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Local Fashion Company Secures Pacific Exporter Award

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Local Fashion Company Secures Pacific Exporter Award

The Loheni sisters, designers behind the New Zealand fashion label Mena, took out the Pacic Exporter Award at the 2010 Manukau Institute of Technology Pacic Business Awards on Friday.

Pacic Island Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu was present to award some of the other entrepreneurs and business owners who won, saying their success was a sign of the future make-up of the New Zealand economy.

Successful Pacic businesses are providing much needed jobs and prosperity around the country, she says. “The entrepreneurial spirit is burning brightly among Pacic peoples, and New Zealand needs [those] businesses to continue to grow and succeed,” she says. “I’m condent this wonderful trend will continue, despite the slow recovery of the economy."

Mena is designed and made in Auckland by Agnes, Jackie, Gina and Charlene Loheni, and celebrates quintessential vacation style and sold in New Zealand, Hawaii, the Solomon and Cook Islands and Samoa.

The essence of the label is the merging of the unique styles of each of the designers to create a label with a strong emphasis on the vibrancy and richness of their Polynesian heritage.

“We couldn’t be more delighted,” said Agnes after the win. “We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years; we love what we do and we couldn’t do it without your continued love and support,” she said. “Fa’afetai Lava!"

The winners were:

Pacic Employer/Workplace - Cardinal Logistics

Emerging Business Enterprise - Panorama Access and Hire Sales Ltd

Young Pacic Entrepreneur - Matt Walker, CEO of

Pacic Exporter - Mena International Ltd

Pacic Executive - Lorna Kumitau, Pacic Integrated Healthcare Ltd

Pacic Business Woman - Jo Kerrison, Foxie Styles

Pacic Business Person - Vinod Kumar, Magsons Hardware

Pacic Business - Magsons Hardware

The inaugural Pacic Navigators Achievement Award was given to Stan Wolfgramm.


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