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.






Chamber submission on Waimea Dam

The Chamber has made a submission to the Tasman District Council (TDC) and the Nelson City Council (NCC) regarding the Waimea Community Dam in response to their respective consultations. 

The Chamber’s position is that we continue to support the Dam as a way of ensuring future water security for our region, but do not support a funding model that puts a high cost on business. 

Read the Chamber submission on Waimea Dam to TDC and NCC

Thank you to those who took the time to share their views with the Chamber.

Register for ‘Ghosts of Nelson Tasman’ luncheon

Have you registered for our Crowe Horwath ‘Ghosts of Nelson Tasman’ luncheon yet? ‘Business ghosts’ are skilled and talented people living in our region, but do not have an obvious presence in the local business community. How do we engage with them? How do we utilise their skills and talents to benefit the Nelson/Tasman region?

We have a line up of four amazing speakers:

Jane Davies, Global Category Manager, ANZ Banking Group. Jane lives in Nelson but commutes to Wellington and Christchurch.

Mark and Ruth Woodhouse, owners and operators of Waypoints Aviation – they develop and sell the PilotBook series of text books and mock exams for all levels all over the world including online material available on Apple ibookstore.

Allan Willoughby – Business Development Manager, BlueBerryIT. Blueberry IT offers a complete suite of IT services across the Nelson/Marlborough region and has a big presence in our business community. Allan will be offering the flipside of a business person living and operating locally.

We will have plenty of discussion time to ask questions so get your tickets now!

Special Xmas offer for members

Our Alliance Partner Noel Leeming is boosting the fantastic in-store savings they already give members, with a Friends & Family Offer just in time for Christmas.

Simply present this flyer at any Noel Leeming store nationwide from Monday 20 November to Sunday 3 December to enjoy the great discounts.

The offer includes:

  • cost plus 5% on all televisions, computers, whiteware and mobile phones
  • cost plus 7.5% on small appliances, vacuums, cellular accessories, heating, heat pumps, furniture (TV cabinets) and ink
  • unlimited Tech Support for a whole year for all your household devices for $99

Torpedo 7, owned by Noel Leeming, have also extended a Friends and Family offer valid from 13-26 November. See the Torpedo 7 voucher for more details..

Note: Some exclusions apply. Please refer to the flyers for terms and conditions.

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas from Noel Leeming and the Nelson Tasman Chamber team!

2017 Business Award winners

“Inspiring” is how Grant Kerr, CEO of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce described the Nelson Pine Industries Business Awards for 2017. 

In his welcome to the huge crowd of 420 from the region’s business community, Grant said he is extremely humbled to be leading the Chamber and working with, and for, the vibrant businesses in the Nelson Tasman region.

Grant paid tribute to the entrants, judges and sponsors and reflected on the growth the region has experienced over the past 12 months.

The 2017 Award winners are:

Nelson Forests Investing in People and Skills Award: Ngāti Koata Trust
The judges were drawn to the ethos of Ngāti Koata Trust and its targeted focus on its people. Its mission statement succinctly sums up the organisations beliefs and its deliverables.  
NZME Customer Excellence Award: Paradise Brokers
The judges said Kenn Butler strives to ensure his clients feel valued and important, and his integrity and values are well known and highly respected. The reach and growing following that Kenn has developed is testament to his effort, integrity and commitment.

Datacom Innovation Award: Heke Homemade Herbals
Emma has shown terrific dedication and commitment to fine tune the production of teas.  It is this relentless pursuit of refining her art that the judges considered embodied the characteristics of innovation. 
Fairfax Media Business Start-Up Award: R&R Kayaks
The judges said R&R Kayaks demonstrates a simple yet smart success story.  It has the foundations for a sustainable and profitable future.
MediaWorks Small Medium Enterprise Award: Abel Tasman Canonying
The judges said this is a pioneering business for the region and New Zealand, extending into a canyoning school and initiating audit standards. Co-owner Toine Houtenbos embodies dedicated professional leadership, oversight and mentoring skills.
New Zealand King Salmon Large Award: Wilsons Abel Tasman
The judges said Wilsons have continued as stalwart stewards of the national park and invested their expertise, time and money in reaching out to a potential international demand, justifying their position as a stellar star for the Abel Tasman.

Vodafone Special Award for Large Business Excellence: McCraes Blinds and Screens
As there can only be one winner in each category the judges decided this year to take the unusual step of creating an additional award in recognition of a particularly excellent business. In short, this a success story – from garage to greatness on the tenacity and dedication of Annette and Shane McCrae.

Nelson Pine Industries Supreme Business Award: Abel Tasman Canyons
In the judges’ opinion this business ticks all the boxes. It is an adventure company grounded on absolutely professionalism across all areas. Health and safety is afforded the highest priority with staff training and development entrenched within the management of the business.

The judges were impressed with the marketing plan which is targeted and focused. It is clearly paying dividends with a customer service record second to none as evidenced by the 100 percent 5 star Trip Advisor reviews.

Co-owner Toine Houtenbos displays impressive leadership skills and is one of only 8 canyoning guides in the world qualified at trainer level by the International Canyoning Organisation for Professionals. He is one of only 3 canyoning assessors in New Zealand, founded the NZ Canyoning School and was at the forefront of national standards and qualifications

Abel Tasman Canyons is a business well deserving of this esteemed award and should be congratulated for showcasing our region with such professionalism, fun and vitality.

Some thoughts on the incoming Govt

There have been many opinion pieces and news articles published since New Zealand First announced they would form a coalition with Labour, but it’s still not entirely clear what this change of Government will mean for business. The sooner we have more certainty on some of the comments made by Mr Peters regarding New Zealand’s fundamental economic structure and settings, the better it will be to give businesses the confidence and certainty you require.

As a Chamber of Commerce, our role is work with the Government of the day to achieve successful outcomes for business. We support the statement issued by the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce that we will continue to advocate for a strong central focus on regional development, responding on a regionally-specific basis to challenges such as improving core infrastructure, and a renewed commitment to free trade – all with the goal to make it easier to do business.

The incoming government must avoid knee-jerk responses to perceived problems in immigration. The Chambers believe stopping immigration would be bad for businesses and bad for the economy. Instead we encourage the government to work with employers, to manage requirements around talent, and the Chambers of Commerce are keen to help with this.

There are many other issues that we are keen to pursue, and we welcome commencement of a conversation on these, as well as look forward to working alongside the incoming Labour-led government to ensure we get the right outcomes.

As part of our planning for our 2018 programme of events, we will be taking our change of Government into account and looking to bring you speakers and events to provide clarity and certainty on economic settings. If you have any ideas, or specific concerns you’d like the Chamber to advocate on your behalf, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.

Register for our next BA5

Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures is a family run yacht charter business and this year celebrates 20 years in business, and are hosting our next Chapman ER Business After Five on Wednesday 25 October.

They offer skippered sailing tours of Nelson, Tasman Bay, Abel Tasman National Park and Marlborough Sounds. The tours include daily scheduled tours, private personalised day charters and multi day holidays.

Owners Jane-Maree and Martin Holmes started their business in 1997 as Catamaran Sailing Charters when they returned home, sailing through the Southern Ocean with their sailing catamaran Jamarh, and with a dream to establish their sailing business. Today, with five catamarans – including their very latest quality charter vessel Te Harinui – they are delighted to still be at the helm: “It’s something we created, enjoy hugely, and love sharing with our guests”.

Come along and enjoy informal networking with other Chamber members at the fantastic setting of 272 Wakefield Quay (in front of the Styx Bar and Restaurant) from 5.30pm on Wednesday 25 October, with an exciting opportunity to board their beautiful boats.

Register here

We’re hiring!

We’ve got a fantastic part-time opportunity for a Business Advisor to join the Chamber team.

The Business Advisor will be responsible for delivering the Regional Business Partner Programme on behalf of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. The Regional Business Partner Programme builds on local knowledge and experience to support and enable small to medium enterprises to achieve their growth potential through improved business performance and innovation.

The Business Advisor will work with businesses to provide information, advice, support and access to services and funding available through the Regional Business Partner Programme.

Find out more about the role and how to apply here