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 the length and breadth of Aotearoa.

What are my concerns for NZ and our business sector? I believe we’ve become too complacent about contact tracing. With variants of the COVID virus in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ), it would only take a very minor lapse for us to have a case in the community. We can greatly reduce the risk of transmission by speedy contact tracing. The COVID tracer app has a blue tooth function. Enabling this on our smartphones means that we can be notified to isolate within a few hours of a case detected anywhere in the country, provided we turn on the blue tooth option. This will avoid a dreaded lockdown. Please see for more information.

Addressing some issues created by COVID-19

While some businesses have shut, thankfully most businesses have bounced back. Many of them are looking for skilled staff, who are getting harder to find. The fact is that we have about 50,000 more unemployed people in the country today than we had at this time last year.

A recent initiative from us has been the establishment of an employment and training hub on Corbett Road in Bell Block. Chamber Hub has already placed over 50 people in employment in less than five months. We see this as a huge benefit for the community. Chamber Hub has been enabled by the local office of the Ministry of Social Development with support from WITT, Tasman Toyota and OurCloud. It has attracted new partners including Iwi, Jobhop, Fortius Group and GJ Gardner Homes, with others wanting to be a part of this significant regional initiative.

COVID-19 has also adversely affected our well-being. The Chamber is presenting a Wellbeing Conference at the Devon Hotel on 29 April 2021. See events in April for more information.

In December our Christmas Business Connections event was held at Chamber House. Thanks to the Bishops Action Foundation for co-hosting with us and for the generous support of our attendees. This year the recipient of donations was the Taranaki Retreat.

Upcoming Events
  • Our first Business Connections for the year is on Tuesday 2 February from 5.15pm-7.00pm and is hosted by the New Plymouth Golf Club at the Ngamotu Golf Course
  • Tandem Group Network of Trades for 2021 kicks off on Tuesday 9 February and is being hosted by Premier Heating at their new showroom in Fitzroy (next to Tasman Toyota)
  • Google Sheets: Sheets vs Excel – 10 Feb
  • Speaking and Presenting with Confidence – 15,22 Feb & 1,15,22,29 Mar
  • The Freedom Workshop – 17 Feb
  • Microsoft Excel: Intermediate – 23 Feb
  • Microsoft Excel: Spreadsheet Basics – 24 Feb – Hawera
  • Training for Tradies: Get Paid Faster – 4 Mar

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

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Ngā mihi

Arun Chaudhari