ASPIRE is the Chamber’s annual conference, designed to inspire, enthuse and inform.

This year, it's time to think ahead.

Friday 2 July 2021, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm (4.30 - 6pm after function drinks)
Annesbrook Events Centre, 40 Saxton Road, Stoke.

Open to members and non-members.


Gurus tell us to live in the now but life’s greatest accomplishments often come through a blend of reviewing the past and setting goals for the future.  We can’t learn from our mistakes without reflection, nor make any great progress if we don’t propel ourselves forward.  Aspire 2021 is about using our past experiences and our present undertakings to drive us beyond egocentric outcomes and into the intangible, but noble pursuit of ancestral responsibility. No pressure.

Together we will look at this in the context of the Nelson Tasman region. What are the real issues we face as a region and as the business sector? What does a dynamic, climate-resilient, buoyant CBD look like in the future? How do we protect the region for the future without compromising the present?

Join business commentator and award-winning journalist Rod Oram for a programme of engaging and relevant presentations. Rod will set the scene, lead the day, provide attendees with a summary of insights gained and, most importantly key action points. 

If you run a business, work in a business, have any connection to this region – this is one event you will not want to miss.  

We are delighted to introduce our confirmed speakers:


Rod Oram – MC

Hon Stuart Nash Minister for Small Business and Regional Economic Development (opening address)

Donna Purdue, Chief Economist, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Sinead Boucher, Owner and CEO, Stuff

Greg Foran, CEO, Air New Zealand

Volker Kuntzsch, CEO Cawthron Institute

Jehan Casinader, Journalist, author and mental health advocate