The Wiri Business Association was formed in 2006 with a focus on reducing crime within Wiri. Since 2006 the WBA has achieved significant success in crime reduction and also broadened its role to encourage greater economic activity.
All owners of businesses and properties within the defined Wiri Business Improvement District are, by right, able to join the WBA at no cost. The WBA now has approximately 1,500 Members and covers a territory of 684 hectares.
The WBA receives its funding via the Auckland Council through a very small additional property rates charge and is subject to compliance with the Council’s Business Improvement District programme.
What we do
The WBA supports economic activity within Wiri through:
As a member of the Wiri community the WBA supports local schools and youth employment programmes. This includes a year 8 scholarship with Wiri Central School.
The recipient of the Wiri Business Association school scholarship for 2021 is Bua Davekenimate. Bua completed all her primary schooling at Wiri Central School before starting at Manurewa High School this year. Even through the lockdowns, Bua had 100% attendance and helped other students with their online learning.
The scholarship is worth $800, and covers the full cost of the recipient’s college uniform. It is awarded annually to a Wiri Central School year 8 student who has 99% or more attendance, and who displays resilience, a positive attitude, and a high level of self management, alongside a strong work ethic. Wiri Central staff describe Bua as a lovely young woman and wish her well as she embarks on her college years. The team at WBA know that with her great attitide and work ethic, Bua will go a long way. All the best Bua!
The WBA is run by Acting General Manager Gary Holmes and team. A voluntary Board provides governance.
Acting General Manager
Gary Holmes, owner and principle consultant of Campaignz Ltd, is a former three-term North Shore City Councillor, and has had more than 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing, public relations and Business Association management. He currently contracts out Business Association management services to associations in Auckland and Wellington
In 2010 Gary was awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship to study Business Improvement Districts in the US and UK, and has presented to a number of national and international conferences on BIDs.
In 2015 he was selected by the International Downtown Association (IDA) as a participant in the inaugural week-long Emerging Leaders course held in New York and is currently serving his fourth term as an ex-officio International Executive Director on the IDA Board.
Communication and Events Coordinator
Marie Young is the Communications and Events Co-ordinator for the Wiri Business Association. She holds a Bachelor of Communications Studies from AUT, a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School, and a Diploma of Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about people, communication, expression, and the presentation of ideas.
Marie is half Samoan on her father’s side and European on her mother’s side. She has 5 teenage children, and is a director of Super Tyre Guy Manukau with her husband Gene.
In her spare time, Marie enjoys walking, yoga and socialising with family and friends. Look out for the Wiri Link magazine, emails, Facebook and our website. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 307 2761.
Simone Davis (Ngāpuhi) hails from the mighty North, and is our Office Support person at the Wiri Business Association. She brings experience from previous administration, payroll and invoicing roles in the electrical, refrigeration and supermarket industries.
Since 2017, Simone has been responsible for maintaining the WBA membership database, liaising with our security provider, and logging rubbish/graffiti jobs to keep Wiri beautiful!
She is mum to one adult son and two primary-school aged children, and is passionate about personal growth and uplifting others. Simone has been through massive personal journeys, including her gastric sleeve surgery and physical transformation in 2020.
Outside of mahi, Simone loves road trips and quality time with her whānau, and creating traditional arts and crafts.
Allan Oliver, Oliver Properties
Arthur Anae, Aiga Energy
Ben Robinson, CML (Chair)
Dave Pizzini, Manurewa Local Board
Jodie Drummond, Sulco
Jordan Palmer, James Group
Mark Prujean, Jayen Food Concepts
Maureen Collins-Wright, Ross’s Plumbing (Treasurer)
Dr Ofa Dewes, Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board
Teena Rhind, Adstaff
Wayne Reid, Z Energy
William Brown, Trimtex
Jo Kelly, Independent Governance Services