Brendon Bartley

Brendon is the Managing Director of Bartley Group of Companies.

Married with three children, Brendon has lived in Whanganui most of his life and is very passionate about the growth and prosperity of local Business’s.

Bartley Group of Companies is made up of 11 local companies which cover a broad range of services, from Real Estate to manufacturing bull bars, warehousing and logistics.

Brendon’s view of the Chamber is to link businesses and help create a positive, strong and effective business community for our region.

Raewyn Overton-Stuart

Owner and Managing Director of PAUA Early Childhood Home Based Care Service Limited and other companies in PAUA Group Limited, Raewyn has been in business in Whanganui for fifteen years. Raewyn is especially passionate about small businesses, and their potential to grow and contribute to a vibrant economy in the city.

She also serves on the board of Wanganui City Mission and is the president of Rotary. Raewyn is a firm believer in partnerships between voluntary organisations and the community. She is also passionate about businesses building relationships with one another for the benefit of all.

Raewyn is the immediate past president having held this role for 4 years. She continues to serve as a valued member on the board.

Rory Smith – Vice Chair

Rory has been owner/operator of Tamara Lodge for more than 20 years.

Tamara Lodge provides travellers accommodation primarily for the Backpacker market.

Rory has also operated Whanganui River Road Tours for the past 10 years.

Rory regards the Visitor Marketing of Whanganui as the base for all marketing of our region. He regards an efficient marketing effort in the tourism sector as the spring board for all other marketing aspirations for the District. A national example of this would be Tourism New Zealand’s hugely successful “100% Pure NZ” which is now used by almost every exporting sector in some form or another.

He sees a role for the Chamber of Commerce helping local exporters connect with Visit Whanganui’s marketing effort.

Glenda Brown – Chair

Glenda Brown is a Director of eHaus – a national design & build passive house Company.

She is an accredited Mentor of Business Mentors Ltd, a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and also a trustee on a local community based trust that supports various ministries that serve Whanganui.   With 12 years governance experience in the school sector, Glenda is a positive and proactive contributor to the growth of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Glenda is passionate about Whanganui and believes strong relationships between business entities are vital for the future of economic growth in our area. Glenda can be contacted:

Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry News

The Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been hard at work over the past few years, building our value to businesses and increasing our membership. Thanks for your support! If you haven’t joined us yet but you want to become a member you can sign up here.

Our enthusiastic Board and Chief Executive are developing great opportunities for local businesses to connect with each other and to tell their own and each other’s stories. This includes networking sessions such a Business After 5 pm events (BA5s), our monthly Breakfast of Champions, Manufacturing Centre of Excellence Tours, Whanganui Women in Business sessions, and special lunchtime speakers.

We also provide a wide variety of business training sessions throughout the year and we advocate on behalf of business to local and central government. For example, our submission to the council’s 2018 plan saw commercial rates for the animal control activity decrease from around 30% to less than 10%. This is a small win but money businesses save on services that dont apply to them is money they can invest in their businesses and in Whanganui. We think that is important. If you have an issue that you would like us to help with, please get in touch.

Whanganui is currently in an exciting growth phase and so are we at the Chamber. Our networking events are warm and inclusive and have attendees from a wide cvariety of businesses, including professional services, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, education and the creative sector. Getting such a mix of different sectors in the room together not only provides local businesses with access to potential customers and suppliers but also encourages innovation through idea sharing and new perspectives. It can be hard to attend an event for the first time – even the most successful ceos can get sweaty palmed at the thought of it – but the research says you should do it and we can promise you a fun event.

So, please feel free to join us at an event soon and get in touch if you are feeling a little nervous about it – we take special care of newcomers and our wonderful members are there because they want to meet you too! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram (@whanganuichamber) for news about what’s coming up next.