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 Pouakai Hut! So on Valentine’s Day, I showed my love for our region by doing just that. As we reached the tarns, the clouds magically moved away from the peak, allowing us to capture some amazing pictures of our majestic mountain.

So what does this have to do with the Chamber of Commerce? The Chamber, although a membership organisation, is here to support and grow business in the region, to make it a thriving economy. When our businesses prosper, we all prosper. More visitors are good for our economy.

About half the people we saw on our tramp were from out of town. Many had seen a photograph of Taranaki’s reflection on the tarn and wanted to be in that photo. It’s becoming iconic, not quite like getting a photo in front of the Taj Mahal, but our equivalent of it. To prevent destroying the ground around the tarns, the boardwalk is being re-built and DOC and other authorities are doing a great job.

We are all ambassadors for our region. We all can play a role in promoting our region. A word to friends, an attractive photo of our numerous attractions or a major event. There are just so many easy ways to get the message across. You can do whatever is convenient for you.

I did have sore legs for a day, but not as sore as after climbing Mount Taranaki some years ago. There are many who have done these climbs more times than they can remember. But there are many more who are still to experience these delights and we can make it happen.

COVID-19: Be a responsible Kiwi, use the app and scan when you visit places that have the QR code, use Bluetooth, sanitise and let’s all be sensible. Please contact us if your business needs any information re COVID support.


February Highlights
  • Our first Business Connections for 2021 was hosted by the New Plymouth Golf Club in the fabulous Ngamotu Café & Bar. We learned about the history of the club, future development plans, membership options and event and hospitality venue hireage.
  • There was a great turnout for the first Tandem Group Network of Trades event for the year where we were hosted by Premier Heating at their new showroom in Fitzroy.
Upcoming Events
  • The Taranaki Cathedral will host our next Business Connections on Tuesday 2 March from 5.15pm-7.00pm. Come and hear about the progress on the transformation of the site so far.
  • The first South Taranaki Network of Trades for the year will be hosted by JLE in Hawera on Tuesday 9 March from 5.15pm-7.00pm
  • The Chamber is presenting a Wellbeing Conference at the Devon Hotel on 29 April 2021. See events in April for more information.
  • Microsoft Excel: Intermediate – tomorrow
  • The Freedom Workshop – this Wednesday
  • Microsoft Excel: Spreadsheet Basics – this WednesdayHawera
  • Training for Tradies: Get Paid Faster – 4, 18 & 25 March
  • Microsoft Excel: Dashboards – 11 March
  • Social Energy: Introduction to Effective Facebook Ads – 17 March
  • Microsoft Excel: Macros – 23 March
  • Social Energy: Facebook for Beginners – 30 March – Stratford
  • The Freedom Workshop – 31 March - Stratford

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