NEWS AND EVENTS

Browse and register for our upcoming events and read our latest news. 

19 Nov

JOIN OUR TEAM: Business Coordinator

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PBT Positon Vacancy: Business Coordinator. A unique opportunity for you to join our team, assist Pacific Businesses and expand your horizons! 

15 Nov

HATCH Q&A with Karita Siakisini of Sepora Lia

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Karita Siakisini (pictured left) of Sepora Lia says she and her business partner applied to join HATCH because they were hungry for help, direction and for their Jewellery business to succeed.

07 Nov

HATCH Q&A with Niko Meredith of No Six

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Niko says being in HATCH has been beneficial to No Six as well as them as individuals providing a space and cohort who are supportive and can relate.

02 Nov

HATCH Q&A with Hannah Teipo of No Six

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For Cook Islands/Nagamese  Hannah Teipo of No Six, HATCH is an awesome opportunity to grow your business with people already in the know.

31 Oct

3 Things I’ve Learned During My Entrepreneurial Journey

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Today our Business Coordinator Kaveinga wants to share 3 key lessons she has learned during her entrepreneurial journey.

25 Oct

HATCH Q&A with Benji Timu of No Six

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Samoan-Cook Islander Benji Timu joined HATCH with his business partners to expand their understanding on how business works.

17 Oct

HATCH Q&A with Angel Stowers of Kokiti Ltd

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Angel says HATCH has been a driver in pushing her and her business partners to think of different ways to better develop Kokiti with the help of PBT.

03 Oct

Sales & Productivity Workshop – Auckland

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Come along to our Sales & Development and see how your business or business idea can benefit from it. For more details, click on the link!

01 Oct

HATCH Q&A with Ana Saulala, founder of Gift One (GO)

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Ana Saulala, founder of Gift One (GO), wants more Pacific youth to take advantage of the opportunity the Hatch Youth Programme provides.

01 Oct

End of a chapter. Not of the story.

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Today our Business Coordinator Jaemen Busby reflects on the moving of our PBT office branch, from Porirua to the Wellington CBD. To the community of Porirua, thank you for all you have done for PBT as we continue on to this new chapter.

27 Sep

HATCH Q&A with John Belford-Lelaulu of MAU Studio

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John Belford-Lelaulu believes Pasifika, by nature, are entrepreneurs. It’s why he encourages other Pasifika youth to enrol into the HATCH Programme.

20 Sep

HATCH Q&A with Annabelle Ryan of Kokiti Ltd

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Annabelle Ryan (pictured: right) of Kokiti Ltd says she and her business partners applied to join HATCH because it could take them to the next level and provide the essentials to run a sustainable, ethical company.

14 Sep

Hatch Enrolments open now

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Hatch is a safe space where young Pacific entrepreneurs transform their futures through enterprise.

11 Sep

Validation Workshop – Auckland

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Come along to our Business Validation Workshop (Auckland) on Tuesday 25th September! Click to sign up and for more info!

13 Aug

Validation Workshop – Waikato

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Ready to launch your business idea but in need of insight? Come along to our Validation workshop in Hamilton! Click the link to sign up!

07 Aug

Diversity In Our Workplaces

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Today Vahanoa talks about the benefits of diversity in the workplace. How a diverse range of upbringings, expertise and opinions, is beneficial to problem solving and providing quality services.

30 Jul

Business Construction Validation Workshop – Wellington

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Interested in gaining the tools and knowledge to develop your Construction business? Come along to our workshop in partnership with Skills NZ!

30 Jul

The Inheritance

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Check out our CEO Kim’s thoughts on finding the right words. A revelation of how “cultural proficiency” is immeasurable. Your cultural understandings do not have to be measured by your proficiency in the language, but rather your ability to feel and understand. A natural inheritance.

26 Jul

R&D Workshop with ATEED

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Want to know more about where your Pacific business can go with Research & Development? Sign up now!

25 Jul

Introducing: Lillian Arp

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For this month’s Pacific Women in Business series, our Business Strategist Kaveinga meets up with Manaui Media Limited CEO & Founder Lillian Arp. Check out her story and advice she has for Pacific people wanting to start a business!

23 Jul

Arts, Culture and People

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Check out our Business Strategist Richard’s insight on pacific arts benefiting a tech platform! What are your thoughts?

18 Jul

Be Fearless, says Parris

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Choreographer, dancer, director and Pacific businesswoman Parris Goebel, who accepted our inaugural Pacific Business Trust Legacy Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards on Friday 22 June 2018 at Eden Park, urges upcoming Pacific entrepreneurs to be fearless. 

17 Jul

Perfection – My dragon

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Today our Programme Manager Eseta ponders the worth of perfection and how it’s ok to ask for help. Can perfection be a hinderance? Is it a stressful value we all strive for? Read more and tell us what you think!

11 Jul

Being Enough

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Today our business strategist / hatch – virtual CEO Tim reflects on identity- what it means to be diasporic in our day and age, and the importance of understanding and supporting diasporic youth.

06 Jul

Celebrating Success

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Today our Business Strategist David shares his insights on the Pacific Business Trust Awards, the importance of recognizing pacific business success and recognizing all achievements that take you that step further to accomplishing business goals.

03 Jul

Magnitude7 – Dunedin

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Interested in attending the Magnitude 7 workshop? click the link for more details!

02 Jul

Support by the Pacific + Recognition for Business = Trust in the Future

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This week, Jaemen reflects on this year’s Pacific Business Trust awards and the importance of Pacific people uniting to celebrate our achievements and success.

23 Jun

GALLERY – 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards

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Here are the official images from the 11th National Pacific Business Trust Awards celebrated at Eden Park on Friday 22nd June 2018.

28 Jun

Parris Goebel – 2018 Pacific Legacy

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Congratulations to Parris Goebel, winner of the 2018 Pacific Legacy Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

28 Jun

Pacific Biofert – 2018 Pacific Business

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Congratulations to Pacific Biofert, winner of the 2018 ATEED Pacific Business Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

28 Jun

Rachel Lewis – 2018 Pacific Woman in Business

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Congratulations to Rachel Lewis (Devitise), winner of the 2018 Sisters United Pacific Woman in Business Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

27 Jun

The Food Company NZ – 2018 Pacific Innovation

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Congratulations to The Food Company NZ, winner of the 2018 Microsoft NZ Pacific Innovation Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

27 Jun

Moana Research – 2018 Pacific Social Enterprise

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Congratulations to Moana Research, winner of the 2018 Pacific Media Network Pacific Social Enterprise Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

26 Jun

Kokiti Workshops – 2018 Pacific Impact

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Congratulations to Kokiti Workshops Ltd, winner of the 2018 Panuku Development Pacific Impact Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

25 Jun

Jitel Contracting – 2018 HATCHing Pacific Business

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Congratulations to Jitel Contracting, winner of the 2018 Massey University Hatching Pacific Business Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

23 Jun

GALLERY – 2018 Award Winners

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Here’s an official gallery of our 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Award Winners. Thank you to our category sponsors Massey University, Panuku Development, Pacific Media Network, Microsoft NZ, Sisters United and ATEED. Congratulations to our winners Jitel Contracting, Kokiti Workshops, Moana Research, The Food Company NZ, Rachel Lewis, Pacific Biofert and Parris Goebel.

23 Jun

GALLERY – Photo Booth

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Check out a selection of these fun photobooth pics from our 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards Photo Booth. The full set of our pics are on our Facebook Page #photobooth #Pacificbusinessawards #selfie #fun

23 Jun

Parris Goebel accepts inaugural Pacific Legacy Award

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Choreographer, dancer and Pacific business woman Parris Goebel has accepted the inaugural Pacific Business Trust Legacy Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards held on Friday 22 June 2018 at Eden Park, ensuring a benchmark of international significance has been created.

22 Jun

Winners named at the 11th National Pacific Business Trust Awards

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Winners of the 11th National Pacific Business Trust Awards were celebrated at the historic Eden Park last night (Friday 22nd June 2018) with Pacific businesses and social enterprises recognised.

19 Jun

Introducing: Shaileshni Chand

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Today Kaveinga follows through on her series of stories about Pacific Women In Business #PWIB. Meet Shaileshni the Founder/Director of Ganesha Consultancy, Business Advisory Services and Chartered Accountant. Hear what she has to say about being a Pacific Woman in the Business World and be inspired by the advice she has to give!

17 Jun

Building Solid Networks

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This week our Business Strategist Richard, gives insight on the importance of networking and how engaging with people can be useful in improving connections in businesses.

12 Jun

Internships give a career path opportunity!

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Today our Executive Assistant Vahanoa, discusses the benefits of completing an Internship, and how her Internship experience has shaped her skills for the better.

10 Jun

A Week In The Heart Of PBT: A Reflection

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A look into the taste of employment and a week of working with PBT, written by our newest edition to the team: Elizabeth!

06 Jun

Navigating Business: learning from Pacific wisdom – Exploring the Va

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This week’s insights come from our Business Strategist / Hatch – Virtual CEO Tim Swann. He touches on the complex and sophisticated mindset that our Pasifika people hold towards relationships, how these values can co-exist from a mainstream business lens and the importance of the general public understanding this concept.

05 Jun

Mahuki Product Inspiration Workshop: Wellington

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Are you a Pacific Product-Based Business looking to gain inspiration or increase your product design capability? Come along to the Mahuki Workshop in Wellington Thusday 28th – Friday 29th June.

01 Jun

Business Start-Up Workshop

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Looking to start a business in Construction? The Business Star-Up Workshop (in partnership with Skills) is a great chance to enhance and develop enterprise opportunities, paving the way for your business journey.

01 Jun

Design Thinking and User Experience (UX) Workshop

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Calling all who are interested in learning more about enhancing their designing skills in the Web Platform, to come along to our Technology Workshop.

21 May

Getting behind #PacificProsperity – how your support could change the world

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Today our Business Coordinator Jaemen Busby looks at the importance of supporting each other as Pasifika entrpreneurs.

16 May

Finalists named for the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards

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Finalists have been named across six award categories for the 11th National Pacific Business Trust Awards, which will be staged on Friday 22 June 2018 at Eden Park. 

14 May

Dear Pasifika Women in Business, We Need Your Stories.

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If you’re a woman and your roots go back to the any (or many) of the Pacific Islands, make sure you get in touch with Kaveinga today!

08 May

Business with cultural values in a Western world – whoa?!

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Business and culture. Can they truly be compatible in a Western world?

07 May

Kiwa Nuanua Pacific Tech Summit

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Pacific tech entrepreneurs, Research & Development scientists, engineers and emerging innovators were among the many who attended the Pacific Business Trust’s Kiwa Nuanua Pacific Tech Summit at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront.

06 May

Pacific Tech – Let’s Create IT

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Tech is not just for coders. It is a multi-disciplined sector that is full of promise for so many in our community. It is certainly home for those among us that are self-professed geeks that love to write code and create programmes and apps to solve problems, streamline tasks and entertain, but it also beckons to the DNA of the non-coders that make up the majority of our community.

03 May

Making Connections

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For the past 15 years Siuai and Serena Fiso have owned and operated Connect Global, a multi award-winning outsource contact centre from their home town of Porirua with branches in the towns of Ruatoria and Waverley. Supreme Winners at the 2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards, the couple reflect on their business journey which includes more than their share of triumphs and tribulations.

22 Apr

#Magnitude 7 | Imagining Pacific Prosperity through Magnitude 7

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The inaugural Magnitude 7 was held inside of Te Papa Museum. A pre-accelerator programme where aspiring entrepreneurs can learn about experiential design and the future of work in technology, culture, heritage, and business, Magnitude 7 is all about enabling Pacific people to see possibility beyond the realm of reality.

19 Apr

Xero Workshop highlights opportunities in Tech

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PBT clients were hosted by Xero for an exclusive afternoon of business excellence workshops and networking.  Xero opened their doors and shared some of the best minds from within the organisation, as well as upcoming events and opportunities.

19 Apr

Attack the Block

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Pacific Business Trust is excited to support excellence in Pacific Arts.  Attack the Block was a collaboration between FAFSWAG & The Pantograph Punch; supported by PIMPI, Q Theatre, Auckland Council, and of course the Pacific Business Trust.

19 Apr

How will technology impact Pasifika communities?

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The wave of technology is coming. How will it impact our communities? What is our answer to this? Hear from our young people, who have been immersed in technology, to hear what they have to say about this.

13 Apr

Kiwa Nuanua

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The new wave is coming. Are you ready? Save the date: Tuesday 24 April Get your tickets here. Join us!

27 Mar

Validation Workshop: Wednesday 4 April (Wellington)

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Is your business idea actually feasible and ready to fly? You don’t want to invest all your money into something that will sink. So, make sure you come and check out our validation workshop on Wednesday 4 April. If you would like to come to this session, make sure you fill out this form.

23 Mar

Friday Forward: Day in the life of an intern

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I greatly appreciate the generous offer and support provided by Pacific Business Trust (PBT) to extend my study at the organisation.  The time and flexibility to work on the HR system of the organisation is part of my internship programme, to complete my degree.

15 Mar

Pitching Workshop: Wednesday 21 March

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Pitching Workshop: Wednesday 21 March. Register today!

15 Mar

Friday Forward: Learning how to pitch

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#FridayForward is a new series that explores areas you need to know about as an entrepreneur. Today, Business Strategist Richard Taurima talks about why pitching is an important skill to have to advance your business forward. 

14 Mar

Navigating Business: How do we ‘sell’ culture safely?

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In this new series #NavigatingBusiness Business Strategist & Hatch lead Tim Swann asks the uncomfortable questions. Today, he looks at the tension between commercialisation and culture.

08 Mar

Validation Workshop: Tuesday 13 March (Auckland)

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Is your business idea actually feasible and ready to fly? You don’t want to invest all your money into something that will sink. So, make sure you come and check out our validation workshop on Tuesday 13 March. If you would like to come to this session, make sure you fill out this form.  

07 Mar

Thursday Thoughts: International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day and as only the second woman to lead the Pacific Business Trust as CEO I ought to have something really meaningful to say.

01 Mar

Navigating Business: learning from Pacific wisdom – Reciprocity

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Musings of a Polynesian in the ‘uncharted’ waters of commerce 1000’s of years ago my ancestors embarked in trade and mercantilism that spanned the largest body of water on the planet.  They were curious and inquisitive, sensitive to the currents around them as they set out in their vaka to cross the vast Pacific Ocean.

22 Feb

PBT CEO’s ‘Aha’ Moment

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With an exciting and successful career spanning more than 25 years across New Zealand, Australia and India, when PBT CEO Kim Tuaine met Michael Moynahan she couldn’t help but want him to be involved in the Hatch Youth Programme supporting young Pacific entrepreneurs to realise their business potential.

08 Feb

Mentoring Pacific Entrepreneurs

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As a corporate finance manager in London, home to one of the world’s largest financial markets, intensity and stress was all part of the job for Scottish-born Kirsty Campbell and her husband Neil Millar. But a trip to New Zealand for what was meant to be a two-year working holiday changed their lives forever.

01 Feb

To be recognised by her Pacific business peers

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Nalini Baruch, winner of the Pacific Woman in Business category at the 2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards, reflects on the positive effect winning a PBT Award has had not just for LOT EIGHT but for herself as a Pacific woman in business.

19 Dec

Treasury and Pacific Business Trust to identify New Zealand’s Pacific economy

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The Treasury and the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) have formed a joint project to identify the Pacific economy in New Zealand.

18 Dec

The Way to SimplyFi

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Bringing a slow-moving industry into today’s fast-paced service delivery environment without compromising quality content, the Busby family are developing an innovative cataloguing application. Called SimplyFi, the app will streamline the lending and borrowing process between institutions and the global culture and heritage sector, aiding the collection and dissemination of possible hidden stories.

18 Dec

Innovative programme launched to help young Pacific entrepreneurs Hatch

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The Hatch Youth Programme officially launched today at Lei Café, Ponsonby. Developed and delivered by the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) in partnership with Massey University, Hatch provides a combination of flexible tertiary education with real-world experience. The programme targets Pacific youth aged 16-26 with entrepreneurial aspirations and starts in early 2018.

04 Dec

Inaugural Hatch Programme participants gather

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Six young, innovative and dynamic Pacific business teams have been selected to participate in the inaugural intake of the Hatch Youth Programme. 

21 Nov

Inaugural Pasifika Startup Weekend a success

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The first Startup Weekend with an Pacific focus in Wellington was filled with big business ideas, hard work, collaboration and a whole lot of Pacific spirit.

19 Nov

Creating sustainable businesses through validation

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The Pacific Business Trust is taking a validation roadshow to universities and polytechnics, to encourage more young Pacific minds to look at starting their own business.

07 Nov

Health, fitness and family

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A truly grassroots social enterprise, Hiko Health & Fitness (HHF) is the embodiment of Yanetta Hiko and Helen Te’o’s combined will to make healthy lifestyle changes for their loved ones.

08 Oct

Attend Startup Weekend Pasifika with PBT promotional code

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We are proud to support Startup Weekend Pasifika 2017, happening November 3 – 5 in Porirua, Wellington. Launch your Pasifika (P.I. / Māori) startup in this weekend-long entrepreneurship journey.Pasifika in Porirua – a Startup Weekend like no other. Quick! Grab your $10 tickets

20 Sep

Startup Weekend Pasifika 2017

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We are proud to support Startup Weekend Pasifika 2017, happening November 3 – 5 in Porirua, Wellington. Launch your Pasifika (P.I. / Māori) startup in this weekend-long entrepreneurship journey

14 Sep

Hatch by Pacific Business Trust – Creating the commercial leaders of tomorrow

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The Hatch Youth Programme was launched today by the Pacific Business Trust, providing a combination of flexible tertiary education with real-world experience. The programme targets Pacific youth aged 16-26 with entrepreneurial aspirations.

04 Sep

Mahuki Vlog – Tide Talk Vlog 2

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Tide Talk’s CEO Lillian talks about her favourite moments while she has been at Mahuki – Innovation Hub of Te Papa so far! If you have an idea to do with technology and think you can benefit from being part of Mahuki, please get in touch with us today!

01 Sep

Mahuki Vlog – Vaka Interactiv Vlog 1

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In this Mahuki – Innovation Hub of Te Papa Vlog, Vaka Interactiv is developing interactive portrait technology that will enable museum visitors to connect to culture. The team at Vaka Interactiv recognise the cultural sector is aimed at helping people understand and appreciate culture in a way that changes lives for the better.

30 Aug

Mahuki Vlog – SimplyFi Vlog 1

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In this Mahuki – Innovation Hub of Te Papa Vlog, the Busby Family have started SimplyFi to create a digital market place built to streamline the lending process between institutions and the global culture and heritage sector.

29 Aug

Mahuki Vlog – Tide Talk Vlog 1

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In this Mahuki – Innovation Hub of Te Papa Vlog, the awesome TideTalk team is creating a language learning tool to preserve our Oceanic languages. CEO Lillian explains in a bit more detail what they do. To follow their journey more closely, you can find @TideTalking on twitter and Instagram too.

25 Aug

A place to call home

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Home Ownership Pathway Director Andrew Lavulavu wants the dream of more Pacific families owning their own homes to become reality. As a child who was part of a first significant wave of Tongan families migrating to New Zealand during the 1970s, Andrew Lavulavu is familiar with the pathway stories, struggles, and sacrifices that came with it.

28 Jul

Pacific teams join Te Papa innovation hub

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Three Pacific entrepreneurial teams started a four-month residency at Te Papa’s Mahuki innovation accelerator today.

27 Jul

Connecting with culture

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St Marys College Year 13 students Annabelle Ryan, Fangafua Po’oi, Taualofa Totua and Angel Stowers run cultural workshops through social enterprise Meraki. It’s a solution to the cultural disconnect experienced by many second and third generation Pacific students in New Zealand. The Pacific Business Trust are happy to nurture the new social enterprise as they work towards expanding.

22 Jun

Making Money Matter

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Combating the lack of financial literacy skills among the Pacific community motivated Brittany Teei and her mother Teri (Tereapii) to launch Kids Coin, an online tool that empowers students from years 3 to 10 to teach themselves about money, learning to save in the classroom and the rewards it brings.

21 Jun

Pacific Business Trust reconnects in the regions

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Pacific Business Trust is making connections around the country, developing key regional relationships and resources with various stakeholders and clients as part of a broader national network over New Zealand, including the Waikato, Northland, Bay of Plenty, Central North Island, Wellington, Christchurch and the Deep South.

29 May

Pasifika businesses forging new digital frontiers

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Promising Pasifika businesses are being supported as they take on commercial opportunities in the global culture and heritage sector by Te Papa and the Pacific Business Trust. A three-day pre-accelerator workshop is being held at Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki for five selected teams from May 25 to 27.

24 May

Opportunities aplenty for Pacific people in the Bay

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The Hawke’s Bay region’s brand is ‘Great Things Grow Here’. And following the Pacific Business Trust’s visit to the Bay in mid-May, locals are looking to a growing number of Pacific people to make the region their home.

09 May

A language of discovery

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A desire to learn her native Cook Islands language is driving Koni Rairoa and her friend Lillian Arp to partner to create a language preservation app. 

01 May

Best by Peers

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Having been part of the economic boom in London in the mid-2000s before suffering the storm of the 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis that followed, entrepreneur Janet MacFarlane has experienced the ultimate highs and lows in the tech business.

28 Apr

Ticking all the right boxes

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From numerous jobs involving packaging, Samoan Josephine Hale has designed and made a cardboard box that is re-useable, simple to use and perfect for supermarket owners who want to avoid staff injuries when cutting boxes in the rush to get products on the shelves.

19 Apr

Christchurch: Social enterprise forum showcases Pacific leadership

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The Social Enterprise World Forum is an international event where social enterprises all over the world come together to share wisdom and discuss how to create a more sustainable future.

14 Feb

Cruising for a living

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Mark Donaldson, winner of the Exporter category at the 2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards, was destined for a life at sea. As co-founder and Director of Marinelogix, a leading independent yacht logistics and shore-side support business based at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, he’s living the dream.

26 Jan

Vaka provides young Pacific a new pathway

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The Pacific Business Trust is proud to be part of Mahuki, the innovation hub powered by Te Papa. Four young Pacific and Maori entrepreneurs are teaming up to grow another globally competitive high-tech business made in New Zealand that is also proudly Pacific.