Thanks to those of you who responded to our recent member survey. The response confirmed the main local issues for business owners were traffic congestion and difficulty finding quality staff nearby. The main issues for property owners were crime, infrastructure provision/costs and problems dealing with Auckland Council. Responses also affirmed that GETBA should continue to have a wide area of focus providing a range of services and support.
GETBA advocacy on local issues and proposed Council plans on your behalf was also highlighted as very important to you. In the past year we have made 10 submissions on proposed changes impacting on East Tamaki businesses.
In addition to ongoing Unitary Plan Hearings, and transport and roading advocacy, we are currently working on the review by Local Boards of the alcohol bans in our area. To keep an alcohol ban in place, it is a legislative requirement to have documented evidence of alcohol-related crime or disorder. East Tamaki has a high number of affected streets, as it’s not too many years ago when alcohol related crime was an issue in this area. Incidences have reduced since the bans were created, so it’s important that we retain these bans and protect this precinct as a great place to do business and to work. If you have seen historic or recent evidence of alcohol related disorder please document it and submit it to Council by 17 July 2015.
We have been fortunate to receive Ministry of Justice crime prevention funding for nearly a decade, which has enabled GETBA to develop a comprehensive crime prevention programme and associated resources in collaboration with key partners including the Police. This funding will no longer be available to us in the future. We will however continue to offer crime prevention services to our members and seek alternative funding for specific projects.
It has been a solid first six months for the New Zealand economy with continuing strength in construction as well as a gain in retail spending. Coupled with low interest rates, low inflation and high immigration, the economy has continued to grow at around 3%, and this is expected to continue for the remainder of this year and through next year.