Women’s Business Morning

The popular Women’s Coffee Mornings are a great way to network with like-minded women in the community from all areas of business.

You’ll also hear from some inspirational and thought provoking speakers. Remember this invite can be extended to all female members of your business and is a great networking and social opportunity.

Please RVSP for catering purposes to naomi@wanakachamber.co.nz 

Events held 10-11am. $5 Members and $10 Non-members payable cash on the day.


Mon 14 May – Tanja Schwindt – Chocolate Workshop

Wanaka Hotel, 10-11am

RSVP to naomi@wanakachamber.co.nz 

Tanja Schwindt is reimagining the world of chocolate in New Zealand.

Famous for her chocolate peanut butter cups, she’s also taking entirely new directions pairing traditional Japanese ingredients like Sake or Wasabi in the creation of specialized chocolate bento boxes.

Hearing and tasting these unique flavours makes you assume this girl must have grown up with French patesserier parents living in a foodie ashram somewhere up near Shangri La right? Nope. Tanja grew up in Mannheim Germany, which, while not quite being the Detroit of Europe, is not really known for it’s culinary history.

During her degree in Hotel Management in Germany, Tanja took a pastry course that went deep into her psyche, something that would emerge years later. Feeling suffocated in a crowded city became too much and she took a job offer from a friend in Wanaka.

Arriving in NZ, managing a backpackers and later working in food services, Tanja loved the sense of open space, open minds and the general positivity of the region.

Join us to hear about Tanja’s seemingly unlikely journey to becoming one of the country’s most noted chocolatiers and how her heritage and love of the region inspires her business.


Weds 6 June – Hon Jacqui Dean – MP Waitaki

It’s been quite a journey from Play School to Parliament for Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.

Join her this month to hear about her experiences, the life of a local MP and what it’s really like behind the walls of Parliament.

Jacqui was recently appointed as Opposition spokesperson for Small Business and Local Government, but she also has a wealth of knowledge regarding the tourism portfolio.

She is a strong advocate for women and after 13 years in the male-dominated world of politics, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on how to thrive and succeed.

Also a proud advocate for the people and communities which make up the vast Waitaki electorate, she is driven by a desire to see the region thrive and is particularly interested in the contribution that women in small business make.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Jacqui for an entertaining and interesting morning.


This event was cancelled and will be re-arranged for later in the year – Mandy Bell – Criffel Station

Mandy’s focus is One Health – health for water, environment, animals and people. Mandy’s whakapapa includes a number of New Zealand’s farming and agribusiness pioneers, she grew up on sheep and beef farms in Otago and Canterbury and holidayed with family and grandparents for many years in Wanaka.

Over the years she has strengthened her farming, veterinary and business skills with research, practice in veterinary science and most recently business studies at Melbourne Business School. Today Mandy integrates One Health principles with her farming, business start-ups and more recently agri-tourism, with other community projects linking to this continuum of health.

Criffel Station is base for Mandy, husband Jerry and their three children Penelope, Henry and Jemima. Criffel is also home to a large number of deer and hosts visitors from around NZ and the globe. She has investment and advisory companies with businesses ranging from an integrated supply chain of veterinary products, to a biotech company with a diagnostic test for Crohn’s Disease.

Increasingly we have global challenges facing agriculture and our communities and as much as resilience is mentioned in the same sentence, this is not enough to create sustainable, profitable and healthy businesses’s or products going forwards.  The spiral requires a paradigm change of the way we work together. Future thinking, courageous leadership and collaboration will create the space for open conversations to increase awareness and the development of solutions.

At this stage of life we have many learnings, experiences and networks that we can bring to the table to add value to the future that our grandchildren will inherit. Challenges and opportunities!