Pacific Business Awards – entries close next week!
29 Aug 2022

Pacific Business Awards – entries close next week!


In this newsletter:

  • Pacific Business Awards – entries close next week

  • Health and Safety Workshop

  • Supplier Hui - Invitation for Auckland Construction Works

  • Be part of the Activate Tamaki Makaurau Business Community

  • Meet our Pacific businesses

  • By Pasifika for Pasifika

Pacific Business Awards – entries close next week! 

In case you missed it, watch PBT’s Chairman, Paul Retimanu, talanoa with Brian Sagala on 531pi on the focus of the Awards, categories, why the platform is important for Pasifika busineses and some of the history of previous winners. View on Facebook here.

Entries close for the Pacific Business Awards next week on Friday 9 September. There’s no time like the present to complete your entry online now.

Health and Safety Workshop – book your spot now

PBT’s Health and Safety workshop teaches you the key health and safety concepts and obligations you need to know as a small to medium business owner.

Developed in collaboration with industry leading professionals, this workshop will allow you to understand the key requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, as they relate to operating a business in New Zealand.

The key concepts that will be covering in this workshop includes:

  • Primary Duty of Care

  • Overlapping duties

  • Managing risk

  • Worker engagement and participation

  • Introduction to WorkSafe

Learn from an Expert 

Michael LeRoy-Dyson - Associate Director, Audit & Assurance at Deloitte  

With over 30 years of experience in environmental management and business sustainability, Michael has worked across a broad range of business sizes and sectors.  He is experienced in developing and implementing innovative and successful sustainability solutions, from strategic planning through to frontline programme delivery. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2017, Michael provided sustainability services as a consultant, director and manager to local and central government, corporate and SME businesses.   When:   Thursday 1st Sept 2022

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM   Where:   PBT Office

Level 2, 45 O'Rorke Road, Penrose Auckland

There will be opportunity for networking over dinner and a Q&A session. Make sure to book now so you don’t miss out!

Register Here

Supplier Hui - Invitation for Auckland Construction Works

The Procurement and Capital Works teams of Te Puna Hanganga, Matihiko would like to invite Past, Present and Future supply partners to join them for a ‘change of pace’ Hui & Toamahi with Kai. Te Puna are looking to understand your key issues and challenges (share some of ours!) and how to  work together to transform our procurement and delivery approaches to deliver better outcomes.

There will be a short presentation followed by some interactive sessions, where we will explore 5 key focus areas (below) and together Korero to identify process and value improvements to benefit our Partnerships:

The details

Who: Construction and related Subcontractor Suppliers (Both Past, present and future)

When: 7 September 2022 Doors open: 7:30am (Kai) Kick-off: 0800 -1000am (Hui)

Where:  Ministry of Education, Eden 5, Level 3, 12-18 Normanby Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, 1011

RSVP: by 2 September 2022

Be part of the Activate Business Community  

Tune into these upcoming free online events provided by our Activate Tāmaki Makaurau programme partners, which are aimed at moving your business forward.  


Burnout Webinar | Thursday 15 September – 11.30am – 12.30pm (Online)

According to a recent AUT study, one in three Kiwi workers are feeling burned out. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises burnout as an illness stemming from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It can seriously affect employee wellbeing and result in high worker absenteeism and impact company productivity. BusinessNZ estimates that worker absence costs businesses around $1.79 billion each year. 

There’s no doubt, if your people are well, your business thrives. So, let’s discuss Burnout!  

Join our 60-minute panel discussion with expert speakers and learn more about:  

  • The causes of burnout 

  • The industries most affected

  • The impacts on the company 

  • Common burnout signs 

  • Recognising burnout, e.g., identifying and preventing it.

For more information, contact  

The Hospo Hui

Monday 19 – Tuesday 20 September from 8.30am – 12.30pm  In-person event – Trusts Arena, Henderson - Book Here

The Hospo Hui offers two days of thought-provoking sessions that aims to educate and inspire. 

In association with our partners, Restaurant Association, this event is part of the 3-day Hospitality Summit held at Trusts Arena. NB. This is a paid event ($50-$110 + BF) and tickets are available for purchase here.

We are living through everchanging times, which calls for our industry to innovate, diversify and grow. As we adjust to a new normal, we must shed what no longer serves us and collectively drive forward with renewed vision and purpose. The current climate is an opportunity for our industry to be leading innovators and changemakers, - to foster a growth culture, growth mindset and growth vision for hospitality. 

The Hospo Hui will host a stellar line up of speakers taking part in think-tank panel discussions, interactive demonstrations, wellbeing breaks and keynote presentation. For more information, please phone 0800 737 827 or email 

NZ SME & Entrepreneur Festival

8 – 9 November – 8.30am – 5pm  

Sir Woolf Fisher Arena, Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau City -  Book Now

What is the NZ SME & Entrepreneur Festival? 

There is no other event like the SME & Entrepreneur Festival Powered by Xero in NZ.  

7 headline speakers - 26 workshops - 1 SME&E Party - 700 attendees 

SME&E seamlessly combines high-quality business learning from some of the best business minds in NZ with entertainment, creativity and innovation. SME&E is a new business learning experience, you will leave with new insights, new skills to implement and a strategic framework to help your business grow. Check out some of the topics we will cover in the workshops and headline presentations: 

How to develop your brand story | How to measure digital marketing campaigns Why you need an effective sales process |Why business values are essential  | Why a thriving, inclusive work culture is a good business strategy | How to attract the right talent | How to create a business plan | What needs to be in a  marketing plan How to get more traffic to your website | How to incorporate culture into your business How to analyse your marketing | Business law advice Insurances tips | social media marketing tactics | Creating the right content for ads |  PR tactics |

For more information, email Craig  

FMCG Business Summit 2022

Thu, Sep 1, 2022 8:30 AM - Thu, Sep 1, 2022 5:30 PM

After two hugely successful editions, FMCG Business Marketing Summit will be held again on Thursday 1 September 2022 at the Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland. Fill your details in below and we will notify you of any news and updates. The FMCG Business Marketing Summit offers a full day of uncovering the marketing insights that make FMCG brands successful. Join us at the...Read more

Carbon offsetting for SMEs

Wed, Sep 7, 2022 9:00 AM - Wed, Sep 7, 2022 11:00 AM

Understanding offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for small and medium sized enterprises. Businesses play a vital role in keeping global warming below 1.5°C. Now is the time for you to take climate change seriously and start transitioning your business to zero carbon. The ultimate aim is to reduce all possible emissions to zero. Emissions that can’t be avoided can be offset. Carbon offsetti... Read More

Meet Pasifika businesses

From computer graphics and creative design to clothing and ceramic arts, here are three Pacific businesses interviewed by our friends at 531pi.  Signix Solutions Ltd - Cassius & Zinnia Leaso

Meet director and business owner of Signix Solutions Ltd, Cassius Leaso. Cassius has had a very formidable list of experience and knowledge in computer graphics and creative design. Establishing Signix Solutions, Cassius provides his business as a growing supplier in signage aspects. Creating and supplying work in commercial and industrial signages for businesses, companies, churches, and customers alike. Signix Solutions create signages and digital printing for plaques, cars, clothes and more. For more information check out their website.

Toko Designz - Willie Tuitupou

Willie Malupo-Tuitupou is the owner of Toko Designs NZ. Willie wears different hats, navigating the market in order to promote Toko Designs NZ as a uniquely designed apparel line. Providing Polynesian Style Street wear through a range of hoodies, shirts, face masks and more. With a fresh take on clothing, Toko Designs was made to fit and suit all different shapes and sizes. To check out his work check out his Facebook page.  

Ceramic Artist - Heidi Ankers

Meet Wellingtonian and artist, Ms Heidi Ankers. Heidi has grown her passion in Arts and ceramics for the past 10 years and has accumulated success from her pieces. With strong ties to her Samoan ancestral natures through her grandmother. Heidi has used her instinctive interests to create works and pieces that has led her to distinctive opportunities. Descent from the island of Samoa, check out her work.

By Pasifika for Pasifika

A unique opportunity for Pasifika businesses to align with the strength, flair and brilliance of Moana Pasifika. One of the most sought-after jersey placements, upper back, can now be sponsored by individual businesses on home and away jerseys. Choose the jersey number you would like to sponsor and enjoy an incredible benefits package as well as broadcast coverage and streaming to 161 countries.

Moana Pasifika have opened up sports sponsorship avenues for Pasifika business’s by splitting the traditional one sponsor for back of jersey into 23 individual sponsors with jerseys 1-23 available for partnership.

Learn more by emailing Ashleigh, email

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