Consolidation with other concrete industry bodies or rebranding has been on and off the table for some six years now and the current Board drove hard to achieve a resolution during the past 2 years. Questions were asked: Is the Association name relevant? Does the name reflect what the Association and Members do? Does the name serve the Members adequately?
The short answer was no to all of these questions and so began the discussion on whether to consolidate with other groups or to simply change the name. If a name change, what would be suitable to reflect the activities of the Association and its Members, and to serve the Association into the future?
Several surveys and discussion documents were circulated to members asking for feedback on the possibilities and most responses reflected a preference to retain the current organisation, but that a name change would be appropriate.
The name “New Zealand Concrete Contractors Association” was mooted and discussed and the consensus was that this is what we are and it is more relevant to the Contractor Members we currently have. The new name would also fulfil the need for other concrete industry sectors that do not have their own Association, and it would better attract them to become involved with us. The resolution to change our name was put to the Annual General Meeting and the vote was unanimously in favour.
This year the Board has representations of one person from the concrete pumping industry, and one from the grinding and polishing industry. The Association sees both of these sectors as growth industries, and looks forward to collaborating with them.
Next year’s Annual General Meeting and Conference in Rotorua will celebrate 20 years of the Association and it will also be the official launch of the rename from NZMCPA to New Zealand Concrete Contractors Association.
This will be exciting times and for the Association and they look forward to you joining them on the journey.