LATEST NEWS: HISTORIC


Keep up to date with The Chamber's latest news and updates.

Metropol column

30 October 2020
In the recent Metropol magazine, Leeann discusses our Canterbury Business Champions campaign. Read more here.


NewstalkZB business update

20 October 2020
Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed what the election results mean for the local business community.


Magic Talk interview

19 October 2020
Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed for Magic Talk about our Canterbury Business Champions campaign and why it's so important to celebrate all of the businesses that make Waitaha Canterbury such a great place to live, work, play and invest in. Listen to the audio here.


BusinessNZ podcast

19 October 2020
The recent BusinessNZ podcast features BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope. The discussion centres around the result of the election and what business would like to see from the new government.


Businesses need predictability and acceleration  
19 October 2020

In the midst of COVID and the unpredictability that continues to bring, the election outcome will bring some certainty and a level of continuity for the business community, says Chief Executive Leeann Watson.  “The last year has been a very challenging year, with the uncertainty of COVID compressed by the lead-up – and subsequent postponement – of the general election. Businesses need predictability and stability for forward planning, particularly for sectors such as agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and infrastructure.” Read our media release here.  


More than 3500 Canterbury businesses accessed COVID related support

13 October 2020
3500 Canterbury businesses have sought COVID-19-related business support services through the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network following the lockdown and subsequent economic restrictions. Read about the type of support accessed and hear from three businesses about the difference the RBP support has made to their businesses here.


BusinessNZ podcast

12 October 2020
Today’s BusinessNZ podcast features BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope. The discussion centres around the BusinessNZ Major Companies Group Guidance on an Economic Plan for New Zealand urging the incoming government to focus on four key areas which will give New Zealand its best chance of recovery: infrastructure, jobs, the economy and border management.


Latest Word

7 October 2020
In this week's Latest Word, we're celebrating Canterbury business champions! Kei te whakanui tātou i ngā pakihi kairangi o Waitaha! There are also a number of opportunities for feedback on central and local government decisions that will impact business - including the upcoming minimum wage rise. Read more.


New campaign celebrates Canterbury business champions 

6 October 2020
We have launched a new campaign aimed at sharing the stories that make Waitaha Canterbury one of the leading regions for business growth. The campaign is a digital evolution of our annual Westpac Champion Business Awards, with people encouraged to give a shout out to a local business, team or individual or share their own story at canterburybusinesschampions.com. Read our media release here.


NewstalkZB business update

6 October 2020
Michaela Blacklock was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed the outlook for the job seekers in the current economic climate.


BusinessNZ Round Table podcast

5 October 2020
In the latest BusinessNZ Update, Grant Walker talks with with CEO Kirk Hope. Topics discussed include the one-way trans-Tasman bubble and the Act Party’s business policy. Listen here.


Metropol column
1 October 2020
In the recent Metropol magazine, Leeann discusses Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) and the importance of giving te reo a go. Read more here.


BusinessNZ Round Table podcast

27 September 2020
In the latest BusinessNZ podcast update, Grant Walker talks to Business Central CEO John Milford. The discussion covers National’s skills training announcement, the latest on the trans-Tasman bubble and the (many) infrastructure challenges the capital faces.


Latest Word
23 September 2020
This week's Latest Word discusses Mental Health Awareness Week and how it is important businesses to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Read more.


NewstalkZB business update

22 September 2020
Leeann was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed what businesses would like to see from the new Government.


Chamber members take out top awards

21 September 2020
Congratulations to Chamber members Westco Lumber Limited, Deloitte, Aurecon and Southern Cross Health which took out top awards at the 2020 Diversity Awards NZ™. Ka pai! Read more here.


BusinessNZ Round Table podcast

20 September 2020
In the latest update, Grant Walker talks to Leeann Watson about how businesses in the South are holding up, new policies from National and Labour, and the latest on the border.


Stuff.co.nz: 'Frustration' for Canterbury business community over level 2 extension 

14 September 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed by Lee Kenny regarding the Alert Level 2 extension. Read more here.


Stuff.co.nz: New Government must save economy and enable growth, businesses leaders say

14 September 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed by Dominic Harris regarding The Chamber's General Election Directive. Read more here. 


The Chamber General Election Directive

14 September 2020
Ahead of the General Election, we have released our General Election Directive – a pre-election report that represents a Waitaha Canterbury business perspective on what we would like to see from the new Government. This provides insights gained from the June 2020 Deloitte - Chapman Tripp - BusinessNZ Election Survey, which surveyed over a thousand businesses, including 280 businesses in the Canterbury region. It also includes insights on issues raised by The Chamber member and wider business community. Read our Directive here and our media release here. Full survey results can be found on electionsurvey.co.nz.


BusinessNZ Roundtable

14 September 2020
EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley spoke to Grant Walker on the Government’s extension of Level 2.5, mental health and commercial rents.


Media release: Immigration changes “a great boost” to local businesses 

10 September 2020
Chief Executive Leeann Watson says businesses in Waitaha Canterbury will welcome the news that valued workers that have been stuck offshore will now have the opportunity to return to Aotearoa New Zealand. The announcement by Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi will help new residents stuck offshore keep their residency status while COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place. Read our media release here.


Latest Word

9 September 2020
This week's Latest Word discusses the recent announcement by Labour that it would make Matariki a public holiday if re-elected, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, and confirmed dates for our next Māori Culture and Language in the Workplace workshop. Read more.


Metropol column: Leeann Watson

1 September 2020
In the space of a few months, the local business community has once again responded to an unprecedented situation with agility, reviewing and reworking not only their day-to-day operations, but also their plans for the future. Read more.


Audience with Hon Grant Robertson

1 September
Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson recently joined us to discuss the Government's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Watch a recording of the webinar here.


The Chamber Board Election 2020/21 - Nominations now open!

31 August 2020
Nominations are now open for the 2020/21 Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) Board. The Board’s role is to set policy, determine the strategic direction of The Chamber and support the Chief Executive. Nominations will closes on Friday 18 September at 5pm.


Latest Word

26 August 2020
This week's Latest Word looks at the recent announcement regarding alert levels which sees Auckland remaining at Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa, including Waitaha Canterbury, remaining at Alert Level 2 until a review on Sunday, 6 September. While we would welcome the news of moving down alert levels, what the last few months have demonstrated is that businesses need better processes and systems from Government going forward for managing any future regional outbreaks. Read more. 


Chamber submission on Canterbury Multi-Use Arena

18 August 2020
We recently completed a Submission on proposed amendments to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan to manage noise from the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena, which has now. Thank-you to everyone that provided comments on this issue. Chamber member Hospitality NZ also submitted a Letter of Support of our submission.


NewstalkZB business update

18 August 2020
Leeann was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed how Cantebrury businesses are being impacted by the loss of visitors from Auckland. Listen to the full interview here.


Stuff.co.nz: New election date gives needed certainty, Canterbury business leaders say

18 August 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed by Liz McDonald regarding the new General Election date. Read the full article here.


BusinessNZ update and Q&A with Kirk Hope

18 August 2020
The Government has moved the election to 17 October and provided details of the wage subsidy extension.


Stuff.co.nz: Coronavirus: Employers asked not to send asymptomatic staff for Covid-19 tests
17 August 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed by Michael Hayward regarding sick leave. Read full article here.


Media release: Extended support provides “welcome relief” for many Canterbury businesses
17 August 2020
Today’s announcement regarding a new wage subsidy scheme and a simplified leave scheme have been welcomed by Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Leeann Watson. Read our media release here.


Stuff.co.nz: Coronavirus: Auckland's lockdown wipes $14m from Canterbury economy

15 August 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed by Dominic Harris regarding the impact of Auckland's lockdown on Waitaha Canterbury economy. Read full article here.


Latest Word

12 August 2020
This week's Latest Word focused on the Prime Minister and Director General's announcement that Aotearoa New Zealand has had four cases of COVID-19 outside of a managed isolation or quarantine facility in New Zealand - and that the Auckland region will move to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country to Level 2. Read more.


NewstalkZB business update

11 August 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed how small businesses are faring.


BusinessNZ Advocacy Update

6 August 2020
As a founding member of national business advocacy group BusinessNZ, The Chamber and our members are represented through all BusinessNZ advocacy. Updates this week include the latest Reserve Bank announcement; the Government's Central Otago hydro scheme proposal; supermarkets market study; an increase in strikes and industrial action; and, unemployment rates. Read more.


Metropol column: Leeann Watson
6 August 2020
As we head into the home straight of the general election, and given the challenges of the current COVID-19 environment, it has never been more important to be fully informed and engaged in the election process, to play a real part in shaping the future of our country for the better. Read more.

Latest Word

28 July 2020
This week we looked at The Chamber's transformation; the new direction for the country's resource management system; Christchurch Airport's new proposal for land near Tarras in Central Otago; and the return of retail spending to pre-COVID-19 levels; and more. Read more.


NewstalkZB business update

28 July 2020
Leeann was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed retail spending in the central city. Watch the video here.


$40 million RBP Network funding extension welcomed in Mid Canterbury

27 July 2020
The $40 million funding extension announced for the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network will make a tremendous difference for Mid Canterbury businesses as they navigate the post-COVID-19 environment, Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown says. Read more.


Survivor City: Christchurch jobseekers face uncertain road 

25 July 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed for Survivor City, a new Stuff.co.nz series that looks at how the experiences of the last decade will shape our response to COVID-19. Read the full article here.


Radio New Zealand: Christchurch economy endures Covid-19 impact, but experts warn of dire outlook

16 July 2020
The Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed by Radio New Zealand on how Christchurch is placed to weather the COVID-19 storm. Read more.


Latest Word

15 July 2020
This week we welcomed the announcement of a $40 million funding extension for the Regional Business Partner Network – of which The Chamber is a Regional Partner. This extended funding will ensure businesses continue to have access to the expertise they need to navigate this challenging post-COVID-19 environment. Read more.


Media Release: RBP funding extension will make a “critical difference” to Canterbury economy 
14 July 2020
As a Regional Partner, The Chamber welcomed today’s announcement of a $40 million funding extension for the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network. Read the full media release here.
Metropol column: Leeann Watson

8 July 2020
In the last few weeks, we saw the nation collectively holding its breath as it became apparent that our border control and testing regime was not as rigorous as we thought. Read more.


Canterbury Today: How much damage has the economy incurred and how do we lessen the impact?

7 July 2020
Chief executive Leeann Watson talks about how COVID-19 has been a catalyst for business to make changes, that could be the difference between businesses not only surviving, but thriving.Chief executive Leeann Watson talks about how COVID-19 has been a catalyst for business to make changes, that could be the difference between businesses not only surviving, but thriving. Read more.


Latest Word

1 July 2020
In the space of a few months, the local business community has responded to an unprecedented situation with agility, reviewing and reworking not only their day-to-day operations, but also their plans for the future. Read more.


NewstalkZB business update

30 June 2020
Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed the Council's Revised Draft Annual Plan. Watch here.


BusinessNZ podcast
22 June 2020
As part of the BusinessNZ Network, we contribute to the national BusinessNZ Update podcast on trends, questions and issues experienced by businesses in the Waitaha Canterbury region. Produced daily through the COVID-19 lockdown, the updates are now Mondays and Thursdays. Listen to the 22 June update or access all episodes.


Latest Word
17 June 2020
This time a fortnight ago, we were eagerly awaiting the Government's timeline to move to Alert Level 1. Today, many of us are back in our office and adapting to the 'new normal' and I continue to be impressed by the grit and determination shown by the local business community. Read more.


Submission on the Christchurch City Council Draft Revised Annual Plan for 2020-21
17 June 2020
We are pleased that the Council has reviewed and reworked its original Draft Annual Plan released in February, given the vastly different operating environment, and believe that now, more than ever, the Council has a very real opportunity to show decisive leadership to help protect not only Christchurch businesses from failure, but also the livelihoods of our local community. Read the full submission here.


Metropol column
11 June 2020
Over the last few months, we have seen a collective, community response to COVID-19. We have all stayed home, maintained social distancing, handwashed and sanitised for our own health as well as the health of others in our community. With the curve flattened, now is the time to look at what we can all do to promote the good health of our local business community and the livelihoods of those same people. Read more.
Latest Word
3 June 2020
We welcomed today's announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who provided some detail around what Alert Level 1 will look like. This included continued hand sanitising, the need to retain strict border controls and continued contact tracing. However all current restrictions on businesses will essentially be lifted, with no requirement for social distancing. Read more.