Acting Chamber CEO

The Chamber team welcomes Ru Collin as our acting Chief Executive. Ru will remain in this role until a new Chief Executive is appointed, supporting both the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chambers of Commerce.  

Ru has sat on the Chamber Board since 2015, and for the last 12 months as one of two Chamber Vice Presidents. Ru is well placed to lead the Chamber in this acting capacity, with a background in the agribusiness sector and has served in numerous roles and various boards as a professional director and trustee. He also sits on the steering committee overseeing the relationship with the Marlborough Chamber.

In terms of the recruitment process for a new CEO, a recruitment committee has been focused on finding the right person to continue to implement the Chamber’s strategy and provide membership value and advocacy, and ensure we are part of the development of the regional growth strategy. Other key areas of focus include the ongoing relationship with the Marlborough Chamber, and the establishment of the Mahitahi Colab at NMIT.

Despite excellent interest in the role and a thorough recruitment process to date, the committee has been unable to find the person with the right attributes to fill the role. Whilst disappointing, getting the right person is critical so we will be going to market again.

The Chamber Board would like to acknowledge the important role former CEO Grant Kerr has had as CEO of the Chamber. Grant has taken the Chamber to the “next level” and has significantly lifted the Chamber’s profile and has increased engagement with partners, sponsors and members. He has done a wonderful job and we thank Grant for his term and we wish him all the best in his new role at NMIT. 

Lees Seymour (Chamber President) and Peter Pattullo (Chamber Vice President) will also step up to support the Chamber as required.

Thank you all for your support during this time of change. We will keep you posted when recruitment begins again.

2018 NPI Business Awards early bird tickets on sale now!

The annual Nelson Tasman 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 business excellence in our community.

The Awards bring together our region’s business heart, and are a true showcase of local success. The premier black tie dinner on Friday 2 November is widely acknowledged as a very special night of networking and celebrating success, and your ticket includes drinks, canapes, 3-course dinner, high-profile MC and a line up of top quality entertainment.

Reward and inspire your staff while networking with around 500 top business people. Secure your tickets early and take advantage of our early bird rate.

All guests who attend the 2018 Business Awards will go into a special draw on the night to win two return tickets to Australia (your choice of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane) courtesy of our Cornerstone Partner Air New Zealand. Terms and conditions apply.

Buy your early bird ticket here.

Find out more about entering the Awards here.

July issue of Commerce Comment out now!

Our latest issue of Commerce Comment is out now!

We take a look at the issue of sustainability in business, and meet two local businesses winning the war for a more sustainable future for our region – New Zealand King Salmon and Ideal Cup.

We also introduce you to our new Business Building Block workstreams and sponsors, helping you to map out your professional development in the year ahead.

We also acknowledge our Partners and sponsors, and encourage you to enter the 2018 NPI Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Read the July issue of Commerce Comment here


Chamber relocating to Mahitahi COLAB

Nelson Tasman ‘Mahitahi COLAB’ to become region’s innovation, economic and business hub

NMIT, Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA) and the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce (NTCC) are establishing the region’s first COLAB – Mahitahi COLAB – designed to place local businesses and the tertiary sector at the heart of the innovation and business community.

The Mahitahi COLAB will provide a hub for new, existing and aspiring start-up businesses to easily connect, learn, develop and grow. The vision behind the venture is to provide the right environment for the three strategic partners to work together to influence the region’s economic development. It will provide a prime location for local and national business development, nurturing and developing talent, and creating opportunities.

The name Mahitahi COLAB was created by the NMIT, NRDA and NTCC teams and it delivers the message of coming or working together and of course it is this collaborative approach which is an important aspect of the business hub. The intention of the Mahitahi COLAB is to focus on collaboration and alignment between the “public good” and private innovation focused entities.

Located in shared space in the current NMIT campus on Nelson’s Hardy Street, the venture came about after the three partners identified several collaborative opportunities that if pursued, could assist in creating a more aligned innovation ecosystem in the Nelson region.

Each organisation will retain their own offices and will share common spaces and meeting rooms. The three partners anticipate having the shared space available later this year. The concept has been designed to complement existing private sector focused co-working spaces such as the Bridge St Collective.

“NRDA’s purpose is to partner with the public and private sectors in the attraction and retention of investment, visitors and talent who want to add value to the identity of our extraordinary region. One of our focus areas in delivering on our mission is inspiring and supporting existing and new businesses and business people to think differently, embrace new behaviours and collaborate. We should lead by example. It makes sense for us to be working more closely with our future learners and our business community to create a platform to contribute to this outcome” said John Palmer, NRDA Chairman.

Mahitahi COLAB provides multiple opportunities that will clearly benefit NMIT team members and learners and will contribute to the organisational vision of preparing graduates that are work and world ready. Learners will benefit from having direct access to real-life work experience, create new professional networks and will work with businesses on real life project briefs and identification of solutions for customers. Team members from NMIT will benefit from a range of professional development opportunities.

“Growing and developing the existing strong relationships between the partners will ensure that NMIT is better informed, connected and abreast of the employment, economic and commercial opportunities within our regions. Mahitahi COLAB will provide an exciting platform for NMIT to continue in its role as a pivotal partner in ensuring Nelson Tasman continues to thrive and develop,” said NMIT’s Council Chair, Daryl Wehner.

Chamber President Lees Seymour sees the co-location as a great opportunity for its members. “Working more closely together will allow us to connect our region’s businesses with economic opportunities, and with future capability. We know the skills shortage across the country is not going to get better any time soon, so we see the Mahitahi COLAB really helping employers tap into rising talent to help strengthen our region’s workforce. It also helps us to have a more joined-up approached when advocating to local and central government.”

NMIT will oversee the development of the Mahitahi COLAB premises on Hardy Street to minimise impact on NMIT staff and students and maximise opportunities for collaboration.

The cost of the fit-out will be shared by the core partners with the support of the Innovate Trust.

“Although each organisation will have their own designated space, the fit-out will be designed to break down barriers, ensure collaboration and creativity. There will also be some space available for partner members and others within the business community to use. This is all part of creating smarter and closer working relationships to help the region thrive and we anticipate that as the partnership develops, additional entities may choose to join us” said NMIT Chief Executive Liam Sloan.

Mayor Rachel Reese highlighted the benefits of a partnership approach such as this. “The partnership approach has been a really successful one for Council, and it is encouraging to see these three entities working together with the future of Nelson in mind. Together they will be able to position both business and education on a stronger platform to attract talent to our Smart Little city. I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes generated from this collaborative approach.”

Chamber seeking new CEO

The Chamber of Commerce is seeking a high performing CE with a strategic perspective, strong commercial acumen and a leadership presence to manage the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chambers of Commerce.

The Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce (NTCoC) and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce (MCoC) are not for profit organisations, with a combined membership of over 860 businesses. The key purpose of the Chambers is to unlock business vitality across the regions, and to help create the best commercial environment for diverse businesses to thrive and reach their aspirations. The Chambers achieve this by offering a wide range of services including: lobbying, advocacy, representation to local and central government, economic reporting, training across a wide range of topics and bringing people together.

This exciting senior role is focused on collaborating and advocating with key strategic partners and stakeholders, providing support and tools to assist business in innovation and skills and knowledge for the future, building and connecting wide reaching business networks and delivering value added services that really make a difference to the way business is done. They also have the responsibility of managing the affairs and activities of the Chambers including gaining the necessary sponsorship and growing membership.

The successful person for this role will be visionary, focused and driven, demonstrate strong commercial acumen, and have an ability to build exceptional networks across a diverse range of stakeholders. They will have a high level of leadership presence that demands the attention of others and empowers a small and motivated team over two locations. Essential will be the ability to demonstrate a strong passion and enthusiasm for the growth, success and sustainability of businesses within the region.

Intepeople is managing the recruitment process on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. 

To view the job description, visit Intepeople, or for further enquiries please contact Melisa Kappely at Intepeople on 027 734 0392. 

Applications close on Friday 6 July 2018


Chamber BA5 with hosts Vodafone NZ

Come along to our upcoming Business After Five on Wednesday 4 July and enjoy a chance to relax and meet up with your fellow Chamber members over drinks and nibbles. 

Our hosts Vodafone will give a short presentation on their One Business plan which is a great way to build work flexibility into your business whether you are small, medium or large. 

Vodafone One Business Mobile is perfect for businesses who want:

  • One cost-effective package with no need to pay for a separate landline
  • Per user pricing
  • The freedom to work where you need and always be available to colleagues and customers
  • Customers to reach the right person first time
  • Smart calling features so you can direct or transfer calls and easily set up audio conferences
  • The control to update your call management settings in real-time.

Thank you to our partners Intepeople for supporting this Business After Five. Join us at the Vodafone Retail Store at the Richmond Mall (Pak n’ Save entrance) from 5.30pm on Wednesday 4 July. 

Complimentary for members. Register here

Chamber CEO stepping down

The Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive Grant Kerr is stepping down from his position to take up a new role at NMIT.

Grant has accepted the position of Executive Director, Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability at NMIT, and will start transitioning into this role from mid-September. He will continue to support both Chambers in the lead up to the Business Awards held in each region in November.

“I’d like to thank Grant for the wonderful job he has done as CEO of both Chambers, leading their re-invigoration and providing members with real value and benefits” said Lees Seymour, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Board President.

“Since Grant joined the Chamber in February 2017, he has introduced a new strategy and direction for the Nelson Tasman Chamber, built excellent working relationships with NRDA and NMIT, breathed new life into the Chamber brand, and introduced a new format for the 30th anniversary of the Business Awards this year. He has also spearheaded the resource-sharing agreement with the Marlborough Chamber to provide a top of the south approach.”

Both the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Boards are committed to ensuring the ongoing relationship between both Chambers and will be looking to a new Chief Executive to continue to lead both Chambers and build on the solid platform that has been set.

“Grant will have been leading the Marlborough Chamber for 12 months when he starts to transition to his new role in September. He has been instrumental in helping to bolster the Marlborough Chamber, and I know our members are starting to feel the benefits of joint leadership and shared resource across both Chambers. It is with regret that he is stepping down from the Chambers, but we look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role at NMIT” said Nita Van Grinsven, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Board President.

Grant’s new role will keep him working strategically across both regions as he will hold responsibility for the strategy for NMIT.

“NMIT is at an exciting point in our journey.  We were overwhelmed with the high level and calibre of applications for the role of Executive Director. We are delighted to have him join our Executive Team later this year and are pleased that he will bring with him a huge amount of experience, knowledge and passion. 

“As part of his role Grant will be responsible for ensuring NMIT remains focused on strategy, enterprise and sustainability therefore it goes without saying that Grant will be required to collaborate with a vast number of stakeholders including both Chambers so they’re not losing him completely.” said Liam Sloan, Chief Executive, NMIT.

The move was not a decision Grant has taken lightly. “This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, and not one that I was expecting to make at this point on my Chamber journey. It has been a privilege to get to know so many members who are making enormous contributions to both region’s economies. I am confident I have set a solid direction for the next Chamber leader to build on, with the assistance of the fantastic teams and Board members of both Chambers” said Grant.

The steering committee, made up of Board members from both Chambers, will be working through the recruitment process over the next few weeks, and will go to market to seek a high calibre person to take the lead and continue the growth of both Chambers.

“Both the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chambers thank Grant and the teams for doing such a great job, and we look forward to working with Grant over the new few months and through his transition period. At the time he leaves we will celebrate his contribution in an appropriate manner” said Lees.

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!