We have a most able Secretary/Receptionist, Nick Stoneman, who will take some of the routine nuts and bolts off our shoulders leaving us to see clients and run workshops etc.
Moving in was a huge task, accomplished mostly by Leith and Nick, although Zee came in very handy when we were reconstructing the huge circular file we were given a couple of years ago. It is quite intricately put together but I knew there would be someone with the brainpower to crack the puzzle, and so it proved. Zee had it sussed in 5 minutes!
Acquiring all the equipment for the office left us a bit low in the finance department and Nick has taken over fundraising by BBQ at the local Mitre10 shop. (Many thanks to them for their ongoing generosity, not just to us but to the charitable community, by making available a "BBQ shack" to use on a day by day basis). We have put together a BBQ kit with everything we need in it, to make packing in and out a lot easier. Future dates at Mitre10 are already booked and we are also looking to provide BBQs at the Weka Pass Railway weekends, thanks to Nick's contacts there.
We feel we finished 2014 on a high note with some great successes in our interventions for clients, and a super end-of-year lunch party at Leith's, with a total of 28 people attending!
We have several exciting plans for 2015, of which we will apprise you later. Thanks for reading!