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MBIE’s key outcomes linked to Pasifika Business Awards


MBIE’s key outcomes linked to Pasifika Business Awards

The importance of growing sustainable Pacific owned businesses is one of the many reasons why the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are getting behind the inaugural ANZ Pasifika Business Awards 2016.

Hosted by the Wellington Pasifika Business Network, on April 7, Pacific people will come together at Wellington’s iconic Te Wharewaka o Poneke to celebrate local, emerging, innovative and established Pasifika businesses.

From Pasifika Rising Star Business of the Year to the Supreme Award – Wellington Pasifika Business of the Year, the awards will recognise everything from uniqueness of a business and/or business idea, commitment and innovation to growth, and overall leadership. All are factors of which Network Chair, Paul Retimanu, believes are critical to a thriving and successful business.

“The awards will recognise all the factors which are important aspects and building blocks of a growing business.” Says Retimanu.

“It has always been our aim to inspire and support businesses to grow and succeed. These awards are a great way to acknowledge the work that Pacific businesses are doing in respective fields.”

“This is also a great opportunity for us to encourage young Pasifika into business and to support emerging Pasifika businesses. We have a generation of smart and intelligent problem solvers, innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs. It is important that we capitalise on their intellect and don’t let that go to waste.” Says Paul Retimanu.

Chief Advisor Pasifika, MBIE, Matalena Leaupepe says that the network and awards are an important part of increasing sustainable Pacific owned businesses – a key outcome in MBIE’s Pacific Economic Strategy.

“Business owners often create a ripple effect of increased employment, skills and innovation amongst Pacific communities. These efforts support increased incomes and create resilience in times of economic downturn.”

“Supporting business networks is an important way to ensure that businesses are well connected with one another, expanding their potential partnerships and leveraging collective opportunities to address shared challenges.” Says Matalena Leaupepe.

Tickets are $120 (GST inc) per person or a table of 8 for $900 (GST inc). This includes entertainment, three-course meal and an assortment of wines.

For more information, to book your ticket or nominate someone for an award, visit our website:



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