LATEST UPDATES


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

Prioritisation of small business support “very positive”

6 November 2020
We welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that small business support will be the new Labour Government’s top economic priority before Christmas . This includes extension of the Small Business Loan scheme out to three years and the interest free period to two years and initiating the roll out of the Flexi-Wage job support programme. The Prime Minister also confirmed that more infrastructure projects will go through the RMA fast-track process, and there will be a focus on options to boost exports. Read our media release here.


New Board for The Chamber - and our Annual Report

5 November 2020
On Thursday, 5 November we held our AGM and our new Board was announced. Read our media release here and NBR appointment news here. We also released our Annual Report.


NewstalkZB business update

3 November 2020
Leeann Watson was interviewed for The Chamber's regular segment on NewstalkZB Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch. This week they discussed the the current position of the Waitaha Canterbury economy.


Latest Word

2 November 2020
In our recent Latest Word we discuss the signing of the Labour-Green Co-operation Agreement, the prelim referendum results and our Canterbury Business Champions campaign.


BusinessNZ podcast

2 November 2020
The recent BusinessNZ podcast features BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope discussing what the Prime Minister’s new Cabinet and what it might mean for the business community.
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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.

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