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New Zealand Coworking Association Established

Coworking Association NZ

New Zealand, Monday 20 August 2018 - A collection of coworking space owners and managers have formed ‘Coworking Aotearoa Association’ to promote, advocate and support coworking in New Zealand.

This Saturday, 18 coworking leaders gathered from throughout New Zealand at Carterton’s 3Mile coworking space to share, collaborate and discuss the future of coworking in New Zealand. This is the second meeting of this kind; an inaugural Cowork Hui was sponsored by Priority One, Venture Centre in Tauranga in 2016.

The hui was called to accelerate collaborations in response to the growing global phenomenon of coworking - with 30,000 spaces and 5 million members forecast by 2022, New Zealand has much to learn domestically and from countries further ahead in what the team agreed must finally be called an ‘industry’.

3Mile owner Marie-Claire Andrews, appointed spokesperson for Coworking Aotearoa Association, says the formalisation of Coworking Aotearoa into an association is an important first step towards having a collective voice to champion the industry.

“Although every coworking space operates differently, we all agree that coworking has fundamental principles that benefit individuals, businesses and the communities that they operate in.”

“We are all conscious of the need to more effectively engage with policy makers and the business ecosystem that surrounds coworking spaces, this Association signals our intent to do just that,” says Andrews.

Since the hui in 2016, the coworking industry now boasts 41 operators throughout New Zealand, helping create a connected and collaborative business landscape in centres across New Zealand.

Hannah Delaney from Kāpiti Collective says coworking is more than just about sharing a space with others, it’s flow on effect can benefit the wider economy as well.

“These spaces provide a focal point for entrepreneurship and innovation. People working from these spaces are often exporting their services, bringing in money from overseas that gets spent in the local area.

“They also bring opportunities, for example, we at Kāpiti Collective recently helped launch the smartphone app Nowsnapp. Based in Hong Kong and France, the Nowsnapp team developed this instant services app out of Kāpiti and choose to pioneer and launch it back into the community.

“They flew the international team over, sponsoring community events and spending money in the community in the process.”

“The economic impact we are seeing on the communities in which we operate is hugely substantial.”

Saturday saw coworking owners from Invercargill to Tauranga represented, with all attendees, from small regional providers to major industry players such as BizDojo, citing similar economic, social and business impacts on the businesses and individuals that partake in coworking.

 

ENDS.

For more information, please contact:

Hannah Delaney | 027 636 0010 | hannah@delaneythorn.com

Marie-Claire Andrews | 021 814 224 | Marie-Claire@3mile.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kapiti businesses welcome Nowsnapp

KĀPITI COAST, MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2018 - More than 40 Kāpiti Coast local businesses welcomed the launch of a new international smartphone app on Friday evening at local coworking space, Kapiti Collective.

The instant service platform, Nowsnapp allows for the instant uploading of small jobs, available to be completed by local people in the same geographical area.

The developers have a special affinity with Kāpiti Collective, Chief Technical Officer Jérôme Daste developed the app out of the coworking space last year, with a second developer from France flying out to work alongside him.

The wider team works across the globe, with the General Manager of Nowsnapp, Brian Isaacs flying out from Hong Kong last week to officially launch the app in Kāpiti.

The event was attended by local professionals and key members of the business community, including Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce Chair, Heather Hutchings, who welcomed Nowsnapp and talked about Kāpiti’s positive and growing business community.

The Nowsnapp team, Brian and Jerome were presented with kōhatu mauri gifted from the local iwi, kōhatu being a rock and mauri being life force or energy. These incredibly sacred gifts are from Motungarara Island at the southend of Kāpiti, where the treaty was signed.

“We’re just incredibly humbled by the warm welcome we have received from Kāpiti and believe the people here and its community make Kāpiti the perfect place to pioneer our app,” says Brian Isaacs,  Nowsnapp General Manager.

Hannah Delaney, founder of Kāpiti Collective and partner of Delaney and Thorn Public Relations, said the event was a reflection of Kāpiti’s thriving and supportive business community which is ideal for developing new products and services and pioneering them in a smaller, safe environment.

“Already we have had about 10 services completed through the app, from laundry being washed and folded, a photographer taking pictures, a coffee maker making coffee for guests, a pile of wood collected, to a lemon tree being picked. There have been over 350 registrations and an average of one download every ten minutes from launch.”

Nowsnapp plans to initially launch in Hong Kong, France and wider New Zealand. To download the app visit your iPhone or Android store and search “Nowsnapp”.

ENDS.

For more information, please contact:

Hannah Delaney | 027 636 0010 | hannah@delaneythorn.com

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How much should I spend on an office?

The general rule of thumb is no more than 10% of your income. 

I found this out today as Jacinda and I look to set up Delaney & Thorn in Wellington, on top of our existing office at Kapiti Collective, and sought our accountant's opinion, as we often do! #excitingtimes 

This made me think about our business, how far we have come, the current climate, the importance of flexibility, AND spending as little as possible while in the early phases of your business.

However, I don't buy into the argument that all young businesses are best to operate from home in their early phases.

Especially if, like me, you are at your most productive when collaborating, networking, sharing & expanding your ideas and are at your happiest around other people. 

In fact, I was a little bewildered by Quora's article appeared first on a Google search - when I consider it such terrible advice. 

Especially, when I am such an advocate for culture, clear values and progressing business in a steady and sustainable manner.  

I knew it was time for an office after my first year with my business DelaneyPR. My clients were getting bigger and working from home and cafes were no longer appropriate. I also had little children, so the mess and chaos was an unwelcome distraction from productivity. 

The decision to come up with a solution, that is now Kapiti's local shared office space, is one that has paid off tremendously - for my business and others that were in the same position. 

Almost 2 years on from when I first started coworking, I have made new business connections, won more business, started exporting, met my current business partner, narrowed my target audience, and made more friends that I could ever have hoped for. Friends that like me are determined, professional and so much fun. 

Today my business partner and I just had news that we have won another Wellington contract with an amazing New Zealand business seeking market engagement and that we will be able to go ahead with a Wellington office as well - we couldn't be happier. 

I think back to the days of working at home and if this would be possible. The short answer is no...

Business growth is not all about growing as quickly as possible, or working in dire conditions until later - it's about enjoying the journey.

And I have to say the view from here is pretty sweet :)

 COWORKING  

COWORKING  

 Coffee with company <3

Coffee with company <3

 DelaneyPR's small home office in 2015

DelaneyPR's small home office in 2015

 My business partner Jacinda Thorn (right) and I soon after  Delaney &amp; Thorn Public Relations  was formed.&nbsp;

My business partner Jacinda Thorn (right) and I soon after Delaney & Thorn Public Relations was formed. 

 The beach across the road from our office :)

The beach across the road from our office :)

 Friends for life &lt;3

Friends for life <3

 Our lovely environmental planner Tess, working on a Kapiti local event, Coastella.&nbsp;

Our lovely environmental planner Tess, working on a Kapiti local event, Coastella. 

 A visit from the small business minister in 2016.

A visit from the small business minister in 2016.

 Opening night of Kapiti Collective. From left: Ross Church (Kapiti's mayor at the time), my mother Anne Delaney, me, my father, Paddy Delaney, and Dad's friend and Kapiti Collective neighbour at Quinovic Property Management, Bernard Parker.&nbsp;

Opening night of Kapiti Collective. From left: Ross Church (Kapiti's mayor at the time), my mother Anne Delaney, me, my father, Paddy Delaney, and Dad's friend and Kapiti Collective neighbour at Quinovic Property Management, Bernard Parker. 

 Mana MP, Kris Faafoi visits Kapiti Collective in 2016.

Mana MP, Kris Faafoi visits Kapiti Collective in 2016.

 More visitors!

More visitors!

 Mac workshop,&nbsp;knowledge sharing.&nbsp;

Mac workshop, knowledge sharing.