Give your business a boost
08 Aug 2022

Give your business a boost

  • HATCH Pacific applications are closing soon

  • Te Mātātahi Digital Marketing Scholarships

  • Helping Pacific businesses succeed with marketing

  • Cost of Living Payment

  • Be part of Activate business community

  • Electoral enrolment reminder 12 August

  • Ākina application – grow your impact

  • Give your business a Digital Boost

HATCH Pacific applications are closing soon

HATCH Pacific provides young Pacific entrepreneurs with the tools and techniques to work through their business ideas. Supported by a dedicated Pasifika team who guides participants through this business programme, entrepreneurs can gain the skills and confidence to run their businesses. From dance schools to online marketing, clothing brands and event businesses to online grocery stores, take this opportunity to join our Foundation programme and go to the next level. 

Below is a quote from one of our recent participants:

“Thank you, HATCH team, for the opportunity to be a PI entrepreneur learning these skills.”

Applications close tomorrow the 9 August to the Foundation programme.

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Te Mātātahi Digital Marketing Scholarships

Also for our young Pasifika with Māori whakapapa who are 18–25 years old, studying or interested in all things digital marketing, consider the Te Mātātahi scholarship programme.

Te Mātātahi is a fully funded scholarship programme provided by a partnership between Whariki and Meta (formerly Facebook) that teaches foundational skills to kick-start a career in the digital marketing space as well as the opportunity to gain a Meta certification.

Applications close 12 August. For all the information on how to apply, click here.

Helping Pacific businesses succeed with marketing

Understanding your customer is the key to selling the right thing, in the right place with the right pricing. Investing in your marketing strategy skills can help you:

  • Promote your business effectively

  • Understand your customer and meet their needs

  • Send the right messages about your products and services.

Check out this quick self-assessment tool and find out how you can scale up your marketing skills. 

Cost of Living Payment Watch Now

The Government has introduced a short-term Cost of Living payment to help eligible people with their day-to-day living costs. The payment is assessed and automatically paid to your bank account by Inland Revenue. You do not need to apply for the payment.

Please click here for more details to learn more about the eligibility criteria. You can also read more in Tonga, Samoan and Te Reo.

Changes to the Fair Trading Act

The Fair Trading Act has changed and changes will come into effect on 16 August 2022. New protections have been added including:

  • Changes to unfair contract conditions

  • Prohibiting unacceptable conduct

Click here to out how this could affect your business.

Be part of the Activate business community 

The Activate Tāmaki Makaurau business community is overflowing with exclusive, free tools and resources that you can access right now that can help support your business.

Check out these upcoming free online events which are aimed at moving your business forward.

4-Day Work Week Webinar | Tuesday 9 August – 11.30am – 12.30pm  The 4-Day Week Global Program promotes a ‘100-80-100 model’, which means employees productivity remains at 100 per cent, for working 80 per cent of the time, while still receiving 100 per cent of their income.

You will learn about:

  • The latest research from international trials

  • What businesses hope to gain from the four-day week

  • The fears businesses have and other ‘cons’

  • Other alternative ways of working

Join us for a 60-minute webinar with high-profile speakers:

  • Andrew Barnes, Architect of the 4-Day Week Global Movement

  • Jacqui Maguire, Clinical Psychologist and Wellingtonian of the Year 2021 – Education

  • Dr Ellen Joan (Ford) Nelson, Expert in Leadership, Wellbeing and Future of Work

  • John Bradbury, People Experience Growth Advisor, EMA 

The session includes a 20-minute Q&A. The follow up email will include a copy of the recording and useful content with plenty of practical next steps.

Girls in Business – Conference and Awards | 20 August 10:30am – 4:30pm

Girls In Business is an organisation for driven women to connect. Founded by Pacific entrepreneur Alexia Hilbertidou, they currently have over 55,000 members across Australia and New Zealand. The goal is to bring females together and create an environment for them to network, meet new people and be inspired. Their conference and awards event held later this month includes insightful speakers, panel discussions, lunch, and networking activities. No matter your profession, business experience or age, we are sure you will leave motivated and ready to build your empire.

For more information, please email or register via the link above.

Mayoral Debate | Friday 9 September 7:15am – 9:30am

With Auckland’s Mayoral Election fast approaching, we know there are a few contenders ready to take the position and it is crucial for business to understand who our candidates are.

You’ll have the opportunity to listen to each candidate’s keynote presentation, understand the impact each candidate would have on Auckland if elected, and ask questions during the interactive Q&A session.

If you choose to attend online, the live stream will be available on the Auckland Business Chamber Facebook account on September 9th at 8am. No ticket required!

For more information, please email

Electoral enrolment reminder 12 August

Make sure to have your say on who represents your community by voting in the 2022 local elections. You have until August 12 to enrol! Check your enrolment details are up-to-date to ensure you receive your voting papers in the mail.

Visit or call 0800 36 76 56 to enrol or update your details today. Read more on how to ‘Get ready to enrol and vote’ available in these languages: Cook Island MāoriEnglishMāoriNiueanSamoanTokelauanTongan.

Voting opens 16 September and closes at 12pm on October 8.

Ākina application – grow your impact If your business exists to create positive outcomes in people’s lives or for the environment and you have plans to seek investments, then this programme is for you!

The aim of the programme is to support impact-driven businesses with their plans to seek investment.

Successful applicants receive up to $30,000 to spend on whatever professional support is needed to get ready to secure investment. You could use programme funding to access:

  • Legal support

  • Accounting and financial support

  • Business and impact consultancy services

  • Marketing and communications services

  • Other support that aligns with your plans to seek investment

Click here to find out how you can apply. 

Give your business a Digital Boost Watch Now Are you using digital tools and Digital Boost in your business?

The Mind Lab is committed to supporting Kiwi business owners to learn and benefit from digitisation.

It’s offering 200 full scholarships for Digital Boost users to enrol in the following micro-credentials:

  • digital skills for the workplace

  • disruptive technologies

  • internet of things for sustainability

  • leading beyond sustainability entrepreneurship

  • digital & collaborative teaching & learning. 

If you’re interested and want to know more head along here.

Have a great weekend.

PBT Team


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