About Tawa


What is a Business Improvement District?

After a successful poll in December 2016 the Tawa 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 town centre.

A clearly defined area of Tawa within which all commercial properties are levied an additional targeted rate. The rate is collected by the Wellington City Council (WCC) and passed on to the BID Association. This fund is managed by the Association for the benefit of the town centre on projects, promotions and advocacy designed to attract locals and visitors into Tawa.

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 Association that has a unified voice with WCC etc.
An improved relationship between Tawa and WCC by working with council on town enhancement projects

How does Tawa Business differ from the Tawa Town Centre Upgrade?

Happening at the same time as the Tawa BID project is the Tawa Town Centre Upgrade project. Led by Wellington City Council, this project is now in the final stages of consultation and will see $1 million invested by the Council into the look and feel of the Tawa town centre.

The Tawa BID is representing the interests of Tawa business in the plaza upgrade process.

To view full information about the Upgrade project and to have your say on the improvements being considered just click here.

The contact person for the Upgrade project is Lucie Desrosiers - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advocacy for further investment into Tawa will be one focus of a Tawa BID. However, a Tawa BID will have a much broader focus.

An update on the Tawa Town Centre Upgrade project will be given by Wellington City Council at the stakeholder workshops for the Tawa BID project in September 2016.

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 Targetted Rate money go?

Into a fund managed by the Business Association committee.

What is the money spent on?

Implementing initiatives set out in a strategic plan developed by the Business Association with member input, the money will be spent on projects and promotions to attract people to Tawa. The Business Association 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 Association’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 Association’s strategic plan.

What if I don't want to be involved?

There is a ballot of business and property owners within the targeted rate area to decide whether to establish a BID. The ballot is being planned for October/November 2016. The ballot needs to comply with the Wellington City Council’s BID policy. The BID policy, based on others in place around New Zealand, stipulates a voter turnout of 25% with a majority of 51% voting in favour for a BID to go ahead. Also required to go ahead is that the owners of at least half of the capital value of the properties, vote in support. If the BID is approved by that voting process then all commercial properties are included and the targeted rate will apply to them.

How does the voting system work?

The system is based on one person / one vote. Each property owner gets one vote per rateable property. Each business owner gets one vote per business. If the property owner is also the business owner at a property then that person has only one vote in the BID poll.

What is my involvement in the business association?

Ultimately, you decide how much you want to participate. If the BID is approved, all property owners and businesses within the BID area automatically become members of the Association and can vote to elect the Association’s governing committee which will meet regularly. All members may put forward a representative to be nominated for election to the committee.

What will it cost me?

Based on other similar sized BIDs across New Zealand, it is believed a targeted rate of approximately $1 per day for an average sized commercial property will be required to establish the BID effectively. Larger commercial properties will attract a higher rate proportionate to the capital value. It is important the cost is viewed as a marketing investment rather than an increase to rates, as ALL the funds will be spent to promote the businesses and properties in the BID area. The Association’s committee and members decide how the funds are to be invested, not the Council.

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 Association’s AGM. 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 three BIDs in the last three years – in Kilbirnie, Khandallah and Miramar. There are 49 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.

About Tawa

Tawa Flat was first settled by Pākehā in the mid-19th century under the direction of Edward Gibbon Wakefield of the New Zealand Company. It was divided into 100-acre blocks, providing some of the 100-acre "in the country" blocks that accompanied the one-acre "in town" (i.e., central Wellington) blocks, similar to other New Zealand Company settlements. Much of the eastern side of the Tawa valley came to be owned by a single family until the demand for housing land overtook the benefits of farming the land. In 1951, a Town District was established covering Tawa and Linden. Within two years this had become Tawa Flat Borough.

Today, Tawa is the northernmost suburb within the Wellington city boundary, located roughly 15 km north of Wellington's CBD between Churton Park and Porirua in the North Island of New Zealand. It takes its name from the broadleaf tree, which was once prolific throughout the area, although its most famous tree is the Bucket Tree, a large macrocarpa with the topiary of an upside-down bucket. Tawa is also known for its large number of churches, representing a wide range of Christian denominations.

The suburb of Tawa occupies the Tawa Basin. Within Tawa, there are a number of named areas: Lindenvale, Westhaven, Redwood and Southgate to the west and Linden, Greenacres and Sundale to the east of the central Tawa area.

Source: Wikipedia

Associate Membership Application

The Tawa Business Group is funded by group is funded by way of a targeted rate, which is levied on and collected from non-residential properties within a defined boundary.

Business located outside that defined boundary area are welcome to join the Tawa Business Group as an Associate Member.

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 complete and submit the form below.

Tawa Staff


Sharon Mckenzie


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Phone: 021 971 937

Sharon’s role as BID Manager is effectively to manage the day to day activities of the group, and to be the “face” for the Tawa BID. This involves being the central point of contact for our members and external stakeholders, working with the Executive to achieve Business Plan outcomes and to manage all event and networking logistics.


Darcy Brittliff - Orogen Ltd


Darcy is Managing Director of Tawa based company Orogen Limited. Orogen is a professional planning, civil engineering and survey firm providing development and infrastructure services across lower New Zealand.

Gary Denton

Gary Denton - Gary Denton Accountants


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

Susan Hagan

Susan Hagan - Outlet City


As BID Secretary, Susan is responsible for ensuring the Executive Committee adheres to the regulations as set out in our Incorporated Society Rules. Susan is the Manager of Outlet City which houses 30 shops.

Kareen Holland

Kareen Holland - Kid One


Kareen is passionate about working in Tawa, and about promoting Tawa as a great place for businesses to operate from. She is interested in hearing your ideas on how we can make our BID area an even better place for people to visit, and in hearing what issues you face in making this happen.

Having worked extensively for 23+ years as a make-up artist in the film and television industry, Kareen identified the need for natural and organic skincare products, cosmetics and medicinal products, so in 2003 she launched KD One where she manufactures a range of products sourced locally here in Tawa.


Richard Herbert


A Tawa resident for some 40 years, Richard retired five years ago after 40 years in the telecommunications industry with Telecom and Spark, mostly in the mobile network design area.

Now active in a number of local Tawa organisations, including a third term on the Tawa Community Board, 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, and Secretary for the Camp Elsdon Board of Management. Richard also undertakes some 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.

Ant Simon

Ant Simon - Simons Pharmacy


Ant became involved in the Tawa Business Group when the idea of setting up a Business Improvement District was put forward by Wellington City Council and Tawa Residents’ Association in early 2016. He had been involved in the Marsden Village BID for 10 years, so the idea made perfect sense to him as he felt Tawa business needed cohesion. Ant was heavily involved in the work needed to prepare for the poll to establish the BID, and for a number of years held the role of Chairperson once it was established.

judith gray 2

Judith Gray - Nada Bakery


Judith has lived and worked in the Northern Ward for over 30 years. In addition to her role on the Tawa Business Group, Judith was President of the Rotary Club of Tawa for 2019/2020.With a bakery already in Johnsonville, Nada opened a Tawa bakery and cafe in 2010.


Ann Woolston - Smartway Builders


After being born and bred in Bluff for the first 20 years of her life, Ann now both lives and works in Tawa. She and her husband are Directors of Smartway Builders which was established in 2011 and is located on Oxford Street, Tawa.


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