Published: Tuesday 26 October 2021

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The line-up for WOMAD 2022 was announced last Wednesday. For those who enjoy music, arts, dance, food, community, other cultures and festivals, WOMAD is the best thing that happens in Taranaki. Congratulations to the TAFT team and all its supporters who have contributed to get WOMAD 2022 to this stage. The only obstacle that could stand in its way is further community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

I’ve tried to start this column on a positive note and didn’t want to mention the C-word, but unfortunately this virus has affected every aspect of our lives.

I fully understand and agree with people who believe they should have the freedom to choose whether to take the vaccination or not - and for those with medical conditions that endanger them, even more so.

  • What I cannot understand is people who choose not to take the vaccine, but then condemn businesses that choose to not let those same people endanger other lives.
  • What I cannot understand is that people will take advice from non-professional social media influencers more willingly than from their own family doctors.
  • What I cannot understand is that people want more proof that this virus is dangerous. Evidence shows that it has taken less than two years to kill five million people! That’s the entire population of Aotearoa - just gone!

While some nations are crying out because they have insufficient vaccines, our vaccination centres are begging people to get vaccinated! How bizarre and ironic!

Last month we welcomed Sue Alexander, our new Chamber Hub Manager. Sue is part of our very capable team which looks to connect employers and job seekers, and provide training for them in both North and South Taranaki. Please contact Chamber Hub if you are looking for staff or if you are a jobseeker.  This is a funded service so there is no cost to you.

As Christmas draws nearer, please support local businesses and buy your gifts early to avoid disappointment.

Upcoming Events

All upcoming events will go ahead subject to alert levels. Please check our website for updates.

  • The YES Regional Awards to celebrate our young entrepreneurs will be held this Wednesday at the Plymouth International
  • Tasman Toyota in Fitzroy will host Business Connections next Tuesday 2 November. Special start time at 4.30pm so you can watch the Lexus Melbourne Cup on the big screen
  • Network of Trades will be hosted by Field Torque in Stratford on Tuesday 9 November from 5.15pm-7.00pm
  • A South Taranaki Employment Expo is being held at TSB Hub in Hawera on Wednesday 10 November from 12.00pm-3.00pm. Entry is free and open to all jobseekers
  • The TSB Business Excellence Awards Evening is on Saturday 27 November. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organisations to celebrate success and resilience in 2021. Tickets are on sale now – please go to our website or email

All upcoming training will go ahead subject to alert levels. Please check our website for updates.

  • Blanchard Management Essentials – Wednesday 3 November
  • Microsoft Excel: Macros & Introduction to VBA – Thursday 4 November
  • Treaty of Waitangi 101 – Thursday 11 & 25 November
  • Microsoft Excel: New Features in Excel 365 – Wednesday 17 November
  • Microsoft Excel: Dashboards – Wednesday 24 November

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

Is your business a Chamber Member?

If not, you are missing out on huge opportunities to showcase your business, grow your networks, be represented via our advocacy and be part of a vibrant Chamber network!

Let’s do better business, together!

Ngā mihi

Arun Chaudhari