Chambers of Commerce

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Waiariki proudly supports the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Bay of Plenty Chamber of Commerce in Whakatane. These New Zealand Chamber of Commerce affiliates are nationally recognised promoters of business and commerce in the region.

Waiariki and the Chambers work together to develop partnerships with business and industry, which in turn promotes internships and work experience for Waiariki students, and research opportunities for students and staff.

Waiariki also works with the chambers and their members to develop business training provision and upskilling opportunities for their staff, and is recognised as the first choice in tertiary training provision by the chambers.

50% OFF part-time study fees

Chamber members receive a special half-price offer for study at Waiariki (see conditions below). It’s a great opportunity for members to increase the capability of their staff by having them upskill and increase their knowledge. Study options vary from face-to-face in the classroom, to online, distance and flexi-study.

Conditions: An unlimited number of employees from the same business can take advantage of this offer. Offer valid for New Zealand residents only, and for one 15-credit course per employee per annum. Additional fees may apply. The courses within the following qualifications are excluded from this offer:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Certificate in Adventure Tourism
  • Diploma in Adventure Tourism
  • Te Pumanawa – Short Award in Te Reo Maori.


Waiariki hosts a Rotorua Chamber of Commerce Business After Five (BA5) networking function annually, providing Waiariki with the opportunity to engage with Chamber members and showcase student achievement and success, update members on programmes of study, research opportunities, facilities and services.

The Eastern BOP Chamber has invited Waiariki to lead two of the “Legends in Business” Breakfast Sessions in 2016, inviting key staff and students in Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Trades to connect with members in these industry sectors. The idea behind this initiative is to investigate and scope opportunities for Waiariki students to gain work experience, internships and research with Chamber members.

Waiariki and Eastern BOP Chamber are keen to investigate and scope a revitalisation retail strategy for Whakatane and also develop a tourism plan strategy with the aim of Waiariki then delivering tourism programmes in the Eastern BOP.


Waiariki sponsors a number of events and awards as follows:

Rotorua Chamber of Commerce “Junior Chamber of Commerce”, which gives secondary school students and Waiariki students studying business, computing and communications at degree and postgraduate levels the opportunity to network with each other and with local business leaders.

Waiariki is the naming rights sponsor of the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards – “Emerging Young Leader of the Year Award”, which recognises young entrepreneurs and rising local stars working in the Rotorua business community, aged between 18 and 40. They will be making a considerable contribution to their organisation through leadership and innovation, including extending their involvement and leadership within the wider community. Waiariki provides them with the opportunity to upskill to postgraduate and masters qualifications locally.

Waiariki is the category sponsor of the EBOP Excellence in Business – “Small Business Award”, which recognises excellence and entrepreneurs in the business community. These awards are held every two years in Whakatane and the next awards will be held in 2016.

Page last updated: 19 Oct 2017