CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
There are more than 50 chambers of commerce in New Zealand. They are the oldest established of the commercial organisations, those in Auckland and Wellington having being founded as early as 1861. A number of provincial chambers – principally in the ports – go back over 50 years.
The first fully recorded chamber of commerce was founded in Marseilles near the end of the sixteenth century. In British countries chambers of commerce are voluntary organisations which are free to take up what work they like. The New Zealand chamber has its own links with local government; it cooperates with elected government, but, being a non-party organisation, feels free to give its advice to all political groups without fear or favour.