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Welcome to our latest Chamber newsletter

As a valued member of the Chamber, we encourage you to attend a special workshop by Waipā District Council on Ahu Ake - Waipa Community Spatial Plan.

Council is in the early stages of developing this plan which will determine what our district, towns and villages will look like in 2050.  In short, Ahu Ake is the most important plan council will create for our district. But the plan needs valuable input from our businesses in Te Awamutu.

For more information about the plan, visit or to register for the workshop on Friday 10 March click here.

In this update

  • Varntige new "Cornerstone Chamber Sponsor"
  • Welcome to our new members
  • Photos from our recent events
  • Support Local Te Awamutu website
  • Up coming Chamber events
  • Free online sustainability education for Waipa businesses
  • Useful information
  • Mental wellbeing support for businesses impacted by weather
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

Thank you for your continued support of the Te Awamutu Business Chamber. 

Chamber Team

Varntige new "Cornerstone Sponsor"

We are delighted to announce that Varntige have become a "Cornerstone Sponsor" of the Chamber!

Varntige is a NZ virtual assistant firm that helps business owners to be happier and less stressed while running their businesses.
Chantelle Good (Owner & Founder) loves making a difference to small businesses and watching them achieve their goals. Her passion stems from her own experience starting off as a small business in 2015 and we have watched in amazement how her business continues to grow from strength to strength.

Over the years Chantelle has been involved in all aspects of the Chamber - having spent her time as chair, chamber member and now sponsor! 

Welcome to our new member

We welcome two members to the Chamber - Ryan's Daughter Photography and Paper Plus Te Awamutu - check out their details below.
Ryan's Daughter Photography
Kate is a specialist wedding and family photographer and produces the most incredible work. Check out her awesome portfolio at
Paper Plus Te Awamutu
Your one stop shop! From books, to stationery, office supplies, diaries and calendars, toys, gifts, cards and so much more! Check out the latest deals and promotions at

Photos from recent events

The Chamber hosts a range of events, there's something for everyone! Check out our website

Varntige Link Lunch

Chantelle Good, founder and owner of Varntige presents to a full room.

BA5 with the Regent Theatre

Regent Theatre Manager, Paige Larianova talks about some of the exciting projects the Regent will be embarking on in 2023
Steve Tritt (Waipa District Council) enjoyed the tour behind the scenes!

Support Local Te Awamutu website

List your business for FREE today! Support Local Te Awamutu is a business-to-consumer focused directory website promoting the best of Te Awamutu.

FREE for the first 6 months, then $50 per year for non-Chamber members and FREE for Chamber Members as part of your membership. 

Keep an eye out for Sophie - our friendly Support Local TA Representative who will be stopping by to help you complete your listing - leave the hard work to us!

Support Local Te Awamutu

Support Local Te Awamutu is an initiative of Te Awamutu Business Chamber. For more information about joining the site, read our flyer. Check out the website


Upcoming Chamber events

Check out our events below and on our website - there's something for everyone!

Ahu Ake - Waipa Community Spatial Plan Presentation

Friday 10 March @ 10.30am
Waipā District Council talks about Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan. To register click here.

BA5 with TA Boxing Academy

Thursday 23 March @ 5pm
Join us for a BA5 with the Te Awamutu Boxing Academy - well known and respected organisation that supports our Rangatahi (youth). To register click here.

BA5 with Findex & Fonterra

Thursday 23 March @ 5pm
Join us for a BA5 to hear from Fonterra Te Awamutu Operations Manager, Russell Muir, about corporate sustainability and recent investments made by Fonterra at the Te Awamutu site. To register click here.

Link Lunch with Angela Roberts

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday 24 May @ 12pm
Save the date for our Link Lunch with Angela Roberts - List MP. She will be presenting the 2023 Budget. Registrations open mid-March.

FREE online sustainability education for Waipa businesses

The Sustainable Business Network and Tax Management NZ are offering an online workshop series which aims to upskill business owners across various sustainability areas. These start in March, with a new workshop on the first Wednesday of every month. Participants can sign up to any, or all, of the workshops.

Waipā District Council have sponsored 10 free spots on 5 different workshops for businesses in the district (50 free spots in total). Visit the website to register and use the code WAIPASBN.

Introduction to sustainability in business - March 1
The workshop will cover:
•    A high-level understanding of the challenges that we all face
•    Practical and local examples of businesses taking action
•    Knowledge of where to go to for support
•    A draft action plan for your business
Your business and the circular economy - April 5
The workshop will cover:
•    An in depth look in to what a circular economy is
•    Identifying how a circular economy is relevant to business
•    Exploring ways to apply circular economy thinking to your business / sector
Product stewardship in your business - June 7
The workshop will cover:
•    An introduction to product stewardship
•    The pros and cons of different approaches to product stewardship 
•    How to implement product stewardship to your business
Taking climate action in your business - August 2
Businesses play a vital role in keeping global warming below 1.5°C. This workshop is ideal for businesses that are new to climate action and want to know how to get started. 
The workshop will cover:
•    Opportunities and benefits of taking action on climate change
•    Practical examples of businesses taking climate action 
•    An introduction to the free Climate Action Toolbox
What carbon offsetting means for your business - September 6
The workshop will cover:
•    The what, why and how of offsetting 
•    How to select from the various offsetting options
•    Demystifying the voluntary carbon market and Emissions Trading Scheme

Sustainability education

For more information about the series workshops, or to register check out
Don't forget to use the code WAIPASBN to register for free - limited spots available!


Useful information

Keep up to date with the latest news and support our local business community

Walk for Hato Hone - St John

Sunday 19 March - 8.30am to 2.30pm
Come along to Lake Ngaroto and walk for a great cause! An event the whole family can be a part of! For more info email or check out the flyer.

Share your diversity / views & WIN!

We are helping Diversity Works NZ gain a deeper understanding of the diversity/inclusion issues that matter to businesses by asking our Chamber members to complete the 2023 NZ Workplace Diversity Survey. Completed surveys go into the draw to win one of five $200 shopping vouchers. Closes Friday 24 March.

Annual Cambridge Business Chamber Golf Tournament

Friday 24 March @ 12.30pm
Treat yourself, business associates, friends or clients to a great afternoon with the Cambridge Business Chamber at the Cambridge Golf Club. It will be a fun and competitive afternoon, with plenty of networking. For more email

Mental wellbeing support for businesses impacted by recent weather events

Government has reinstated its one-on-one wellbeing support for those engaged in business but have been impacted by recent weather events. Ongoing uncertainty has imposed significant levels of pressure and stress on business with many simply overwhelmed by the challenges in front of them before they can resume normal business.
Business owners and managers can apply for the confidential one-on-one professional mental health support by visiting and filling out a simple application. This will give them free access to support from qualified health and wellbeing providers. Note: Firststeps is managed by the Auckland Business Chamber.
Michael Barnett, who leads the Firststeps initiative said that the Chamber has a list of preferred providers but has partnered with Clearhead who have over 500 mental health professionals across NZ. Dr Angela Lim who is the CEO of Clearhead says the best way to deal with the trauma and stress people will be suffering is to ensure they get timely support when they are feeling overwhelmed and hopeless.
Barnett says there are some areas in NZ that have been devastated and addressing the mental health and wellbeing issues of people is a priority. “Having support available early will impact on relationships at work, at home and in the community – it will also enable people to approach their return to work with the right support and the best attitude”.

Wellbeing support grants

Eligibility for the 1:1 Wellbeing Support Grants: A business owner / manager can only apply once under one business, has an NZBN number, employs between 0-20 employees and is from a weather affected area. For more info check out

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors 

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