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The Waikato Chamber of Commerce works with local and national communities to support and represent the collective voice of Waikato business.


Make new connections, learn new things, energise your business and people, and have your views heard. We've made it easy to join and connect with Waikato businesses. And we also help you out with all things export services and authorising.

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Record number of entries for Waikato Business Awards

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, supported by Foster Construction Group, has received a record number of entries for 2024. There are 88 entries across different categories.Read more

Long-Term Plan (LTP) Season

It's LTP season throughout the country as local councils rewrite their long-term plans. Most are going to the Bank of Ratepayers for double digit increases at a time when Kiwis are coping with a costRead more

The Future of Te Huia

The time has come to decide on the white elephant we call Te Huia. The data is clear: the number of passengers is not growing but the costs are. In a cost of living crisis, we have blown $100 millionRead more


Has the time for the amalgamation of the Waikato’s 13 territorial authorities arrived?  Most Waikato councils are close to their debt ceiling and experiencing a downgrade in their viability. TheyRead more

An electrifying gallop: A ride with the Chamber EV Mustang

In mid-November last year, the Chamber changed its fleet vehicle from a Ford Ranger diesel ute, the biggest selling vehicle in NZ, to a 2023 Ford Mustang. No, not the V8 but the Mach-E rear wheel driRead more

Local government Long Term Plans (LTPs)

It is that time of the electoral cycle when Long Term Plans are laid out and rates struck. Local government across New Zealand is struggling. Encouraged by central government, they have had six yearsRead more

What a great start to the year!

While some people and the media are doom and gloom merchants, the Waikato Chamber of Commerce has been buzzing since mid-January with events that have been running at or close to capacity. BusinessRead more

A New Government

A change of government means a change of tack for the country and the opportunity for several Waikato projects to be advocated to the new team. So here is what we have been lobbying for and willRead more

Local Government transparency and financial acumen

The Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, is a no nonsense ex-judge who has recently criticised several councils for their lack of transparency.  We quote from his report of an investigation into theirRead more

AgriSea Networking Tour

AgriSea hosted an informative site tour and networking for Waikato Chamber of Commerce Members earlier in October at their Paeroa site. The tour showcased AgriSea’s innovative techniques forRead more

Emerging Leader of the Year Jenni Falconer

When Jenni Falconer was working as a nurse along the three other co-founders of Emergency Consult in the late 1990s, they would see around 50 patients per day through the hospital’s emergencyRead more

CEO of the Year Announced

When Lisbeth Jacobs joined Gallagher in April 2021, Covid-19 made some aspects of her role as the Global General Manager of Animal Management a bit tricky. “It wasn’t easy to see people offshore.Read more



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