New Zealand Coworking Association Established

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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 Kapiti 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.

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