Latest issue of Commerce Commerce out now!

Our first issue of Commerce Comment for 2018 is out now!

This edition features the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce’s refreshed branding, and what it means for you. We’re really excited about our new look and feel, and we hope you like it too.

In this issue we feature some amazing local businesses, including Kernohan Engineering, who tell their brave story about having to get clear on their business strategy. Fruit Solutions Limited discuss how they intend to make a difference to people’s eating habits, and the Nelson branch of Perpetual Guardian share their experience of the four-day working week trial.

We also reveal our new-look Chamber Business Building Block series, being rolled out from the end of June. Find out how you can be involved in presenting or sponsoring the new streams.

Read the April issue of Commerce Comment here

April 2018 Issue

2018 Business Awards entries now open!

The 2018 Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards are now open!

The annual Chamber of Commerce Business Awards recognise innovation and creativity in the business sector, and this year we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone we’ve made some changes to the categories to recognise and celebrate all aspects of business excellence in our community.

The Chamber of Commerce Business Awards are a highlight of Nelson Tasman’s business calendar. As well as providing exposure and recognition for your organisation, the Awards provide the opportunity to benchmark your business and gain valuable advice on how you can continue to grow.

The Awards bring together our region’s business heart. The black tie dinner on Friday 2 November is widely acknowledged as a very special night of networking and celebrating success.

The benefits of entering the Awards include:

  • capturing or re-evaluating your business plan
  • great exposure for your business
  • benchmarking and feedback on your business.

Take some time to familiarise yourself with the Awards Categories, and the process for entering – all the information is available on our website. Any business of any size in the Nelson Tasman area is eligible to enter. There is no entry fee and if businesses need any help getting organised, the Chamber provides free seminars offering helpful advice (dates to be advised soon).

We look forward to celebrating business success with you!

Workplace literacy funding available

Workplace literacy and numeracy skills are the cornerstone of an economy that comprises of productive businesses, communicative and confident employees, and safer workplaces.

This free event on Tuesday 17 April 2017 at 12pm at Trailways will provide you with information about the funds available to local employers.

  • Find out about high-quality literacy and numeracy programmes that are customised for local workplaces.
  • Address productivity problems where the root cause is in the literacy and numeracy skill levels of employees.
  • Discuss the funding and opportunities available to you.

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reece is joined by Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), Skills Highway, Literacy Aotearoa, Adult Learning Support and Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) for this opportunity to invest in your people and gain greater productivity for your business.

There are limited numbers so register now!

Free Chamber seminar with Inland Revenue

Do you wish that managing tax was simpler for your business? On 17 April this year, Inland Revenue is introducing the next stage of its tax system modernisation to streamline the way your business manages tax.

The Chamber, in partnership with Inland Revenue, is hosting a free seminar on Monday to provide you with detailed information on the scope and timing of Inland Revenue’s programme of changes, which are highly relevant to your business.Would you like it if provisional tax payments more closely matched your cash flow throughout the year? The ‘Accounting Income Method’ (AIM) is arriving, a new ‘pay-as-you-go’ option for managing provisional tax using accounting software.

Wouldn’t it be easier if managing your tax became more integrated with your other business processes? There will be significant changes to make it easier to submit information online.

This session will provide you with detailed information on the scope and timing of Inland Revenue’s programme of changes, which are highly relevant to your business.

To make sure you are fully informed and properly prepared, come along to hear what’s happening and what this means for you.

Register on our Events page here.


Chamber supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Weber Bros Circus, is delighted to be giving 50 tickets to the upcoming Circus to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Tasman.

This charity provides mentoring friendships to children in need of additional adult support, and works in partnership with the Nelson Police and has a strong relationship with the local Nelson community.

Thanks to Weberbros, the Chamber is giving 50 tickets to the charity to enable some lucky recipients to attend the opening night on Thursday 19 April. 

Weber Bros Circus is returning to Nelson after 10 years of touring overseas with their latest production ADRENALINE. This adrenaline-pumping 2 hour show introduces you to the best comedians, FMX riders under the big top, the Splitting Globe of Death, the show stopping HUMAN CANNON and so much more!

The Chamber is also excited to offer Nelson Tasman Chamber members the chance to attend the opening night with a complimentary double pass. It’s first in first served though, and to claim your double pass you’ll need to RSVP no later than Friday 13 April, 5pm to with your name and your membership number.

For more information on the show, please visit