A Special General Meeting of the Porirua Chamber of Commerce has voted unanimously to wind up the organisation, with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce taking over operations.
Announcing the move, outgoing chairperson Euon Murrell said that small chambers such as Porirua are increasingly unsustainable, and become focused on running back office administration rather than actively advocating for their membership.
He believes that “a strong and I believe superior chamber presence will continue in Porirua”, with business support services and functions run by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, including the continued operation of offices for local businesses.
A new group has been elected from Chamber members to drive local advocacy issues with former Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett as chair.
Announcing the “well-connected team” of Michelle Robinson (Executive Director of Partners Porirua), Michael Gray (owner of Nada Bakery), Steve Lovell (Director of Rainbow Digital), Tristan Will (Director of BDO) and Hamish Mexted (Director of Convex Accounting), Leggett said that they will be “very focused on addressing issues that will assist the success of all business in Porirua City.”
The working group will meet quarterly with Chamber members and will draw up an engagement strategy at their first meeting.
“This is a future-focused decision for the Porirua Chamber,” said Leggett. “Local businesses can have confidence as it focuses us on the business of representing member interests and needs, rather than worrying about where the next dollar is coming from.”