Wednesday, 10th November, 2021

Dear Member,

And somehow it is only 6 and a half weeks till Christmas, with most of us hoping the Government will deliver an early present on 29 November that New Zealanders can once again enjoy the freedom of movement we had come to take for granted. 

In case you missed yesterday's announcement from Air New Zealand about vaccine and testing requirements for domestic travel, you can find out more here.  It's great to see the national carrier balancing the need to keep people safe with the practical realities of both the willingness and ability to be vaccinated this summer.

We are so close to "the new normal" or whatever euphemism we will be using, and we are very keen to understand how confident your business is feeling. 

For the fourth and final time in 2021, the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Ignite Wanaka, and supported by QLDC, Destination Queenstown and Lake Wanaka Tourism is encouraging local businesses to participate in the quarterly Business Confidence Surveys

Thank you so much to all our businesses across the region who have taken the time to share their information with us over the year.  The information has been an invaluable tool in our advocacy, providing us with hard evidence on what we are hearing anecdotally.  

We encourage one response per business and suggest business owners or senior managers complete the survey on behalf of the business.  As an added incentive, you can go into the draw for a $500 Mediaworks voucher and bottle of Peregrine wine on completing the survey.  

The survey is open from Wednesday 10 November for all businesses in the Southern Lakes region and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 24 November.

You can access the survey here.

Just a reminder that all Chamber members can create a listing with  This is a New Zealand-wide platform for Chamber members to hold listings, advertise, trade and explore. 

If you haven't done so already, it's easy to register.  Go to the Business Search NZ platform here and complete the signup form. Once we receive your account information, we will authorise your account, so you can begin working on your profile and listing (the approval may take up to two working days).  If you are after some tips to create an effective listing, check here for a great guide to ensure your listing stands out.

Our Alliance Partners also appreciate how tough business is right now.  2degrees and Torpedo 7 have put together special offers for you and your business, with substantial discounts between now and Christmas. 

As always, the Chamber team is here to help and we are looking forward to seeing many of you at our AGM next Thursday 18 November from 4pm at Coronet Peak. 

Please join us to celebrate 30 years working for Queenstown business, and hear the wrap up of the 2021 season from NZSki.  You can register your attendance here.

Take care 

Ruth Stokes
Chief Executive