The Hastings City Business Association Board

The Hastings City Business Association Board is made up of members of the Hastings City business community. Chaired by Acting Chairman Wayne Walford, the Board consists of six members, voted by the Hastings City Business Association members, a representative from Hastings District Council officers, the Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce and two Hastings District Councillors. 

Each Hastings City block has a board representative who's responsibility it is, along with the Hastings City Business Association staff, to maintain contact between the Board and the membership. 

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Wayne Walford - Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce - Acting Chairman

A Hawke's Bay boy passionate about the empowerment of people, Wayne went to Lucknow Primary, Karamu High School and is a MBA graduate from Waikato University Management School.  This education plus over 25 years of management in a range of businesses and industries drives his desire to enable people and businesses transform. 

Wayne Walford is the CEO of the HB Chamber of Commerce and since returning to Hawke's Bay Wayne has been involved with various levels of business development including Governance. As a member of the Hasting City Business Association board Wayne is enjoying being part of initiatives that positively influence the City.

Craig Riddiford - BWR Accounting




Fiona Lambert - Maxim Barbers

300 block representative 

Fiona is co-owner of Maxim Barbers and Designer for Weleda’s Head Office in Havelock North. At Weleda Fiona is responsible for producing a range of marketing collateral directed at both retailers and consumers. Previous to that she worked for six years at PORSE Head office in the Design and Marketing Team. Completing a range of projects for both national and local advertising.

Fiona has been part of a small group of people to work collaboratively on some successful fundraising events for a cause close to her heart.

Fiona brings to the association enthusiasm, a passion and experience in marketing and event planning and a great deal of commitment to the city of Hastings. Fiona wants to see the city continue to grow and ensure the CBD and surround areas are supported successful to ensure the regions growth and prosperity.

Hamish Gibbs - Hutchinson's Furniture and Flooring

Eastern Block Representative

Hamish is married to Andrea with two teenage children Ginny and Ben. He is a director of Hutchinson’s - flooring, furniture and interior design retail business based in Hastings City. The business is diverse and caters for domestic and commercial projects and serves the greater Hawkes’ Bay region and includes a national client base. Hutchinson’s are a member of Flooring Xtra, New Zealand’s largest flooring retail brand.

Hamish started his working career as a Chartered Accountant after graduating from Massey University but changed direction by joining the family business in 1998. He and his brother in law Nathan Hutchinson bought the business 10 years ago.

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Natasha Bird - M>Phosis Hair Studio

200 Block Representative 

I was born and have lived most of my life in the sunny Hawke's Bay, with the exception of nine years when I lived overseas. On my return to New Zealand, eight years ago I joined MPHOSIS Hair in Hastings. Having explored the world, I believe that Hastings is the ‘Place to Be’ so when the opportunity to purchase MPHOSIS presented itself five years ago, I jumped at the chance to become a business owner in this exciting city. 

I am passionate about Hastings and since 2012 have worked enthusiastically with my fellow HCBA members to promote the city as the Heart of Hawke’s Bay.  I would encourage all Hastings business owners to become involved in our HCBA initiatives and share the best of our special city with anyone who’ll listen. 

James Griffiths - Grieves Diamond Jewelers




Raoul Oosterkamp - Hastings District Council

As a young migrant, Raoul and his family moved to the Hastings District in 1982.  After acquiring his tertiary degree in Resource and Environmental Planning from Massey University in 1999, Raoul built his career working for a number of public and private sector businesses in the fields of project management, risk management and professional services.  Raoul and his wife shifted back to the Hastings District in 2007 to take up a Project Management role at the Hastings District Council and has been there since.    

Raoul is the Strategic Projects Manager at HDC.  He manages a  team of skilled project managers who’s scope of work is vast in its breadth, is founded upon providing exemplar project management and key account services to our external and internal clients and stakeholders.  His team is at the forefront of  a number of industrial, commercial and residential developments, including a number of Hastings City Centre strategic initiatives. 

Raoul is passionate about Hastings and the City Centre and working laterally and collaboratively to move our great city centre forward into the future.

Wendy Schollum - Hastings District Councillor


Post: Private Bag 9002 Hastings 4156
Phone: 021 519 150

Damon Harvey - Hastings District Councillor

Damon Harvey is born and bred in Hastings. He has a background in media, marketing and public relations. 

Damon is the current chairman of Sport Hawke’s Bay, a board member of Surfing New Zealand and co-chair of the Jarrod Cunningham Youth Sport Trust. Damon and wife Anna live in Waipatu and have five daughters!

Damon is the chair of the councils Economic Development and Urban Affairs committee.

“I proud to live in Hastings and have a passion for our people and seeing them succeed. Hastings has so much to offer – a diverse culture, a great growing climate, vibrant CBD’s and awesome amenities and facilities”

Post: Private Bag 9002 Hastings 4156
Phone: 021 2886772