Manawatū Young Chamber
MYC was established in 2017 and launched on 1st March 2018.
Our Mission: To better connect young people & young professionals of the Manawatū to the business community.
Our Vision: To create a more inclusive and youth-friendly business community through positive youth development and authentic youth participation.
Goal 1: Advocate for young people
We aim to represent the voice of youth within the Manawatū, advocating for youth opinions, perspectives, wants, and needs. We will do this by consistently gathering qualitative feedback from young people, through means such as face-to-face conversations and online-surveys.
Goal 2: Enable access for young people
We aim to make opportunities within the business sector more accessible to young people. We will do this by utilising our partnership with the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce. Our aim is to create a business organisation database consisting of chamber members who have different tiers of involvement, ranging from being available as business mentors to meeting young people over coffee, to sponsoring the Young Chamber.
Goal 3: Provide development opportunities for young people
We aim to promote existing training and development opportunities with our Young Chamber members. These could include both personal and professional development opportunities.
Chair and Advisor
Ramola Duncan has completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Philosophy in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and Master of Education in TESOL Leadership. She has extensive experience in event management and has developed and delivered language, soft skills, club governance and employability training programs in the business and education sector. She has previously taught Small Business Management course at School of Management- Massey University and worked in the Careers and Employability Department.
She is a highly skilled, detail oriented, hardworking and self-motivated young professional with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and has been involved with Rotaract and Rotary International for over 10 years.
Currently, she works in the Massey University Students' Association as the Clubs and Events Coordinator and is a member of Rotary Awapuni and facilitator in the Rotary District 9940 Learning and Development Team.
Sarah Ma has recently completed a Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies, majoring in International Relations. She has experience in event planning and organisation as well as stakeholder engagement. Previously, she worked at the International Relations Office – Palmerston North City Council where she had an opportunity to be engaged with the region’s businesses. She has strong co-ordination and planning skills and is actively engaged in local community in support of International Relations.
Currently, she is an Administrator for the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) Palmerston North Branch and a Palmy Global Ambassador for the Palmerston North City Council.
Ella has recently completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business and Strategic Communication. She has keen interests in innovation, enterprise, commercialisation, and international business. These have led her to join several student organisations, including chairing the Massey University Student Enterprise Club, joining Chiasma, and the Momentum Investment Committee. As well as to work for global companies, the Palmerston North City Council International Relations department, and now Massey Ventures, where she is a commercialisation analyst.