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 Craig Riddiford, the Board consists of five 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. 


Craig riddiford - BWR - chairperson

With 20+ years accounting experience I bring a strong financial skill set to the board.
Through my position at BWR I am involved in advising clients on governance issues and have been involved in governance reviews both as a trustee and advisor.   I have just finished a 3 year stint as Chairman of the board at BWR leading our business through a period of great change in our industry.

As a business owner myself and advisor to other business owners in Hastings, I believe I have a good understanding of the issues affecting the stakeholders of Hastings City Business Association being the local businesses.

Coralie White - suzelle lingerie

I have been a board member in the past and am delighted to be involved once more.
I have been a retailer for 35 years and have always been passionate and positive about our CBD and the services we offer.
With changes in technology and the way people shop today we have to learn to make changes ourselves to encourage customers to come into the CBD.
Networking with other businesses is a great way to move forward and encourage others to do the same!


Councillor Damon Harvey - Hastings District council

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”

Hamish Gibbs - Hutchinson's Furniture and Flooring

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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James Griffiths - Grieves Diamond Jewelers


James Landon - Plaza Books & Post

I am a experienced front line retailer of over 30 years in both the big box and small independent sectors. I have worked in large corporates in the UK rising from store management to National Operations advising the Board on retail opportunities, workload planning, shrinkage reduction and cost control. I have, since coming to NZ in 2003, worked as an Independent Bookseller owning Beattie & Forbes in Napier and for the last 6 years Plaza Books & Post in the Bay Plaza / K Mart complex. I am keen to help to continue and build upon the great work done over the last few years promoting in Hastings as a retail destination of choice and to help bring together the High Street and our Retail Park as well as other parties including Council and Police and generous sponsors to keep our city vibrant and a pleasant place to shop.

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Natasha Bird - M>Phosis Hair Studio

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. 

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.


Councillor Wendy Schollum - Hastings District Council

Over the past 12 years of business ownership, I have actively contributed to our community by hiring, upskilling and supporting local young people, mentoring other business owners and supporting our local school community. I have also sponsored a range of local charities and economic development groups that support our region's people and economy.

I enjoy focusing my energy, skillset and passion on bettering the Hastings District by serving its people as a proactive and dedicated councillor.