can be obtained from Ella Kumar on 021-0477642. Email: ellakumar@xtra.co.nz
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