Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
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There was no one at an electric vehicle development company or at a desk-top energy- conservation software developer s premises. A joint venture health research facility set up by Capital & Coast District Health Board, and Victoria and Otago universities has featured in Grow Wellington s regular reports to the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee. When we asked the agency s biomedical centres of excellence manager for a look at it he declined, saying the clinicians were not ready to talk to us. However, Capital & Coast Dis- trict Health Board readily agreed to show off the new facility and some of the senior medical staff it had attracted to the board, with one proviso -- Grow Wellington was not to be involved, because it had no part in the centre s development. So is the perception that Grow Wellington is ineffectual an accurate one? Partly, said regional council chair Fran Wilde. There had not been total satis- faction with its performance and a new chair has been appointed -- Paul Mersi -- and several new board members, she said. Finding useful measures is a struggle for all economic devel- opment agencies because a var- iety of inputs contribute to the success of individual firms and regional economies, she said. You can measure bottom-line profits in a commercial firm; you cannot do that in an economic development agency. That doesn t mean to say that they shouldn t be rigorous but the important thing is that in the end the clients say yes, we couldn t have done it without you , and you do have a growing economy, and your export sector is getting bigger, Ms Wilde said. Grow Wellington chief executive Nigel Kirkpatrick said the plas- tic company s research ought to be done by GNS and IRL in Wel- lington, and the rudimentary space at Cleantech was a just a workshop. It was inevitable that many tenants would not always be present at the Cleantech cen- tre, he said. The aim was that it would be a genuine [business] park, with big businesses, small busi- nesses, start-ups. But right now, it s just start-ups, he said. Desk-top energy-saving com- pany Greenkeeper Systems was a good example, he said. It has got more value from work- ing at Cleantech than anyone, not so much from working there but from being associated, attending meetings and help from the Grow Wellington busi- ness growth advisers. Grow Wellington chairman Paul Mersi said spectacular successes from start up companies such as Trade Me were not the goal. What we are trying to do is cre- ate an environment where people will be able to achieve more than they would have been if that environment hadn t existed, he said. If another TradeMe pops out of that environment we won t be able to claim credit for it. It s an entrepreneurial thing, but the success is whether we ve improved the outcomes overall that would otherwise have happened absent our intervention. Wellington on a Plate, which Grow Wellington promotes jointly with Positively Wellington Tourism, does not yet fully meet Grow Wellington s objectives for it, he said. Here is the irony. It seems incredibly successful and yes, it is successful in its own terms, but we [Grow Wellington] have got to work off that and achieve export success for the food producers and food intermediaries. The health research facility at Wel- lington Hospital was not a Grow Wellington initiative but it saw an opportunity to generate some econ- omic advantage from it. However, the centre did not take the direction Grow Wellington envisaged and it has withdrawn, creating some ill-feeling. Grow [Wellington] s interest is not in whether or not health research is done here, said Mr Mersi. 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