Connection with our Dunedin community - Book Now
20 Sep 2023

Connection with our Dunedin community - Book Now


In this newsletter,

  • PBT celebrates excellence at Waikato Pacific Business Network Awards

  • Jonathan Ginnen - Radio 5.31PI interview

  • Celebration of Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori 

  • Connecting with our Dunedin community - Book Now

  • Empower Pasifika Entrepreneurs: Join Pasifika Business Start-up

  • Business Continuity Planning - Health and Safety

PBT celebrates excellence at Waikato Pacific Business Network Awards

Congratulations to Felila Asiata-Feausi and the team at Oyonnx as well as Ray Allen from Code Avengers for winning the PBT Leadership in Marketplace Award. Our Procurement Programme Manager Tracey Alenepi and Customer Experience Manager Peneueta Willis had the privilege of attending and presenting the awards on behalf of PBT. 

Tracey took to stage to acknowledge the winners in both Te Reo Maori and her mother tongue, the Samoan language. This event highlighted the importance of different languages and cultures in uniting business and communities together. PBT's sponsorship of the award underlines our commitment to promoting excellence among Pacific businesses. The event highlighted the importance of engaging with communities and using language effectively to help spread the word about the important work businesses are doing.

The Leadership in the Marketplace category recognises the marketplace leaders who embody the statement 'O le ala i le pule o le Tautua – the pathway to leadership is through service. Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners!

Jonathan Ginnen – Radio 5.31PI Interview  

Click here to watch.

Meet Jonathan Ginnen of Ginnen Alarms Ltd, one of our Auckland-based PBT clients. Originally from Samoa he's been in the Electronic Security industry for over 25 years. He started his business in 2001 and it has been thriving for 22 years.

Jonathan's business offers a range of services, including alarm systems, CCTV, intercoms, access control, monitoring, audio/visual, and automation. While primarily serving Auckland he's also worked across the Pacific in Samoa, Tonga, Rarotonga and Tahiti.

Beyond business success, Jonathan is passionate about diversity in the industry. He aims to involve more Pacific people and believes in helping others succeed.

In short, Jonathan Ginnen is a success story bridging cultures and growing a business with a commitment to community and inclusivity.

Click here to find out more about his services.

Celebration of Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori

Last week, our team acknowledged and celebrated Te Wiki one of the two national languages of Aotearoa, New Zealand - Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori with a shared lunch.

This celerbation was a part of our recognition of the rich history and cultural significance of the Māori language, which has deep roots in the indigenous heritage of New Zealand. Te Reo Māori, also known simply as Te Reo, is a taonga (treasure) that has been spoken for centuries and plays a vital role in preserving the unique identity and traditions of the Māori people.

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Connecting with our Dunedin community - Book Now

Final reminder if you haven't registered for our Dunedin workshops make sure to secure your tickets today! Connecting with our Pacific community beyond Tamaki Makaurau is crucial and our team are excited for the new connections.

Employment Rights and Obligations Thurs 21 Sept 9 - 4pm Level 3, Pacific Trust Building 442 Moray Place, Dunedin

Storytelling-Craft Your Business Pitch Fri 22 Sept 9 - 1pm Level 3, Pacific Trust Building 442 Moray Place, Dunedin

Invite your business partner(s) and join us for a fun workshop session of exploring new horizons, share knowledge and foster new connections. There will be opportunities for networking over dinner. 

Calling Canterbury Businesses: Join Pasifika Business Start-up

Are you a Pasifika individual with dreams of starting your own business or self-employed venture? The Canterbury Tukumovakili Group invites you to their free workshop on Saturday 30th Sept from 10-3pm designed to empower Pasifika entrepreneurs.

The Workshop will cover the following topics;

Business Assessment Steps: 

  • Why go into business. 

  • Assessing the business idea  

  • Do you have the capabilities. 

Business Planning Steps: 

  • Identify the biz strengths & weaknesses 

  • Choosing a suitable business structure 

  • Finding your target customers. 

  • Estimating your start-up costs & sourcing finance

  • The business registration processes. 

Business Management Steps: 

  • How to document your business records

  • The roles of employers when employing staff

  • How to work-out your business taxes 

  • Complying with legal compliance

A one on one coaching will be available to all participants after the workshop to ensure they fully understand the contents of the workshop. We hope to contribute to improving the entrepreneurship development and the socio-economic wellbeing of our Pacific People. 

The workshop is free and will be facilitated in the English Language. It will be an inter-active learning session in a safe environment. Coffee, refreshments, lunches and transport subsidy will be provided. No parking on the venue except along Wades Road. 

This Workshop will be facilitated by the undersign, an experienced Biz Coach and Trainer. There is limited spaces available, only the first 17 applicants will be accepted-hence, email now and register your name & contacts to

Business Continuity Planning - Health and Safety

Being prepared for business interruptions is not just a choice; it's a necessity. Join us next Thursday 28 Sept 4 - 6pm at our Auckland office for our BCP Health and Safety workshop.

Afele Paea, of Niuean descent is a Health and Safety professional with a background in various government departments and currently active in a private sector as a Health and Safety expert.

Our Talanoa session will equip you with the knowledge and tools to develop a robust Business Continuity Plan that safeguards your business, employees and assets.

You will learn about:

  • Risk Identification

  • Business Continuity Planning in Crisis

    • If you have determined that it is not essential for your Business to operate in a CRISISyour BCP should revolve around safely shutting down and ensuring your workers are fully informed of what safely shutting down is

  • Post-Cleanup and Recovery

    • What does Post cleanup look like? How can your business recover and what conversations should be held before the 'Starting up' phase?

Don't miss out! Sign up now and get a chance to enhance your business's resilience and connect with like-minded individuals.

Register Now

'Ofa ke mou ma'u ha uike ngaue lelei. 


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