Events > NZSBA AGM 2015


22 September 2015


We held a successful AGM on the 18th August with over 20 in attendance. Thank you those who came to support. After presentations from president James Clague, president on our year of activity and vice president Claire Conza on our re-vamped communications, we were treated to an interesting coffee talk from Derek Towsend of member Karajoz and some delicious food from new member Line's Knaekerbrod - Thank you!

President's Report

Welcome to the NZSBA’s 25th AGM.

The quarter century milestone is quite an achievement and it’s an honour to be here and involved. The NZSBA began life back in 1990 as a Swedish Business Association by Hans and Pat Björkland, and later changed to capture the entire Nordic region. Hans sadly passed away in October 2012 but the spirit of what he wanted to achieve is alive and well here at the NZSBA.

I would like to begin by extend a special thanks to my fellow Executive Committee members – our Secretary Chris Linton, Vice Presidents Claire Conza and Frank Olsson, Nigel Smith, Megan Walls, Nina Namvar and Sarah Groth who’s absent. And also to acknowledge the significant efforts of Mark Thompson and Mette Hoberg-Tönessen who stepped down from the Committee over the period.

It makes my role as President much easier, if I can use that word, when surrounded by great people who do such a fantastic job. This Association is run by people that donate considerable time and effort, people that keep the NZSBA vibrant and interesting – and we hope more so each year. Thank you all for being such a joy to work with.

Thanks to Capt. John Robinson, an honorary life member, for his continued support also. To Nigel at Wilhelmsen Ships Services for kindly allowing us to use their offices for the Committee meetings and for this AGM and for your efforts in helping with the arrangements.

James Clague

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