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Kia ora e te Whānau,

Yesterday I had a meeting with Gizzy Local’s accountant, James Burn. I came away with a spring in my step and I might even go so far as to say, a small fire in my belly – which is not my usual post-accountancy meeting state, I hasten to add!

James first got in touch with us last year, wanting to discuss the possibility of sponsoring Gizzy Local. We had an initial meeting and established over the course of a cuppa that yes indeed, we were on the same page, sharing common aspirations for our community, and in particular a drive to each do our bit in helping our fellow local Gisborne businesses thrive.

And so James Burns Associates joined our Gizzy Local community and Gizzy Local began the process of actually becoming a business ourselves. James and Lucy have a knack for keeping the overwhelm at bay, as they’ve helped us set up systems to keep things manageable as we grow and tackle each new step as they emerge in our progression.

Yesterday’s meeting covered tax and payroll systems and a few things in between, and I furiously scribbled notes because that stuff really isn’t my jam and I’m liable to forget everything as soon as I walk out the door.

However no notes were needed when it came to the pep talk James gave me in amongst the formalities – and whether he intended it as such, I guess I may never know.. James reminded me of why they had offered to support Gizzy Local in the first place and why they continue to do so today, speaking passionately of his belief in what we are doing, talking about the gap we fill in our community, and reminding me of how far we have come. He offered some suggestions of what we might do next.

When I left our meeting, not only did I feel inspired by James’ beliefs in what we are doing, but I left with a deeper appreciation of the sponsorship/supporter relationship. It’s about creating win-win situations and helping each other to achieve our respective goals, and it’s about growing a community of likeminded people. But there’s also a big piece in there about inspiring each other to keep striving for the gold, and reminding each other of our belief in each other to achieve those things.

So today’s Roundabout is a shout out to our community of supporters – that’s you – with a special thanks to James for that exceptional pep talk! Thank you for all you do to nourish Gizzy Local, each in your own way ‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini’. 

Ngā mihi nui,


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