The Otago Chamber of Commerce is welcoming a new move to better understand the business community's needs in Dunedin.
Otago Chamber of Commerce
After nine years on the board of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, the final three as chairman, PeterMcIntyre has stood down, having served his three terms in office. As he leaves, he considers the economic future of Dunedin and Otago.
The Otago Chamber of Commerce says it could support a rates hike that would result in Dunedin's commercial sector paying more.
A major international investor is eyeing Dunedin with plans that could pump ''tens of millions of dollars'' into the city's economy, the Otago Chamber of Commerce says.
Prime Minister John Key managed to clear an ''air of tension'' in the room yesterday when he addressed the Otago Chamber of Commerce, president Peter McIntyre said.
The Otago Chamber of Commerce has launched an attack on Dunedin's draft transport strategy, saying it pushed a ''questionable agenda'' of sustainability while ignoring major transport issues.
It was easy to talk down the local economy, but the evidence did not back it up, Prime Minister John Key told Scott Technology workers in Dunedin yesterday.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has hit back at the Otago Chamber of Commerce as being ''stuck in a smokestack industry time warp''.
Conflicting visions of Dunedin's future collided as debate over the city's draft transport strategy erupted at a public hearing yesterday.
The Otago Chamber of Commerce is keen to be part of the Government's business growth agenda, president Peter McIntyre says.
One of the long-standing traditions in New Zealand business is using the term "Tartan Mafia" to denote any business person from Otago.
The Otago economy was faring better than a recent slew of statistics suggested, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said yesterday.
Dunedin businesses in the last remaining section of "harbourside" area would prefer the zoning was dropped completely, and have raised concerns they will be subject to noise complaints and rising property prices.
The strengthening links between Dunedin and Shanghai will play a major role in the further development of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, chamber president Peter McIntyre says.
Like the temperatures yesterday, the revenue generated by Dunedin businesses did not climb much above zero - leaving the city's services, manufacturing and retail sectors with an estimated $8 million loss.
Green Party business policies received close attention yesterday in the first of the Otago Chamber of Commerce's political leader series.
Perceived reduced flight capacity between Dunedin and Christchurch is thought to be affecting business between the two centres, and the Otago Chamber of Commerce is seeking clarification from Air New Zealand.
There was a growing sense of urgency that people, skills and businesses affected by the Christchurch earthquake could be lost to the South Island, Otago Chamber of Commerce president John Christie said yesterday.