Wairarapa Business Leadership

Business Wairarapa’s focus is to be a major contributor to economic development in Wairarapa by encouraging and supporting business growth through the principles of linking, leadership, and influence.  Meet our volunteer Board members who lead the organisation and our GM who makes everything happen.

Marie-Claire Andrews


Marie-Claire Andrews  (M-C) is a business development, strategy and capital-raising specialist with skills in Sales, Marketing, Goverance and leadership. Marie-Claire has worked in local government as an advisor, owned a sales/business development consultancy, and been CEO of two international tech companies. She founded and sold two of her own businesses, and set up Carterton co-working space 3-Mile. In her spare time she’s a Trustee for Retired Working Dogs NZ.

Vernette Shapland


Vernette is representative and Trustee of Māori In Business Wairarapa and a digital design business owner based in the Wairarapa, Vernette has extensive experience in the IT industry, living all over New Zealand to work for a variety of organisations including small businesses and State Owned Enterprises. Vernette  possesses many skillsets: administration, operations management, accountancy as well as technical coordination & project management. Vernette is also a New Zealand Business Mentor.

Angela Moylan

Deputy Chair

Angela Moylan is a Commercial Broker for Gallagher Insurance. She enjoys talking with and understanding the needs of SME businesses in the region and adds value to the Business Wairarapa Board by sharing these elements to influence and establish positive resources for business, making commerce in the region even stronger.

    Karl Burling

    Board Member

    General Manager of Juken New Zealand (JNL), Wairarapa Mill. Karl Burling has been living and working in Wairarapa for the past 43 years. A farmer from 1981, Karl took on a six week task as a rigger at JNL to install a veneer dryer. 30 years later and after holding many roles, Karl is at the helm of this hugely successful company. Karl is keen to contribute to Wairarapa’s business development and community as a whole.

      Monique Kloeg

      Board Member

      Monique Kloeg, general manager of Masterton’s Ten O’Clock Cookie bakery and café ran for National Party candidacy in the 2020 General Election. All of Monique’s family are owners of hospitality businesses and Monique is a highly valuable member of the Business Wairarapa Board who is a huge supporter of community causes. As an employer for young people to gain experience in hospitality, Monique also sits on the Board for Youth 2 Work Wairarapa and Masterton Trust Lands Trust.

        Allan Hogg

        Board Member

        Allan’s career covers 53 years in the public and private sectors. He has experienced massive change across those years particularly the intersection of technology impacts for businesses and people capability, delivery of products, services and focus on customer satisfaction and experience as critical elements to success.Allan is Chair of the Martinborough Business Association representing 85 businesses across retail, hospitality, accommodation and services sectors.

          Josie Askin

          Board Member

          Representing the Go Carterton Business Group, Josie is the Founder and CEO of Spring Coaching, a Professional Performance Coaching practice that works with ambitious people and businesses to sustain high performance without burning out. Josie is an experienced workshop facilitator and speaker, with a vast corporate background in strategy and planning roles. Josie knows that getting to the top requires a strategic trajectory based on action, and brings both strategy and tangible actions to the Board of Business Wairarapa.

          Blair Rooney

          Board Member

          Blair’s company Enable Design was the Wairarapa Awards ANZ Emerging Business winner. Blair helps New Zealand and Australian companies launch engaging brands and digital shopping experiences. Blair brings a wealth of brand experience and is looking forward to generating more exposure and opportunities for the local business community.

          Chrissy Cummings

          Board Member

          As the appointed Board Member from Destination Wairarapa, Chrissy represents our vibrant As the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) the role of Destination Wairarapa is to attract more visitors, who stay longer, spend more, and grow Wairarapa’s tourism revenue while shallowing the low to high season trough.


          Nicola Belsham

          General Manager

          With extensive experience that covers multiple aspects of business development and stakeholder engagement – from sole-trading in the creative and publishing industries; to owning independent retail businesses; to providing business consultancy to export, wine and tourism companies, Nicola is results-driven and an excellent communicator. Nicola has curated both small and large-scale events, chaired membership organisations and has genuine desire to see businesses succeed.

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          Give us a call on 027 5440 525 or CONTACT US

          Business Wairarapa works from the following co-working
          hubs in Wairarapa:

          3Mile, Main Street, Carterton
          51 Jellicoe Street, Martinborough

          PO Box 868, Masterton, 5840

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