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7/30/2019 5 Comments
The idea of convenient shopping has a new meaning with Pacific40 Limited launching its Talofa Voucher project in partnership with Ah Liki Wholesale Limited.
The tech company born out of The Pacific Business Hub and supported by the Samoa Business Network has established an e-commerce platform that allows customers in NZ and around the world with online banking/credit or debit card access to buy a shopping voucher for their family in Samoa.
What is unique about the concept is that the person buying the voucher will select the shop that is closer to where their family reside to redeem their Talofa Voucher. This means customers do not have to travel to Apia or Salelologa to redeem their vouchers but can do their shopping at a partner store that is closer to where they live. This will save money on transport and allow customers longer opening hours as most shops in villages are open until 10 or 11 o’clock at night.
“We are launching Talofa Voucher with the 4 Farmer Joe Supermarkets in Upolu to start with and then
hopefully expand to other retail stores around Upolu and Savaii,” said Falute Vaauli-Lene, Director and
Operations Manager of Pacific40 Limited.
She went on to acknowledge that the concept was only possible with a fully established retail infrastructure around Samoa and that is where the partnership with Ah Liki Wholesale Limited was important. Ah Liki Wholesale Limited has a strong network of retail shops around Samoa through their wholesale business and it is a vital component for the Talofa Voucher shopping experience.
“Ah Liki Wholesale Limited welcomes the opportunity to work with Pacific40 through the Talofa Voucher service as it will allow retail shops in Samoa access to customers in NZ and around the world to help drive sales” said Taimalieutu Charlie Westerlund owner of Ah Liki Investment Limited.
Talofa Voucher is now available for purchase to customers in NZ and around the world with voucher redemption at Farmer Joe Fugalei, Famer Joe Magi at Siusega, Farmer Joe at Vaitele Tai and Farmer Joe Aita at Saleimoa. For more information customers can visit Pacifi40 Limited Facebook page or their website at www.pacific40.com
Business Link Pacific (BLP) will officially launch the Business Link Pacific Portal on 1 and 2 August 2019 in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.
The Business Link Pacific Portal is an innovative online platform designed to connect quality business advisors with
small and medium-sized growing businesses in the Pacific.
To mark the launch of the Portal, Business Link Pacific are co-hosting four launch events, one in each country, which are open to small and medium sized businesses and free to attend.
“We’re very excited to be launching the BLP Portal as the place for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to
find quality business advice across the Pacific region”, says Steve Knapp, Director of Business Link Pacific.
Each launch event will be opened by the respective New Zealand High Commission or by Business Link Pacific.
Following that will be a series of high impact presentations from industry experts on topical issues for small and medium sized businesses, demonstrations of the BLP Portal and concluding with an informal networking session.
Since the launch events were announced on BLP social media sites on July 15, interest for all events has been high and has also garnered local media coverage across all countries. Organisers are expecting up to 800 businesses in attendance across the four countries, a great opportunity for networking and business development.
“We designed the BLP Portal to promote the high quality business services available in Pacific Island Countries, and to make the process of accessing expert business advice as streamlined as possible for growing businesses and business advisors,” explains Mr. Knapp.
The Portal has beneficial services to both growing businesses and business advisors.
For small and medium sized businesses, the Portal offers a free Business Health Check that identifies business gaps and connects them to a wide range of business service providers that are quality approved by BLP, services that can be accessed at a subsidised rate.
For Business Advisors, the Portal offers a marketing tool to engage and provide financial benefits to eligible clients, as well as organisational and business development support from technical consultants.
BLP are encouraging growing businesses in all four countries to attend their respective launch event, registration is essential and attendance is free. Details for each BLP Portal Launch event are as follows:
Impact at Business Link Pacific on firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Link Pacific is a private sector development programme funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). The core team is based in Auckland, New Zealand and supported by in-country partners in Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa & Papua New Guinea. The BLP programme is currently operating in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea, with plans to extend services to other Pacific Islands.
Reliable business advice can have a significant positive impact on small or medium sized businesses, as demonstrated through the experiences of many across the Pacific region that have already worked with the BLP Advisor Network.
Business Link Pacific’s role is to connect small and medium sized businesses in the Pacific to local advisory services, which in turn stimulates a sustainable local market for business advice.
Launch event organisers
The Launch event in each country is being coordinated by the BLP team based in Auckland, New Zealand, in
partnership with our in-country partners:
SBN Independence Business Networking Event in June L-R: Zeprina Fale - Treasurer, Nora Swann - Board Member, Sione Faumuina - Outgoing Chair, His Excellency Rob Contractor - British Consul General to NZ & Deputy High Commissioner to Samoa & his good lady, Elia Chan - Board Member, Taliaoa John Loau - New Chairman, Laura Keil-Hall - Secretary
On Sunday evening, 14 July 2019, Samoa Business Network Inc. (SBN) Executive Board met to discuss and appoint a new Chair for the Board, after accepting the resignation of former Chair Sione Faumuina on Thursday afternoon, 11 July 2019.
Mr. Sione Faumuina explained to fellow Board members since relocating in June from Australia back to New Zealand, the commitment and attention needed for the role, and the time needed to resettle his family in Rotorua would be difficult to balance. Sione Faumuina says, “I will still be here as a member of SBN flying the flag and supporting SBN from Rotorua.” From the time of his appointment, Sione oversaw the Samoa Independence Day Networking Evening held at the Samoa Consul General June, and help lay out an aggressive calendar of activities and events for the rest of the year.
E pau se toa, ae tulai se toa, a Samoan proverb to mean that when a strong leader’s reign ends, another emerges in its place.
Upon appointment as Chair, Taliaoa John Loau takes up the mantle immediately thanking his fellow Board Members for their confidence.
Taliaoa thanked his predecessor at the time of his resignation, as well as at the recent Board meeting for his leadership over the last quarter. Taliaoa is excited to lead the exciting calendar of activities and events to promote and support SBN’s work and members, and also in working with and building other Pacific ethnic specific business networks as well as partnering with PBT and other economic partners to strengthen and scale Pacific owned businesses in NZ. “I am eager and ready to lead SBN through to 2019-2020. Our members will be excited to see all the hard work our Board members are putting in for them. Lets’ get to work.”
Questions and information about SBN is on www.samoabusinessnetwork.org or can be sent to email@example.com or contact Board Secretary Laura Keil Hall at 021 659 072.
SBN Executive Board Members: https://www.samoabusinessnetwork.org/executive-board.html
John Loau appointed new Chairman of the SBN Board
Sunday 14, July 2019
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On Saturday 22 June 2019, at 6PM, join the Samoa Business Network (SBN) and the Samoan Business Community as we are hosted at the Samoa Consulate’s Fale o Samoa, 141 Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland 2022.
Join SBN as we celebrate Samoa Independence, and to network together at this cocktail event, with the SBN’s new Board members, and hear a Key Note Address from former NRL star, turned successful Businessman and newly minted SBN Chairman Sione Faumuina as he expands on the vision his fellow Board members have for SBN’s local and international network and members.
Also in attendance will be the Coalition Government NZ Cabinet Minister of Pacific Peoples, Honorable Aupito Sua William Sio, our host Samoa Consul General of Auckland, His Excellency Mr. Faaolotoi Reupena Pogi, members and leaders of the business community, stakeholders, and others.
Questions & RSVP for event is crucial: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Board Sec. Laura Keil-Hall at 021 659 072.
Cocktail event with drinks & nibbles
Saturday 22 JUNE 2019
Samoa Consulate – Fale o Samoa
141 Bader Drive, Managere, Auckland
Paid Event: $50PP
Tickets for the Event: BUY TICKETS!
Published by The Pacific Business Hub
Vendors from the cancelled Pasifika Festival recover their costs at a pop-up marketplace event hosted by the Pacific Business Hub
Manukau, AKL- The sudden cancellation of 2019’s Pasifika Festival left several merchants stranded and overstocked with product intended for the 2-day event. Some quick thinking from Auckland’s Pacific business community, however, lead to a mini-marketplace weekend at the Pacific Business Hub, where merchants were able to recover their costs.
“It was spur of the moment,” says Laura Keil-Hall, founder of the Pacific Business Hub. She initially offered to host the urgent retail event in collaboration with Samoa Business Network (SBN), for a group of four fashion houses & designers who had flown in from Samoa for the festival. SBN had planned a shared stall for these businesses at Pasifika, followed by a Pop-Up Shop at the Hub on Monday, following the Festival. When the Pasifika cancelation notice was released, they quickly improvised the plan, and offered to the Samoan businesses, to extend the Pop-Up event to three days, to support them and ensure they generated revenue to make the trip worthwhile. Within a few hours after the Pasifika announcement, they posted promotions for the ‘Pop-Up Pasifika’ event via social media, and leveraged on established networks to promote the event.
But after promotional material for this new ‘Pop-Up Pasifika’ was released, “I got messages and emails from other festival vendors wanting to be a part of it,” she says.
A total of fourteen merchants eventually set up shop at the Pacific Business Hub in Manukau City. They included the four from Samoa as well as a clothing brand from Tahiti, greeting card makers from Australia, pearl jewellers from the Cook Islands and even a few New Zealand-based Pasifika businesses.
The Pop-Up opened on Saturday, 23rdof March, to a warm public response. “It was awesome!” Keil-Hall reports. “The people who came to the event came to buy.”
“Some of them said it’s nice to have authentic Pacific products,” she continues. “I’d see a few people actually try to get one [item] from each stall, so that was really good.”
Keil-Hall drew on her years of experience in event planning to pull off this impromptu marketplace, but a huge advantage was that she already owned a venue for it. She had opened the Pacific Business Hub – a shared working space aimed at Pasifika entrepreneurs – only a few weeks earlier and was working towards its official launch when she learned about the cancellation of Pasifika.
“One of the vendors said, when they heard about that, they cried,” she says, “because they didn’t know what to do and they’d ordered all this stock and they’ve got nowhere else to go. I mean, I definitely understand the situation and why [Pasifika] was cancelled, but we’ve still got to think about the livelihood of these vendors [who had] spent a lot of money… at least give them another option to… make some money back.”
By all accounts, Pop-Up Pasifika was a success. Keil-Hall visited with each of her hosted merchants who reported: not only did they hit their expected revenue targets for the weekend, but they also made a lot of new connections and plans now for future collaborations.
Keil-Hall was especially moved by the sense of positivity and aroha over the weekend, from the supporters who came through and amongst the vendors themselves. They helped each other set up stalls or and even shared their EFTPOS services. And then, Keil-Hall laughs, “they all asked me whether we can actually have [this Pop-Up] as an annual event!”
The vendors paid $60 per day for a stall in the Pacific Business Hub. The Pop-Up Pasifika event ran for three days, from Saturday the 23rdto Monday the 25thof March.
The Pacific Business Hub is especially grateful to Afamasaga Jackie Curry of the Samoa Business Network and Martin Anae of Bluwave for their generous support of this event. Also acknowledging the support of PCF, PTI NZ, MFAT, PACIFICA Inc. & some Local Councillors.
We also wish to thank and acknowledge the contribution of Pacific Media Network and Radio Samoa for being very accomodating and helping us reach our audiences.
List of vendors;
Aolele - Handmade Adornment (Samoa - NZ local)
Insider Samoa (Samoa)
Kingdom Design (Tonga - NZ local)
Koloa Jewellery (Tonga - NZ local)
Kora Pearls (Cook Islands)
Nelly Samoa (Samoa)
Nesian-Phresh (Tonga & Samoa from Australia)
Rimani Samoa (Samoa)
Siamu Popo (Samoa)
Tuiga by FotuoSamoa (Samoa - NZ Local)
Tulela Boutique (Samoa)
Under the Bird (Samoa - NZ Local)
Soy Delights NZ (Samoa - NZ local)
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