Economic Opportunities

Hon Dr Nick Smith presented at a Seminar Luncheon and discussed the below points

  • Nelson’s broad based economy will benefit from 25% drop in kiwi $
  • Modest house prices in comparison to Christchurch and Auckland part of our competitive advantage
  • Region an attractive place for skilled and entrepreneurial migrants with governments new regional weighting
  • Increased connectedness with rollout of UFB and potential competition in airlines

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Using Land for Housing

Local Government Reform – Using Land for Housing – Draft Report.

The inquiry reviews the local planning and development systems of New Zealand’s fastest-growing urban areas and identifies leading practices that are effective in making land and development capacity available to meet housing demand. Comparable overseas systems are also investigated where they provide valuable lessons for New Zealand. Continue reading Using Land for Housing

Commerce Comment

The Chamber’s bi-monthly magazine, Commerce Comment, is the only business- to-business publication in the region and reaches over 8800 business people with every issue. For more information about the magazine and to read previous copies of Commerce Comment online, Click Here.







Rules Reduction

Tell us your bad experience when dealing with Cutting Red Tape 

The Government has established a Rules Reduction Taskforce. The Chamber is represented on it.

As business owners and operators we are obliged to comply with rules and regulations of local government but the processes of officials often impose huge cost and time delays or create unnecessary complexity.

Tell us your experience in order that we can get rid of unnecessary red tape and associated costs.



RMA Reform Welcomed

Chamber members have consistently complained about the fragmentation of the current system, where different rules apply in Nelson and in the Tasman district, the time and costs involved in the current planning and consenting processes and the lack of a can do attitude.  The Chamber welcomes the recognition from Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment of these areas of concern. Continue reading RMA Reform Welcomed