|Our vibrant and exciting Chamber of Commerce has provided great representation of the community within the region for many years and I am excited to be able to build on this good work while also introducing some new ideas. I believe that strong communities are based on a vibrant business hub which provides stable and well paid employment with economic and infrastructure development, while also providing stability for the future of our families and young people.
To support our businesses, families and the individuals within our community, our Chamber needs to provide a service that is responsive, progressive and dynamic. Through a strong focus around providing increased access to business education, we can help to develop the skills of our existing and new businesses as well as for our entrepreneurs within the town. The Waipa Business Excellence awards are a key tool within our community that we can use to highlight the great skills and successful businesses that we have to both a regional and national audience.
Having previously been involved with the Waikato Chamber, I am currently associated with the Waikato Hockey Association as well as being on two voluntary boards within the region. I am a father with two lovely young children, married to my amazing wife and best friend Deborah.
As well as our CEO, the Chamber is supported by an Office Manager and a committed governance board.
Toni Hogan – Office Manager
With a background in process mapping and project management, Toni keeps the wheels turning smoothly in the Chamber office, coordinates events, and manages memberships, social media sites and the LINK Sustainability programme.
The Chamber Executive
I am Harshmeen Kaur but you may also call me Meena. Currently, I am working as the Sales and Marketing Specialist for Ultimate Clean Limited. I moved to New Zealand in January 2014 and studied the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Level 7) from Wintec, and am the only International student in the Waikato whose story has been published on the Waikato Story website. I am passionate about small businesses and I believe in supporting the community so I always strive to help people. My “mission” in life is to support people to achieve their goals and be successful. As a ‘young’ Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, I would like to bring my fresh ideas and new approach. As a Board Member of the Chamber I would like to bring more people into Chamber and work for the welfare of small businesses. This year is going to be very exciting with a lot of changes and new things happening within our Chamber, and with support from all members we will be able to bring a new wave of development. I am a strong believer of doing things and – whether you fail or succeed – keep on doing what you want to do and this will make you stronger and more aware of things around you. I look forward to a great year.
As a Chamber Board member I have been active on the Board, attending meetings and supporting the Chamber at functions, meeting new members and encouraging growth. I am passionate about Te Awamutu and our business sector. I was born and raised in Te Awamutu and have lived here ever since, and have just completed 33 fantastic years with Westpac, where I am Bank Manager of the Te Awamutu Branch. I look forward to supporting you and your business and making the Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce a vibrant and great organisation to belong to that supports and grows Te Awamutu business.
I live here in Te Awamutu with my family, Dave, and my two children Jessica & Floyd. Dave and I operate the Te Awamutu Community website, teawamutu.nz and have provided this website for the community and visitors for over 15 years. We have also have another business – this time in the “real world” – the Te Awamutu Space Centre. I currently I have two part time jobs – doing administration at First National Te Awamutu and as the Violence Free Waipa Te Awamutu Coordinator. I also participate in a number of other community organisations. With a background in sales, sponsorship, marketing and customer service and experience serving on previous boards/committees, I look forward to using my skills to assist with the growth and sustainability of the Te Awamutu Chamber and making a contribution to the success of Te Awamutu Business.
As a practitioner of Nutritional Medicine and Hemaview live blood scanning, I am passionate about helping people to be proactive about keeping healthy naturally. As the owner of Health 2000 Te Awamutu, I am passionate about my business. Te Awamutu needs to be an attractive destination, that people want to spend time shopping in, with cafes and restaurants that offer quality menus and diverse independent retailers offering an exceptional shopping experience. I am hoping that as a member of the Te Awamutu Chamber Of Commerce board, I will be able to help retailers understand that retail is more than selling product, it is about offering an experience so customers want to come back. The Chamber is there to provide the help we need to develop the knowledge and business skills needed to do this. In return together we can ensure Te Awamutu has a great future.
Hi, my name is Chantelle Good and I am passionate about all things business including my own business based in Te Awamutu – The Good P.A. We provide specialised virtual administration, bookkeeping, graphic design and website services to small businesses, tradies and financial advisers.
I enjoy taking part in the local community by being a board member on the Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce and a Venus Women’s Networking member. My son attends Pekerau School, my partner works at Fonterra and we love the Waipa community and will be a part of it for a long time to come. I joined the Chamber to get more involved in local business and find ways to help our local businesses prosper.
Being invited to join the T.A Chamber board is both an honour and exciting. Positive progression together as a community is at the heart of my passion in working with, and for others. I have many skills in networking, literacy, creative initiatives, media, interpersonal communication and governance experience.
In addition to being a mother of four children and owning Mia Sorelle Intimates located in the heart of Te Awamutu, I also hold various Board and Trustee roles in the community.
I moved to the Waipa District three years ago from Auckland. I live in the amazing Korakonui community and I am very excited to be offered this opportunity to serve the Waipa Business community on the Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce Board. Having started and run my own Automotive Repair business for ten years in my twenties, I have a special interest in supporting those who want to start and run small businesses in our community and look forward to being able to add value with the programs that the Chamber offers. In my thirties I worked in the Finance and Leasing sector as an Operations Manager and I currently work as a Client Services Coordinator at Crowe Horwath. In my role I support our Business Advisory team from the Graduates through to the Managing Partner of Crowe Horwath Waikato, and love working with our Team to support them to help our clients with their financial advisory and accounting needs.
I have a natural passion for giving back to the community as I am in the local Lions Club and was the fundraising chairman for 2 years. I am also currently on the board of trustees of the Dinsdale Lions Club. I attend a local church and help with the youth group and mentor a group of youth. I have recently started my own business 3 months ago and I am still working a day job. My passion is helping others – people say I am a very optimistic young man and have a lot of enthusiasm and commitment to anything I do.