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Welcome to our latest Chamber newsletter

Successful businesses know that their most important resource is their staff. They make investments in their people and reap the rewards.

Money is not always the primary reason as to why people stay with their current employer - there's more to it! Retaining staff can be achieved by creating a workplace that supports the diversity of its employees and understanding their own individual needs.

Flexible hours, working from home or offering professional training are just some of the many things that you can do to keep your staff happy, engaged and loyal!

Here at the Chamber, we can help you to better support your staff! Did you know that your membership extends to your employees also? When you join the Chamber, you'll have access to our great package of membership benefits including training, workshops, networking, advocacy and member discounts. 

Take advantage of your membership today and support your most important resource!

In this update

  • Photo's from our recent event
  • Event wrap up - Get Ahead with Gen Z Workshop
  • Member offer for flu vaccine with Te Awamutu Pharmacy
  • 2023 Diversity Awards NZ
  • Support Local Te Awamutu website
  • Up coming Chamber events
  • Useful information
  • First Steps
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

Photos from our recent event

On Friday 31 March we had a workshop with Smart Waikato called "Get Ahead with Gen Z". It was an informative workshop aimed at giving us a better understanding of how Gen Z tick and how to successfully incorporate them into the workplace.
Left: Sally Birch (Smart Waikato), Shane Walsh (Chamber CEO), Maddie Walker (Smart Waikato) and Steve Tritt (Waipa District Council).
Left: Murray Cruickshank, Kysahna Roach, Veronica van der Heyden (Otorohanga Employment Hub), Maddie Walker (Smart Waikato), Shane Walsh (Chamber CEO).

Event wrap up - Get Ahead with Gen Z Workshop

On Friday 31 March we were fortunate to host an event that was facilitated by Sally Birch and Maddie Walker from "Smart Waikato".

Smart Waikato is a charitable trust that partners with business, education and government agencies to deliver a range of practical, effective and innovative initiatives that better support rangatahi (youth) transitioning from education to employment.

Maddie (Gen Z) and Sally (Gen Y) were a fantastic duo and they made the workshop fun, relaxed, informative and incredibly insightful. 

Maddie spoke candidly about her own personal hardships she faced as a "Gen Z" during her high school years, studying and trying to find employment in a pre and post covid world.

Her experiences highlighted a need for "cultural change" in the way our businesses currently hire, induct, employ and support the Gen Z population.

The workshop gave us a clear insight as to what makes Gen Z "tick" and how we can better successfully incorporate our younger people into the workforce.

This workshop couldn't have been made possible without the funding from Waipa District Council - thank you!

Member offer for flu vaccine

With the flu season nearly here, the team at Te Awamutu Pharmacy have got you covered! They are offering Chamber Member Pricing of $30 for the flu vaccine.

Many people are eligible for a free flu vaccination which can also be provided at Te Awamutu Pharmacy. Funding eligibility criteria can be found here or give Te Awamutu Pharmacy a call on 07 871 6236.

How do I book for my flu vaccine?
  1. Visit the "Book my Vaccine" website.
  2. Follow the prompts and complete the questions.
  3. Make sure you select "Te Awamutu Pharmacy Limited"
  4. Book your preferred date and time.
  5. When you arrive for your booking, present your membership card to the team upon arrival. If you don't have your membership card on you, let the team know which business you work for - they will have a list of Chamber members with them.
Please note, this Chamber Member offer can be used for all of your employees.

Te Awamutu Pharmacy

Te Awamutu Pharmacy has friendly and highly qualified professional staff to help with your health and beauty needs. For more info about the flu vaccine or other health related advice check out their website

2023 Diversity Awards NZ

Now is your chance to showcase the amazing work your business is doing to increase diversity, equity and inclusion within your workplace and put people at the core of what you do.

Be part of the 26th celebration of this prestigious national awards programme – it’s free to enter and all the info you need is at

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. 

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!

BA5 with Findex & Fonterra

Thursday 27 April @ 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.

BA5 with Te Awamutu Space Centre

Wednesday 10 May @ 5pm
Join us for a BA5 at the Te Awamutu Space Centre - a much loved icon of Kihikihi and Te Awamutu. Meet owner and space enthusiast Dave Owen and take a tour of this fantastic facility! 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 soon.

Link Lunch with Barbara Kuriger

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 9 June @ 12pm
Save the date for our Link Lunch with Barbara Kuriger - MP for Taranaki-King Country. Barbara will be talking about her Conservation Spokespersons role and appointment on the Environment Select Committee.

Link Lunch with Soda Inc

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday 13 Sept @ 12pm
Save the date for our Link Lunch with Soda Inc - connecting businesses of all sizes, industries and stages to the right advice, support, resources and funding, to accelerate business growth and drive innovation.


Useful information

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

FREE workshop: COGS

Require support completing your COGS (community organisation grants scheme)? This workshop looks at the requirements and how to make your best application. For more info check out the website.

Sustainability education

An incredible resource for all of our businesses who are environmentally conscious! For more information about the series workshops, or to register check out

2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards Gala Dinner 

Get your tickets for the most prestigious event of the Waipa business calendar! Individual and table tickets available. For more info or to purchase your tickets check out

Life Education Trust Fundraiser

Saturday 6 May
Hamilton and Waipa-King Country Trust are holding their inaugural fundraising race day. For more info or to  or book a table contact Kay Moir on 027 453 1093 or email

First Steps

We know that business owners, managers and staff experience particular pressures that can begin to affect their ability to thrive and support others.

First Steps is a space to find resources, video content, news and articles; as well as connecting you with confidential support from approved professional wellbeing providers, to help you make sense of challenging situations, reduce overwhelm and make meaningful change toward a fulfilling and balanced life.

For more info check out

First Steps

Be healthy, resilient and equipped to navigate challenges and uncertainty. Find the wellbeing support you need, in a way that works for you. 

For more information check out the website

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