A LITTLE HISTORY

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce and Industry was incorporated on November 3, 1936, however, it was formed in 1906.  The early seeds were sown in 1865, when there were concerns about the influence of Auckland on the region. June 24, 1906 was when the first meeting was called to discuss the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton. The first president of the Chamber was George Sare.

OUR PLACE

The Chamber has a place in the community through its advocacy and its focus on learning and development. However, the Waikato Chamber of Commerce’s place within the New Zealand chamber network is that it is part of the northern region. We belong to a group of chambers – Auckland being the biggest that are in the upper North Island – Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo. The immediate Waikato Chambers are us, Cambridge, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu and Raglan. These are all part time positions.  We also are affiliated to the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC).

PILTSCO - OUR 7 PURPOSES

AN EASY TO UNDERSTAND APPROACH ABOUT THE VALUE OF MEMBERSHIP

PROMOTE - business in the Waikato by helping to promote you and your business;

INFORMATION – to provide information/research that will help your business;

LOBBYING – to take on the difficult issues that stops business from doing business;

TRAINING – provide courses and events to help with continual business learning;

SCHOLARSHIPS – provide scholarships to business and people to promote business;

CO-OPERATE with organisations with similar objectives to promote business;

OTHER – being nimble - create innovative initiatives to further our purposes – open to ideas.

HOW WE DO THIS – 4 ACTIONS:

LOBBYING – advocating through research, policy, media opinion pieces, changing regulations for better business;

REGIONAL APPROACH – identifying opportunities for business in the region by sharing information;

GROWING CHAMBER revenue to reinvest it back into the Chamber to provide better information, research, events and lobbying;

INNOVATIVE IDEAS and products that match your business – so that policy, events and research are relevant to what you need.


 

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