Chamber Events/Training / Courses

Biz Workshops

We’re always looking for new ways to connect our members with experts in their field, providing opportunities for members and their teams to grow and learn. What better way to learn than regular, short seminars held at lunchtime to enable people to attend during work hours.

No cost for Chamber Members.  Non Members welcome $30 p/p.

RSVP essential for these sessions due to limited numbers. Please email to reserve your spot.

Hour+ long presentation with Q+A at the end. Bring a bite to eat and learn while you lunch.

October – St Johns Rooms

Maximising Microsoft 365 for Small Business – with Focus Technology

When your business works better, it not only improves earnings, it improves life for your customers, employees and your community. However, running a business isn’t always easy, with constant pressures on your time, funds and staff, but then again anything worth doing never is easy, is it?

Imagine if you had the tools to hand to make your day-to-day better and better; no matter what industry you’re in.

Microsoft is known the world over for offering unique technological solutions for business, but do you fully understand all the resources available to help your small business achieve more?

As approved Microsoft suppliers, local firm Focus Technology have the know-how, so join us for this Biz Workshop to learn which Microsoft tools can help you; from professional services to tourism, retail and hospitality to manufacturing, construction and agriculture, there is a resource for any business.

St John Rooms
Weds 10 October, 12-2pm
Bring you lunch, so you can lunch while you learn.
Ignite Members FREE. Non Members welcome – $30.
RSVP essential to

Embracing the Chinese market for all businesses – with Alibaba

Tues 23 Oct – 12.15-1.45pm

St Johns Rooms


Christchurch Airport’s South programme is delighted to invite you to a special workshop exploring e-commerce opportunities through the Alibaba Group e-commerce ecosystem.

Today, more than 617 million mobile monthly active users connect through Alibaba’s China retail marketplaces, with New Zealand being among the most popular countries for products on the Tmall and Tmall Global platforms. In the year ending June 2018, almost 450,000 visitors from China travelled to New Zealand with many using the Alipay and Fliggy super apps to book travel arrangements and purchase products and services during their visits. The opportunity doesn’t just end with Chinese tourism, over the last 3 years over 35,000 Chinese nationals moved to New Zealand, businesses that accept Alipay are extremely popular with these new residents.

What are the opportunities for Wanaka based brands and exporters and how can these companies take advantage of the booming e-commerce market to drive exports and connect with new markets? How can Wanaka businesses utilise Alipay to drive footfall from Chinese visitors?

Join us for this interactive seminar so that you can position your business in front of the China Market in time for this Summer.

Retail Crime – Reducing Risk

Preventing and managing retail crime is a significant issue for retailers and their employees, costing the nation an estimated $1 billion a year in losses. While shop theft is not new, the frequency of incidents and the brazen nature of the theft is increasing.
Ignite Wanaka has teamed up with Retail NZ to present this one hour FREE seminar with Lorraine Rousse. Lorraine will show you how you can discourage thieves in your business without it costing you and help you focus and prepare for the busy retail season ahead.

Aimed at store owners, managers and team leaders, you’ll learn:

  • In-store strategy for crime prevention
  • Employee training on safety
  • Managing the crime risk for your business
  • Ensure the health and safety of your team

Monday 15 October, 5-6pm
St Johns Rooms, 4 Link Way, Wanaka

FREE to attend but RSVP essential via Retail NZ’s website here.


Mental Health in the Workplace – with Community Networks and WellSouth — Date TBC


Securing a better online presence – Google Business – with Lake Wanaka Tourism — Date TBC

Wanaka Ambassador

Next Date – TBC

Wanaka Ambassador is all about stories that you can connect with and share.  Stories of the early Maori history, the early European settlers, the development of the ski fields and the growth of tourism. You will learn legends of the lake and the stunning mountains, the rich history of Ruby Island, and the early pioneers of tourism which now adds to Wanaka’s place as the gateway to the beautiful Mt Aspiring National Park.

Click here to enquire.