• Aaron Redwood and Kym Dunning with their twin girls.

Communications and community

Bringing added spark to the North Harbour Club as new members are partners Kym Dunning and Aaron Redwood. Together, the couple run the Spark Business Hub Auckland North and Northland, providing a broad range of IT, IOT and telecommunication solutions to SMEs from the Harbour Bridge to Cape Reinga. They see joining the North Harbour Club as a natural progression into business in the area and are loving life in the Harbour region with their four children.

“What’s not to love,” says Kym. “I lived on the Shore for many years before moving up to Whangarei where Aaron and I worked, so I was very happy to come back down here to live.” The family has recently moved to Silverdale – a perfect spot for accessibility to motorways, their Albany office, beaches, amenities and a thriving business community.

Getting involved in this year’s golf day fundraiser at Gulf Harbour raised the couple’s awareness of the North Harbour Club and, following several follow-up conversations, they decided to join up as members three months ago.

Kym, who works as operations lead at the Spark Business Hub, says, “We enjoyed manning a hole at the golf day and had heard of the AIMES Awards and how they support young people. It seems a great way to get to know other businesspeople in the area - a fantastic networking opportunity. It’s clear the North Harbour Club does a lot of great work and we want to get involved with its community as much as we can.”

Given their business, Kym feels the pair are professionally most aligned with the AIMES Innovation category, but personally loves sport and is passionate about the power it can have way beyond the sports field.

“Sport can give you an amazing way start in life. It’s great for kids; it teaches you so much. What I’ve learned is that you may not be the best sportsperson – I played netball, pretty terribly I might add – but the relationships you build and the confidence you gain help set you up for life and the world of business.”  

The pair aims to be actively involved in the club by attending events regularly and engaging with other members as often as being a family of six allows!