Meet the team - Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Meet the team

Matt Cowley



As CE, Matt spends his time meeting with Tauranga Chamber of Commerce members, leading the organisation, and advocating on behalf of local businesses.  He reports to the Chamber board, who are elected by the Chamber members.

Business growth and confidence is critical to the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty economic future, and Matt is passionate about growing the Chamber’s contribution in this area.

Matt likes to meet with our members so he can keep track of their needs and promote issues that help local businesses to survive and thrive. He is also the main sponsor liaison.

Feel free to contact Matt to arrange a meeting to share your views and show him how the Chamber can help your business achieve its goals.

Kate Presland



Kate is the Chamber’s Accounts Administrator.

She manages all aspects of the day to day financials for the Chamber while meeting reporting requirements for our Board and auditors. Call her if you need any information regarding your membership or event invoicing or wish to discuss payment options.

She manages all aspects of the day to day financials for the Chamber while meeting reporting requirements for our Board and auditors.

Call her if you need any information regarding your membership or event invoicing or wish to discuss payment options.




Anne is the Chamber’s Engagement Coordinator for LINKT (formerly Rocket! Young Professionals), SBT (Small Business Tauranga) and for Special Projects including the Westpac Tauranga Business Awards.

Anne has an extensive background in events management and advocacy, and has previously represented the Chamber on a number of external committees and networks such as Mainstreet and City Centre Action Group.

Anne is also the prime Chamber contact for the Annual Golf Tournament.




Laura is in charge of all our marketing channels and ensures we are communicating well with our members and the wider business community through our social media, eNews, website and more. 

A journalist by trade, she knows a good story when she sees one and enjoys helping our members tell their stories

After working for newspapers and magazines for many years (including the New Zealand Women’s Weekly), she ‘switched sides’ to work in public relations, internal communications, marketing and advertising before joining the Chamber. 

Outside the office, Laura is heavily involved in musical theatre with Tauranga Musical Theatre, having appeared on stage and behind the scenes since 2016. 

Mel Cunliffe Chamber Staff



Mel provides event and marketing support, delivering a quality experience for our members and the Tauranga business community through social media and local events.

Supporting Anne and Laura, Mel can assist you in showcasing your business. A qualified teacher by trade, Mel knows the importance of developing a good working relationship, which she will foster through her ability to communicate clearly and efficiently.

Mel sees her role as an opportunity to learn more about a variety of Tauranga businesses and the people behind the scenes. She enjoys networking and is most looking forward to learning the ‘tricks of the trade’ from the wider team.

Outside of work, Mel enjoys keeping fit at the gym or on many of New Zealand’s great walking tracks.




Jason is the Regional Business Partner Team Lead at the Chamber in the Business Growth Team.

The Business Growth Team delivers a range of business support services to small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) who have the potential to grow in Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty. The services are funded by central Government through the Regional Business Partnership contract with the Chamber.

Jason assesses businesses to identify their needs for management capability training or coaching in order to support business growth. In addition, Jason links businesses to relevant local, national and global solutions, resources and information.




Roz is the Business Support Advisor in the Chamber’s Business Growth Team, and your first point of contact if you ring our 0800 number (0800 249 482) for business enquiries and assistance.

If you have a business problem or are looking for ways to to grow your business, the Business Growth Team can help you in many ways by directing you to resources, expertise and assistance that are available to all small businesses in the region.

Roz is the person you need to speak to if you would like information on the Regional Business Partners Programme including meeting with a Business Advisor or how to become a service provider. If you’re new to business or new to town she can also arrange a free one-hour consultation for you.




If you are innovative, engaged and working on R&D then Kirstin is your conduit to the Government’s innovation agency: Callaghan Innovation.

Kirstin works with business owners to help them grow and succeed through technology. Her focus is on research and development (R&D) and innovation.

Fresh out of high school, this small town Waikato girl decided she wanted to see the world, so she signed up to join the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Over the next six years she worked for the Air Force’s communications department, with deployments in Samoa, Antarctica and Afghanistan to name a few.

This early exposure to different ways of life led Kirstin to pursue a degree in development economics. She has since put her unique experience and qualifications to good use in New Zealand’s innovation sector, first working with accounting giant, Deloitte, before joining Callaghan Innovation.

She has also recently been appointed as Chair to the NZ House of Science.

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