Our Story

CBEC was established in 1989 in response to the dramatic rise in unemployment and social problems arising from New Zealand’s economic reforms of the mid 1980s.

The original purpose was to create a community owned organisation that could generate new businesses and jobs. The organisation would also bid for contracts that would otherwise be run by companies from outside the district.  Profits would be ploughed back into the community to create more employment and other community benefits.  One of the first projects CBEC initiated was to use the opportunity of the closure of the town dump to create a new recycling center.  CBEC convinced council to give it a three year recycling contract based on projected landfill savings.  As part of that contract CBEC also established New Zealand’s first rural kerbside recycling scheme for Kaitaia and a network of outlying recycling drop off points.

CBEC also produced a school recycling education kit which was sold into schools and education centers throughout the country.  From these early beginnings CBEC has grown to be a family of businesses that are serving the local community.

Our Board of Directors

  • Mary Jane Ardley – Chairperson

    Leadership, Organisational Management & Business and Community Development.

  • Bronwyn Hunt – Director
    Collective Impact, Financial Management, Contract Management & Strategic Planning.
  • Theresa Burkardt – Director
    Community Facilitation, Education, Strategic Planning, Relationship Management & Environmental Management.
  • Kathy Cowan – Director
    Business and Community Project Development & Community Education.
  • Abraham Witana – Director
    Strategic Regional Governance, Business Management, Matauranga Maori, Financial Literacy, Policy, Strategy & Environment Management.
  • Kelly Clarkson – Director
    Graphic/Product Design and Marketing & Community Development.
  • Roger Gale – Director
    Forestry Trainer/Assessor, Fire Trainer/Assessor, Arborist, Contract Feller, Forester, Chairperson Transition Towns, Chairperson Far North Whale Rescue & Secretary Kaitaia Family Budgeting. 
  • Zakeeda Khan – Director
    Accomplished Finance professional with extensive skills and experience in Accounting, Finance and Planning/Budgeting, Financial Advisory, Sales and Business Operations. Currently employed at Far North District Council as a Financial Planner.