Monday, 17th January, 2022

Dear Member,

Welcome to 2022, the third instalment in the COVID trilogy. This is the year we will see some story lines come to a close, but not before a few more twists and turns, and some leave enough unanswered questions that there will be spin offs for the franchise in the years to come. 

You can catch up on one of the headline stories of the past two years with the Nomad Safaris case study shared by our Regional Business Partners below. David and Amanda have been loyal members for many years and their tenacity and enthusiasm in the face of challenge is something to behold and to be admired.

The Chamber continues to advocate for targeted Government support for affected industries.

We have all had to look at doing things differently and the Chamber is no exception. This year we have a number of exciting new initiatives that we are looking forward to sharing with you. Our aim is to deliver you more value from your membership and set a platform to attract others to want to be a 'Queenstown business' member.

Without giving too much away, in addition to our Ba5s and signature events, you can expect to see some new, and more regular, opportunities to:
  • provide greater visibility and marketing of your business to other members, 
  • meet, connect, share and learn from each other
  • hear from some of New Zealand's key movers and shakers.
Whether you have hit the ground running this year, not stopped running since the last one or easing back into it, our new board members are keen to UnWin(e)d with you over a drink in February. Come meet the new (and some old) faces that represent your interests around the Chamber Board table.

Speaking of Boards, last year I had the privilege of being nominated to the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board. It is an exciting time as we consider how we can better leverage the strength of the national and international network for local benefit. 

I also sit on the Otago Regional Skills Leadership Group, facilitated by MBIE, that is working towards a Regional Workforce Plan, the first draft of which is due by 30 June.  I will be reaching out to a number of you seeking insights over the next couple of months to feed back to Government in this area, but please let me know if you are keen to be part of this.

As always, the Chamber team is here to help and looks forward to hearing from you about what matters to you and what you would like to see from us.

Take care

Ruth Stokes
Chief Executive