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 Hon. Nicola Willis, Minister of Finance
4.30pm Friday 14 June 2024

Join us for this special business catch-up with Hon. Nicola Willis, Minister of Finance, Minister of Public Service, Minister of Social Investment, and Associate Minister for Climate Change, and Carl Bates, MP for Whanganui. Booking essential. Fee applies.


Guest Speaker Jennifer Taylor Moore
5.30pm Wednesday 19 June 2024

This month we welcome guest speaker Jennifer Taylor Moore, Curator of Collections at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Join us for a relaxed, friendly gathering of remarkable business and professional women for this evening of connection and storytelling at the enchanting space that is the Lockett Gallery.


GDM Retail Systems Factory Tour
4.30pm Thursday 27 June 2024

Join us, Business After 5 hosts, Bartley Group and their Award winning team, for a fascinating tour of the GDM (Good Design Matters) factory and premises in Castlecliff. This is definitely a must see and practical shoes event! No charge thanks to our hosts. Booking essential.



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

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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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