Rallying your entire team: an ode to the great GridAKL move

Victory / street fighter poses for most of the move team L - R, General Manager Tracy Moyes, CEO Jonah Merchant, Community and Events Co-ordinator Casey Mclellan, Activation Manager Eva Perrone (and her partner Chris that she roped in standing behind), Brand & Communications - Anya Merryfield, Community Manager (Auckland) Sarin Moddle, Chief Entrepreneur Nick Shrewring. Not present (sadly) Gil Amir. 

Victory / street fighter poses for most of the move team L - R, General Manager Tracy Moyes, CEO Jonah Merchant, Community and Events Co-ordinator Casey Mclellan, Activation Manager Eva Perrone (and her partner Chris that she roped in standing behind), Brand & Communications - Anya Merryfield, Community Manager (Auckland) Sarin Moddle, Chief Entrepreneur Nick Shrewring. Not present (sadly) Gil Amir. 

Recently it's been all hands on deck in Auckland, as the BizDojo AKL team rallied together to make sure the GridAKL Hub move from 132 Halsey Street to 101 Pakenham Street West was a smooth one for all the folks that matter - the residents

This meant that the entire team across BizDojo Auckland were involved hands on, with our Community Manager Sarin jumping over to GridAKL in the weeks preceding to project manage the move and make sure all the i's were dotted and the t's crossed. It seemed only natural that we asked her to write a few words on the move, and when she (jokingly) suggested that these words take the form of rhyming couplets - who were we to get in the way?

This is just a small way of saying a huge thank-you to all the people involved who made the GridAKL move happen. From the Dojo team giving up their whole weekend through to the residents themselves who have been so understanding during the entire process... we couldn't have done it alone.  


The Tale of the Great GridAKL Move

Not long ago, in a land near the water
The building Polperro lay poised for the slaughter.


‘We’re moving!’, we cried, and said frantically, ‘Pack!’
And our residents obliged, as their progress we tracked.


We took two days to move, two more to set up;
A whole weekend of teamwork came after the trucks.


Into Lysaght we spread, with our colour and light
Bringing life to an old steel warehouse overnight.


But the road had some bumps, some pitfalls and frights
As the building was still in construction zone plight!


If it weren’t for a few willing hearts, minds, and hands,
We’d never see reality emerge from our plans.


So this one’s for Lisa, our warrior at ATEED;
For Sam at Three Beans for the coffee machine;


For the movers at Crown who hauled it all up the stairs,
And the man who came (eventually) for our elevator repairs;


For Gareth at Lexel who made wifi tears-free,
And Davey from Vibe for our impending fibre spree;


To Dylan at Canam for fixing all* of our problems
And never begrudging us for having to solve them;


All our wonderful residents, of course we must praise
For being so patient, accommodating, and brave


As we caretook their goods from one end of the block
to the other, and set up a new home, a new shop;


Our fearless leaders, Nick and Jonah, for the dreams that they dream,
And the amazing hard work of our whole Auckland team.


Lysaght is alive; and how alive it all is!
We can’t wait to share more, once we’ve lost the high-vis. 
 


*literally, you guys, all of them.
 

Sarin is the Community Manager at BizDojo Auckland. Follow her on Twitter for more inspirational poetry. 


BizDojo operate the GridAKL Hub, a space for collaborative working, learning and community building as part of the wider GridAKL Innovation Precinct in the heart of Auckland.