Chat Chamber is your monthly overview of all things happening at the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce.


Chamber Chat August 2021

Published: Monday 30 August 2021 Tēnā koutou katoa At the time of writing this piece, all of Aotearoa was still waiting to hear the fate of the nation – when will our Covid-19 alert level change? While being grateful for the enviable lifestyle we have …

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Chamber Chat July 2021

Published: Monday 26 July 2021 Finally, we have a commitment! It is sad that it often takes a few lives before safety issues are addressed. Near misses should be enough to prompt corrective action in any safety-minded environment. In this context, it i…

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Chamber Chat June 2021

Published: Monday 28 June 2021 Tēnā koutou katoa This month marks four years since I started working at the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce. Our team here is hugely passionate about the people of Taranaki, the businesses based here and our land. In other w…

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Chamber Chat May 2021

Published: Monday 31 May 2021 Tēnā koutou katoa Good stuff Some wonderful things have happened in the business community since our last monthly column. The Chamber’s Wellbeing Conference was very well received Shona Glentworth was inducted as a Lif…

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Chamber Chat April 2021

Published: Monday 26 April 2021 Kia ora koutou I am excited about some of the innovations happening in Taranaki. Firstgas recently announced that it would gradually phase in hydrogen-gas blends regionally, increasing from one per cent to 20 per cent hyd…

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Chamber Chat March 2021

Published: Monday 29 March 2021 Kia ora koutou The evidence is before us. Recently released data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows that New Zealand imported more coal in 2020, than it did in 2017 and 2018 combined. In…

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Chamber Chat February 2021

Published: Monday 22 February 2021 Kia ora koutou The guilt is finally gone and I feel relieved. Friends from Auckland visited two weeks ago to get a view of our maunga from the tarns – and they loved it. In 20 years, I had never once been up to the Pou…

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Chamber Chat January 2021

Published: Monday 25 January 2021 God defend New Zeeeeealand! And he did, as did we all. It was almost like a subconscious chant at a basketball game – dee-fence! That’s why we could celebrate Christmas and New Year with family and friends and travel th…

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Chamber Chat October 2020

Published: Tuesday 29 October 2020 Kia ora koutou The Chamber would like to congratulate the following MPs on their election: Glen Bennett – New Plymouth, Labour, Barbara Kuriger – Taranaki-King Country, National, Steph Lewis – Whanganui, Labour, Angel…

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Chamber Chat September 2020

Published: Monday 28 September 2020 Recently made redundant? Our jobs have a huge impact on our lives. For most of us, it is where we spend more than half our waking hours. Besides financial security, having a job we enjoy gives us purpose, knowledge, s…

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Chamber Chat August 2020

Published: Monday 31 August 2020 More Local Support Needed When Auckland sneezes, the rest of New Zealand catches a cold. Businesses have just experienced this in Taranaki and the rest of Aotearoa. Today, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) joins us and returns…

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Chamber Chat July 2020

Published: Monday 27 July 2020 Ara Ake is the name of the (long-winded) National New Energy Development Centre, which was officially launched last Thursday. Congratulations to the establishment team and Venture Taranaki who have helped to make this happ…

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Chamber Chat June 2020

Published: Monday 29 June 2020 Who are we and what do we do? I have asked a few people on the street if they have heard of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce.  Some of them have, but most do not know about what we do. We are an independent membership-base…

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Chamber Chat May 2020

Published: Monday 25 May 2020 Working Closer! The Chamber and WITT will be working together more closely than ever, with an extension of their existing partnership agreement. WITT will be operating from the Chamber premises on Egmont Street in New Plymo…

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Chamber Chat April 2020

Published: Tuesday 28 April 2020 May Level 4 never return Tomorrow, we re-visit level 3 of COVID-19 alert. Going back to level 4 is not an option! Each one of us has to ensure this. Our unity and collective behaviour will determine whether we can halt/c…

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Chamber Chat March 2020

Published: Monday 30 March 2020 Kia ora koutou The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented crisis. One might say that we’ve exploited nature enough, and now it’s just giving us a glimpse of its power to fight back. Whatever your take on the magnit…

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Chamber Chat February 2020

Published: Monday 24 February 2020 Kia ora It’s so ironic! The very government that legislated to ban future oil and gas exploration permits (except onshore Taranaki) less than two years ago, now feels the need to bring in new legislation to prepare for…

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Chamber Chat January 2020

Published: Tuesday 28 January 2020 Kia ora and welcome to our first Chamber Chat for 2020. WITT Top Shop We are pleased to announce that WITT will be the new sponsor of Top Shop. This annual competition recognises those businesses in Taranaki who displ…

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