The Newmarket Business Association (NBA) came into existence in 1937. In the early days business owners and residents formed the committee to represent members and report to the local Borough Council. Representatives would attend Council meetings and share members’ concerns as it pushed for change or defended local rights.
After amalgamation into Auckland City in 1989 the Business Association governance continued to be driven by a group of committed people who were determined to ensure Newmarket’s voice was heard …. all giving their time voluntarily. The 1980’s saw a lot of new construction in Newmarket, several office blocks and including the opening of the Two Double Seven shopping mall. Busy business owners had less and less time to devote to Business Association meetings.
In the mid nineties the decision was made to employ a part time coordinator, whose main role was to apply to Auckland City Council for funding through a “Mainstreet” programme. A meeting was held to inform business ratepayers of the process and a vote was taken to establish support for the proposal. The Mainstreet Programme, Separate Rate funding, was established and a Mainstreet management committee founded.
The appointment of General Manager and Office Manager together with the Coordinator relieved the business owners of the daily running of the Association. Since the first G.M. Sue Gunn, Robin Winter, Cameron Brewer and Ashley Church have all headed the Association and currently Mark Knoff-Thomas is the Chief Executive.
Mark’s support team includes a Commercial Manager, a Marketing Manager, a Marketing Assistant, a Strategic Business Manager, a Graphic Designer, an Office Assistant and an Arts & Heritage Manager.
The Mainstreet Programme was replaced in 2011 with the Business Improvement District (BID) Policy. The Auckland City BID Programme is a partnership model offering the best chance of achieving positive business and economic outcome of business districts.
The NBA also works closely with the local Waitemata Board.