Tuesday, 30th June, 2020

Hi everyone,

Well, it is my last day, my last CEO update, and I am feeling very sad.
Working for the Chamber has been such a great job. After over 30 years in health, logistics and publishing, what a gift to learn from experts in transport, tourism, power, economic development, labour force management and politics. I thank them all. 

Covid gave me an opportunity to work closely with those delivering care and support to our communities, bringing me closer to the front line, something that I have not had the privilege of doing for a good few years. It felt a bit like coming home.

But, sadly, the business community is, for a few years, going to be smaller. The Chamber board and I knew that we needed to also right-size the Chamber’s executive to ensure that they were able to contribute to Queenstown’s recovery over the shorter and longer term. It was a tough decision, but I don’t need to tell you that. These types of decisions are being made in every business across the rohe.

I am heading back to health, for a bit. PHARMAC has employed one of my companies to develop a suite of digital resources for primary care clinicians. We will be focusing on improving access to medicines for marginalised populations in Aotearoa.  I am taking with me a much-improved understanding on travel demand and stakeholder engagement frameworks, which I am already using in this new role.

I tell you all this, because if you or a loved one are facing a change-up in your life, you will be surprised what your past experiences can contribute to your future. Collect them up, put them in a basket and offer them to others in other, new ways.  

The Chamber will be launching tonight a new membership, supported by Westpac NZ, aimed at business managers and team leaders who have been made redundant during the last few months, as well as business owners who have hibernated or closed their businesses, and wish to remain connected to the business community.  The talent and commitment of this group is essential to Queenstown's recovery. New ideas and ways of working come out of working together, sharing ideas, and supporting each other. This membership aims to help people be a part of this. Spread the word!

I will be staying as a member of the Chamber; the combined business voice and mutual support is more important now than ever. I urge you to continue to support your Chamber over the next year and look forward to seeing you at the Chamber networking and education events.

Kindest regards
My cell phone number remains the same. My personal email is spannamickell@gmail.com.

Big thanks to Waste Management and QLDC

Grants totalling $60,000 have been allocated through the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Waste Minimisation Community Fund.

This funding means that the Chamber joins with Queenstown Golf Club, Sustainable Queenstown, The Hawea Grove and Wastebusters/One New Zealand in driving Zero Waste initiatives across the district in the upcoming twelve months.

The Chamber’s grant was also turbo-charged by a generous, additional grant from Waste Management. This allows the Chamber to commence working with members, plus other business managers to help them undertake business waste audits and put in place reduction implementation plans.

Picture: (Left to right) Craig Douglas (QCC), Fiona Reeve (QCC), Greg Nel (Waste Management NZ), Sophie Mander (QLDC) and Katherine Buttar (QLDC)

This month is also Plastic Free July, a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.  Even by eliminating one type of plastic from your daily routine, you can make a difference.  The Plastic Free July website provides resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use waste, check out some key tips here.

We Are Winter! Ernie is back!
Come downtown and enjoy the festivities and fireworks this Saturday at the WeAreWinter day festival at Earnslaw Park. I am going to enjoy seeing Ernie steaming up for her first post Covid evening cruise. Check out the fun here.