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 to level 2 after being at level 3 for 19 days. However their restrictions on gatherings are tighter than ours and we all will remain at level 2, at least until 6 September.

The pressure on businesses is mounting and it is critical that affected sectors get targeted support. For instance, travel agents, who have been severely affected by the stoppage of international travel, are one of the worst-hit groups. The light at the end of their tunnel is very dim and their sector needs financial support to stay afloat. How can you help? As a supporter of local businesses, you could try booking your next domestic holiday through a local travel agent. You might be pleasantly surprised. It’s also important for small businesses that the authorities look at more practical ways for them to function while addressing the Covid risk!

On the big project front, businesses should be looking to get involved with the second stage of the Taranaki Base Hospital re-development which is just starting. The Tui Offshore Field decommissioning team is being set up for what will be a first complete decommissioning of an offshore field in New Zealand. Both these projects will cost a few hundred million dollars each.

The Chamber has now employed an Employment Coordinator to connect businesses looking for staff to jobseekers. Please contact the Chamber if you are looking to employ or are looking for a job. You will be supporting locals by doing this.

TSB Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

Entries are now open until Friday 11 September. To enter or for more information please go to

August Highlights
  • Zeal Taranaki showed off its exciting new space at The Mayfair by hosting Business Connections. Zeal provides a creative and innovative space for young people.
  • Tandem Group’s Network of Trades was hosted by South Taranaki District Council where we heard about how the Council and trades sector can work better together.
Upcoming Events
  • Business Connections is tomorrow night from 5.15pm-7.00pm and will be hosted by Blindz Direct at their new premises on Hurlstone Drive.
  • Our annual Business Showcase at the Plymouth International will be on Wednesday 9 September. This event is dependent on us returning to Alert Level 1.
  • A Business Breakfast with the Gerry Brownlee is at the Plymouth International on Friday 11 September.
  • Tandem Group’s Network of Trades is on Tuesday 15 August. Hosted by Taranaki Futures, it will be held at Rivet, 460 Devon Street East.
  • Construction Contracts Act 2002 – Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 September
  • Microsoft Excel Functions & Formula – Wednesday 9 September
  • Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Basics – Tuesday 22 September
  • Communicate for Cashflow – Tradies Workshop – Wednesday 23 September
  • Blanchard – Leading People Through Change – Friday 16 October

To RSVP for any of our events, register for training, or for more information click here

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Ngā mihi

Arun Chaudhari