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24 Apr 2023

Join us and build connections


In this newsletter,

  • CEO Mary Los’e joins Pacific Mission 2023

  • Understanding Tender and Contracts Workshop

  • Reminder – BCP Proactive Financial Planning Workshop

  • Resilience for business with Dr Lucy Hone 

  • Free Information Expo 2023

  • Final reminder - Back to Work Grants

  • Upcoming Workshops

CEO Mary Los’e joins Pacific Mission 2023

Our Pacific Business Trust CEO, Mary Los’e, recently joined Deputy Prime Minister, Carmel Sepuloni, as part of the Pacific Mission 2023 delegation to the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

It's the first mission undertaken since COVID-19, Ms Los'e, alongside community, business and iwi leaders, and Members of Parliament, met with counterparts from the three Pasefika nations to share and collaborate on areas of shared cooperation between Aotearoa New Zealand and our Pacific region. The mission was extra special for Ms Los’e as it also provided an opportunity to visit her father's homeland in Tonga for the first time.

“It was humbling to honour my father and brother (who captained Tonga at a rugby world cup) to go to Tonga for the first time on a government delegation with the Deputy Prime Minister,” says Ms Los’e.

Click here to read more.

Understanding Tender and Contracts Workshop

Our Procurement workshop series is back again, for this quarter and we are excited to host the ‘Understanding Tender and Contracts’ workshop starting this Wednesday.

This workshop teaches you how to identify and assess construction opportunities, how to prepare and submit tenders, contract negotiations and making sure your health and safety compliance in all areas of your business.

Our facilitator Melissa Hillman, who is of Samoan background, brings in 19 years’ experience of high-level bidding in public and private sectors. Melissa has written bid responses for Tier 1 construction companies and accelerating sales in the tech industry. Having spent 6 years as the bid specialist within Tauranga City Council, Melissa will give rare insights into what stands out to government clients when a bid is on the evaluation table. 

If this sounds like you or know someone who might be interested? Invite or bring them along Wednesday.

Date:  Wednesday, 26 April 2023 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Teuila Room, Level 2 45 O'Rorke Road Auckland, 1061

There will be networking opportunity over catered dinner so make sure to register for catering purposes. 

Register Here

Final reminder - BCP Proactive Financial Planning Workshop

Final reminder for our Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Proactive Financial Planning workshop this Thursday 27 April at Teuila Room, Level 2 on 45 O’rorke Road, Penrose.

Our facilitator Isaac Robinson will guide you through what BCP is all about:

  • Emergency/Rainy Day Fund (how to calculate this, set it up)

  • Good debt vs bad debt

  • Finance Options / Facilities (pros and cons)

  • Cashflow runway

  • Cashflow improvement areas (Focus)

  • Cashflow preparation live walk-through of template

Isaac is one of our most reputable facilitators with knowledge that instills our Pacific and Māori values, processes and principles and how it can contribute to your practice and learning. At the end of the workshop, members will receive a cashflow forecast template to use as well as opportunity to network over a catered dinner.

Bring along your business partner and invite anyone you know might be interested.

Sign Up

Resilience for business with Dr Lucy Hone

Hear from one of the world's foremost experts in resilience, Dr Lucy Hone.

The Auckland Business Chamber, in partnership with invite you to join online for a live chat with Dr. Lucy Hone, a globally renowned expert in resilience.

Dr. Lucy Hone will share practical ways to cope with change and challenges, including when your business overwhelms you, as well as resilience practices that are especially relevant to the pressures of running a small business.

From Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to schools and community groups, Dr. Hone's expertise has been shared across a range of organizations.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from one of the best.

When: Friday. 28 April from 12pm - 1pm

Where: Online via ZOOM

To register for this complimentary webinar, simply click here and reserve your spot today!

Free Information Expo 2023

Check out these stalls at the Free Information Expo 2023. This free to attend expo will offer a wide range of support and services on May 3 in Henderson and May 4 in Mangere and we are looking forward to being part of this amazing opportunity. 

Come along and find about how we can support your business and check out other programmes and services available within PBT. Our team will be hosting on 4th of May, Mangere Central Community Hall on 241 Kirkbride Road, Mangere from 3-5pm.

Book a session

Make sure to register and choose one of the two options in the registration link so you don't miss out. 

Final reminder - Back to Work Grants

A reminder the Back to Work grants is still open for those who have yet to apply.

The grant is aimed at supporting businesses at high risk of closure or experienced significant impact on their operations as a result of the Auckland Anniversary flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle.

To find out more click here

Upcoming Workshops

Mark your calendar for the upcoming workshops. All our workshops are free to attend so bring along your business partner or friend who will benefit from this learning opportunity and make sure to register. To view all upcoming events click here.

Business Continuity Planning- Business Insurance Wednesday, 3 May 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us to share and learn about this critical business Talanoa. How can you prepare your business to deal with business interruptions?

WELLINGTON | Pricing to Win workshop Thursday, 4 May 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The workshop shares how to price tenders and demonstrate good practice.

AUCKLAND | Environmental and Sustainability Management workshop Thursday, 11 May 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This workshop reviews key environmental management and sustainability risks and opportunities that every business in New Zealand needs to be aware of and, outlines how to successfully manage them in your business.

Business Continuity Planning- Business Health & Safety Part 1 Tuesday, 16 May 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Talanoa session looks at the basics of Business Continuity Planning (BCP) specifically for Business Health and Safety.

CHRISTCHURCH | Employment Rights and Obligations workshop Thursday, 18 May 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This workshop is suitable for business owners who have employees or are looking to employ people and want to get a better understanding of employee rights and your obligations as an employer in New Zealand.

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

The PBT Team

Ph 0800 287 7526


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