LATEST UPDATES: HISTORIC


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

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.