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NorthChamber will reveal its key strategic goals this week as it ups the ante on a crusade to help fast track Northland-wide regional development.
Chief Executive Steve Smith will make the announcement following NorthChamber’s AGM on March 13. He is calling on NorthChamber members to attend the 5pm AGM, followed by the strategic briefing from 5.30pm.
“I want to see Northland get ahead once and for all but that is going to take collaboration and real drive from a number of stakeholders and individuals within our community,” says Smith.
“We have massive opportunity to take our region forward at a pace not seen before, due to the calibre of businesses, individuals and community organisations in our midst. For us to really take a leap forward we have to get our heads together to focus on thought leadership, commit to a set of common goals and press go. I am particularly focussed on how we can improve Northland’s roading infrastructure.”
Smith has already highlighted a desire to breathe life into Whangarei’s CBD and create a central hub to bring vibrancy back to the CBD.
His comments come on the back Future Crunch - a thought leadership seminar led by keynote speaker and scientist Tane Hunter (whose father hails from Northland) – and which was held in Whangarei last week with 150 representatives of Northland businesses and schools in attendance.
Future Crunch is the first of NorthChamber’s new thought leadership programme, and ironically, was intended to raise more questions than it answered.
Smith considers thought leadership amongst the most important battles of the new business era.
“The impact of science and technology is something that is not intuitive to most business leaders; NorthChamber’s thought leadership programme is designed to throw light on many misunderstood areas of up and coming technology and its impact on commerce and industry,” Smith says.
His sentiments are echoed by Northpower’s Customer Experience Manager Rachel Wansbone.
“We were thrilled to have students from several of our local high schools attend, along with their teachers, because encouraging students in science and technology is one of Northpower’s key community objectives,” says Ms Wansbone.
“With Northpower’s electricity and fibre businesses, we are keenly aware of the changes in our sector and just how fast technology is moving – Tane presents an inspiring view of the future that we are excited to be part of.”
Fellow sponsor of Future Crunch, Hubands Energy, is excited about the prospect of seeing more of these events creating conversation in Northland.
“Technological advancements, particularly in the area of EV’s and solar, are something we have been watching very closely for some time - Tane’s views echo our enthusiasm and excitement for this area,” says Sarah Blithe, Hubands Energy Marketing Manager.
“With the uptake of solar increasing every day we look forward to supporting more events alongside NorthChamber to promote conversation in this area, while also creating more job opportunities and sustainability for Northland’s future generations.”