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


with Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua strategy group
5.00pm Thursday 25 July 2024

Whanganui Business – join us at our place in Guyton Street for this BA5 gathering to learn about the Te Heke Ngahuru – Te Awa Tupua strategy, and its potential positive impact on our communities. No charge to attend thanks to our hosts.


Augment your World with Michelle Excell
12.15pm Wednesday 31 July 2024

Join us for this UCOL lunch and learn session and a reality-bending introduction to the possibilities of augmented reality courtesy of guest presenter, Michelle Excell, CEO of The Antipodean Inc. Lunch available for early registrations. No charge thanks to our hosts, UCOL.


Fast-paced serious fun 1/2 day workshops – 3 days only – 13, 14, 15 August 2024

Thinking about becoming a director or trustee? Maybe you already are and want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? When is the right time to set up a governance board? How well are we doing in governance terms? Facilitated by TorquePoint’s Simon Ewing-Jarvie and Hon Heather Roy, these half-day courses are for anyone considering becoming a director, about to join a board or those who have recently become a director in either commercial or not-for-profit settings.

These workshops are fast-paced, serious fun where attendees also leave with a suite of digital tools for their governance journey. They are designed so as not to compete with the longer options provided by organisations such as the Institute of Directors. These workshops are registered with RBP. You may be eligible for up to 50% funding to offset the cost of this workshop. Please contact us for details.


2024 Whanganui Regional Business Awards
5.30pm Saturday 16 Nov 2024

This will be a very special celebration of Whanganui, our businesses, individual and team achievement, recognition of excellence in business practices, appreciation for good food and artisan liquid refreshments, experience the highest standards in hospitality, enjoy the chance to connect and reconnect, to laugh, to dance and to support our local community. First in, best placed.

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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 Business Whanganui

We host a range 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, thought leader guest speakers, and learning sessions, we’re sure you’ll find something to interest you.

We also have promotional opportunities for you to raise awareness of your business, products, services, and the value you deliver to your customers, including hosting a Business Whanganui networking event.

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

Thanks to our Partners & Sponsors