Women’s Business Morning

The popular Women’s Coffee Mornings are a great way to network with like-minded women in the community from all areas of business.

You’ll also hear from some inspirational and thought provoking speakers. Remember this invite can be extended to all female members of your business and is a great networking and social opportunity.

Please RVSP for catering purposes to naomi@wanakachamber.co.nz 

Events held 10-11am. $5 Members and $10 Non-members payable cash on the day.

Tues 17 April – Mandy Bell – Criffel Station


Wanaka Hotel, 10-11am

Mandy’s focus is One Health – health for water, environment, animals and people. Mandy’s whakapapa includes a number of New Zealand’s farming and agribusiness pioneers, she grew up on sheep and beef farms in Otago and Canterbury and holidayed with family and grandparents for many years in Wanaka.

Over the years she has strengthened her farming, veterinary and business skills with research, practice in veterinary science and most recently business studies at Melbourne Business School. Today Mandy integrates One Health principles with her farming, business start-ups and more recently agri-tourism, with other community projects linking to this continuum of health.

Criffel Station is base for Mandy, husband Jerry and their three children Penelope, Henry and Jemima. Criffel is also home to a large number of deer and hosts visitors from around NZ and the globe. She has investment and advisory companies with businesses ranging from an integrated supply chain of veterinary products, to a biotech company with a diagnostic test for Crohn’s Disease.

Increasingly we have global challenges facing agriculture and our communities and as much as resilience is mentioned in the same sentence, this is not enough to create sustainable, profitable and healthy businesses’s or products going forwards.  The spiral requires a paradigm change of the way we work together. Future thinking, courageous leadership and collaboration will create the space for open conversations to increase awareness and the development of solutions.

At this stage of life we have many learnings, experiences and networks that we can bring to the table to add value to the future that our grandchildren will inherit. Challenges and opportunities!

Mon 30 April – Kylie Kripnner – UFly

Kylie started a company called Glacier Explorers in Mount Cook National Park when she was just 19 years old and operated it for 15 years in the summer, autumn and spring only, before selling it.

During this time she worked in Antarctica for a summer for the British Antarctic Survey and did 5 seasons in Greenland guiding and 8 summers working in Norway.

She got the bug for flying when in Antarctica in 2003 flying in the Twin Otters on the ice so obtained her Private Pilots Licence (PPL) when she got home, then her commercial licence 5 years later.

After moving away from Mt Cook Village she picked Wanaka as her home.  It was hard to find work as a pilot at that time and it took several years of seasonal work to prompt Kylie to buy U-FLY Wanaka from long time Wanaka local, Ruth Presland 4.5 years ago.

Kylie’s journey to Wanaka Airport led her to meet her now husband Ivan Krippner and since that union she’s been introduced to aerobatic flying, became a flying instructor and has been exposed to quite a few different types of aircraft which has definitely kept her on her toes. None more than flying Ivan’s Midget Mustang, making Kylie the first female in NZ to fly this aircraft… she still has unfinished business with this beauty though!

Kylie’s lust for adventure manifested again with a ski trip from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole in 2009 and spending New Year at the Pole in 2010.  This was part of an all woman Commonwealth team of initially 8, called the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition.  Kylie was very fortunate to be the first NZ woman to ski the full distance to the South Pole at that time.

Join us to hear more about Kylie’s very adventurous career to date, running a business with your husband and raising a young family, while splitting time between businesses in Wanaka and Te Anau.

Mon 14 May – Tanja Schwindt – Chocolate Workshop

Wanaka Hotel, 10-11am


Weds 6 June – Hon Jacqui Dean – MP Waitaki

It’s been quite a journey from Play School to Parliament for Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.

Join her this month to hear about her experiences, the life of a local MP and what it’s really like behind the walls of Parliament.

Jacqui was recently appointed as Opposition spokesperson for Small Business and Local Government, but she also has a wealth of knowledge regarding the tourism portfolio.

She is a strong advocate for women and after 13 years in the male-dominated world of politics, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share on how to thrive and succeed.

Also a proud advocate for the people and communities which make up the vast Waitaki electorate, she is driven by a desire to see the region thrive and is particularly interested in the contribution that women in small business make.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Jacqui for an entertaining and interesting morning.