Thursday, 21st October, 2021

Dear Member

The results are in for the 2021 RealNZ Queenstown Business Awards and the finalists are...... There are too many exceptional businesses to recognise here so I have listed the finalists by category in the awards section below.  The competition was high with record entries, a total of 129 entries across nine categories - that’s a 30% increase from the last awards.    

Such a fantastic level of interest and support, across a wide range of businesses, showed our shift in focus to celebration really resonated with our community.  A big thank you to all the applicants, the top quality of the submissions reflects the significant amount of time, effort and energy they have put in.  I would also like to thank RealNZ and our category partners, without whom we wouldn’t be able to recognise and celebrate our talented business people. 

The Chamber Board and team look forward to celebrating with the finalists at the awards party on the 6 November at Walter Peak High Country Farm.  It will be exciting to hear which businesses take out the awards on the evening. Gala dinner details can be found here.

A reminder that nominations are being called for the Queenstown-Lakes Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board of Directors.  This year, the board would like to encourage nominations of people with experience in finance, communications and entrepreneurship as well as representation from the tourism or activities sector.  Nominations close 5pm, Friday 29 October. Download the nomination form here.  2021 marks 30 years in business for the Chamber and we hope you will join us for a special celebration at the AGM on 18 November at Coronet Peak, which will include the NZSki 2021 Ski Season Wrap Up session.

On another note, we continue to work closely with Immigration New Zealand to ensure businesses can retain and attract the people they need.  The Chamber board are meeting with Steve McGill, General Manager - Strategy, Engagement and Education to discuss the current immigration challenges and requirements for the region.  In addition to this meeting the Chamber are hosting a members seminar with Immigration New Zealand next Thursday, this is a great opportunity to ask your pressing questions. Register below.

In terms of training we are running a management course in partnership with Queenstown Resort College called Take 5.  Take 5 is for managers and business owners looking to take that next step in their career and develop their leadership skills. Take 5 provides a great opportunity to learn how to apply a range of leadership and business strategies to help build a solid high performing team.  You can see the course details here.  

Our events and training calendar below highlights what we have coming up over the next month.  We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Take care 

Ruth Stokes
Chief Executive