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Welcome to our latest Chamber newsletter

We hope you all enjoyed our Black Friday Blowout street party that took place last Friday 25 November.

We were very fortunate to have fine weather, despite the miserable wet week leading up to Black Friday. We had a fantastic turn out and we're still receiving positive feedback from those who made it along.

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, community groups and local retailers and eateries that got behind this event and made it a success.

Most importantly, we acknowledge and thank Chamber Chair Maria Heslop for all of her hard work and dedication in putting this event together!

In this update

  • Photos from Black Friday Blowout
  • Support Local Te Awamutu website
  • UPDATE: Impact Hub Waipa
  • 2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards
  • 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 Black Friday Blowout

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of our Black Friday Blowout! If you've got any great photos email

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. 

You will meet our Support Local Representative, Shannon who will be visiting our retailers over the coming weeks to help upload your information onto the website - it's that easy!

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

UPDATE: Impact Hub Waipā

From a meeting between passionate professionals and champions for Waipā, an idea was born to create a business incubator in Te Awamutu. The concept was presented by Chamber CEO Shane Walsh to Waipā Council seeking approval to investigate the concept, including a budget to complete a feasibility study. The council were very supportive and agreed conceptually that Te Awamutu would benefit from a business incubator.

Feasibility study
The Chamber engaged Impact Hub Waikato to assist with the execution of the study. They applied a robust and well-designed approach, including community outreach, desktop research and academic review. This allowed for impartial and relevant results to be presented to council for a well-informed decision.

An important part of the study (phase 3) involved community consultation and the co-design workshop that took place in October 2022. About 30 individuals representing different organisations such as NZ Police, Corrections, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Enrich Plus and Sport Waikato participated in the co-design workshop. 

Findings from the study
Alarming figures showed that youth retention rates in Waipā are low, whereas the number of early school leavers and unemployment rates are high. Youth wellbeing and mental health of the general population is deteriorating, and rangatahi (young people) are largely unsupported by the system.

On a positive note, the study revealed that there was a willingness to support the youth and business in Te Awamutu and surrounding communities. 

Presentation to council
The feasibility study was presented to the Waipā Council Strategic Planning & Policy Committee on Thursday 29 November by Shane Walsh (Chamber CEO), Emma Sinclair and Nanise Ginnen (Impact Hub). The outcome from this meeting will be known in the coming weeks.

Feasibility Study: Impact Hub Waipā:

A physical business hub with emphasis on professional and youth-development in Te Awamutu, supporting the whole Waipā District. To view the whole report, download the PDF by clicking here.

2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards

Our businesses in Te Awamutu are rich in diversity and are known to be innovative, tech savvy, environmentally focused, customer service-driven and community centered. With this in mind, we're encouraging our local businesses to apply for the 2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards

Test yourself against the best in the Waipa, receive feedback from the panel of experienced judges, boost your brand awareness and enjoy a great night out celebrating the best of Waipa Business at the prestigious awards ceremony.

  • Emerging / new business (<2 years trading)
  • Small (1-5 full time equivalent employees)
  • Medium (6-15 full time equivalent employees)
  • Large (16+ full time equivalent employees)
Your entry will be judged in the appropriate Excellence in Business category and in addition, at the time of judging, your entry will be considered for the Category Awards. 
  • Community contribution
  • Innovation and adaptation
  • Digital strategy and e-commerce
  • Waste minimisation – environmental
  • Contribution to tourism or hospitality

2023 Waipa Networks Business Awards 

For more information or to enter your business visit


Upcoming Chamber events

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

Movie and dinner night - Avatar 2

Wednesday 14 December @ 6pm
Come and join us at the Peach & Porker for a tasty pub main and beverage and check out the pre-screening of Avatar in 3D at the Regent! Get your tickets now!


Useful information

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

Catch the bus to the Fieldays from TA

Show the driver your Fieldays ticket and catch the FREE bus! Departs from Gorst Ave (next to i-SITE) from 6.30am to 11am and returns 1pm to 5.30pm. Purchase your Fieldays tickets at the i-SITE

Women & Leadership New Zealand

Partial scholarships of $1 to $5K are available through Women & Leadership NZ to support participation in leadership development courses for women in select industries. Applications close 2 Dec. For more info visit

Christmas at the Regent 

Home Alone Screening on 23 Dec @ 5pm & 7pm
Come and watch this classic Christmas Movie! Tickets are only $10 so bring the entire family along

Te Awamutu Annual Craft Fair

Saturday 17 Dec - 9am to 2pm @ Selwyn Park
An event for the whole family to enjoy! Check out the amazing NZ arts and crafts, food stalls and live music. For more info check i-SITE.

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.

Interested in being a First Steps wellbeing provider?

Wellbeing providers will need to complete an online application form on the First Steps website. You will be asked a series of questions including what you can offer:
  • Therapy / Counselling
  • In-person / Online courses
  • Workshops / Programmes
  • Online Tools
  • Physical Training / Nutrition
  • Coaching
For more info check out

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