The foundations for our organisation were laid in 1997 when Chris Gaelic and John Vujcich began working together on finding a way to promote businesses and communities participating in what has now become known as "The Knowledge Economy."
John's prior experience was in working with business and community organisations in Northland, while Chris was working with Mary-Ann Gaelic and Wendy Ronald building the Internet development tools for a series of Coromandel web sites.
Our first combined project was working together with Sue McLeod of the Kerikeri Business Association to build www.kerikeri.co.nz. This was quickly followed with the www.kauricoast.co.nz web site, working in partnership with Allan Mortensen of the Kauri Coast Promotion Society.
Having tested the core concepts, Chris and John formed the New Zealand Community Development Trust on 12th August, 1999. The Trust was established to ensure that the Community web sites, and the data contained within, would always remain in community ownership.
Chris Gaelic (Chairman)
Heads the technical development team. Chris has had 20 years working with both product design and advanced computer systems at Fisher & Paykel. Responsible for establishment of the company s Computer Graphics systems used for the design and manufacture of home appliances and manufacturing systems.
From a science and technology background. Has established a number of businesses in the rural sector while amassing 18 years of IT experience covering all positions in IT. Has a broad range of IT knowledge combined with strong entrepreneurial skills, particularly in the application of technology to give businesses a competitive advantage. Currently employed as National IT Consultant with Agriquality New Zealand.
Terry DibbleCatholic Priest, active in Treaty of Waitangi issues, anti-apartheid, Peace, member East Timor Independence Committee, involved in Community Development projects, Tenants Protection Association. Recreational interests - sailing
Trustee on the Tai Tokerau Maori and Cultural Tourism Association, with many years of practical business experience, strategic planning, and working with both Maori and Pakaha businesses as a mentor and consultant.