What we do:

  • Rethinking reuse. Addressing the changing functionality of CBD's requires focused strategic action on commercial property.

  • Strategic & Action planning for BIDs, town & city organisations and nfp's.

  • Review and update existing Strategic and Action plans.

  • Governance Review & Recommendations, includes our unique method.

  • Problem solving - ask us!

  • ....and more!

Navigating in Woods
The Changing Functionality of CBD's Course Review - Tairawhiti Gisborne
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Porirua CBD

“It was a very worthwhile process in my view. Past strategic plans have been written by a mix of methods, this process brought many elements together. I thought it was robust and provided us with a good plan to move forward with that had accountability, strategies to achieve our goals and time lines in which to achieve them. I was impressed with Karen’s work ethic and thoroughness in her research and found her friendly, open and easy to work with”

Eric Jones, Manager, Canopy Connection Porirua CBD


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Motueka Action Planning

“Your visit to Motueka was a very valuable one.  Firstly, it gave our committee an important insight into the history of the 'Town Centre / Mainstreet' organisational structure and objectives.  This has given us confidence that we are not alone in what we are trying to achieve for our town.  We were also buoyed by your feedback about the value we are adding to the town economically - as you know the rating system doesn't always provide a positive feedback mechanism. 

Howie Timms, Chairperson Our Town Motueka


Strategic Planning

Conceptualised and delivery of a national survey of town and city centres to identify their readiness for natural disasters.

“Karen is a strategic thinker with real talent for identifying crucial issues and leverage points. She is passionate and progressive. Karen is a person that can drive change and inspire collaborators. Her initiatives around towncentres and resilience are vanguard and will see it's fruition in the future.

Dr Ljubica Mamula-Seadon, Team Leader Sector Development and Advisor to development of a Resilience programme.

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The value of Commercial Property

Reimagine and reuse your commercial property.

A thriving CBD

Learn about Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) and CBD intensification.

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Engaging with Business

Put your boots on because you are going to need to spend some shoe leather

Case Studies

We are experienced economic developers with the skills to improve your CBD and local economy.  Our case studies include elements of job and business creation, building business capacity, regional tourism, energy efficiency, improving business standards, tourism trails, identifying new tourism product, clusters, relationship building between the commercial and local government sectors and improving not for profit performance.



Feedback:  "We were lucky to have a small group so had the time to work through questions specific to our location including a walk through our town centre to discuss the course learnings in a practical setting. The course was just the right amount of information to be able to create a few key starting actions without getting too tied down in detail. The facilitator was fantastic."


These are the results compiled by Economic Development New Zealand


On a scale of 1 - 5 with 5 being most satisfied how satisfied were you that the course delivered what it promised? Average score 5/5

On a scale of 1 - 5 with 5 being most satisfied how satisfied were you with the content of the course? Average score 5/5


On a scale of 1 - 5 with 5 being the most satisfied how satisfied were you with the learning facilitator's delivery of the course? Average score 5/5


For further information please contact either:

Susan Houston CE EDNZ infoednz@gmail.com or

Karen Remetis, karen@towncentres.co.nz