Wednesday, 6th July, 2022

Dear Member

Welcome to winter!  I am really looking forward to seeing many of you at Skyline tomorrow for our annual Welcome to Winter Business Lunch.

And welcome to our new look and renewed sense of purpose.

As with many of you, navigating the stormy and unpredictable seas of COVID has meant taking a good look at what we do, how we do it and, most importantly, who we do it for.

This isn't just a Chamber re-brand, (although ditching the 90's green is something we were passionate about!) it's an evolution.  Most importantly it's about being clear about who we are here for and who we represent - Queenstown business. 

We are privileged to play a unique role in the Whakatipu basin as the only independent voice for all Queenstown business and we have a lot of new and refreshed offerings coming to you, our valued members.

Over the next few months you will see the roll out of our four key priority areas, Advocacy, Events, Training and Business promotion, represented by their distinctive colours that pay homage to our amazing place. 

In among the exciting new initiatives coming soon is a new website (and anyone who has used ours recently will agree it needs to be laid to rest).  This will include, among many improved features, a member directory, member profiles and, as well as our ever expanding events and training offers (thank you to our ever growing list of partners that enable this), a member events section.

We remain a key part of the Chamber network, and in my capacity as a board member of the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce & Industry we are exploring opportunities to greater leverage the power of this brand and the over 22,000 members we represent collectively.

We are also working more closely with Business NZ and understanding the value of their scale and influence.  While we remain committed to hyper-local delivery, we also want to be part of national conversations and ensure our voice is heard. 

As part of our advocacy, we have been talking regularly with Immigration New Zealand on your behalf, and we will shortly be hosting two key senior officials from INZ.  Details coming soon, but this will be an opportunity not to be missed to share your experiences with, and need for, an international workforce.  We also hope to host the new Minister for Immigration, Michael Wood.  In the meantime, please join us for breakfast on July 22 with David Seymour for a different take on the political spectrum.  More information here.

Fortunately we have a brand that punches well above its weight, but we know and appreciate that this is thanks to you and your ongoing support.  This week you will have received your renewal invoices and if you have any questions about them please get in touch, I appreciate some of you have already. 

Please note this renewal is for 12 months, and as part of setting ourselves up for the future we have changed our systems to be able to rationalise and improve our membership offering.  This has meant aligning members to a 30 June date for this year, so you may have paid less if you renewed in the past 9 months as your membership would have been pro-rated for the remaining period.  We are sure that you will continue to see value in being part of, and supporting, Queenstown business and see the value in that membership grow even more in the coming year.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Take care,

Ruth Stokes
Chief Executive