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Welcome to our latest Chamber newsletter

We’ve been busy at the Chamber - we've held three successful events within a week!

Last Wednesday we had a BA5 Event at McDonalds (Te Awamutu) and had a fantastic turn out. Angela and Tony Rowland (owners) were amazing hosts and they openly talked to us about the challenges their business faced during the pandemic. Their ability to adapt and overcome the forever changing levels was inspiring to say the least!

Fast-forward to Friday 23 September and we hosted our first Digital Boost training for 14 of our local businesses. This government-backed training is designed to provide small businesses with support in the digital space. We're delighted that the first (out of 6 sessions) were well received. Keep an eye out for the next round of training in 2023.

On Tuesday FINDEX hosted a Link Lunch at the Peach & Porker and we had a great turn out. The team from Xero presented some handy tips and tricks on how to run your business in Xero. Our attendees got a lot out of this working lunch session.
A special thanks to Angela and Tony Rowland (McDonalds) and Jarrod Godfrey (FINDEX) for hosting two successful events. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber.
We’re always keen on seeking feedback from our local business partners on what the Chamber can provide. If you’ve got any ideas, we’d love to hear from you – email

In this update

  • Photos from our recent events
  • Upcoming events 
  • Impact Hub Waipa
  • Welcome to our newest member
  • Useful information
Thank you for your continued support of the Te Awamutu Business Chamber. 

Shane Walsh 
Interim CEO
Shane Walsh (Interim CEO, Te Awamutu Business Chamber), Angela and Tony Rowland (owners of Te Awamutu McDonalds)
Paul Watkins (Learning Links) delivering an entertaining, invaluable and informative session to the class.
Jarrod Godfrey (FINDEX) welcoming guests and the Xero team to the Link Lunch.


Upcoming Events

Check out our events below - we'd love to see you there!

Te Awamutu Business Chamber AGM

Thursday 20 October @ 5pm
Save this date in your diary for our Annual General Meeting. More information to follow.

Black Friday Blow Out Street Party

Friday 25 November @ 5.30pm
The new midnight madness! A great night out for families, friends and colleagues - something for everyone! For more information click here

Impact Hub Waikato

Impact Hub Waikato, in collaboration with Te Awamutu Business Chamber and Waipā District Council are currently exploring the possibility of establishing an entrepreneurial hub in Te Awamutu. The working vision for such a centre is “to create an inclusive space and nurturing community for collaboration, where you can walk in the door with nothing more than an idea, and gain the inspiration, tools and resources you need to create an impactful business”.

The Need
The time is right for the community of Waipā to explore the concept of an innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that will inject energy into the local community, and support alternative pathways, growth and development opportunities for youth in and around Waipā.

Can You Help?
To ensure that this hub effectively serves the needs of the Waipā community, we're engaging with a variety of locals in the development of the Hub through co-design sessions and community consultation. As a valued member of the Waipā community, we'd appreciate your thoughts and opinions and would like to invite you to our co-design session.

Need to know more?

The session is held in Te Awamutu on Wednesday 19 October from 11.30am to 2pm (lunch included). For more information about the co-design session or to register email


Welcome to our newest member

Sabor Cafe 
Located at the Te Awamutu Events Centre
For more information about becoming a chamber member check out our website or email


Local information and advice

Check out what's happening in your area and support our local business community.

Chamber membership cards

Paid memberships for 2022/23 will either be hand delivered or posted. If you haven't received yours by mid Oct email 

Casino Night - TONIGHT!

Come along to the Mathematics for A Lifetime Casino Night Fundraiser. Tickets are now TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! $95 buys you a double ticket, so bring a friend or a partner along for a great night out while helping the community! For more information email or purchase tickets here

Women & Leadership Scholarships 

Partial scholarships of $1000 to $5000 are available through Women & Leadership New Zealand to support participation in leadership development courses for women in select industries. For more info check out

Local government elections

On the 16 September local government election voting will open in Waipā. Now's a good time to learn more about the candidates. To find out more, check out

Is your business ready for casuals?

With Christmas fast approaching, several workplaces are wondering how to manage casual employees. Flexible working might just be the solution. Download the Casual Employment Guide.

Calling all Waipa Creatives!

Funding for the Creative Communities Scheme is now available. For more info or an application check out

Waipa Networks Business Awards 2023

Entries open Wednesday 12 October 2022 . For more info or to register your interest check out

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors 

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