The Otago Chamber of Commerce & Otago Southland Employers Association to Merge


Announcement 22 October 2020

Following the unanimous approval of a resolution by members at the OSEA Annual General Meeting in Dunedin last night, the Otago Chamber of Commerce and the Otago Southland Employers’ Association will merge to form a unified business membership organisation from next month.

This vote followed the OSEA Special General Meeting last month in which the resolution was (also) unanimously supported by all members present.  The OCCI members also voted twice on the proposal.  At their first meeting the proposal was supported by 68% of those who voted.  Subsequently, at the AGM and with a virtual vote, 78% of OCC voting members supported the merger.

The now-confirmed merger entails OSEA and OCCI becoming joint founding members of a new incorporated society. The society will be governed by an interim board that will oversee merger operations.

The two organisations will officially begin working together almost immediately.  The newly merged entity will continue to provide the services currently provided by OCCI (and OSEA) across Otago and Southland under their existing names – so you will still see the OCCI/OSEA name used for the foreseeable future.

No decision has been made regarding the name of the new organisation, on which we will be seeking member feedback.

There will be no changes to membership fees until at least 30 June 2021.

The OSEA has been serving and supporting business in the south for 130 years, and OCC for 159 years.  Just as businesses must adapt to change, so must the organisations that serve them. This evolution will enable us to better serve our members and increase member benefits.

We look forward to building a strong, unified organisation that not only continues the work the OSEA/OCC has done to support business in the region for more than a century, but builds on it.

We will keep you updated on progress and invite you to contact us if you have any questions about the merger or are concerned about how it might affect your business.


Background information:

Prior to the member vote on the merger, the Otago Chamber of Commerce Board released the following information for members: