Published: Monday 31 May 2021

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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 Life Member of the Chamber
  • The Taranaki Story was launched by Venture Taranaki and nga iwi o Taranaki
  • Te Hono ran an amazing conference on Māori Future and Technology
  • All four councils in Taranaki will have a Māori ward in 2022
Not so good stuff

On the other hand, some worrying things continue to happen.

As we transition to a net zero carbon emissions future, the reality of energy security is beginning to hit home. With dwindling gas supplies, low levels in our lakes, we seem to be gambling with our energy future as a nation.

A warning that there may not be enough natural gas to keep the lights on and ensure security of supply for electricity by 2026 must be listened to, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa.

The new report by the industry co-regulator,  the Gas Industry Company (GIC) warns that constrained gas supply could lead to energy shortages, higher prices and job losses.

We need to ensure we have enough affordable and reliable energy to meet our needs as we transition. New Zealand has enough natural gas in the ground to meet demand until 2035 and beyond, but this won’t happen without major investment by producers. The government needs to engage actively with the industry and listen to the GIC, while continuing to encourage all forms of renewal energy.

Sensible solutions stuff – they are here, so let them stay and work

A wide range of employers’ battle for survival and recovery is being hindered because they cannot access the workers they need to open and deliver quality service due to expired holiday and seasonal work visas. Instead of sending back overseas workers who are already here, the government needs to consider a reset of its immigration and visa rules. This could start with a 12-month extension to working holiday visas, extensions and renewals to low paid essential and season worker visas.

WITT Top Shop

Judging is underway to find the businesses that excel in customer service. The winners will be announced at the sold-out awards evening on Saturday 12 June.

May Highlights
  • An update on progress, and how we can contribute to the Taranaki Cathedral Project, was the focus of Business Connections
  • We heard an inspirational story of innovation and entrepreneurship at Carac Group in Eltham when they hosted Tandem Group Network of Trades
  • The Indian High Commissioner hosted a lunch where the strong business relationship between India and New Zealand was highlighted and visited WITT, PIHMS and the Len Lye Centre
  • Hidden Talent Tour - A presentation from MSD showcased the value of employing and retaining those who have health and disability issues into sustainable employment
Upcoming Events
  • WITT will host Business Connections tomorrow night from 5.15pm-7.00pm with special guest Stephen Town, CE of Te Pūkenga
  • Tandem Group Network of Trades will be hosted by OPS at Bell Block on Tuesday 8 June from 5.15pm-7.00pm
  • Microsoft Excel: Basics/Intermediate – Tomorrow
  • The Freedom Workshop – This Wednesday
  • Microsoft Excel: Advanced Functions and Formula – Tuesday 15 June
  • Build Your Blended 90 Day Induction Framework – Thursday 17 June
  • Microsoft Word: Intermediate – Tuesday 29 June



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Ngā mihi

Arun Chaudhari