Michael Barnett is Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a Director of both the Auckland Chamber and NZ Chambers of Commerce & Industry.

Michael was recognised by the Queen in the 2011 New Year’s Honours with a NZ Order of Merit.


  • Chief Executive Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce (1992 – Present)
  • Director Auckland Chamber of Commerce


  • Chairman Local Government Forum
  • Chairman Auckland Business Leaders Group
  • Chairman Auckland Business Forum
  • Chairman Auckland Children’s Santa Parade Trust
  • Director New Zealand Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Chairman of Management Committee
  • Director Grow Rotorua
  • Ministerial appointee to National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women
  • Chairman NZ Infant Formula Exporters Association
  • Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency( TOI-EDA)
  • Co-Chair of the Rules Reduction Taskforce



  • Chairman Equal Opportunities Employment Trust (now Diversity Works)
  • 6 years elected Member of the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust
  • Member & Chair
  • Deputy Chairman Mercury Energy
  • 9 years elected Member Auckland Regional Council
    - Deputy Chairman Transport Committee
    - Chairman Economic Development Committee
    - Deputy Chairman of Council
  • Member Council for Open Polytech
  • 9 years as Member Prime Ministers Business Advisory Council – J. Bolger
  • Chairman Economic Development Forum Taupo


  • CEO – The Cloud, Queens Wharf
  • Chairman Puka Park Hotel
  • Director Credit Corp
  • Lead and participate in Trade Delegations, including Germany, Poland, Austria, Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Chile, Argentina and USA