The Hutt Valley Chamber in the News

We regularly liaise with the media, often behind the scenes, advocating for our local Hutt Valley businesses.

Shouting out for Local Business

The Hutt Valley is strong in the manufacturing sector and a large contributor towards our GDP.

In this opinion piece, our CEO, Helen Down highlights the importance of government funding reaching the whole SME community, not only those more obviously affected by Covid, like retail and hospitality.

This story featured on 1 August 2020.

Armstrong Downes Commercial feature on Radio NZ News

In 2020 we launched our Education to Employment programme, which aims to raise the profile of vocational trade opportunities across the Hutt Valley. Chamber members Armstrong Downes Commercial took part, hosting a group of students from Wainuiomata High School, to give them a firsthand understanding of construction trades. See the story here.

This story aired on 30 July 2020.

Lower Hutt Fire Engine Maker Expands Workforce as Orders Run Hot

With the help of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Fraser Engineering managed to get recognition as an essential operation. While many businesses were struggling with the impact of Covid-19 on their revenues, chief executive Martin Simpson said Fraser Engineering was hiring skilled tradesmen in the Hutt Valley and for its growing manufacturing business in Australia.

This story ran on 17 July 2020.

Retailers in the Regions Benefit as More Work from Home

As we emerge from Covid-19 lockdown and as businesses start working on our recovery, it is great to see retail spend returning rapidly across both Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt.

This story featured on 27 May 2020.

Cafe Helping Rehabilitate Prisoners

As many suburban shopping centres face declining business, the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce is enjoying working with Hutt City Council to provide some innovative business support programmes to the Naenae shopping centre and Hillary Court. The new Shop Naenae online marketplace is a completely new initiative to take the shopping centre online.

This story is from 4 May 2020.

Vocational Education Reform

New Zealand Parliament credits the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce as being one of the big advocates for changes to the Vocational Education and Training Reform Bill.

The Quest to Make NZ More Patient Friendly

The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand’s programme to raise the awareness of these common inflammatory bowel diseases. It is something that is prevalent in our society and rarely talked about.