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

Mingle & Learn

What is PR with Susanne Martin, CEO, PRINZ
5.00pm Thursday 7 Mar 2024

Have you ever wondered about Public Relations – what it means – how PR differs from marketing – and whether it applies to you?  Join us for this informal network and learn event where we’ll be discussing these and other questions about public relations and marketing with our special guest, Susanne Martin, Chief Executive of PRINZ (Public Relations Institute of New Zealand).

Whanganui Young Professionals

Boats and Pros
5.30pm Saturday 9 Mar 2024

Whanganui Young Professionals – let’s get social! Join us for our Boats and Pros evening on the dry-hired Waimarie Paddle Steamer. Enjoy live music performed by Georgia Bishop. Cash bar. Nibbles provided. It will be a great night!

Lunch & Learn

Let’s Talk About AI with Simon Murphy
12.15pm-1.00pm Wednesday 13 Mar 2024

Join us for the first of our “Let’s Talk About…” lunch and learn events, brought to you by Business Whanganui Key Regional Partners, UCOL. In this session, UCOL Academic Advisor and AI expert, Simon Murphy will let you know all about AI and how it is relevant to you, your business, and your profession. No charge to attend. Lunch provided. Prior registration essential.

Our Team – Your Place

Business Connect – Let us come to you
Appointments Available Friday 8 or 15 Mar 2024

Our Business Connect get-togethers are a chance for you to connect one-to-one with our Board, to share your vision, let us know your ideas, maybe vent a few frustrations, ask questions, and, if you’re willing, to show us the business your hard slog, super hero-like resilience, and awesome talent has created. Click on your preferred date button below to book a slot. See you at your place!


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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