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Motueka's first 'hot desk' space set to open
May 16th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]
Motueka's first ever co-working space is opening this Friday, May 19th, offering temporary and permanent rentable office work facilities and meeting spaces for businesses.
The building is at the rear of the property which is now known as MOTropolis, at 31 Wallace Street opposite Decks Reserve.
MOTropolis owner Janis Ord has developed the idea based on successes of similar, larger operations elsewhere such as the Bridge Street Collective in Nelson.
Often known as "hot desk" open offices, they offer space and business facilities including desks, Wi-Fi and power for use by visiting business people on a short term basis, or by local start-up entrepreneurs who don't want to work from home but are not yet ready to make the expensive commitment of long-term leasing their own office.
Views of the interior
They can be used at different times by different people, both permanent and casual, for usage rates which vary from daily or even hourly to monthly.
They are also popular in other centres because they provide sole-operator companies opportunities for business networking as well as learning new techniques from peers working in the same space.
The facility will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and anyone is welcome to drop in check it out, including people who may in future want to use it.
Janis bought MOTropolis 14 months ago and set up the main building, which used to run as Te Amo Health Center, as rooms for five or six businesses and organisations to use as their bases.
Current longer term users include Janis's own two businesses, Jazz Graphics and Find it & Do it Visitor's Map, plus Steps Web Design, Sage Health and Chill Massage & Float. The Motueka SPCA was also a recent user of rooms. One room remains available for rent.
Janis has been involved in graphic design work since the late 1980s, initially in Auckland. She moved into the Tasman region 10 years ago.
She is passionate about bringing more business opportunities to Motueka and making modern technology more available to businesses.
"I've enjoyed the process of setting up the co-working space so much," she says. "Working with like minded people to renovate the industrial garage at the back of the property into an amazing shared space."
Based on past experience, one common usage of such a facility will be employees of high-tech companies overseas who are spending time visiting the Tasman region but still wanting to do occasional work connecting with their overseas main office.
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