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19 Nov

Creating sustainable businesses through validation


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. Business Growth Manager Richard Taurima says students often come in with this complicated notion of what it takes to start a business. “One of the main questions we get […]

07 Nov

Health, fitness and family


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.

19 Oct

Tax and Law Starter Kit for Business Workshop – 16 November 2017


The workshop will cover the key tax and legal issues faced by businesses. This will be a practical session designed to highlight the tax considerations when starting and operating a business. After this session, you will have a better understanding of the legal landscape, and of the issues you need to consider.

08 Oct

Attend Startup Weekend Pasifika with PBT promotional code


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


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


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.

13 Sep

**POSTPONED** Tax and Law Starter Kit for Business – Palmerston North – New date to be announced


We regret to advise that this workshop, originally scheduled for Thursday 21 September, is postponed with a rescheduled date to be announced shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and any interruption to your schedule.

04 Sep

Mahuki Vlog – Tide Talk Vlog 2


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


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


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


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


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


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

27 Jul

Connecting with culture


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

09 Mar

Alfred’s ambitious aspirations for Pacific enterprise


As the newly-appointed Minister for Pacific Peoples, Alfred Ngaro is confident he possesses the right mix of community and commerce experience to oversee the Pacific Business Trust.

14 Feb

Cruising for a living


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


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.