Business Wairarapa’s focus is on being a major contributor to economic development in Wairarapa by encouraging and supporting business growth through the principles of networking, collaborating and influencing wherever possible.
Business Wairarapa is passionately dedicated to the region and is involved with a number of initiatives to enhance the economic well-being of business in the Wairarapa.
A member of the Central Region Hub, the Wairarapa works alongside Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Dannevirke, Hawke’s Bay, Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt Valley and Wellington chambers to advocate for robust infrastructure, productive government policy and better business services across the Lower North Island.
Business Wairarapa is one of the 30 chambers that make up the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce and Industry (NZCCI), whose network represents over 20,000 businesses around the country.
Since the Covid virus hit NZ in early 2020 and the rest of the world since then, New Zealand business environment has changed irreversibly. The 2021-22 Business Wairarapa Strategy is being drafted by the Board and will be published in the near future. Everything we thought was normal a year ago has changed.
Our mission is to represent every Wairarapa business, creating opportunities and sharing ideas through the networking, collaboration and influence.
There have been some major changes to the Board and management of Business Wairarapa in the past few months and we hope to be able to be more interactive and proactive with you, our members. When we have published the 2021-22 Strategy, we invite feedback and discussion regarding how Business Wairarapa can support you in your own business activities. Without your input, we don’t know what you are after.
Business Wairarapa has a dedicated staff and a committed Board. We offer a friendly face, fresh ideas and professionalism at the highest level. There will be more information on the new Board in the coming weeks. General Manager Peter James has been appointed to make some changes and grow the advantages of being a member.
Meet the Board
Business Wairarapa has an extremely dedicated board of 6 nominated members.
Julie has worked as a solicitor in the area since 2008. In 2014 she was made a director of Logan Gold Walsh and then became a partner at Gibson Sheat when the practices merged in 2015.
Julie is the head of the Masterton Office Property Team and assists clients in a multitude of matters involving property including leases, sales, wills, trusts. In more recent times she has developed a specialisation in relationship property.
Julie’s parents have been small-business owners in the Wairarapa for many years. Now, she is too, with her husband, Glen (Taylors Drycleaners).
Julie is used to small-business culture and knows how important it is to keep up-to-play with compliance. Julie is keen to ensure that small-business owners have a strong voice in the area.
Julie has been privileged to have a number of leadership roles including Wairarapa representative on the Wellington Branch of the NZ Law Society for 2015/16.
Rosie is born & bred in the Wairarapa, but moved away for a number of years for further education and work.
She’s been back living & working in the Wairarapa since 2010, where she started her own clothing shop in Greytown before selling it in 2015.
Now she’s part of the team at Provincial Insurance Brokers where she is a Domestic & Life Insurance Broker, alongside running a building company with her husband – Ihaka Construction Ltd.
Passionate about our region, she also loves animals, with two English bulldogs keeping her busy!
Angela works as a Commercial Broker for Crombie Lockwood, working in Wellington a couple of days a week and then from home in Masterton for the remainder.
She enjoys talking with and understanding the needs of SME businesses in the region and wants to add value to the Business Wairarapa Board by
sharing these elements to influence and establish positive resources for these businesses to utilise. Making commerce in the region even stronger.