Chamber expands south


Waikato Chamber of Commerce has put its lens on the South Waikato.

Chief executive Don Good said in collaboration with the South Waikato Investment Fund Trust (Swift) “our intention is to initiate activities through a proposed Waikato Chamber membership that will add value to businesses in South Waikato through advocacy and lobbying, networking events, social media activity to raise brand awareness, and connections with businesses in the wider Waikato region”.

LM4 group chief Tjay Asiata.

Business leaders travelled to Tokoroa last month for an event hosted by the chamber and supported by Swift and Wintec/Toi Ohomai.

Speakers included David Hallett, co-founder of software innovator Company-X, Tjay Asiata, Group chief executive of Pasifika-owned LM4 Group and Better Eggs chief Gareth van der Heyden.

Don Good

Good said the establishment of many more innovative businesses,  in the areas of forestry, engineering, home construction, social services and the education in Tokoroa and Putāruru created a demand for better connections with regional, national and global companies.

Swift chief Amanda Hema said her organisation and the Waikato Chamber were complementary with Swift focusing more on local capability development and the chamber being able to provide regional, national and international connections.

Pictured from left at the Tokoroa event were Rob Finlayson (Waikato Chamber) Company X founder David Hallett, Gareth van der Heyden of Better Eggs, Swift’s Amanda Hema, Te Pukenga executive director Huia Haeata and LM4 group chief Tjay Asiata.











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Roy Pilott

Roy Pilott - the editorial director at Good Local Media - has worked in media in both New Zealand and the UK. He began his career at South Waikato News, worked for a football magazine and an east London tabloid, and later became the editor of the Waikato Times and Taranaki Daily News, and sub editor for the Sunday Star Times.