Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Wellington hosts national Chambers conference

Wellington Chamber of Commerce and New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Inc.
Media Statement
Thursday 13th October 2016

Wellington hosts national Chambers conference

Wellington is to host the 2016 New Zealand Chambers of Commerce annual conference tomorrow.

The organisation represents 30 Chambers with a national and international business membership of more than 22,000.

The event coincides with the 160th year of the Chamber in both Wellington and Auckland. It will be held at the Majestic Centre.

The conference has a stellar cast of speakers, starting with keynote speaker Peter Biggs, of Assignment Group, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished business leaders. As well as being the National Chief Executive of advertising agency Assignment Group, he is Chair of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. He and his companies have won numerous accolades down the years, including being named one of the top five agencies in the world.
Other speakers are:

· NZ Trade and Enterprise General Manager Customers Tim Green will speak on international trade and the role Chambers play in it. He is a former General Manager International at NZTE.

· The Chief Executive of Local Government NZ, Malcolm Alexander, will discuss the landscape for the next triennium for local government.

· Sir Wira Gardiner (Lieutenant-Colonel retd), a renowned senior public servant, will give a review of Maori entrepreneurship and its contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand.

· NZ Tourism Board Chair and former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast will speak on tourism’s place in the economy and the next challenge.

· NZ Racing Board CEO and former CEO and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Allen will speak on leadership.

Wellington Chamber Chief Executive John Milford says he’s delighted his organisation is hosting the conference in its 160th year.

“It’s a special year for us, and it’s good to be able to host our fellow chambers at the same time as we celebrate our long service to business in Wellington.

“We’re delighted to be able to present such a great line-up of speakers, and I’m sure delegates will come away with much food for thought from the event.”

About the NZ Chambers of Commerce
The 30 member Chambers represent more than 22,000 business members across New Zealand. As not-for-profit membership associations, they promote, support and encourage sustainable, profitable business growth by positively influencing the environment in which businesses operate, by providing training, advice, information and support. The Chambers of Commerce also acts as a voice and advocate to help members; to provide a range of opportunities, products, services and membership savings; and to support businesses in their growth and success. The organisation is divided into four hubs: Northern, Central, Canterbury and Southern. They are affiliated with 22,000 Chambers internationally through the International Chamber of Commerce.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>


Economy: Double-Dip Recession Next Year, But Housing Rolls On

New Zealand's economy is expected to slip back into recession early next year as delayed job losses, falling consumer spending, and the absence of international tourists bites into growth. More>>


Microsoft New Zealand: Microsoft Expands “Highway To A Hundred Unicorns” Initiative To Support Startups In Asia Pacific

New Zealand, 14 October 2020 – Today Microsoft for Startups launches the Highway to a Hundred Unicorns initiative in Asia Pacific to strengthen the region’s startup ecosystem. This follows the initiative’s success in India, where 56 startups were ... More>>

Fonterra: Farmers Taking Another Step Towards New Zealand’s Low Emissions Food Production

They’re hot off the press and intended to help take the heat out of climate change. Fonterra farmers are already among the world’s most sustainable producers of milk and now have an additional tool in their sustainability toolbox. Over the last few ... More>>


Electricity: New Zealand Remains In Top 10 For Energy Balance

The World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index has become part of the energy dialogue both globally and in New Zealand. The Index illustrates the need for countries to balance energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. New Zealand ... More>>


Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>

University of Canterbury: Proglacial Lakes Are Accelerating Glacier Ice Loss

Lake Tasman, New Zealand | 2016 | Photo: Dr Jenna Sutherland Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to a new study. But the effects of these glacial ... More>>


Dairy: Fonterra Sells China Farms

Fonterra has agreed to sell its China farms for a total of $555 million (RMB 2.5 billion*1), after successfully developing the farms alongside local partners. Inner Mongolia Natural Dairy Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China Youran Dairy Group Limited ... More>>