New venue for luncheon with the Minister

Due to an overwhelming response to our luncheon with the Minister for Trade and Export Growth this coming Tuesday, we have had to move venues due to capacity issues.

The new venue for this luncheon is the Grand Marquee, Monaco Grand Mercure, 6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson.

If you have already registered for this event, you should have received notification of the venue change. If you have registered on behalf of others please make sure that you let everyone know.

If you or those that you have registered are now no longer able to attend, please let us know so we can ensure catering is updated. Further registrations are still being taken but will close soon, so if there is anyone that you think would benefit from this luncheon please let them know to register asap.

We are excited to bring this event to you and know this is a valuable topic for our region.


Meet the Chamber event 6 March

Are you new to the Chamber or thinking about joining? Come along and meet the team at the Chamber to find out how we can support you and your business.

This event is for our new members or members that haven’t been to an event with us lately and would like to come along. If you’ve been thinking about joining the Chamber you’re also very welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to meet other members so you feel more comfortable coming along to other Chamber events. Our Chief Executive Grant Kerr will introduce the team, tell you what the Chamber has coming up, and how we can support you and the Nelson Tasman business community. 

Then we can mingle over tea and coffee and a muffin or two.

We would love to see you there!

Date: Tuesday 6 March
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: BNZ Business Centre, Level 1, 226 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

Register here

Exclusive Member offer from Originair

Our new member Originair is offering 45% off full fare flights* valid until 30 September 2018!

Originair is the only airline offering you direct flights between Nelson and New Plymouth (50 minutes) and Nelson and Palmerston North (40 minutes).

When searching for flights enter the promo code: CC Special. The offer is available to Chamber members and their immediate families only.

It’s never been easier to fly between the Top of the South and the North Island than now with Originair. Whether you are interested in arts, culture, cycling, adventure sports, music or culinary experiences, there’s a variety of activities and events for you to enjoy in these marvellous regions.

We can also cater for your Charter and Group bookings, sports teams, business trips, conferences, and tours as well. The airline is Nelson based, New Zealand owned and operated and operates regional point-to-point travel.

Originair is a dedicated, professional passenger airline operation, directly linking the centres with a customer responsive schedule.

Parents can also rest assured, knowing that their precious cargo will arrive at their destination with our unaccompanied minor service (7-12) years old.

You can also bring your beloved pet with you on holiday or bring your new family member home with our Pet Transportation service.

Originair has teamed up with the Thrifty Car Rental Company to offer you an exclusive deal on their wide range of rental cars at all three destinations: Nelson, New Plymouth and Palmerston North. Perfect for business or holiday travellers. The deal includes 10% discount and 25 cents per litre off fuel for AA members. Originair’s fleet include British Aerospace Jetstream 31 and 32 aircraft. With 18 leather seats, a 2 x 1 seat configuration with an off-set aisle with stand-up head room, these aircraft are ideally suited to the Originair operation.

The aircraft have a pressurised cabin with twin turbo prop engines and are flown by a two-pilot crew. With about 500 Jetstream’s flying worldwide, these British Aerospace aircraft are renowned in many countries for their comfort and reliability. Fly with Originair to your destination and experience a direct, fast and comfortable service. Book now at

*Not available on all flights.

Nelson to Palmerston North
Monday & Wednesday: 8:20am
Friday & Sunday: 3:40pm

Palmerston North to Nelson
Monday & Wednesday: 9:40am
Friday & Sunday: 5:00pm

Nelson to New Plymouth
Wednesday: 11:20am
Friday & Sunday: 12:20pm

New Plymouth to Nelson
Wednesday: 12:50pm
Friday & Sunday: 1:50pm

Chamber submission to Nelson City Council

The Chamber has made its submission to Nelson City Council on the Draft Nelson Regional Land Transport Plan.

Thank you to our members who took the time to submit comments, ideas and suggestions regarding the Draft Regional Land Transport Plan consultation. 

The Chamber supports the key transport projects prioritised by the Council, including progressing the Southern Link Investigation. 

Read the full Chamber submission here

Fall in love at our first BA5 for 2018!

Join us at our first Business After Five event for 2018 on Valentine’s Day. 

Hosted by Nelson Kia, you’ll have the opportunity to fall in love with the all new Kia Stinger and Kia Nero, and enjoy a few refreshments and chat with your fellow Chamber members.

The first BA5 of the year is a great opportunity for new members, or members that haven’t been for a while, to connect with the Chamber and each other. 

Don’t forget your business card for the spot prize draw!

Make the most of our gorgeous summer evenings and enjoy some great hospitality at 1903 Square at the top of Trafalgar Street. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register here.

Register now for 2018 Business Building Block workshops

Registrations are open for the first of our 2018 Business Building Block Workshops. 

The first workshop, Top tips for networking, is an interactive and fun way to learn how to make the most of networking opportunities to grow your business. Presented by ANZ Business Training Manager Stephen Caunter, this evening workshop on Wednesday 28 February is not to be missed.

Our next workshop SalesRICH is presented by Action Coach Bruce Wilson and teaches down to earth, apply-the-next-day sales techniques and knowledge for business owners and salespeople who sell for a living.

This is a great workshop to learn how to understand and connect with the prospects you are talking with, ask the questions so they sell themselves and deal with objections before they happen! Wednesday 7 March at 9.30am.

Register for both Business Building Block workshops here.


Apply as a SheEO Venture

SheEO is transforming how we finance, support and celebrate women-led ventures that are creating a better world. Are you IN?

SheEO is a disruptive economic model created by Vicki Saunders of SheEO.World designed to actively support a small number of women-led ventures with no-interest loans.

Theresa Gattung is behind the launch of SheEO in New Zealand, the first time it has been launched outside the US and Canada.

How does it work?

You can be an Activator or a Venture or both!

Basically, 500 female Activators in NZ, through an act of radical generosity, contribute $1,100 each ($1,000 invested to create a perpetual fund and $100 as a program fee) to create a funding pool of $500,000. I’m in! Find out more about becoming an Activator.

The second part of the model is about the Ventures.

The 500 Activators vote to select the top 5 Ventures out of all those that have applied. The money is then loaned out at no interest to those ventures chosen and paid back over a five year period. Selected Ventures not only get the funding, but access to mentoring, women’s networks, buying power and expertise to grow their business.

Take a look at Theresa on Seven Sharp.

Apply as a Venture NOW!

It would be fantastic to have a Nelson Tasman business selected as a Venture, but you’ll need to get in quickly! Applications close on 12 January 2018.

To apply as a Venture is simple, just answer 12 questions online.

The Top five Ventures will be announced in April 2018.

Dec edition of Commerce Comment out now!

The latest issue of Commerce Comment is out now!

This issue features our 2017 NPI Supreme Business Award winners, Abel Tasman Canyons, and their reaction to the big win on the night. 

We also meet Matthew and Julene Cropp, founders of Bees Brilliance natural skincare products and recipients of funding from the Regional Business Partner Scheme.

We’ve also included a teaser on what you can expect from the Chamber in 2018 – improved networking offerings, stronger advocacy, and a significantly expanded Business Building Block series. It’s going to be a bumper year next year!

Click here to read the latest issue.

Chamber Board member a Kiwibank Local Hero

Congratulations to Chamber Board member Nigel Andrews, who will be awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero Medal this week.

Kiwibank Local Hero Awards recognise the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place. Nigel and his staff from his Z petrol stations volunteer their time to support a range of worthy causes.

Nigel is no stranger to winning awards; he was awarded ‘Nelsonian of the Year’ for business in 2015, and a Civic Award in 2016 for Leadership in the Community. Nigel is already proving to be an active member of the Board and we are lucky to have his skills and expertise as part of the Chamber.

Read the full article here.

Chamber Special General Meeting

The Chamber is holding a Special General Meeting as part of our Chapman ER Business After Five at FORD’s Bar & Restaurant at 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 December.
The Special General Meeting is to seek approval on proposed changes (in the form of voting on each proposed change) to the Chamber’s constitution regarding the appointment, election and re-election of board members, including the appointment of a fifth ordinary Board member.
Changes to the constitution are being sought to ensure:

  • it reflects current practice
  • there is a stable and appropriate level of governance for the Chamber
  • a robust democratic process is in place in the event a Board member resigns during his/her term.

Proposed constitution changes

1.      Additional Board member

The Board’s rationale for increasing the number of ordinary Board members to five is to provide the opportunity for the Board to be able to appoint a 5th Board member to provide specific knowledge, skills and experience to the Board. Appointing a Chamber member to a fifth ordinary Board member position will also provide an opportunity for a Chamber member to gain valuable governance experience. The fifth ordinary Board member will not have voting rights, and the Board is not obliged to appoint a fifth ordinary Board member if it feels it has sufficient skills and experience across all areas of governance.

Add new clause 9 (v) as follows:

The Board may invite members to attend and participate at Board meetings to provide the opportunity for those members to gain Board experience and to provide additional knowledge and experience to the Board. Such members do not have voting rights.

2.      Vice President appointments

The Board feels it necessary that they have the ability to appoint the Vice President/s from current Board members.  This ensures that anyone wishing to become Vice President must have had Chamber Board experience.

Add new clause 8 (b) (vi) as follows:

A Vice President must have served on the Chamber Board for a minimum of 12 months.

3.      Re-election / appoint President/ Vice President/ ordinary / Board members

Current practice has been, upon any position reaching the first 2 year term the Board has appointed them for an additional 2 year term for a maximum of 4 years in total.  The Board wishes the constitution to reflect current practice and also reflect typical tenure of Board members.

Remove references in each officer’s requirements, “shall hold office for a 2 year term and shall be eligible for re-election for a further term of 2 years for a maximum of 2 terms totalling 4 years”

Existing clause 8 (a) (i) to be changed to read as follows:
The President shall hold office for a four-year term and is not eligible for re-election.

Existing clause 8 (b) (v) is to be changed to read as follows:
The Vice Presidents shall each hold office for a four-year term and shall not be eligible for re-election as Vice President.

Existing clause 9 (iii) is to be changed to read as follows:
Ordinary members of the Board shall hold office for a four-year term and shall not be eligible for re-election as an Ordinary Board member.

 4.      Vacancies on Board

Should Item 3 (above) be adopted and the term is 4 years, if there was a death or a Board member resigns during his or her term, the Board can appoint someone to fill the vacancy. However, this person who is appointed by the Board should only hold the position until the next AGM, not as current wording suggests to the end of the term.

Existing clause 16 (iii) is to be changed to read as follows:

Vacancies other than the presidency occurring on the Board whether by absence from meetings or ceasing to be a member of the Chamber or a nominated representative pursuant to clause (i) hereof, death or resignation may be filled by the Board and such appointees shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.

Current constitution

You are welcome to read the current Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Constitution.

We look forward to seeing you at the Chapman ER Business After Five. The Special General Meeting will take place at the beginning of the evening, followed by networking and celebrating a great year over Christmas drinks and nibbles.

If you haven’t already, please register for the Business After Five here.