|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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martyn van Arem
I’m 38 years old, I have worked in Te Awamutu for the last 7 years and have lived in Kihikihi for 3 years. I’m big on family – I have 2 daughters aged 9 and 12 and am engaged to be married to my lovely fiancee Stephanie who has 3 children herself. I’m a member of the local squash club and will use any opportunity to get down to the courts and have a hit. I worked at Noel Leeming for the last 13 and a half years and I have now begun a new career Managing Office max Hamilton. I want to be able to influence change. Te Awamutu is growing at a rapid pace and the town does pretty well already, but I believe there is so much more growth to go. With my skill set of managing one of the largest retailers in Te Awamutu and my 10 years management experience in this industry, I believe I could add some great value to the Board. The strengths I would bring are retail management- I have a good understanding of what it takes to manage a large format retail store. With this I understand market trends (technology is the fastest changing category in the market of appliance retail), shopping patterns and habits, which would assist in continuing to build on the pledge to ‘Shop Local’ where possible, I also have great experience in managing people – I currently have a team of 5, however have managed a team of up to 20.
I am Jean McKenzie Owner/ Operator of Impact Tutoring and Founding member of Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust. Juggling two businesses is a tricky task while maintaining a work life balance with Zumba and regular exercise with my dog! I am an advocate for youth and the importance of them achieving the best that they can be. I carry this through to being a Volunteer Fire Fighter at PIrongia Fire Brigade and believe strongly in contributing to your community. The business world is an exciting one and a massive change in direction after 30 years teaching for myself. I believe there is potential in collaboration no matter which direction your business is heading. Brought up in Pukeatua as a country girl and returning to the Waikato means I have a very good understanding of the rural sector too. I look forward to working with the Chamber’s future.
I am a highly motivated and reliable individual. I feel I can utilize lateral thinking to mediate and problem solve and I emphasize strong communication across all fields.
My background includes the following:
– Professional Fire-fighter (Taupo)
– Building Review Officer (Hamilton City)
– Lead Fire Safety Consultant (Hamilton Firm)
– Director of Smart Fire Ltd (Current)