December 2016

There seems no doubt that the Christmas period and year-end comes around quicker than ever, and 2016 is no exception.  

It’s been a good year for the NZ economy, and business in general.  Many businesses in our GETBA precinct are busy indeed, with staff looking forward to a well-deserved break.   With the unexpected change in Prime Minister, followed by the quick reshuffle, we expect it will be business as usual with a steady pair of hands at the helm.  Being election year next year, don’t expect any dramatic changes, as the current government looks to make it back for a fourth term.  

At GETBA, it has been another very busy year, with the highlights and achievements summarised in the Annual Report.  One worth mentioning, as it has been ongoing over several years, is the lobbying of Auckland Council and previously Manukau City, for the completion and plan for the Greenmount Landfill.  Finally, the sum of $9m has been identified by Auckland Council as funding for the creation of a public park and reserve on the 52 hectare site, 83 years after Mrs Lushington donated the land.  It was her wish for the land to become a park, and this will now be realised and be a great facility for all of us here in the East Tamaki business sector and the surrounding residential area.   The 360˚ view from the top of the 80m cone is superb indeed and with the grassed areas on the eastern side, wildlife is already appearing.

We will keep you up to date on progress of the park development, which is expected to take up to three years. On behalf of the GETBA team, Have an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Richard Poole