New look Business Building Block series

From the end of June, the Chamber is rolling out a new look series of Business Building Block workshops based on structured ‘streams’. Each stream will offer four sessions to provide a more complete picture on that area of business. The workshop format will remain the same; short, sharp, micro-learning sessions on essential business management skills, updates on industry changes, compliance requirements and other specialty business areas.

Each workshop will be delivered by a Chamber member business, and the streams are being coordinated and managed by the Chamber’s Business Development & Training Manager Trina Zimmerman.

Interested in sponsoring and presenting to Chamber members?

The Chamber is offering all members the opportunity to be a BBB workshop presenter. We are looking to engage members who are experts in various business fields to deliver valuable content. Potential presenters also have the opportunity to express an interest in sponsoring the stream in their area of their expertise.

How to register your Expression of Interest

If you are interested in being involved with our Business Building Block workshops, please contact the Chamber to request an Expression of Interest application form and tell us what you would like to offer. More information is available in our April edition of Commerce Comment.

Email to request a form.

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

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