ABOUT

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. 

OUR BOARD

Chantelle Good

Chair / Owner of Varntiage 

I am Chantelle Good and I am passionate about all things business including my own business based in Te Awamutu – Varntige. 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.

Sarah Davidson

Vice-Chair / Owner of Frank Communication / Manager of Log Lease Ltd 

I have lived Te Awamutu for 7 years with my husband who grew up here. Our son Jack was born in 2019. I am the Manager of Log Lease Ltd, which is a family business providing forestry lease equipment and equipment sales throughout New Zealand. I have also recently started my own business Frank Communication with my business partner, specialising in content marketing, communications, office management and administration. I am the Co-Founder and inaugural chair of the Women in Forestry Network, a grassroots movement supporting female business owners in the New Zealand forestry industry. I am a supporter of women in business and I look forward to providing a fresh perspective while staying true to my grassroots approach of doing business. Te Awamutu is a great place to do business and I look forward to helping it thrive

Sarah Davies

Manager of Finance, Waipa District Council 

I am a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in Management, Business Advisory Services, and Financial Accounting.  I currently work for Waipa District Council as Manager of Finance, which involves managing the Finance, Revenue and Procurement functions of the Council.  I am also Secretary / Treasurer of Waipa Networks Trust and have held that role since 2011.   I enjoy spending time with my partner, three children, friends and family.  I also enjoy walking, running, playing netball and other sports.  I grew up in Ohaupo and I now reside in Te Awamutu.  I am very passionate about the Waipa District and its people.  I bring a strong level of skills and experience to the Board as well as the aspiration to see the Chamber membership grow and to have engaged members who are benefiting from the Chamber and its offerings.

Jean McKenzie

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.

Ange Holt

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.

Tania Sanders

Partner, Findex 

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.

Kayla Heeringa

Secretary / Qualified Book Keeper / Mortgage Adviser at Lime Group

My name is Kayla Heeringa and I am a born and bred Te Awamutu local, living in Te Awamutu with my husband Damian, and two children Holly and Kyle. I am passionate about all things business and have a NZ Diploma in Business, NZ Bookkeepers Certificate and a Certificate in Financial Services. I previously worked as the Systems Accountant at Waipa District Council, and have recently started a new position as a Mortgage Adviser at Lime Group based in Waipa.

OUR COORDINATOR

Our day to day operations are currently managed by Frank Communication, who are a local business specialising in marketing, communications and administration. 

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