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 2020 is Hope Hurunui.
Hope was in Mokai Awhina, the Maori bilingual unit, and had attended Wiri Central School since she was 5.
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.
Hope started at Kia Aroha College this year and we wish her all the very best.
The WBA is run by Audrey Williams and team. A voluntary Board provides governance.
Audrey Williams joined the Wiri Business Association as General Manager in March 2009, initially for only 10 hours a week. Audrey has degrees in accounting, interior design and window dressing/merchandising, and a wealth of experience in retail. At Whitcoulls, Audrey became the first female retail manager, and their youngest manager by 15 years. Other senior retail roles in customer service and staff development training followed before she became involved with business associations. Audrey also worked alongside her husband in a commercial building business, so she brings a wide range of skills to work with bigger businesses and smaller mum and dad enterprises.
When not in her garden, Audrey is strongly committed to community service. Current chairperson for the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust and board member of Counties Manukau Touch Association, she was previously also chairperson for the Good Samaritan Samoan Heart Foundation.
Helping the growth of businesses, community, staff, and family members is the foundation of Audrey’s world.
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. Marie is also an independent consultant for Arbonne, a plant-based health and wellness company.
In her spare time, Marie manages her son’s tag team and 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
Ben Robinson, CML (Chair)
Dave Pizzini, Manurewa Local Board
Jordan Palmer, James Group (Deputy Chair)
Mark Prujean, Jayen Food Concepts
Dr Ofa Dewes, Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board
Teena Rhind, Adstaff
Wayne Reid, Z Energy
William Brown, Trimtex