Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Pacific Business Leaders an inspiration to their communities

Hon Hekia Parata

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs

5 September  2013 Media Statement       

Pacific Business Leaders provide an inspiration to their community

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says the Pacific business community is playing a key role in New Zealand’s economic future by inspiring and mentoring the next generation of Pacific business leaders.

“By 2026 one in eight people between the ages of 15-39 in New Zealand will be of Pacific descent. Because of this young and fast growing demographic, Pacific people have the opportunity to help shape and influence New Zealand’s economic future,” says Ms Parata.

Ms Parata is addressing attendees at the Pacific Leaders Dinner, a Pacific Business Trust event in Auckland tonight to celebrate Pacific business success and recognise the achievements of New Zealand Superannuation Fund CEO Adrian Orr.

“Congratulations to Adrian Orr for receiving the Navigator Award tonight. He has been recognised on the world stage for his work on the New Zealand Super Fund and it is fitting that he is now recognised in New Zealand as one of our leading Pacific business people.

“Like many leading Pacific business people, Adrian provides a great example and inspiration to aspiring Pacific business people – indeed to all New Zealanders – and this is something we will celebrate tonight.

“Looking to the future, it was pleasing to see a record 40 Pacific teams take part in this years’ Young Enterprise Scheme. Impressively, most teams had a business mentor attached to their team who gave their knowledge, expertise and mentorship to support to the next generation of Pacific business leaders.

“If we can get more Pacific people to follow the example set by our business leaders then the future for Pacific people, as well as New Zealand’s economic future, will be bright,” says Ms Parata.

The Pacific Business Trust, funded through the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, offers training, support and business development services to help Pacific entrepreneurs and business people succeed.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Criminalising Of Rap Music

For black youth in America, there can be only three ways out of the ghetto: athletics, music or drug dealing. And for every individual who succeeds in making it out, dozens more attach themselves to their celebrity crews in order to bask in the reflected glory, and partake of the lifestyle. And what rap musician can afford to turn their back entirely on the ‘hood, when staying street and staying real is what their audience demands of them..?


Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Australian Election: Prime Minister Congratulates Anthony Albanese
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election, and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>

Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>

National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>




InfoPages News Channels