Chamber Board

Raewyn Overton-Stuart

Owner (in partnership with my husband Tony) and Managing Director of PAUA Early Childhood Home Based Care Service Limited and other companies in PAUA Group Limited, I have been in business in Whanganui for eleven years. I am especially passionate about small businesses, and their potential to grow and contribute to a vibrant economy in the city.

I have been a Chamber board member since last year. I also serve on the board of Wanganui City Mission, and am a firm believer in partnerships between voluntary organisations and the community. I’m also passionate about businesses building relationships with one another for the benefit of all.

As the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry moves into a new phase, I will provide energetic and committed leadership, whilst developing strong relationships with key stakeholders.

Brendon Bartley

General Manager of Ali Arc logistics which is part of the Ali Arc Group of Businesses.

Married with an amazing two year old daughter, I have lived in Wanganui most my life except 3 years in Ireland on a rugby / work contracts. I have been manager of Ali Arc Logistics for 7 years and currently manager 3 business, Ali Arc Logistics, Ali Arc Storage, and Direct Connect.

My view of the chamber is to link business and help create a Positive, Strong, effective business community for our region.

Melita Farley

Melita Farley has more than 18 years experience as an instructional designer, trainer and educator.

She has worked on numerous projects in New Zealand and internationally as a lead instructional designer and trainer with responsibility for staffing, budgets, team leadership, and overall and detailed project design.

As well as developing educational content and delivering training, she has supported the professional development of hundreds of trainers and facilitators.

Melita also has extensive facilitation and community development experience, and is the Executive Producer for our films!

She has a B.A in Linguistics and Political Philosophy, a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology), and is studying towards a Masters Degree in Education and Community Development.

​Melita is co-­owner and co-­director of Double Farley and Confluence  and is excited to be part of the Board leading the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Rory Smith

Rory has been owner/operator of Tamara Lodge for more than 20 years.

Tamara Lodge provides travellers accommodation primarily for the Backpacker market.

Rory has also operated Whanganui River Road Tours for the past 10 years.

Rory regards the Visitor Marketing of Whanganui as the base for all marketing of our region. He regards an efficient marketing effort in the tourism sector as the spring board for all other marketing aspirations for the District. A national example of this would be Tourism New Zealand’s hugely successful “100% Pure NZ” which is now used by almost every exporting sector in some form or another.

He sees a role for the Chamber of Commerce helping local exporters connect with Visit Whanganui’s marketing effort.

Glenda Brown

Glenda Brown is a shareholder and the Office Manager of eHaus – design for sustainable living. Previously, along with her husband Baden, Glenda ran a successful construction company for 20 years. Glenda is a trustee on a local community based trust that supports various ministries that serve Whanganui.

With 12 years governance experience in the school sector, Glenda is a positive and proactive contributor to the growth of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is the Deputy President

Glenda is passionate about Whanganui and believes strong relationships between business entities is vital for the future of economic growth in our area.

Pahia Turia

Pahia Turia has a number of business interests in Whanganui. He holds a number of professional directorships across the country.

He is born and bred in Whanganui and has raised his three children here. Pahia and his wife Njela have 3 mokopuna who are the centre of their world.

Pahia is committed to Whanganui and seeing the city prosper

Craig McKinnon

Craig McKinnon joined Balance Chartered Accountants three years ago and in April 2017 he became one of four partners. Craig completed his bachelor of commerce at Victoria University of Wellington and worked for Finance New Zealand as a senior tax analyst before returning to Whanganui with his wife and two children. Craig brings a high level of financial expertise to the Chamber Board as well as  a fresh look at how the Chamber works. Craig succeeds his father Rex on the Chamber Board.

Claire Wickham

With over fifteen years in education, training and development roles in adult education with an emphasis on governance, policy development and implementation, and project management, Claire is a valuable addition to the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board.

Throughout her career, Claire has been actively involved in developing, delivering and facilitating training programmes, and presentations to a wide variety of audiences on a range of topics. In addition to this professional career, Claire and her husband operate a tourism business on the Whanganui River.

Claire’s expertise lies in a working knowledge of the tourism industry, with strong local and regional networks, strategy and policy development and implementation, and project management.