Chairman of the St John Wakatipu Marty Black and BNI branch
president Rachel Prendergast. Photo by Andrew Busst.
Business Networking International's Queenstown branch has
given $1000 to St John in recognition of the services it
The local networking group meets every Thursday at the
Goldridge Hotel to allow for business swapping among the
various workers involved.
BNI Queenstown branch president Rachel Prendergast said the
group selected St John because of the great work it did in
the community and the high volunteer count.
St John has 25 people working as volunteers.
On Thursday morning, Mrs Prendergast presented a cheque to
the chairman of the St John Wakatipu area committee, Marty
BNI is a business and professional networking organisation
that allows only one person from each profession to join any
group or chapter. New Zealand has some 29 chapters, totalling
2650 members. Worldwide, BNI is represented in more than 49
countries and has 145,870 members in 6232 chapters.
Mrs Prendergast said the Queenstown branch included members
drawn from many industries and professions, including law,
real estate, banking and trades.
She said more local businesses were welcome to join the
network or indicate their interest.