On 30 June 2023, Marina Taylor facilitated a very successful workshop with 8 of our Business Owners which focused on developing the following:

  • Confident Communication skills
  • Growth of Leadership skills
  • SMARTER Goal Setting to prosper
  • Develop tools to help simplify to amplify your life
  • Transform your mindset positively.

 The workshop was co-funded by WellingtonNZ, who are looking to support Pasifika businesses with growing capacity and capability through implementing the Regional Economic Development Plan. We greatly appreciate their support!

Tapu Elia
Tapu Elia@bubuslashes
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Marina is vibe! Highly recommend this course delivered through a fun Pacific lens 🌺❤️ Fa'afetai Freida, Cece and Justine for organising this amazing event
Justine Taito-Matamua
Justine Taito-Matamua@browndollarstudio @anamuafou
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I wasn't too sure what to expect. But Marina delivered an amazing workshop that has helped me define my business and personal goals. It was also great for WellingtonNZ to come in and explain their work and how they can also help my businesses. Thank you WPBN!

As part of the partnership agreement between the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) and the Wellington Pasifika Business Network (WPBN), one of the key objectives is to promote MBIE’s Digital Boost Programme. To fulfil this commitment, WPBN leveraged the resources of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, utilising their programme to provide an expert facilitator, who guided each business owner through the learning curriculum.

We recently celebrated the outstanding career of the Honourable Aupito Tofae Su’a William Sio. With 16 years of dedicated service in the public sector, the Honourable Aupito has been a tireless advocate for Pacific peoples. His relentless commitment to fostering inclusivity, empowerment, and progress has made a lasting impact on the lives of Pasifika individuals and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand and the broader Pacific region.

The Board extends their appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of this event. Special thanks to Sanele Chadwick from Tautua Media Content Creators and Mark Fa’amaoni, our talented photographer from Big Mark. We are also grateful to Manaaki Management for providing the fantastic venue and delicious food, AV Media for their technical expertise and equipment, Thirteen Thirty for event styling, the Ex Nihilo Gospel Band for their amazing music, and Anamou Dance and Tofi o Tamatane for their incredible Pasifika dance performances.

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Dear Members,

We hope you are all enjoying the lovely fine weather today!

As the Executive Officer for the Wellington Pasifika Business Network, I wanted to take a moment to address our commitment to privacy and data management. In line with best practice, we believe it is important to ensure that the personal details of our valued members are kept up to date and that we have your explicit consent to retain this information on our database. Therefore, we kindly request your permission to continue holding your details within our secure system.

In addition to this, we would like to enhance our understanding of our Pasifika business owner community further. To better serve you and tailor our initiatives, we would like to ask you to please provide us with the following information: your ethnicity; and the industry sector in which your business operates.

If you would like us to retain your personal information on our database, can you please reply to this email.

If you have not responded by 1 June 2023, we will assume that you would like us to remove your details from the WPBN database.

This data will be used solely for the purpose of gaining valuable insights and fostering a more inclusive and targeted approach to our offerings. Rest assured that all information provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and used in compliance with relevant privacy regulations.

Your cooperation in updating your details and providing us with the requested information will greatly assist us in our mission to support and empower Pasifika business owners across New Zealand. We deeply value your membership and look forward to continuing to serve you in the best possible manner.

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust in our organisation.

Warm regards,

Fa’amoetaula Frieda Crawford
Executive Officer
Wellington Pasifika Business Network

WPBN collaborated alongside Wellington NZ, Victoria University of Wellington, and their Pasifika Student Council to host a networking event for Pasifika businesses and students.

Pasifika students were invited to come along to connect with local Pasifika business leaders and empower the students that will be our future Pasifika business leaders.   We were able to pass on vital networking and professional skills to the next generation while celebrating the many forms of Pasifika success over food, stories, and activities.  Six of our WPBN members spoke about their business journeys.  The feedback from the students was excellent.

Recently, the Power of Three Strategic Alliance, with the support of principal sponsor, Deloitte, invited the Minister of Finance, the Hon. Grant Robertson to present the 13th Annual Pre-Budget Address, at Parliament.

It was great to hear about the Minister’s priorities around supporting affected businesses and families through the effects of the recent cyclone and flooding. It was also positive to hear that as part of the focus on alleviating the impact of climate change, the Government is mindful of targeting adaptation and resilience initiatives, such as. the recent announcement to increase the amount allocated to the Adaptation Fund by $15 million.

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