2014’s AGM was held on 30 April, here we bring you a summary of this year’s discussions.
The AGM got underway with the well-received news that the 48th AGM suggestion to appoint Ian Cook as an honorary member of the NZ Marine Industry Association had been approved by the executive board. Ian’s contribution to the marine industry is well known with his company, Yachting Developments, one of New Zealand’s best-known and well-respected new build and refit yards.
With Peter Busfield presiding it was then time to vote on the election of officers. Ron Brown of Altex Coatings proposed Ian MacLeod for president, while Wayne Patten of Volpower NZ put forward Lloyd Stevenson for vice president and David Hollingsworth of Hobsonville Marina followed suit for David Glen. The motion that Ian MacLeod be president, and Lloyd Stevenson and David Glen be vice presidents was moved by Linda Berry, seconded by Ron Brown and all were found to be in favour.
Moving to general business, responding to member enquiries on Yard 37’s progress, Peter Busfield informed the gathered members that NZ Marine’s representation to Auckland Council Properties Ltd (ACPL) seeks to keep the land zoned for marine. With an economy in recovery, the industry association believes Yard 37 provides a unique opportunity to create an exceptional economic asset in Auckland’s inner harbour.
The land was originally zoned for marine use, with a termination date
of 2015, though ACPL officers would like to end that zoning with immediate effect. Not if the industry association has anything to do with it, however. Tony Hambrook and Peter Busfield told members they were taking the land use question to the ACPL board and would fight hard to see the potential- laden spot on the shores of the Waitemata zoned for our industry.
Working for members
The industry association has been working hard in the past year on behalf of its members, with new initiatives including tighter ties with government departments which are turning their expertise and connections to the use of NZ Marine Members. Destination NZ is an initiative which sees Tourism New Zealand, the Auckland Tourism & Economic Events Development board and NZTE, club together to promote New Zealand to cruising superyachts, and their accompanying economic benefits.
Peter Busfield informed gathered members that the industry body had taken on media consultants, Albatross PR, to assist NZ Marine Industry companies in increasing their profile in local and international media.
The NZ Millennium Cup will be back in 2015, once again drawing superyachts into our waters for the South Pacific’s premier superyacht regatta and turning the eyes of the world’s niche, but high-yield superyacht media to our shores.
The gathered members of the association also took the opportunity to collectively remember honoured fellows who were no longer with them – Peter Walker and Ray Roberts – their contributions to the industry, to their association and to their friendships.