As the home and voice of Canterbury business, one of The Chamber’s key drivers is to advocate on behalf of our members. This includes discussing and raising the profile of key issues in the media, policy submissions, and external representation by many of our team on local and national groups and Boards. 

Key network partners BusinessNZ and New Zealand Chambers of Commerce and Industry (NZCCI) also advocate on our behalf and the behalf of our members, enabling us to collectively utilise our capabilities and resources to provide a strong business voice on issues that impact local business.

As a founding member of national business advocacy group BusinessNZ, The Chamber and our members are represented through all BusinessNZ advocacy. BusinessNZ works to affect positive change through new thinking, productivity and innovation, promoting the voice of thousands of businesses across New Zealand.

As one of 30 Chambers in New Zealand, we also help to make up the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce and Industry (NZCCI) – one of the country’s leading and most influential business networks. NZCCI supports over 22,000 members and is active in its role to promote, support and encourage sustainable, profitable business growth. It also provides members access to the largest business network in the world.

Our advocacy through COVID-19
During these uncertain times, cashflow, confidence and connections is pivotal in shaping a thriving business community for the future. We continue to receive a significant number of enquiries asking for business advice, support and resources, reinforcing our role in seeking clarity and escalating issues with local and central Government. Through our BusinessNZ Network, we have been working closely with Government to ensure there is support that meets the needs of business, including practical measures to promote business and job continuity and acknowledge the Government’s response to the prioritisation of these issues. Read an overview of our COVID-related advocacy here.