Business Groups and Organisations

Central Otago has a number of groups that exist to promote the district's businesses and its business people.  Some are more formally structured than others, some are geographically based and serve their local communities while others focus on particular sections or interests of the economy.  All however are open to members of the Central Otago community who are keen to support a strong and vibrant business sector in the district.  The names and contact details for the various business groups are listed below:

Alexandra Clyde and Districts Business Group

Meets for BIZ Breakfast on the last Friday of the month and the Committee meets every fortnight. 

Stu Millis, Secretary
Phone:  027 519 1650

Barry Hambleton, Chairman
Phone: 021 450 321 

Cromwell Business Network

Meets over breakfast every first Wednesday of the month (except January) at 7.30 am  
All welcome. Like us on Facebook [Cromwell Business Network].

Greg Wilkinson, Musterer 
Phone: 027 278 8523

Maniototo Business Group

The Maniototo Business Breakfast Club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 8.00 am at the Ranfurly Hotel

Morgan Grundy
Phone: (03) 444 9021 

Roxburgh Teviot Valley Business Group

Meets over breakfast every second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 am at the Goldfields Hotel 

Contact: Sally Smith, Facilitator
Phone: 021 585 353

Otago Chamber of Commerce Central Otago Advisory Group

Scott Sinclair, Chairman 
Phone: 027 478 1382

Sharp Pencils - Central

A community networking group for our female residents of all ages and from all pockets of Central Otago.  A chance to meet, chat and connect with the vastly talented women in our community.  To find out where the next connection will be held follow Sharp Pencils  on Facebook or contact Elaisa (details below).  ​

Elaisa Chapman
Phone: 027 674 4015
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Central Otago Young Professionals

​Are you a young professional working in Central Otago? A new group has been set up for you!  Check out the Central Otago Young Professionals Facebook page​. It is an open forum for anyone working around the Central Otago region who is in their first 15 years of employment.

Sarah Davidson

Rose Hammington
027 372 2297


Rural Business Network Central Otago hub

Sarah Perriam
021 922 993

Central Otago Wine Growers Association

The Central Otago Winegrowers Association represents the interests of the district's grape growers, winemakers and other interested persons associated with the wine industry. It provides general advice about grape growing and wine making, organises and operates a programme of continuing education for its members and acts as a cooperative for the general promotion and marketing of Central Otago grapes and wines.

The Central Otago Winegrowers Association also acts as the local organisation of the Wine Institute of New Zealand (WINZ) and the New Zealand Grape Growers Council (Inc) and assists members in accessing these organisations.

If you would like to find out more about the Central Otago Winegrowers Association you can do so by following this Link.

Otherwise, contact:

Natalie Wilson, Executive Officer
Phone:  03 445 4499 or 021 104 2513

Centre For Sustainable Practice

The Centre for Sustainable Practice is based at Otago Polytechnic in Cromwell and designed to support the acceleration of sustainable development in the region. It is concerned with all aspects of sustainability and has formed strategic alliances with a number of Central Otago based organisations including the Central Otago District Council. Visit their website for more information about the Centre for Sustainable Practice

Contact: Steve Henry
Phone:  0800 765 9276

Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is New Zealand's leading rural sector organisation. It has about 17,000 members and a strong network of 24 provinces and seven industry groups. Federated Farmers provides a locally based, democratic organisation that gives farmers a collective voice nationally and within each province

If you would like to find out more about the Federated Farmers you can do so by following this link.

Otherwise, contact the local representative
Phone:  03 477 7353

Otago Chamber Of Commerce

The Chamber's mission is to actively promote and encourage business growth and opportunity in Otago. It represents 1,500 businesses and professional people who are loyal to Otago and who work together to make Otago a better place to do business.  The Chamber does this by:
- Being the business voice on relevant economic and growth issues
- Identifying, exploring and facilitating common growth issues for organisations within the business sector
- Being a key provider of business information
- Providing and facilitating networking opportunities for all members

The OCC together with the Otago Southland Employers Association and Enterprise Dunedin delivers the Regional Business Partner, Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors New Zealand programmes in Otago.

If you want to visit the Otago Chamber of Commerce website please click on this link.

Dougal McGowan, Chief Executive
Phone:  03 479 0181

Otago Southland Employers Association Inc.

The Otago Southland Employers Association (OSEA) is a founding member of Business New Zealand, New Zealand's largest and most influential voice for businesses and employers. Otago Southland Employers Association represents and lobbies on behalf of employers. It's team of employment lawyers and other specialist staff provides employment related specialist advice exclusively for employers.

The OSEA also offers a range of high-impact professional development training programmes for business, corporates, government departments, managers, leaders and teams across Otago and Southland. OSEA is also the official provider of Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ) and Export New Zealand training programmes in Otago and Southland.

The OSEA together with the Otago Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Dunedin delivers the Regional Business Partner, Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors New Zealand programmes in Otago.

With over 100 training programmes, courses, workshops and qualifications available, OSEA offers a comprehensive expert-facilitated training curriculum covering Human Resources, Employment Law, Occupational Health & safety, Governance, Management and Leadership, Project and Operational Management, Financial, People, Performance and Communication Skills, Sales and Customer Service, Essential Business Skills and Personal Development.

If you would like to find out more about the Otago Southland Employers Association please click on this link.

Virginia Nicholls, Chief Executive
Phone:  03 456 1801

Master Builders Federation

The Registered Master Builders Federation represents New Zealand's premier building and construction companies, who pride themselves on delivering the highest quality houses and buildings.  Through its 1,760 member companies, with over 15,000 employees and subcontractors, it represent upwards of 65% of every dollar spent on construction.

With 22 regional Associations it has an unsurpassed network right throughout the country, providing leadership at both the local and national level.-space"

The Federation has been around since 1892 - and Registered Master Builders are proud of this heritage. Its members look forward to building New Zealand's homes, offices, hospitals and schools for the next 100 years.

Central Otago Branch 
Jenny Pascoe, Branch Manager
Alistair Saville, President
Phone:  0800 762 708 or 027  432 8065

New Zealand Retailers Association

The New Zealand Retailers Association represents a large number of retail businesses. As well as providing discount benefits to members it also advocates on issues of importance to the industry and commissions reports on the sector.

Phone 0800 472 472

Hotel Association of New Zealand

The Hospitality Association is a voluntary trade association representing 2,200+ hospitality businesses. The Association is committed to adding value to its Members via individual membership service and by local and national advocacy.

Members can access legal advice on employment and liquor licensing matters for example and enjoy the purchasing benefits that have been arranged on their behalf.

Charlotte Simpson, Central Otago Region 
Phone 0800 500 503

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