Connect | Grow | Advance

Business Whanganui is the leading independent business association in the Whanganui region, and an Accredited Member of the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce network. We champion the interests of Whanganui business, ensuring your voice is represented locally, regionally, and nationally. We provide support, learning, networking and promotional opportunities for business of all sizes, ages, and stages, and help you to connect, grow and advance your business. 

Our community is vital, energetic, creative, connected, and well informed. Join us today!

Upcoming Events

Let your Voice Be Heard

Long Term Plans 2024-2034
12.00noon Wednesday 17 Apr 2024

Join us together with WDC Councillors Glenda Brown and Josh Chandulal-Mackay and public transport advocate Anthonie Tonnon for an open discussion on items of interest and issues of concern for business in the long term plans of Whanganui District and Horizons Regional Councils 2024-2034.

Support Local Whanganui Business

Business After 5 with Beaver Tree Service
4.30pm Thursday 18 Apr 2024

Join us and Business After 5 hosts, Beaver Tree Service, for an opportunity to meet Owners/Directors Bryce and Mary for a chat about the world of arboriculture and their ever expanding business of trees. Watch their biggest chipper in action being digger fed and bring a bag or two to take home some quality tree mulch!

Business for Good as well as Profit

Business for Good: Customers
7.00am Tuesday 23 Apr 2024

Join us for this instalment of the Business for Good series, this time focused on our Customers. As usual we will be applying a slightly different lens to this discussion. Less theoretical, more practical, with follow-up actions based on what you decide is the priority. Follow-up coaching is available for each of these workshops.

Business of Women – After 5

Women of Influence
5.30pm Wednesday 1 May 2024

Join us for a relaxed get-together with our women WDC Councillors. Hear how the last year has been for them, their views on the revised Long Term Plan 2024-2034, and their aspirations for the future of our region.


Whanganui Regional Business Awards 2024
June – November 2024

We are excited to be hosting the Whanganui Regional Business Awards this year. These high-profile awards celebrate excellence, innovation and creativity in the business and community sectors, and are a major highlight of Whanganui’s business calendar.

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Good Business

Artificial Intelligence & Privacy

Thinking about privacy is vital if you are going to use artificial intelligence (AI) tools well. AI refers to computer systems that do tasks which seem like intelligent behaviour, such as finding patterns or categorising. This includes generative AI tools, as well as other systems that interpret data or automate tasks… read more



An elevator pitch is a concise and compelling statement that describes who you are, what you do, and why you do it. It’s called an “elevator pitch” because it should be short enough to be delivered during a brief elevator ride. Maybe in New Zealand we could call it a “lift pitch”, but it doesn’t have quite the same appeal… read more



Learn more about us, what we believe, and how we serve the Business Whanganui community by taking a moment to read through our Vision, Values and Purpose statement below and our Four Strategic Pillars – the areas of focus that underpin our delivery….  read more

Be part of the Business Whanganui Community

We facilitate a host of networking and learning events to help you to be more widely known, connected, informed, inspired, and more successful in your business.

From our biennial regional business awards, business for breakfast or lunch, and after 5 gatherings, factory tours, just-for-fun events, guest speakers, and learning sessions, to our Board Korero and special interest group coffee meetups, we’re sure you’ll find something to interest you.

You can also raise awareness of your business, products, services, and the value you deliver to your customers by hosting a Business Whanganui networking event. If your business is on the smaller side that’s no problem as you can join with other small businesses for one of our Business Showcase events.

It’s said that “It’s not just who you know in business, it’s who knows you.” Contact us to find out more.

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