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The MDBA is an organisation made up of local businesspeople who live, work and/or provide a service in the Māpua, Upper Moutere and Tasman areas. We currently have approximately 120+ business members.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To promote awareness of local businesses to those living in the area.
  2. To support the promotion of the Māpua, Ruby Coast and Moutere Hills area as a visitor and tourist destination.
  3. To provide an action forum to liaise with Council (and other organisations) on issues affecting local communities.
  4. To hold regular meetings for the promotion of private enterprise throughout the area and to foster and support new businesses.
  5. To collect and distribute any matter of interest to members.

The MDBA supports and encourages local activities, events and projects that will benefit Māpua and Districts as a whole. Surplus funds have been donated to local groups.

MDBA History

The MDBA was founded in 1992 to provide a single forum for small businesses to relate to each other, to other local associations and to lobby Council on a range of issues affecting our area.


  1. A subscription to the MDBA costs $150 per year.
  2. Meetings and social events are generally held regularly every 2-3 months. (excl. Jan & Feb).
  3. Members will receive details of meetings and events by e-mail.
  4. From time to time the MDBA will request that members respond to topical issues that affect business in our district. Examples are the TDC’s Draft Annual and Long-Term Community Plans and the draft Structure Plan for Māpua, where the MDBA makes submissions to the TDC on behalf of members.


As a member of the MDBA you can participate in the following FREE of charge.

  1. Promoting your business to the community and wider district – www.mā As a member of the MDBA you are entitled to have a FREE business page on the website
  2.  Promoting your business on our social media space to the community and wider district. We have a major focus on our social media presence, featuring posts for new and existing members and a focus on “Go, Stay, Shop Local”. Facebook page:
  3. Member meetings – information and networking opportunities. Member meetings are relaxed and informal and are a great opportunity to network and meet new people. Guest speakers bring timely, interesting and useful information to meetings. Speakers in the past have included Nelson Tasman Business Trust, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Economic
    Development Agency, Nelson Tasman Tourism, Web Design, Business Law, Marketing and Career Counselling. Meetings are FREE to all members. They are promoted via email.
  4. Invitations to combined MDBA and Business Assist (Nelson Tasman Business Trust) events. These combined events follow a similar pattern to the very successful ‘Lunch ‘n’ Learn’ events run by the Business Assist Trust in Nelson. They are held locally in Māpua, 3 to 4 times per year and are open to businesses on the Business Assist mailing list as well as MDBA members (so a great opportunity to promote your business to other businesses in the wider Nelson Tasman area). Each event has a guest speaker (often a Business Assist Business Mentor) who provides a 40min inspirational business-related presentation with time for questions as well. The meetings are held over the lunch period.
  5.  Promoting your business to other member businesses. As a member of the MDBA you are welcome (and encouraged) to host a member’s meeting at your business premises or at an alternative location. You will have the opportunity to tell those present about your business activities, discuss topical issues and answer questions, etc. MDBA will organise these events. You can contact us to attend at: mdba@mā
  6. Coastal News & Grapevine Newsletters. A member’s business is selected each month and their profiles are included on our page. This page is funded by the MDBA. MDBA facilitates this service; please advise us if you would like to profile your business here (at no cost to you). The Coastal News and Grapevine is a monthly newsletter produced by volunteers and covers the local areas.


KX MDBA Application Form
Full Name
Business Address
Business Address
Town / City
Which category best describes your business:
Eight characters minimum One lowercase letter One uppercase letter One number One special character
This will be for you to use to log into the website and submit your online directory listing or update it.
I hereby apply for membership to the Māpua & Districts Business Association (MDBA).

A yearly subscription for $150 – is to be credited using your name and business as a reference to account number 03 1354 0225076 00


As a member of the MDBA, we are pleased to offer you the following
opportunities to promote and advertise your business within the local area and wider district.

  1. Advertising on-line on the website and on our Facebook page Mapuabusiness as highlighted above.
  2. The Community Business Directory is produced by the MDBA bi-annually and is funded entirely by advertisements placed by our member businesses. This incredibly useful local guide is delivered FREE to around 4,000 households in the area. As well as an advertising section of local businesses listed by category, the directory also features community information, a map, and the local residential telephone numbers. Email:
  3. The MDBA produces a map of the local district, specifically for the benefit of visitors to the area. The map is available free from local businesses, visitor locations and i-sites. Seventeen thousand copies of the map are produced in early December and available in time for the Summer season. Advertising opportunities are notified by email and co-ordinated by our committee.
  4. The Notice Board outside the Māpua Four Square has display spaces available for your business. Members of the community can browse the information that your business provides. Local people like to support their local trades and services. Why not become a member and display your info to ensure that the locals know you’re in the area? Cost: FREE. Also, we promote members in our monthly newsletter in the local Coastal News & Grapevine publications.


The overall management of the MDBA is carried out by a committee of local volunteers (committee and office holders are voted in at each Annual General Meeting) which comprises the following positions:

Chairperson Gordon Shaw, Sempre Avanti Consulting
Vice Chairperson Danielle Martel, Keetrax
Treasurer Leah Keown, Beyond your Numbers
Admin/Marketing Kirsten Ammann
Committee members
Linda Kircher, Signs on Time
Sarah Quickfall, Quickfall Real Estate
Paul Kircher, Signs on Time

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