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22 Apr 2022

More Support for your business

We welcome Verona Ah Ching to our PBT family as a Business Advisor.
18 Mar 2022

Keep up to date for your business advantage

We are inviting you to come and talanoa with us.
11 Mar 2022

Support your business

To apply for the Covid Support Payment you will need to log into MyIR at Inland Revenue’s website.
08 Mar 2022

Covid Support Payment Drop-in clinic

Invite your business partner(s) or a friend who may be interested and join us online
04 Mar 2022

Join us for our next Drop-in clinic on Wednesday

As an employer or business owner we invite you to join our drop-in clinic talanoa on the new Covid Support Payment
25 Feb 2022

New financial support for businesses affected by Omicron

Applications for the first payment opens on Monday 28 February with payments starting from March 1.
24 Feb 2022

PBT and Amotai Formalise Partnership

We look forward to working closely with Amotai to further support Pasifika businesses into new procurement opportunities. This new initiative will bring our individual strengths together to grow the Pasifika economy through supplier diversity.
14 Feb 2022

Join our drop-in clinic ‘Understand Xero’

Join us for our next drop-in clinic ‘Understanding Xero’
06 Feb 2022

Become an Entrepreneur with HATCH Pacific

If you are of Pasifika heritage and have an interest in learning more about business or you’re interested in starting a business take a look at HATCH Pacific.
04 Feb 2022

Moana Pasifika Dedicate Tonight’s Game to Ofa Atu Tonga Disaster Relief

Get in behind the Moana Pasifika team and support ‘Ofa Atu Tonga – To Tonga, With Love’ fundraiser as part of their dedicated pre-season match with the Chiefs.
28 Jan 2022

All Procurement workshops moving online

Bring a colleague or share this with a colleague or friend who you think would also benefit from this workshop.  
24 Jan 2022

Aotearoa New Zealand now in Red traffic light setting

As announced by the Government yesterday, Aotearoa New Zealand has now been placed in the Red traffic light setting because omicron is now circulating
21 Jan 2022

HATCH 2022! Sign up today

There are multiple HATCH intakes starting over the next few weeks and there are a couple of spaces available for the intake starting next week.
14 Jan 2022

Keeping Your Pacific Business Moving Forward

We encourage Auckland-based Pacific businesses to register now for the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau support packages and expert services
21 Dec 2021

Employment Law Changes, PMPYA Winners, Christmas-New Year Dates and more

Catch up on all the latest news from PBT in our last newsletter for 2021.
13 Dec 2021

Now Open! Registrations of Interest for Moana Pasifika Home Games – Stallholders and Performers

Moana Pasifika and the Pacific Business Trust are collaborating to provide opportunities for our Pacific community at the game day rugby matches which will be a vibrant showcase of Pasifika.
11 Dec 2021

Can we help support your Auckland business?

Three areas that Pacific Business Trust can help you and your business are cashflow management, moving your business to online and HR support with health and safety.
09 Dec 2021

Covid Protection Framework – What You Need to Know

Our latest news on the Covid Protection Framework, Hatch Pacific entrepreneurs and our Auckland team return to the office
03 Dec 2021

Now Open – Registrations for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau

Find out more about how Pacific Business Trust and Activate Tāmaki Makaurau are working together to help Pacific businesses in Auckland.
27 Nov 2021

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau, New Drop-in Clinic, Moana Pasifika and more...

All the latest news to move your Pacific business forward with new Auckland support, drop-in clinic, workshops Christchurch, Wellington and online.
18 Nov 2021

Are you interested in Food Safety?

Join us online for our new Food Safety Drop-in clinic, Moana Pasifika pays tribute to Pacific community Essential Workers and more
13 Nov 2021

Reminder: Environmental and Sustainability Management online workshop Thursday

As a subcontractor, tradie or business owner, being aware of any environmental risks that could be associated with your work and prepared to manage these properly is a requirement for most contractors/buyers, which will help you to win contracts
12 Nov 2021

New legislation for workplace vaccine requirements

Drop-in Clinic video available to view, workplace vaccine legislation, enriching local school curriculum, Waka Toa Ora: insights on COVID seminar and more
05 Nov 2021

Two “not to be missed” events next week

New Drop-in Clinic 'Next Step - Alert Level 3.2' and free online Risk Management workshop
04 Nov 2021

Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming in November

Auckland-based businesses invited to have your say, Moana Pasifika updates and memberships on sale now, Kāinga Pukapuka (Home Library) book packs for purchase in Pacific Languages
02 Nov 2021

Pelenato Sakalia CEO to Step Down in 2022

The Trustees of the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) Board have today accepted the resignation of CEO Pelenato Sakalia who will step down in March 2022.
29 Oct 2021

Don’t miss our new Health and Safety workshop next week on Thursday

You’re invited to join us online at our new Health and Safety workshop
28 Oct 2021

Sharpen up for free on PBT!

Catch up on the latest news: online business courses, free business mentors, WE Accounting Summit and employer news
21 Oct 2021

Reminder - Register for Online Construction Workshop next Thursday 28 Oct

Are you a Pacific business owner who’s wanting to reach for higher value contracts with some of New Zealand’s biggest suppliers?
07 Oct 2021

Drop-In Clinic Resources - Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment

In case your missed it, you can still watch this talanoa on the Resurgence Support Payment
06 Oct 2021

You’re Invited! Online Drop-in Clinic for Resurgence Payment Support

Join us for our next Drop-in Clinic and hear about what is available, eligibility and how to apply
23 Sep 2021

Are you going to apply?

If you are between the ages of 18-35 and have always dreamed of starting your own business apply for our Hatch Pacific Foundation course.
17 Sep 2021

Applications Now Open: COVID-19 Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support Payment

Before heading into the weekend we just wanted to remind you that the Government has opened the third round of the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy.
15 Sep 2021

Applications Now Open for Hatch Pacific

Have you always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur but you’re not sure where to start?
10 Sep 2021

Second Resurgence Payment and Wage Subsidy

Here's what you need to know
06 Sep 2021

New Executive Appointment – Tracey Smith, Acting General Manager of Service Delivery

Today, Pelenato Sakalia, CEO of the Pacific Business Trust, has announced the appointment of Tracey Smith
02 Sep 2021

Wage Subsidy Q&A Drop-in Clinic Resources

Check out some of the key information covered in the PBT's Drop-in Clinic on the Wage Subsidy held on 1 September
30 Aug 2021

Wage Subsidy Q&A - Drop-in Clinic

Join us on Zoom for this talanoa session on the Wage Subsidy and have your questions answered.
27 Aug 2021

New Employment Workshop for Employers Online

Now could be a good time to do some business development while we’re all at home, if you’re not tied up with other commitments.
24 Aug 2021

COVID-19 Support Available Now – Register Now Pacific Business Zoom Fono Wed 25 Aug @ 6.30pm

This is a great initiative from the Ministry of Pacific Peoples designed purely to support Pasifika businesses. It’s free. Jump online to register.
20 Aug 2021

Covid Support for Pacific Business Community

PBT can help you navigate available support: the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy, Leave Support Scheme and the Covid Resurgence Support Payment.
19 Aug 2021

Support for the Pacific business community

The PBT team remains fully contactable and available during this latest lockdown.
16 Aug 2021

Employment Rights and Obligations

Think you’re a great employer? Could you benefit with some advice? Are you up to date on Employment Rights and Obligations in 2021? PBT can help. We’ve put together a fantastic workshop to help Pasifika.
22 Jul 2021

Project Ikuna: Upskill Your Pacific Workforce

Available to Auckland businesses short in-work training courses for Pacific staff via Auckland Unlimited.
09 Jul 2021

The Pacific Business Trust and Auckland Unlimited Formalise Working Relationship

Working to a shared goal of supporting Pacific people in Tāmaki Makaurau the two agencies have formalised their partnership.
10 Jun 2021

Emerging Pasifika Youth Breakfast

Register now to head along to our Emerging Pasifika Youth Breakfast for 16-24 year olds on 17 June.
03 Jun 2021

New Horizons Summit Speaker Announcment

Announcing a few of our speakers at the New Horizons Summit. Register now to attend on 17 June 2021.
01 Jun 2021

Mark your Calendar in June

Learn about exciting PBT events in June, and some timely and important guidance around vaccines and the workplace.
22 May 2021

HATCH Graduation

Congratulations to our HATCH 2021 Graduates!
21 May 2021

New Horizons Await

Register now for the New Horizons Summit on 17 June to be held at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland.
21 May 2021

Wellington Workshops in June

It's Wellington's Turn for our Six New Construction Focused Procurement Workshops
22 Apr 2021

Online Workshops for the Construction Industry

Our construction industry workshops are online in April and May and available nationwide, register to attend and please share with others
09 Apr 2021

See you at Pasifika Festival this Weekend!

Enjoy two days of Pacific culture celebration - music, dance, arts, demonstrations, storytelling and stalls with food and crafts.
08 Apr 2021


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31 Mar 2021

Workshops, Workforce Development Councils and Wage Increase

As we approach Easter and ANZAC Day here are a few timely reminders.
11 Mar 2021

Secure Your Spot in Our Upcoming Workshops

Attend our free workshops and gain practical advice for your business today.
26 Feb 2021

Could your business benefit from our Pasifika Digital Boost?

Do you need a digital device? Or know someone who does? PBT might be able to help – for free.
19 Feb 2021

Empowering Pasifika Businesses to Grow and Thrive

Find out how PBT’s refreshed free Procurement Support Service can empower your business to take advantage of procurement opportunities.
15 Feb 2021

HATCH Opening Event 15 February Postponed

The HATCH event scheduled for today has been postponed due to Auckland moving into Lockdown Level 3
15 Feb 2021

February Covid-19 Lockdown

Through this latest Lockdown, the PBT team remains fully contactable and available to you.
17 Dec 2020

Looking Ahead to 2021

We look forward to achieving even more together for the Pacific business community next year.
10 Dec 2020

Top 5 Employer Tips for Christmas

As an employer you need to know your holiday legal employment rights and obligations as we head towards Xmas
04 Dec 2020

The Pacific Fusion Fashion show marks its fifth year

Watch the Polynation fashion show this Saturday @ 7pm and see the best of our Pasifika designers
24 Nov 2020

Meet Our 2020 Pacific Business Awards Winners!

Introducing our 2020 PBT award winners and their inspiring journeys!
20 Nov 2020

2020 Pacific Business Trust Award Winners

Congratulations to all our 2020 Pacific Business Trust Award winners!
20 Nov 2020

Got a business idea? Join HATCH. Applications extended, close on Monday 7 Dec 2020.

Sign up for Hatch 2021! It’s free – and it’s awesome!
04 Nov 2020

Pasifika Festival 2021 - Stallholder Funding Support

Special funding package for Pacific stallholders through Pacific Business Trust which includes site fees.
30 Oct 2020


The event of the year is finally here. Join us in celebrating the leading lights of Pacific business 2020.
30 Oct 2020

Senior Leadership Role - Chief Executive

Following a successful transformation and significant funding growth, we are seeking a new CEO.
16 Oct 2020

Join Our Team, We're Hiring

We have two fantastic job opportunities we are currently recruiting and invite candidates who are passionate about Pacific culture and helping the Pacific community to apply.
12 Oct 2020

Announcing the PBT Business Awards 2020 Finalists

Our search for the leading lights of Pacific Business 2020 is now complete, here are the finalists for the Pacific Business Awards.
31 Aug 2020

Doing business at Alert Level 2.5 in Auckland

Businesses can open if they’re following public health guidelines, which include physical distancing and record keeping.
14 Aug 2020

Can we help? Call us on 0800 287 7526

Do you need some support or advice in lockdown? We’re here to help.
12 Aug 2020

Auckland is now in Alert Level 3

It’s important to arm yourself with information to keep you and others in our community safe.
14 Jul 2020

Upskill and Grow Your Business with PBT Workshops

Gain new skills, knowledge and tools to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, accelerating your business growth.
30 Jun 2020

Priorities for Waikato Pacific Businesses and Communities

Highlights from an inspiring talanoa with our Pacific businesses and entrepreneurs in the Waikato region.
29 Jun 2020

Business Advisor Auckland - Recruiting Now

Supporting Pacific businesses and entrepreneurs in New Zealand. Applications close Tuesday 14 July.
24 Jun 2020

Le Va Pasifika Suicide Prevention Community Fund

Applications close on Tuesday next week on 30 June, so don’t delay if you’d like to apply.
12 Jun 2020

New Construction Contracts

We have a number of immediate contract opportunities from our work with large suppliers, contractors and businesses who are seeking Pasifika businesses and tradies to fulfil contracts and project work.
09 May 2020

Contact Tracing in Level 2

As Pacific businesses get back on their feet contact tracing and health and safety is now front of mind for many people – how to do this as we get closer to alert level 2.
05 May 2020

Sole traders, self-employed and small business now entitled to $10,000 Government loan

The Government will provide interest free loans for a year to small-to-medium sized businesses affected by Covid-19
24 Apr 2020

Finding solutions for cash flow

Cash – it’s king and it’s a problem right now for many Pasifika businesses
23 Apr 2020

Beatrice Faumuinā talks about PBT with TV3’s The Project

PBT's Relationship Manager, Beatrice Faumuinā, and TROW Group's Saia Latu talk with TV3’s The Project
17 Apr 2020

Need Some Help? PBT Supporting Pasifika Businesses

Need some help? The Pacific Business Trust is a support network created to exclusively help Pasifika businesses and sole traders.
22 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Support

Apply for Covid-19 Support for your Business
06 Aug 2019

Pacific Business Trust Welcomes New Chairperson

The Pacific Business Trust welcomes newly appointed Chairperson Tevita Funaki to lead the Trust’s through an exciting phase of business transformation.
27 Jun 2019

A New Dawn: Pacific Social Enterprise Summit

Pacific Business Trust held its inaugural Pacific Social Enterprise Summit on Tuesday 18 June 2019 at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau. Read Board Member Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira’s remarks on the event.
29 May 2019

SUP 2: Born in New Zealand, Citizens of the World

For couple Winston & Gina, SUP 2 strives to reflect the Kiwi attitude through their uniquely bold designs. Read on to hear more about their story.
08 May 2019

Diggin’ the Scene at Lifestyle Fitness

Olenito Peauafi is passionate about Health, Business and securing a future that his sons can thrive in. Check out the article below to learn more about his business journey!
08 May 2019

Board Member Departure: Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu

After 3 years of dedication and contributions to our PBT board, we wish Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu farewell and best wishes for the future. Read the official statement here!
28 Feb 2019

Pacific Business Trust Announces CEO Departure

Announcement: Pacific Business Trust announces the departure of Chief Executive Officer Kim Tuaine.
15 Jan 2019

New Year, New Drive

This year we are grateful to see Jaemen assume the position of Business Strategists / Virtual Hatch CEO. Here is what he has to say, about his reflections and thoughts for the future.
23 Dec 2018

Treasury Paper – The New Zealand Pacific Economy

The Treasury’s Pacific Strategy recognises that the contribution of all New Zealanders in every facet of the economy and society is necessary for New Zealand to enjoy a robust, sustainable and competitive economy
19 Dec 2018

PBT and HATCH End Year in Style

The Pacific Business Trust’s inaugural HATCH cohort celebrated the first year of the programme while welcoming the 2019 intake in style at the spectacular Grounds Eatery in Henderson, West Auckland
30 Nov 2018

Konimaq – Here to S L A Y you with that Island Glow

Woman, Mother, Multi-faceted Entrepreneur. Last week our PBT Team had the privilege of interviewing Koni Rairoa of Konimaq.
31 Oct 2018

3 Things I’ve Learned During My Entrepreneurial Journey

Today our Business Coordinator Kaveinga wants to share 3 key lessons she has learned during her entrepreneurial journey.
01 Oct 2018

End of a chapter. Not of the story.

Reflecting on the move from Porirua to Wellington City
07 Aug 2018

Diversity In Our Workplaces

Today Vahanoa talks about the benefits of diversity in the workplace. How a diverse range of upbringings, expertise and opinions, is beneficial to problem solving and providing quality services
30 Jul 2018

The Inheritance

Check out our CEO Kim’s thoughts on finding the right words. A revelation of how “cultural proficiency” is immeasurable.
25 Jul 2018

Introducing: Lillian Arp

Meet Manaui Media Limited CEO & Founder Lillian Arp. Check out her story and advice she has for Pacific people wanting to start a business!
23 Jul 2018

Arts, Culture and People

Check out our Business Strategist Richard’s insight on pacific arts benefiting a tech platform!
18 Jul 2018

Be Fearless, says Parris

Choreographer, dancer, director and Pacific businesswoman Parris Goebel, urges upcoming Pacific entrepreneurs to be fearless
17 Jul 2018

Perfection – My dragon

Today our Programme Manager Eseta ponders the worth of perfection and how it’s ok to ask for help
11 Jul 2018

Being Enough

Today our business strategist / hatch – virtual CEO Tim reflects on identity- what it means to be diasporic in our day and age, and the importance of understanding and supporting diasporic youth.
06 Jul 2018

Celebrating Success

Business Strategist David shares his insights on the Pacific Business Trust Awards, the importance of recognizing pacific business success and all achievements that takes you to accomplishing business goals.
02 Jul 2018

Support by the Pacific + Recognition for Business = Trust in the Future

This week, Jaemen reflects on this year’s Pacific Business Trust awards and the importance of Pacific people uniting to celebrate our achievements and success.
28 Jun 2018

Pacific Biofert – 2018 Pacific Business

Pacific Biofert, winner of the 2018 ATEED Pacific Business Award
28 Jun 2018

Parris Goebel – 2018 Pacific Legacy

Parris Goebel, winner of the 2018 Pacific Legacy Award
28 Jun 2018

Rachel Lewis – 2018 Pacific Woman in Business

Rachel Lewis (Devitise), winner of the 2018 Sisters United Pacific Woman in Business Award
27 Jun 2018

Moana Research – 2018 Pacific Social Enterprise

Moana Research, winner of the 2018 Pacific Media Network Pacific Social Enterprise Award
27 Jun 2018

The Food Company NZ – 2018 Pacific Innovation

The Food Company NZ, winner of the 2018 Microsoft NZ Pacific Innovation Award
26 Jun 2018

Kokiti Workshops – 2018 Pacific Impact

Kokiti Workshops Ltd, winner of the 2018 Panuku Development Pacific Impact Award
25 Jun 2018

Jitel Contracting – 2018 HATCHing Pacific Business

Jitel Contracting, winner of the 2018 Massey University Hatching Pacific Business Award
23 Jun 2018

Parris Goebel accepts inaugural Pacific Legacy Award

Choreographer, dancer and Pacific business woman Parris Goebel has accepted the inaugural Pacific Business Trust Legacy Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards
19 Jun 2018

Introducing: Shaileshni Chand

Meet Shaileshni the Founder/Director of Ganesha Consultancy, Business Advisory Services and Chartered Accountant. Hear what she has to say about being a Pacific Woman in the Business World and be inspired by the advice she has to give!
17 Jun 2018

Building Solid Networks

This week our Business Strategist Richard, gives insight on the importance of networking and how engaging with people can be useful in improving connections in businesses.
12 Jun 2018

Internships give a career path opportunity!

Today our Executive Assistant Vahanoa, discusses the benefits of completing an Internship, and how her Internship experience has shaped her skills for the better
10 Jun 2018

A Week In The Heart Of PBT: A Reflection

A look into the taste of employment and a week of working with PBT, written by our newest edition to the team: Elizabeth!
06 Jun 2018

Navigating Business: learning from Pacific wisdom – Exploring the Va

Musings of a Polynesian in the ‘uncharted’ waters of commerce.
21 May 2018

Getting behind #PacificProsperity – how your support could change the world

Business Coordinator, Jaemen Busby shares his thoughts on supporting Pacific Businesses
08 May 2018

Business with cultural values in a Western world – whoa?!

Business and culture. Can they truly be compatible in a Western world?
07 May 2018

Kiwa Nuanua Pacific Tech Summit

Pacific Business Trust holds Pacific Tech Summit 'Kiwa Nuanua'
06 May 2018

Pacific Tech – Let’s Create IT

Business Strategist, David Wilson shares his thoughts on the Tech Industry
03 May 2018

Global Connect: Making Connections

Supreme Winners at the 2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards, the couple reflect on their business journey which includes more than their share of triumphs and tribulations.
22 Apr 2018

Imagining Pacific Prosperity through Magnitude 7

Jaemen Busby reflects on the inaugural Magnitude 7 Pre-accelerator Programme
23 Mar 2018

Friday Forward: Day in the Life of an Intern

Vahanoa Vea shares her thought on being an Intern at PBT
15 Mar 2018

Friday Forward: Learning How to Pitch

Business Strategist Richard Taurima talks about why pitching is an important skill to have, to advance your business forward.
14 Mar 2018

Navigating Business: How do we ‘sell’ culture safely?

In this new series #NavigatingBusiness Business Strategist & Hatch lead Tim Swann asks the uncomfortable questions. Today, he looks at the tension between commercialisation and culture.
07 Mar 2018

Thursday Thoughts: International Women’s Day

CEO Kim Tuaine share some thoughts on International Women's Day
01 Mar 2018

Navigating Business: learning from Pacific wisdom – Reciprocity

Musings of a Polynesian in the ‘uncharted’ waters of commerce
22 Feb 2018

PBT CEO’s ‘Aha’ Moment

Meet Michael Moynahan - A Hatch Youth Programme mentor
08 Feb 2018

Mentoring Pacific Entrepreneurs

Kirsty Campbell about Mentoring Pacific Entrepreneurs
01 Feb 2018

To Be Recognised By Her Pacific Business Peers

Nalini Baruch, winner of the Pacific Woman in Business category at the 2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards, looked as surprised as anyone on hearing her name announced at the presentation ceremony.
19 Dec 2017

Treasury and Pacific Business Trust to identify New Zealand’s Pacific economy

The Treasury and the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) have formed a joint project to identify the Pacific economy in New Zealand.
18 Dec 2017

The Way to SimplyFi

Bringing a slow-moving industry into today’s fast-paced service delivery environment without compromising quality content, the Busby family are developing an innovative cataloging application