NZSCA elects new Board at AGM

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) hosted its Annual General Meeting on 27 May in Wellington.

The AGM discussed the association’s activities and achievements over the past year, and well as new initiatives for the coming year.

It was a chance for all NZSCA members to participate in the election of a new board, and have the opportunity to network with fellow colleagues and industry members.

Following the election, the NZSCA Board structure was announced as follows: Karla Gichard of Ozone Coffee Roasters as President, David Burton from Jacks Coffee as Vice President, Richard Corney of Flight Coffee as second Vice President, and Chris Innes from Toasted Espresso as Treasurer.

New board members include Sam Harvey from Atomic Coffee Roasters and Roz Cattell from Santos Coffee.

David Green from Laffare continues his second year term as a Board Member, Addison Dale continues as NZ Barista Guild Chair, Rene Macauley continues NZ Roaster Guild Chair and Tom Handiside from La Marzocco NZ continues as the Allied member representative.

After seven years of service to the NZSCA Board, Carl Sara stood down from his position, as did Stuart Hargie after four years of service.

The AGM highlighted the NZSCA’s learning, development and evolution. Feedback was encouraged, robust discussions were had, and a clear direction for the future was outlined. The findings of a recent member and allied member surveys were also discussed, with copies to sent to members soon.

The NZSCA also recognised individuals that have given back to the industry.

The 2016 recipient of the Ongoing Contribution Award was Chris White of Altura Coffee. Chris has been an active supporter of the NZ coffee championships since 2001, working as a mentor to judges and baristas alike, while supporting the NZSCA through several board position changes since its formation in 2005.

Rene Macaulay of Peoples Coffee was awarded the Development Award. Rene was recognised for his hard work and commitment to the development of nationwide workshops for the Roasters Guild over the past 18 months. He has committed a huge amount of time and effort into developing a series of fun, interactive and educational coffee sessions that have added value to the NZ industry.

Michael CY Park was the recipient of Friend of the NZSCA Award. Michael’s award was in recognition of his years of photographing NZSCA events. Since coming along in 2012 to a workshop in Auckland, Michael has captured many of NZ’s coffee championships, workshops, AGM’s and Symposiums.

“These contributions may include but are not limited to dedication of time, volunteerism, contributions of professional knowledge, exemplary work on a specific NZSCA project, or other notable contribution,” the NZSCA said.

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