The Hastings City Business Association Board
The Hastings City Business Association Board is made up of members of the Hastings City business community. Chaired by Acting Chairman Wayne Walford, the Board consists of six members, voted by the Hastings City Business Association members, a representative from Hastings District Council officers, the Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce and two Hastings District Councillors.
Each Hastings City block has a board representative who's responsibility it is, along with the Hastings City Business Association staff, to maintain contact between the Board and the membership.
Wayne Walford - Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce - Acting Chairman
A Hawke's Bay boy passionate about the empowerment of people, Wayne went to Lucknow Primary, Karamu High School and is a MBA graduate from Waikato University Management School. This education plus over 25 years of management in a range of businesses and industries drives his desire to enable people and businesses transform.
Wayne Walford is the CEO of the HB Chamber of Commerce and since returning to Hawke's Bay Wayne has been involved with various levels of business development including Governance. As a member of the Hasting City Business Association board Wayne is enjoying being part of initiatives that positively influence the City.
Evie Wilce - Aon New Zealand
I grew up in Hawkes Bay, and have a deep love for the area, I truly believe we live in the best place in New Zealand. I am excited to be a part of a future Hastings, a distinctive, safe and vibrant city, a place where people want to be.
I worked in retail and hospitality for many years, and have a reputation for instilling innovative thought and practices, I’m passionate about “doing things differently”.
Fiona Lambert - Maxim Barbers
300 block representative
Fiona is co-owner of Maxim Barbers and Designer for Weleda’s Head Office in Havelock North. At Weleda Fiona is responsible for producing a range of marketing collateral directed at both retailers and consumers. Previous to that she worked for six years at PORSE Head office in the Design and Marketing Team. Completing a range of projects for both national and local advertising.
Fiona has been part of a small group of people to work collaboratively on some successful fundraising events for a cause close to her heart.
Fiona brings to the association enthusiasm, a passion and experience in marketing and event planning and a great deal of commitment to the city of Hastings. Fiona wants to see the city continue to grow and ensure the CBD and surround areas are supported successful to ensure the regions growth and prosperity.
Hamish Gibbs - Hutchinson's Furniture and Flooring
Eastern Block Representative
Hamish is married to Andrea with two teenage children Ginny and Ben. He is a director of Hutchinson’s - flooring, furniture and interior design retail business based in Hastings City. The business is diverse and caters for domestic and commercial projects and serves the greater Hawkes’ Bay region and includes a national client base. Hutchinson’s are a member of Flooring Xtra, New Zealand’s largest flooring retail brand.
Hamish started his working career as a Chartered Accountant after graduating from Massey University but changed direction by joining the family business in 1998. He and his brother in law Nathan Hutchinson bought the business 10 years ago.
Natasha Bird - M>Phosis Hair Studio
200 Block Representative
I was born and have lived most of my life in the sunny Hawke's Bay, with the exception of nine years when I lived overseas. On my return to New Zealand, eight years ago I joined MPHOSIS Hair in Hastings. Having explored the world, I believe that Hastings is the ‘Place to Be’ so when the opportunity to purchase MPHOSIS presented itself five years ago, I jumped at the chance to become a business owner in this exciting city.
I am passionate about Hastings and since 2012 have worked enthusiastically with my fellow HCBA members to promote the city as the Heart of Hawke’s Bay. I would encourage all Hastings business owners to become involved in our HCBA initiatives and share the best of our special city with anyone who’ll listen.
Mark Knofflock - Moore Stephens markhams
Corporate Business Representative
I joined Moore Stephens Markhams Hawkes Bay Limited in May 2015 as a director based in our Hastings office.
I have worked overseas in the financial services industry for the past 10 years and held a number of senior roles in Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia with my last role being Head of Group Business Performance at AMP in Sydney.
Raoul Oosterkamp - Hastings District Council
As a young migrant, Raoul and his family moved to the Hastings District in 1982. After acquiring his tertiary degree in Resource and Environmental Planning from Massey University in 1999, Raoul built his career working for a number of public and private sector businesses in the fields of project management, risk management and professional services. Raoul and his wife shifted back to the Hastings District in 2007 to take up a Project Management role at the Hastings District Council and has been there since.
Raoul is the Strategic Projects Manager at HDC. He manages a team of skilled project managers who’s scope of work is vast in its breadth, is founded upon providing exemplar project management and key account services to our external and internal clients and stakeholders. His team is at the forefront of a number of industrial, commercial and residential developments, including a number of Hastings City Centre strategic initiatives.
Raoul is passionate about Hastings and the City Centre and working laterally and collaboratively to move our great city centre forward into the future.
Malcolm Dixon - Hastings District Councillor
I was born on the West Coast where I was Head Boy at Greymouth High School.
I moved to Hastings at the start of my career in teaching in the seventies. In 2014 I retired after twenty one years as the principal of Frimley Primary School. The proudest moment being when Frimley was named the NZ School of the Year.
My wife Jean was also a teacher. Now retired she is following her interest in painting and the arts.
Both our children went through Havelock North High School where Callum was Head Boy and two years later Anna was their Dux. Both of them went on to achieve first class honours in law.
I refereed rugby for thirty five years reaching provincial level followed by ten years as a NZRU National Rugby Referee coach.
I am a current member of the Sport HB Board of Trustees and I am also on the HBDHB Consumer Council.
Damon Harvey - Hastings District Councillor
Damon Harvey is born and bred in Hastings. He has a background in media, marketing and public relations.
Damon is the current chairman of Sport Hawke’s Bay, a board member of Surfing New Zealand and co-chair of the Jarrod Cunningham Youth Sport Trust. Damon and wife Anna live in Waipatu and have five daughters!
Damon is the chair of the councils Economic Development and Urban Affairs committee.
“I proud to live in Hastings and have a passion for our people and seeing them succeed. Hastings has so much to offer – a diverse culture, a great growing climate, vibrant CBD’s and awesome amenities and facilities”