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Growing Pasifika Businesses in Wellington

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 In this week’s newsletter, we will reflect on the work of the Wellington Pasifika Business Network in 2022.  On behalf of myself and the Board, we would like to thank you for all your support, your referrals to our network, all of the social media interactions and face to face talanoa at our networking events and workshops, and your ongoing care and support.  As we spread the word far and wide about how the Wellington Pasifika Business Network can best support you, we hope that your businesses will flourish, now, and in the future!

Our Successes - 2022

Our goal is to help empower, inspire, and grow Pasifika businesses in Wellington, to create a community of like-minded Pasifika business entrepreneurs who can share ideas and our stories of success.  So, how did we do?

Strategic Partnerships

In May 2022, WPBN entered into a significant agreement where the Power of 3 strategic aim is to enhance and support business entrepreneurship across our three business networks.
The Power of 3. Board members from the Wellington Pasifika Business Network, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Te Awe Māori Business Network after signing partnership agreements in May this year.

Activities, Networking Events and Workshops

Our network had a very successful year in presenting you with many options to network at our events, often in collaboration with our strategic partner, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.  We hope you enjoyed meeting your peers and keeping up to date with developments in the world of business.
Here is a summary of events for the year
  • End of year Luau and Umu at The Wharewaka – a celebration of our success for the year
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Strategic business planning, leadership, budgets and forecasting workshop
  • The Wellington Address – Inaugural function at Te Papa with our Power of 3 Strategic Partners, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and the Te Awe Māori Business Network – celebrating Wellington and the diversity of our businesses in Wellington.  Celebration of Fiso John Fiso and Pauline Faumuina as our Pasifika Business Award winners
  • Pre-Budget and Post-Budget Breakfasts with the Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson
  • Meet the local Mayoral Candidates Political Panel
  • Post Budget Brunch
  • WPBN support of the Nesian Network
  • Māori & Pasifika: Business in Action Showcase - building networks for our people to expand who we can work with
Pasifika Business Award Winners
Raphael Hilbron - Board Member, Pauline Faumuina - Awards Recipient, Fiso John Fiso - Awards Recipient

Raising WPBN’s Digital and Social Media Profile

This year we have focused on raising our digital and social media profile. We now have:  In November, we opened an Instagram account where we already have 69 followers after only two posts.

More Information, Knowledge, and Access to Opportunities

In September this year, we created a regular newsletter, providing you with up-to-date access to information, knowledge, and opportunities for support.   We hope that you enjoy these regular updates!  If you know anyone that would like to join our mailing list, please let us know.
Xmas lights in Apia, December 2022
I wish you and your families and friends a wonderful holiday season, full of love, laughter, and fun!  I look forward to working closely with you all next year.


Please feel free to call or email me to discuss your business needs at any time.

Fa’afetai tele lava / Ngā mihi nui.

Fa’amoetauloa Frieda Crawford – Executive Officer
Wellington Pasifika Business Network
P 04 460 1878 | M 021 870 206

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