Otago Chamber, musical chairs

[dancing piccolo] “I’m proud to say I’m leaving it in good heart and good shape financially. Its membership numbers could always be improved, however, and I believe all businesses should be members.” –Peter McIntyre, past chairman

### ODT Online Fri, 7 Feb 2014
Opinion
Dunedin must seize its chances
By Peter McIntyre
After nine years on the board of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, the final three as chairman, Peter McIntyre has stood down, having served his three terms in office. As he leaves, he considers the economic future of Dunedin and Otago.
Read more

Not sure what kind of health the Chamber’s subscription membership is in. But now, hunny of a new plot! —a huntin’ and shaftin’ to boom we go. After seven years as a member of the Chamber, Ali Copeman (47), head of akB* Conference Management (estab. 1999), should know.

*Ali Knows Best . . .

[clashing cymbals] “You’ve got to go away to appreciate the place.”
–Ali Copeman, chairman

### ODT Online Sat, 8 Feb 2014
Passionate about city ‘about to boom’
By Sally Rae
Ali Copeman reckons Dunedin is “about to boom”.
The conference organiser and newly elected chairwoman of the Otago Chamber of Commerce is unashamedly passionate about the city and also its potential for further growth.
Read more

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15 responses to “Otago Chamber, musical chairs

  1. ### ODT Online Fri, 31 Jan 2014
    Chamber may back higher commercial tax
    By Chris Morris
    The Otago Chamber of Commerce says it could support a rates hike that would result in Dunedin’s commercial sector paying more. Chamber chief executive John Christie yesterday praised the Dunedin City Council’s decision to abandon the idea of creating a new targeted rate to help pay for the Forsyth Barr Stadium’s events fund.
    Instead, deputy mayor Chris Staynes, chairman of the council’s rates and funding working party, suggested this week the council could consider increasing the existing tourism and economic development targeted rate as early as next year.
    Read more

  2. Seeing the headline “about to boom”, I read the article to see why Ali Copeman reckons this. The reason is : No Reason.

    • Alistair, a woman’s intuition? Too much time devoted to Sally Rae on ‘personal profile’ rather than the economic or business formula (to justify flying home to Dunedin), which Chamber members and the local business community avidly want to hear. Time will tell on wasted votes.

  3. Beirut

    Yes l too was struck by the lack of substance from Ali Copeman. A lot of feel good cliches were evident. She seems to be one of those irritating people who goes to motivational courses, gets a dose of rara, and believes speaking positively is enough to turn things around for the community. Plans or strategies, Ali?

    • The Chamber is a partner to the Dunedin Economic Development Strategy but each of the strands to that requires superior work. It seems only the (more of same with new clip ons) Education strand is winning just now via the polytechnic, university, college of education, China and Ngai Tahu.

      Dunedin, like New Zealand, is supposed to be diversifying in business, along with its reach into global markets.

  4. amanda

    Ali. This is basic stuff. Never try to shut down others with the ‘negative complainers’ attack; all it does is show us how negative you are that you have no ideas other than complaining about those who disagree with you.

  5. You’re so right, Amanda.
    The way to shut down “negative complainers” is to demonstrate* that they are incorrect.
    *Demonstrate, show, prove. Not assert, nor insult the person who disagrees with you, nor pull out motivational huckster rah-rah optimistic waffle dressed in a few select half-truths, not wishful thinking.

  6. Peter

    Same old formula for those who disagree with you. Call them naysayers and attempt to marginalise them.Heard it with the stadium. Heard it with the hotel. Heard it with the oil and gas exploration.
    Totally unacceptable.

  7. ### dunedtintv.co.nz February 10, 2014 – 7:08pm
    Nightly interview: Ali Copeman
    The Otago Chamber of Commerce recently elected a new chairwoman. Conference organiser Ali Copeman is a University of Otago graduate with a bachelor of arts in geography and anthropology, and a diploma in tourism. She also has a background in sports as a player and an administrator.
    Video

  8. Peter

    I notice she tried to evade the oil/gas exploration issue. More interested, she said, in issues now on the table like the hotel and the Chinese school.
    Note how she quickly corrected herself by dropping – oil – in favour of gas. Like Andrew Whiley’s ‘Pro Gas’ group. All part of the new deception. Let’s drop the sticky mention of oil for something that sounds a little less HARMFUL. The ODT is now onto this line too. Are we surprised?
    Remember the talk about the ‘multi purpose stadium’ instead of rugby stadium. In order to get ratepayer buy-in the stadium had to be ‘perceived’ to be multi purpose. (Wording in blacked out appendices)
    Dishonest people sell this deception.

  9. Anne Elliot

    I just watched the interview with Ali Copeman about whom I have no knowledge whatsoever. She came across as a level-headed person. I certainly do not agree with her views (still talking about “5* hotel” which we all know is another name for student accommodation – and would be a blight on Dunedin’s waterfront) but I have no reason – yet – to see her as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  10. Peter

    Hype. Naive to think that if they find oil they will leave it in the ground. My point stands that when you change tack by, in this case, dropping the oil word, just for gas, there is something up. The intent is clear. To create a deception by marketing a product or service in the most effective way to create community buy in. Not a conspiracy theory, but a well known marketing ploy. It happens all the time as we all know.
    By doing this,instead of being upfront, the pro oil/gas people have made a tactical blue and have now put themselves under even closer scrutiny and given their opponents a very handy weapon to beat them over the head with.
    Personally, I am delighted to see Andrew Whiley as head of ‘Pro Gas’!

  11. Peter, naive I may be. Conspiracy-minded over today’s equivalent of “Reds under the bed” I ain’t.
    If exploration companies find gas, which is apparently fairly likely, it will indeed be “left in the ground” if uneconomic to recover. Re-read above, – “1 in 3 chance of finding commercial quantities of natural gas.” And as for oil, if the quote expresses it correctly “odds of finding oil off our coast are less than 1%.” That doesn’t say “commercial” i.e. worth the costs of extracting. There are gas and oil sites all over the world – and gold, and every underground thing you can think of – where the valuable substance is there but not enough of it, or in a place too inaccessible or concentration too sparse for recovery to be economic.
    Many an expedition of discovery has resulted in nothing more than additional knowledge of what is below the surface of this fascinating planet.
    I see no good coming from promotion of immoderate fear of improbable adverse events.

    Except to some small insurance companies, you know the ones, their names are not widely known but their travelling sales staff are convincing and the premiums are low compared with the payout. Only $1.20 a week for full no-questions-asked payout of $multi-thousands if any member of your household sustains permanent physical damage during a home invasion – it works best if there have been a few highly publicised home invasions recently, and public perception is that home invasions are happening everywhere all the time. Pick the stats apart a little and you find that the probability is such that there will be at most, one claim every 20 years, and you’d be far better with almost any conventional insurance policy, or putting your money in bonus bonds.

  12. woop woop

    ### dunedintv.co.nz February 12, 2014 – 7:05pm
    Nightly interview: Peter McIntyre
    Peter McIntyre spent nine years on the board of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, the final three as president. That coincided with a challenging economic period for the city and the world. He has now finished his stint at the chamber, and he joins us for a debrief.
    Video

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