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Welcome to our latest Chamber newsletter

Last Friday 21 April, the prestigious 2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards were held at Mystery Creek. We were incredibly proud to see our Te Awamutu businesses / Chamber Members make it through to the finals.

These businesses were Fresh Choice Te Awamutu, Rosetown Funeral Home, Showcase Jewellers Te Awamutu (Vicki Liddington) and Varntige.

We're excited to announce that the following awards were won!
  • Excellence in Small Business - Rosetown Funeral Home
  • Employee of the Year, Te Awamutu - Daryl-Lynn Wilkin, Varntige
  • Customer Choice, Te Awamutu - Fresh Choice Te Awamutu
  • Community Contribution - Rosetown Funeral Home
We hope that this years' results may motivate you into entering your business for next years' awards.

If you would like more information about the Waipa Networks Business Awards, or to have a chat with our Chamber CEO, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact us by clicking here.

To view all of our photos, check out our Facebook page or head to the Waipa Networks Business Awards Gallery page.

In this update

  • Welcome to our new Chamber Member - Virtually Venn
  • Photos from 2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards
  • 2023 Business Sentiment Survey - Te Waka
  • FREE webinar with Dr. Lucy Hone - globally renowned expert in resilience
  • Pink Shirt Day - 19 May 2023
  • Support Local Te Awamutu website 
  • Up coming Chamber events
  • Useful information
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

Welcome to new Chamber Member

We welcome Monique from Virtually Venn to the Chamber! There's many reasons to join - for more info check out our website and make the best decision for your business -

Virtually Venn

Executive virtual assistant providing comprehensive EA services to corporates, directors and CEOs. For more info check out

2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards

Everyone looked fantastic in their best threads as we celebrated one of the most prestigous events in the business calendar! For more pics of the awards check out our Facebook page or the official photo gallery.
From left: Mark Derbyshire (Chamber Board Member), Vayle Hammond (First National), Fran Jones (Chamber), Shane Walsh (Chamber CEO), Paula Walsh and Tania Green (Chamber Board Member).
From left: Maria Heslop (Chamber Chair), Shane Walsh (Chamber CEO), Chantelle Good (Founder & Owner, Varntige) and Daryl-Lynn Wilken (Varntige).
From left: Shane Walsh (Chamber CEO), James Clark (Fresh Choice), Vanessa Clark (Fresh Choice) and Maria Heslop (Chamber Chair).
From left: Shane Walsh (Chamber CEO), Jim Goddin (Rosetown Funeral Home) and Maria Heslop (Chamber Chair).

Te Waka Business Sentiment Survey 2023

Te Waka's first Business Sentiment Survey of 2023 is open for responses.

Help Te Waka to advocate on behalf of businesses in the Waikato region by sharing your thoughts and experiences of doing business here. Your input directly helps shape the strategic focus of the organisation.

This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All survey responses are confidential. No personal details will be identified in connection with any of the research findings. Please complete the Business Sentiment Survey by clicking here.

FREE WEBINAR TODAY: Hear from one of the world's foremost experts in resilience, Dr. Lucy Hone

The Auckland Business Chamber, in partnership with invite you to join them for a live chat with Dr. Lucy Hone, a globally renowned expert in resilience.
Dr. Lucy Hone will share practical ways to cope with change and challenges, including when your business overwhelms you, as well as resilience practices that are especially relevant to the pressures of running a small business.
From Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to schools and community groups, Dr. Hone's expertise has been shared across a range of organisations.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from one of the best. Join the FREE webinar for an engaging and insightful conversation with Dr. Lucy Hone.
Event Details
Friday, 28 April from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom

To register for this complimentary webinar, simply click here and reserve your spot today!

Pink Shirt Day - Friday 19 May

On Friday 19 May, Aotearoa will become a sea of PINK as schools, workplaces and communities join the Pink Shirt Day movement.  

Every year, one in five workers in Aotearoa report being bullied in the workplace. Learn how your workplace can join the movement to spread aroha and kindness and end bullying. 

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora! Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Here are a few to help you bring Pink Shirt Day to life:
  • Order free resources including posters, compliment cards, bunting, cupcake toppers.
  • Download the workplace toolkit - full of inspiration and activities to help your workplace celebrate the Pink Shirt Day kaupapa and keep it going all year round.
  • Decorate your workplace in a sea of pink, have a pink morning tea or lunch, present all of your clients for the day with a pink treat.
  • Review your workplace policies and guidelines on bullying in the workplace.
  • You might like to promote the official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt to your workplace. It will be available in selected Cotton On stores and online from late April and 100% of net proceeds go to the Mental Health Foundation. 
  • As well as taking part in Pink Shirt Day activities, we’d love you to consider adding a fundraising element to support this head to the Pink Shirt Day fundraising page

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 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

Wednesday 24 May @ 12pm
Join us for a Link Lunch with Angela Roberts - List MP. She will be presenting the 2023 Budget. Registrations are open now! To register click here.

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.

BA5 with RedKitchen HQ

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 29 June @ 5pm
Save the date for our BA5 with RedKitchen HQ. The team make amazing meals that get shipped all around New Zealand! Take a tour and find out what goes on behind the scenes in an industrial kitchen!

BA5 with Noel Leeming

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 10 August @ 5pm
Save the date for our BA5 with Noel Leeming. Did you know your Chamber membership entitles you to some amazing savings? 

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

Fieldays 2023 - tickets on sale NOW!

The Fieldays is back to its normal seasonal slot and tickets are now on sale. Fieldays run from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 June. For more info about this years event, or to purchase tickets click here.

Occupational disease consultation

ACC announced a review of Schedule 2 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001. This Schedule provides a route for a person to access ACC cover for certain work-related gradual process, disease, or infection injuries. For more info check out the website.

Pink Shirt Day - Friday 19 May

Every year, one in five workers in Aotearoa report being bullied in the workplace. Learn how your workplace can join the movement. Get your workplace involved by checking out

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. 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

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors 

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