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MEET THE CREW

Bernadette Pallister

BID MANAGER

Bernadette is the strategic lead for the Tawa Business Group with a clear focus on advocating for, supporting and working with business and property owners whilst also working closely with external stakeholders. Bernadette initiates and manages various projects and services that promote the Tawa business community and improve the vibrancy of the town centre in accordance with the Business Plan. Progress on the Plan is reported to the Executive Team each month.

Bernadette started in July 2021.

info@tawabusiness.co.nz

021 971 937

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Tony Afendoulis

Business Owner / Manager for Lowe and Co Tawa

As the Owner/Manager of Lowe and Co Tawa, I oversee our real estate services catering to Tawa and its environs since January 15, 2023. Officially launched on June 30, 2023, we offer obligation-free property appraisals and expert guidance for homeowners, aiming to optimize their investments. We assist both buyers and sellers, aiding vendors in property preparation and marketing while helping buyers find their ideal homes. Beyond business, I indulge in wine, walks, and community engagement as a Tawa Lion and active bid exec member, dedicated to enhancing both business and community for a better Tawa.

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Matt King 

Owner of Imagine That

Imagine That, where we elevate your brand through affordable Design, Signage & Promotional Displays. As a full-service design & print company, we specialize in quality design, print, and signage installation services. Our focus is on crafting solutions that effectively convey your key messages, driving sales and enhancing brand positioning. Led by Matt King, a seasoned business owner with a passion for creativity and innovation, Imagine That is committed to delivering impactful design solutions tailored to your needs and budget. Let us bring your vision to life and help your business stand out in today's competitive market.

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Richard Herbert

Executive Committee 

A Tawa resident for some 45 years, Richard retired ten years ago after 40 years in the telecommunications industry, mostly in the mobile network design area.
Now active in a number of local Tawa organisations, a member and past president of Tawa Rotary, past president and committee member for Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves since 2002, and on executive committees of Tawa Residents Assn, Tawa Historical Society, Pest Free Tawa, Secretary for the Camp Elsdon Board of Management, Secretary for Tawa Probus, and Treasurer for Tawa RSA. Richard has also completed three terms on the Tawa Community Board. In business Richard now undertakes admin work for his son’s electricians business and has a strong interest in renewable energy systems – he’s the proud owner of an electric car.

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Gary Denton

BID CHAIR AND TREASURER

Gary Denton has been in business as a Chartered Accountant from his office at 173 Main Road in Tawa since 1993. Gary has lived in Tawa most of his life attending local schools and Tawa College. He had both playing and governance roles with the Tawa Cricket and Rugby Clubs and is a Life Member of the Tawa Volunteer Fire Brigade where he provided 37 years of service to the community including a period as Chief Fire Officer.

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Ann Woolston

Owner/Director Smartway Builders Tawa

As director/owner, I oversee Smartway Builders. We specialize in Residential Custom New Builds, Major Renovations, Additions, and Alterations in greater Wellington. Engaging early in the process, we assess clients' ideas, providing cost estimates upfront to prevent mismatches with investments. Whether you're in need of a builder for existing plans or require assistance from conception to completion, we ensure a seamless journey. Say goodbye to hassle, drama, or confusion. Trust Smartway Builders for expertise at every level, turning your visions into reality effortlessly. Beyond work, I cherish moments with grandkids, friends, indulging in jigsaw puzzles, gardening, reading, and exploring.

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Judith Gray 

Co Founder of Nada Bakery

For over 45 years, Nada Bakery in Wellington has been crafting pies, bread, cakes, and catering with passion and care. Founded in 1975 by Peter Gray, whose journey began in a village bakery at 16, our legacy of excellence continues under the stewardship of Peter's wife, Judith Gray, and their son Michael. With accolades including three-time Baker of the Year, Nada Bakery is a destination for exceptional baked goods. From our central Johnsonville store to our Tawa expansion and online presence with The Bakery Basket, we invite you to experience our renowned quality and warmth. 

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Zahabia Rehan

BID SUPPORT

Zahabia Rehan is a professional with a deep understanding of social media, and digital marketing. In addition to her BID support expertise, Zahabia is also well-versed in SEO and content marketing strategies. She understands the importance of creating a strong online presence and knows how to leverage social media platforms effectively. Through her strategic approach, she can drive engagement, increase brand visibility, and generate leads for the business's website.

support@tawabusiness.co.nz

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Susan Hagan

Outlet City – Facility Manager

Established in 2000, Outlet City stands as Wellington's sole outlet mall, providing authentic brands at discounted rates. Alongside renowned names like Dominos, Waitomo Fuel, Chipmunks, and Reggio Bambini, our premises host a variety of ancillary services including food, coffee, and barber amenities. We aim to cater to diverse needs, offering a one-stop destination for quality products and convenient services.

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Paul Brown 

Owner of Tawa Books and Post

Tawa Books & Post is a cherished local gem since 1992, helmed by dedicated owners Karen & Steve. As they step into retirement, a new era begins with Paul Brown at the helm. Nestled within our inviting atmosphere, discover a treasure trove of books, games, stationery, and art supplies. Beyond our shelves, we proudly serve as a NZ Post agency, facilitating local and international mail, bill payments, and as the last bastion of banking in Tawa, a Kiwibank transactional branch. Beyond work, Paul likes to spend time with his friends and family, and cooking BBQ's on a weekend. 

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FAQ

  • What is a Business Improvement District?
    After a successful poll in December 2016 the Tawa Business Improvement District (BID) was established to provide the foundation for a strong business association to represent Tawa that is sustainably funded through a reasonable targeted rate on businesses and commercial properties within a BID boundary. The BID will use its funding for the betterment of the Tawa town centre - for example- collective marketing efforts, advocating for further investment into Tawa from stakeholders such as the Wellington City Council or addressing shared issues such as graffiti, poorly presented retail space or crime within the BID area. The targeted rate is collected by the Wellington City Council (WCC) and passed on to the Tawa Business Group, who runs the BID activities and projects. This fund is managed by the Tawa Business Group for the benefit of the town centre on projects, promotions and advocacy designed to attract locals and visitors into Tawa. Tawa Business Group currently has 72 property owners and over 160 businesses within the BID area.
  • How will this benefit me as a business owner/tenant?
    Potential extra sales through increased foot traffic An opportunity to join activities that create a vibrant and successful town centre The ability to contribute to your own business success through a strong Business Group that has a unified voice with WCC and other key stakeholders. An improved relationship between Tawa and WCC by working with council on town enhancement projects
  • How will this benefit me as a property owner?
    A successful Tawa business community can enhance tenant attraction and property values, leading to better rental dividends
  • Where does the Targeted Rate money go?
    Into a fund managed by the Tawa Business Group executive committee.
  • What is the money spent on?
    Implementing initiatives set out in a strategic Business Plan developed by the Tawa Business Group with member input, the money will be spent on projects and promotions to attract people to Tawa. The Tawa Business Group is independent of the council and does not duplicate WCC functions. The Council has an oversight role rather than playing an active role in implementing the group's plan.
  • Do I get a say in how this all works?
    Yes. Both business owners and property owners have the opportunity to attend discussion forums and meetings that shape the Group's strategic plan.
  • What is my involvement in the business association?
    Ultimately, you decide how much you want to participate. All property owners and businesses within the BID area automatically become members of the Association and can vote to elect the Tawa Business Group's executive committee, which will meet regularly. All members may put forward a representative to be nominated for election to the committee.
  • When will I pay my levy?
    The levy will be included in your quarterly rates bill.
  • How do I know what happens with my levy?
    Annual accounts will be presented at the Tawa Business Group's AGM and newsletters are sent to members every two months. WCC plays an oversight role to ensure the activities of the BID Association are properly managed within the intention and scope of the BID policy.
  • Have any other districts adopted the BID model?
    Yes, it has been widely implemented in small towns and city suburbs, and has been very successful throughout NZ. Wellington has established six BIDs so far – Destination KRL (Kilbirnie, Rongotai and Lyall Bay), Khandallah, Karori and Enterprise Miramar Peninsula and Johnsonville. There are over 50 Business Improvement Districts in the Auckland Council Region alone. The BID model is recognised internationally as a sustainable approach for creating a strong representative group for a business community not dependent on the efforts of a few passionate volunteers.
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TAWA BID AREA

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If your property or business is located within the Tawa BID boundary, but you are not yet a Member of the Tawa Business Group, please email info@tawabusiness.co.nz and you will be sent the relevant forms to confirm your membership and to provide your business information for the business directory listing.

The Tawa Business Group is funded by way of a targeted rate, which is levied on and collected from non-residential properties within a defined boundary. Businesses located outside that defined boundary area are welcome to join the Tawa Business Group as an Associate Member.

The annual fee for Associate Membership is $350 + GST.

The key benefits to an Associate Member are:

  • Receiving two-monthly newsletters with information on what’s happening in the BID, as well as upcoming activities and events​​

  • Having your business and contact details included in our Business Directory on our website

  • Receiving invitations to all Tawa Business Group events – networking events, business breakfasts, seminars, mentoring and training courses​

  • Receiving any discounts offered to full members

If you’d like to become an Associate Member, please click the button below, which will take you to the Associate Member Request form.

GETTING AROUND IN TAWA

  • Wellington to Tawa via SH1            17km / 22 mins

  • Porirua to Tawa                              5km / 9 mins

  • Paraparaumu to Tawa via SH1      36km / 29 mins

For timetables visit www.metlink.org.nz

  • Wellington to Tawa           15 mins by train

  • Porirua to Tawa                 7 mins by train

  • Paraparaumu to Tawa      41 mins by train

Tawa Valley Pathway – Ara Tawa is a 7.9 km cycling and walking path that follows the Porirua stream from Willowbank Reserve in Tawa to Porirua.

Metlink runs a corner-to-corner on-demand bus service in Tawa and Grenada North with no set routes or stops, use the app to schedule pick-ups and drop-offs.

www.metlink.org.nz/getting-started/ondemand

Tawa has plenty of free parking in and around the town centres. Get our comprehensive parking map with all the essential information for a hassle-free visit to town.

Download below:

Or you can pick up a map in person from the following locations:

  • Tawa Community Centre

  • Tawa Library

  • Tawa Books and Post Shop

Taw Parking Maps
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