NEWS AND EVENTS

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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.

10 Jan

JOIN OUR TEAM: Business Administrator

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Are you looking for a role where you can use your skills to make a difference? We have a unique opportunity for you to join our team in 2018!

09 Jan

JOIN OUR TEAM: Business Coordinator

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Are you looking for a rewarding challenge in 2018? We have a unique opportunity for you to join our team in 2018!

09 Jan

JOIN OUR TEAM: Executive Assistant

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Are you an experienced administrator looking to forge a new path this year? We have a unique opportunity for an experienced Executive Assistant to join our team in 2018!

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.