What you might just need to get started
21 Jul 2022

What you might just need to get started

  • Reminder: answer 9 questions and be in to win, hurry closes soon Meet our Pasifika businesses

  • Procurement Readiness Workshop

  • Amotai Buyer Event

  • The Hospi Hui Event

  • Workplace Wellbeing with First Steps

  • Local elections 2022 – have your say!

  • Fair Pay Agreements

  • Job Vacancies – ConCOVE Tūhura

Reminder: answer 9 questions and be in to win, hurry closes soon

Take a few minutes to answer 9 questions in our annual client survey and go in the draw to win a new Chromebook.

Survey closes tomorrow, Thursday 21 July, at midnight.

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Meet our Pasifika businesses

This week we shine a light on three entrepreneurial Pacific businesswomen:

A’fficial21 Prints (Watch now)

Meet Māori-Samoan Anne Turoa, mother of six, who is the owner and lead designer of her home-based business A’fficial21 Prints, which offers printing services and apparel supply for both short-run and commercial quantities. Anne offers many creative options for your next family event or business promotion: customisable branded clothing such as sports teams uniforms, printed authentic Pro Club tees, sweatshirts, face masks and baseball caps. Also personalised cups and mugs, stickers, party bags, puzzles and other surfaces, her range extends to personalised children’s LED night lights, scented candles and more. Anne shares how she found her feet in business, her work life and some of the most important lessons she has learned around going into business. 

Ikuna Taste (Watch Now)

Joining us today is co-owner and director of Ikuna Taste, Pauline Fotu-Moala. Pauline and husband Fata, founded Ikuna Taste. A food business that promotes healthy eating through plant-based, keto and paleo desserts, cakes, and other treats. Ikuna Taste also offers corporate catering for events with delicious options. With aspirations of offering customers products that are raw, organic, natural, and purposeful. Pauline and Fata deliver fresh alternatives for those wanting something healthy yet uncompromising on taste and flavour. Meet food entrepreneur and Auckland resident, Pauline Fotu-Moala. https://ikunataste.com/

Pacific40 (Watch Now)

Samoan businesswoman Falute Vaauli-Lene is the mother of seven and the co-owner and manager of the online service Pacific40. Families in NZ can support their relatives in Samoa using instant Talofa vouchers, redeemable at supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, and hotels that are delivered by phone. Launched in 2019 with four stores, they have grown to partner with over 100 shops and vendors. Through word of mouth and the building of customer trust, the Talofa instant vouchers are a global hit, with vouchers being purchased from places such as London, Europe, America, Australia, and Fiji and sent to those back home in Samoa. Falute and her partner developed the vouchers through Pacific40 as a means of helping the Samoan community, removing the fear of shopping online and a middle man when transferring money. In the future Pacific40 looks to expand to other Pacific Island nations. Falute shares that they were able to start their business with very little, so for those who may be uncomfortable about starting a business or an initiative for the community, she encourages them to have faith, follow their heart and go for it. 

Also introducing an exciting new app for Pacific learning created by PBT’s service provider, Moana Digital Solutions: TupuTime – Pacific Learning App

The new TupuTime app provides Pacific learners, teachers, and families a new way to share content and learn from one another. You can register as a ‘Content Creator’ or a ‘Learner’. As a Pacific content creator, you can use the TupuTime platform to share courses and training with either public or private access. Other benefits and features include free hosting and free and paid subscriptions to content. Pacific learners can view available courses and enrol in online courses by installing the TupuTime app on their mobile or tablet devices. Learning topics including language, culture/history, science/technology and more. Access the TupuTime app here.

Upcoming! Procurement Readiness Workshop

We are calling small construction business owners to join our Procurement Readiness workshop on 18 August at the Pacific Business Trust Auckland offices. 

Gain up-to-the-minute knowledge and expertise on procurement. You will learn how to: 

  • identify and assess construction opportunities 

  • prepare and submit tenders 

  • contract negotiations and management 

  • pre-qualifications such as health and safety, compliance and project management.

Our guest speaker will share a buyer’s perspective. At the end of the workshop, there is also the opportunity for networking over dinner, which is provided.

Don’t delay! Make sure you and your business partners register to secure your spot!

Register Here

Where: PBT Office Level 2, 45 O'Rorke Road, Penrose, Auckland

 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. This includes guides, checklists, handbooks, e-learning, e-books, and practical webinars to support your business. Tune into the upcoming free online events provided by our Activate Tāmaki Makaurau programme partners, which are aimed at moving your business forward.

Here are two events being hosted in Auckland that Pacific businesses can join:

Amotai Buyer Event

Thursday 4 August from 3pm – 6pm (Two sessions) In-person event – Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, Tāmaki Drive, Ōkahu

We’re excited to be holding an “Amotai Buyer Event” in collaboration with Whāriki and Tataki Auckland Unlimited, and we’re pleased to offer an exclusive invitation to join us. The purpose of the event is to connect buyers and suppliers and encourage relationship building.

Session One: 3-6pm

The event will operate like a buyer expo / tradeshow where buyers will have a stand and suppliers will meet with them. We will give you more information about buyers attending, the procurement opportunities they have and how to best connect with them nearer the time.

  • Confirmed buyers - Downer, Hawkins, Beca, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Aspect Furniture, Naylor Love, McConnel Dowel, Dempsey Wood, and Kiwi Rail.

  • Do some research on the buyers to prepare to engage with them on the day, and

  • If you would like help / advice with Tenders, Pricing, Presenting or Health and Safety, we will have our Amotai experts onsite to give you advice.

Session Two: 6-8pm

Informal networking canapes and drinks

For more information, please email kiaora@amotai.co.nz

The Hospo Hui

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

The Hospo Hui offers two days of thought-provoking sessions that aim 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 info@restaurantnz.co.nz

Don’t worry if you miss an event, all recordings are available in the Business Activate Community resources section.

Immediate help with workplace wellbeing with the launch of First Steps 

The team at First Steps and EMA have created a new resource for Auckland businesses. Small businesses can now easily get a snapshot of their workplace wellbeing risks and gain access to relevant resources, e-Learning and tools that can immediately help prevent mental ill health in your workplace. 

As a proud partner in the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau and First Steps initiative, which provides mental health and wellbeing support to businesses, we are encouraging you to make use of the just released Workplace Wellbeing Risk Diagnostic Tool to help businesses decide what to tackle first. 

There are so many aspects to workplace wellbeing. The report and recommendations businesses will receive after using the tool will help prioritise the things that matter most and guide them in taking small steps to bring about change. 

The tool is available to use right now. Businesses can head straight to the website and use it for free and gain access to these sets of resources: 

Please click here to hear Dr Hillary Bennett as she discusses how the tool helps businesses understand how work can impact wellbeing, and what they can do about it. 

Local elections 2022 – have your say!

It’s election year for local government, which means electing new representatives to be mayor, councillors and local board members.

Are you on the electoral roll? If you are 18 or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or have lived in New Zealand for more than a year, then you can vote in the local election where you live. You have until August 12 to enrol.

Maybe you’ve moved recently? Check today that your enrolment details are up-to-date to ensure you receive your voting papers in the mail.

Local government impacts as all – from the taps we turn on in the morning, to the streetlights that guide us home at night. It’s how we build and maintain city streets, shape our public transport network, protect our beaches and bushland, and provide public services and facilities such as rubbish collection, animal control, libraries, parks, sports grounds and swimming pools.

Voting for the local elections opens 16 September and closes at midday on 8 October.

Visit vote.nz, 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.

Fair Pay Agreements – who does it apply to?

The proposed Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) system is a new mechanism for sector-level bargaining to set minimum terms and conditions across an occupation or industry. It aims to introduce a fairer system for workers, raising minimum standards and encouraging competition through increased productivity instead of reduced wages or conditions. 

The Fair Pay Agreements Bill is now before the Select Committee and will likely come into effect at the end of this year. 

Find out more here. 

Job Vacancies – ConCOVE Tūhura

Know of someone who loves to connect the dots? Who wants to manage a diverse programme of work and move mountains? Here are three fantastic job opportunities with ConCOVE Tūhura. Please feel free to share. 

Deputy Director - Manukau Institute of Technology

Portfolio Managers - Manukau Institute of Technology

Insights Analysts - Manukau Institute of Technology

ConCOVE Tūhura is one of two national centres of vocational excellence driven by equitable outcomes, creating real opportunities for Pasifika, Māori and wāhine to enter, thrive and grow in the Construction and Infrastructure sectors. 

Applications close Monday 25 July @ 5pm.

Have a great week.

PBT Team www.pacificbusiness.co.nz


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