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Tech company co-owner new chamber president

MODERNISATION and climate change will be front and centre this year for the new head of the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce.

Tech company dnature co-owner Belinda Mackay has been elected as the chamber’s new president, replacing Paul Naske, who will step into the role of vice-president.

“Paul has done a sterling job as president. I will have big shoes to fill,” Belinda said.

While dnature is a DNA diagnostics business operating DNA technology that is used for Covid-19 testing, Belinda has a background in marketing and communications. Before moving to Gisborne 15 years ago she worked for companies such as Nestle, Tip Top and Ecostore.

Belinda said under the management of Lena Bevan, the chamber this year wanted to continue to modernise the way it operates and continue to improve on what it offers to members.

“You will see a new website (www.gisborne.org.nz/) in keeping with our national affiliation, e-newsletters to inform you of courses, relevant speakers and events in our region, our ‘business after 5’ events and of course our advocacy work.

“On the e-newsletter side, if you have employees who you want to see our newsletter, let us know so we can add them into our database and if you haven’t heard from us in a while, please check your spam filters.

The chamber had two key pieces of research it would be undertaking, Ms Mackay said.

“First up is our climate change survey. This will begin toward the end of the month. This is an important piece of research that will help us understand what local businesses believe to be the significant issues for them around climate change, what needs to occur going forward from an environmental planning point of view, what advocacy to local and central government is required and more. We will share these results with you on completion.

“We will also be doing a follow-up survey based on last year’s successful trade and construction survey.

“Finally, a big thank you to the board, who are a team of volunteers and a great bunch to work with. We look forward to working with you all again this year.”

The website went live on Thursday.

“If you’d like to become a member head to the ‘Join Us’ page where you’ll find all the details you need. Simply complete the online form and our team will be in touch.”

Tech company dnature co-owner Belinda Mackay has been elected as the chamber’s new president, replacing Paul Naske, who will step into the role of vice-president.