The Kollective – Tauranga’s co-working space for not-for-profit, social and charitable organisations – is looking for new members.

Last week it won the Social Enterprise Award at The Westpac Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Awards. This week it’s keen to find new members to share the space.

Based at the Historic Village, The Kollective is New Zealand’s largest co-working space and is now 80 percent full after opening in October 2018. The open-plan space has 135 desks, six meeting spaces, four kitchenettes and one large kitchen.

The 1800 sq m two-storey co-working space was built by TECT to house 40 organisations and TECT, Baytrust and the Acorn Foundation staff. It currently has desks occupied by 91 “residential” members representing 35 organisations with a permanent place in the building.

“We’re happy to be 80 percent full now, but we’d like to see even more organisations benefiting from this co-working space,” said general manager Gordy Lockhart.

“We believe that individuals create community, and the mix of residential and non-residential members is important to encourage collaboration.”

Organisations can join as resident members with a fixed or flexible desk, or a non-resident casual user of the facilities. There are 162 “non residential” members – those who come along to use a meeting room, meet with clients or who occupy a desk for a day when they travel from out of town.

It’s a place to meet, connect and collaborate with others.

“Since Covid there’s been a change in work patterns for many, and this is a chance for organisations which are either too small or too big to be part of something bigger than themselves,” he said.

“The Kollective is user driven and a family environment. It’s about serving the greater good, social impact and collaboration.”

He said TK was helping social agencies become more efficient, more technically capable, sustainable and more able to connect with each other. Organisations wanting to join can find details at https://www.thekollective.org.nz/page/memberships/

They self identify as a charity, not-for-profit, social enterprise, government or commercial agency, which will determine the rate they pay to become a member.