GROWING VIBRANT TE AWAMUTU BUSINESS
The Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce is a community-based organisation, part of the nationwide network of New Zealand Chambers of Commerce. We have a voluntary board made up of local business owners and community representatives that work together to provide support and represent the voice of the Te Awamutu business community.
Owner/Operator of Impact Tutoring and Founding member of Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust
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 am enjoying working with the Chamber’s future.
Owner of Te Awamutu Space Centre / Operator of teawamutu.nz community website
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 was Born in Whanganui but moved to Te Awamutu to start my schooling and been here ever since. My husband and I had a couple of years living in London and returned home to have a family in NZ. I have been an accountant all my working life and got chartered in 1997. I have worked for and eventually owned Kelly & Bryant Chartered Accountants Ltd, this went on to become Findex where I am currently an associate partner. I am in a range of community groups – Altrusa International of Te Awamutu, Te Awamutu Sports Netball Club, Te Awamutu Sports Hockey Club, Stewart Alexander Golf Club. I always put my hand up to help in any finance capacity they have as that is a strength for me and people are often reluctant to fill the roles. I am passionate about Te Awamutu and its business community and would like to ensure all business owners make the most of what the Chamber can do for them.