Thursday, 30th January, 2020

An impressive line-up events for the business community in 2020

An amateur Golf Day, Leadership Academy to nurture local leaders and an old-school University Debate are just some of the major events announced by Ignite Wanaka last week at the organisation’s launch event.

Almost 150 people from the local business community packed into the Wanaka Community Hub last Thursday night to hear Ignite, the local arm of the Chamber of Commerce, announced its plans for 2020.

Traditionally, Ignite Wanaka has hosted events regularly to help empower the local business community, with Business After Five drinks and Women in Business Coffee Mornings proving popular with business owners, managers and staff keen to connect in an informal environment.

Adding to these popular events in 2020, the Ignite team announced a new amateur Golf Day to be held in March.

Executive Officer Naomi Lindsay said the Golf Day was a great opportunity for businesses to come together in the outdoors for a bit of fun and a catch-up.

“Often people are so busy working in the business, they forget to take time out to connect with others, share stories and get advice. The Golf Day presents an opportunity to have some fun and meet others. The BBQ afterwards brings everyone together over a beer or wine and some good food.”

Another addition is the Wanaka App Great Debate to be held at the Lake Wanaka Centre in June. A take on the old school debating rules, four teams will debate two separate topics in front of a packed crowd of cheering and supportive locals. An opportunity to have some fun while debating is a great way to bring all the community together.

“One of our other highlights is our Leadership Academy,” says Naomi.

“Developing future local leaders is the goal of this five-week academy. We will start to create a really robust and diverse group of leaders within our community, which helps make communities more resilient, creative and connected. Graduates will join an alumni of leaders from across Otago and Southland who’ve completed the academy over the last few years.”

At the launch, Ignite Wanaka Chair, Bridget Legnavsky, also talked about Ignite’s role in advocacy and support, highlighting the organisation’s top five priorities for 2020. These are; the airport, visitor levy, downtown plan, labour force strategy and regional transport connectivity.

Ignite will continue to work closely with the stakeholders to ensure quality and factual information is shared and that businesses are prepared for any changes that may arise. Ignite also announced a series of new regional partners who will host a series of professional workshops on subjects such as HR, People, Law, Accountancy and Marketing.

To find out more about Ignite Wanaka’s events for 2020, visit and click on events and training. 

To download the presentation from the launch, click here

Pic cap – Almost 150 people turned out for the Ignite Wanaka launch event last week