Jordan Davis

Jordan is a progress-focused working professional and is committed to contributing towards a thriving Whanganui business network and economy.  Having been born and raised in the region, his regional whakapapa and connection to the whenua are his key drivers in supporting and contributing to Whanganui and the Chamber, assisting in a brighter future for this generation and the generations to follow. Jordan is passionate about the business future of Whanganui and is looking forward to assisting this through his involvement with the Chamber.

Sam Monaghan

Sam is the proud owner of Monaghans Barbershop in Whanganui.  Sam’s goals of changing men’s grooming in New Zealand has begun with the shop in the Avenue. Innovative thinking and long term strategy has given Sam the opportunity of creating his own national brand of men’s grooming products soon to be released. Sam is looking forward to being part of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce which is a new area of governance he is eager to be involved in. He is passionate about business success in Whanganui and building strong relationships in the community.

Stuart Hylton

After many years working across various activities in Local Government, Stuart manages his own consultancy firm specialising in Business Planning, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Policy Development, Waste Minimisation, Facilitation and Commissioner work.

Stuart is an appointed District Licensing (Alcohol) Commissioner for Whanganui and Rangitikei District Council’s and is currently an elected member and Deputy Chair of the Whanganui District Health Board following being an appointed member in 2014.

He serves on a number of not for profit entities including being Chair of the Waimarie Operating Trust, Immediate Past President of Whanganui Rotary and Executive Member of both the Whanganui and Central Districts Cancer Society.

Stuart is passionate about the District he raised his four children in. He sees Whanganui strategically well positioned to work smarter and more collegially to build business prosperity and community growth and welcomes the opportunity to make a difference around the Board table.

Natalie Sara

Natalie was born and raised in Whanganui but left the region to pursue her career in Banking. 30 years on she has returned home to be closer to family and to enjoy the lifestyle that Whanganui offers.

Natalie’s dedication to relationship building and excellent customer service has been honed over more than three decades’ experience in the banking industry where she has worked across multiple frontline sales, Commercial, Institutional Banking positions. Natalie’s primary focus is client interactions and supporting and guiding Business and personal customers through all stages of their life cycle and help them achieve their financial dreams.

Natalie is passionate about the Whanganui Region and see this opportunity being involved on the Chamber board as an opportunity to give back to the community.

28 February 2019 BA5

BA5 with Restorative Practices Trust

Whanganui is the first city in New Zealand to work towards a Restorative City: “Creating the environment for all Whanganui people to thrive and succeed together through respectful relationships.”

Whether your organisation is a government, non-government or private enterprise, Restorative City Whanganui helps workplaces build and maintain positive relationships among staff and transform conflict when it occurs. Employment disputes are costly and can be highly stressful for all involved. They can also be expensive. Find out how Restorative City Whanganui can help you build a healthier, happier workforce.

Please join us for networking, drinks and Pita Platter nibbles with guest speaker Chester Borrows. Chester is the Chair of the Restorative City Whanganui Advisory Group and is currently chairing Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora: The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group tasked by the Ministry of Justice to come up with practical solutions for the challenges facing the justice system. Chester will speak about the Restorative City movement and how it relates to local business.

The venue is Hive & Co, upstairs from Frank Bar (There is an elevator). The date is this Thursday 28 February, 5:30 pm.

Please RSVP to

Members and invited guests welcome.

Joamari van der Walt – vice Chair

Joamari is a Legal Advisor at Horsley Christie Lawyers and specialises in Immigration, Property and Commercial Law.

She is an admitted South African lawyer with further admittance in Singapore.  She obtained her double Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Law from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of South Africa. She practiced with various law firms in South Africa, owned her own law firm for 7 years, worked as commercial lawyer in Singapore and has been working as Legal Advisor in New Zealand for 3 years.

Joamari is a high energy individual who has deeply rooted herself in the Whanganui community.  She is passionate about the future economic growth of Whanganui and looks forward to the exciting opportunities and relationships to be formed through her involvement with the Chamber.

Helen Garner – Chief Executive

As Chief Executive of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Helen is passionate about supporting businesses to thrive.

Helen has built her professional career in a diverse range of environments and has first hand experience of the differing cultures of small business, large corporates, local government and not-for-profit organisations. She has held roles within Economic Development Agencies, Chamber, Māori business networks, and Business Mentors NZ. Helen believes strong relationships support business growth and help to promote a sustainable business community.

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