Frequently Asked Questions
How is Agenda Waikato different to other groups?
Agenda Waikato is an unashamedly business-led initiative that works collaboratively and constructively with other groups to ensure the business voice is heard and acted upon. It will strengthen the region’s position with Local and Central Government. Agenda Waikato contains features of a think tank, and lobby group, ensuring businesses’ priorities and goals are achieved for the betterment of the region. Other groups focus on events and networking, submitting to local government, have a narrow industry-based focus, or a locational focus. Agenda Waikato will remain independent and will focus on a select few priorities and will see them through with the assistance of research.
Why was there a need for this initiative?
Currently there are many groups and plans in the region that have not had a strong influence, input or financial buy-in from the business sector. There is a clear gap where the collective business sector was not getting involved or providing input. This sector’s input is crucial. Agenda Waikato is not interested in reinventing the wheel or duplicating what existing groups are doing. Agenda Waikato is a way to ensure the business sector’s skills and expertise is listened to and is represented to a high-level. Evidence-based initiatives and position papers that flow through to timely action is essential for a successful region.
Who started Agenda Waikato?
The founding members are Chris Simpson, Mark McCabe, Brent Goldsack, Graham Dwyer and Rob Dol.
What geographic area does Agenda Waikato cover?
The area needs to be focused so not to dilute the cause, therefore the Agenda Waikato area is approximately 45 minute drive to Hamilton. The benefits will be felt region-wide. Agenda Waikato will concentrate on its sub-region and will focus on issues and opportunities that impact that region.
What does Agenda Waikato want to influence?
It needs the Waikato to reach it’s full potential and grab opportunities in a timely manner that benefit the region commercially and socially. Agenda Waikato’s influence will strengthen Waikato’s position when seeking support from Central Government and increase its competitiveness.
Why should I support Agenda Waikato?
Given the type of people involved in the organisation, and their collective networks, there is very real potential to make a difference and strengthen Waikato’s position. It is common for successful Waikato businesses to do their own thing. Collectively, the region can thrive. This is your chance to support an initiative that is calling for action with business sense. Agenda Waikato is the way for local government and initiatives such as Waikato Means Business to communicate with the peak-body business community.
How is the priority list decided?
Members will be asked for their ideas and input. The Board decides on the priority list. The list may change throughout the year to remain flexible with external influences.
How is Agenda Waikato governed?
Up until December 2017 a foundation Board will govern Agenda Waikato. An election will be in December to fill the electable positions on the Board for the next year.
The full membership will meet up to four times throughout the year to receive a full update and allow input to be provided with ease.
Who will conduct the research for Agenda Waikato?
Various sources will be called on depending on the type of work required.
Does Agenda Waikato believe the Waikato needs one voice?
It is fine to have more than one voice as long as they are singing from the same songsheet. The region is currently fragmented on a local governmet and central government level. The Waikato needs a clear plan and strategy in order to attract Central Government funding. Agenda Waikato's goal is to help reduce the fragmentation by offering the business voice as a means to influence and guide the region on the same path. Working with existing groups to help drive Waikato's agenda is key as collectively we'll be more effective.
Who is on the foundation Board?
Graham Dwyer (Ace Training) – Chair
Mark McCabe (PwC)
Rob Dol (Greenstone Group)
Richard Coventry (Perry Group)
Richard Carver (Jennian Homes)
Jon Calder (Tompkins Wake)
Adam Fletcher (Waipa Networks)
Professor Alister Jones (University of Waikato)
There are two more positions that are to be filled with the appropriate people from the sub-region and differing sectors.