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The Samoa Business Network(SBN) Inc kicked off its Network Evening for September, this time in Mangere with over 30 participants in attendance. The evening was hosted by one of the network’s many members, Morry Su’a and her team at Organo Gold in their headquarters on Kirkbride Mangere. Su’a and Co are the first business from the Samoa Business Network who has hosted a network evening.
The Organo Headquarters in Mangere is part of a global franchise, which markets its premium coffee using a direct sales business model using independent distributors worldwide. The special ingredient that sets Organo Gold coffee apart from standard coffee brands is an ancient Chinese medicinal herb called Ganoderma Lucidium.
The team is led by Sina Hunt, who Su’a explains was one of the main reasons she entered the business. Su’a is 28 yrs of age and is the youngest in the team and has now around 200 plus members in her own team which is still expanding, here in New Zealand and overseas.
Su’a is also a very big fan of the company’s products as well as the opportunity to meet and network and to promote their products to a broad range of people.
“Our coffee comes in different variants; Hot Chocolate, Black Coffee, Latte, Mocha and Green Tea and all are infused with 100% Ganoderma Lucidim…. Coffee is after all the second most consumed beverage on the planet after water. It’s the second most traded commodity after oil. People drink coffee all day, every day in almost every country around the world, so it’s a wonderful business to be a part of”.
All of the SBN Network evenings have to this point taken place at the Bank of New Zealand Manukau (a major sponsor of the Network). However, as part of an initiative to generate more exposure for network members, to highlight and promote their facilities and products, the SBN Executive Committee have given the responsibility of hosting to it’s members.
The guest speaker for the evening was Unasa Iuni Saute Sapolu, founder of Sapolu Law. Established in 1989 in Manurewa, South Auckland, Sapolu Law through Iuni has trained over 20 lawyers who have gone on to practice in Samoa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Tonga and Korea. Some include the Honourable Tongan Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services and Minister for Revenue Services, Siosifa Tu'utafaiva; former New Zealand Families Commissioner and lawyer Sandra Alofivae and Honourable Samoan Associate Minister of Finance and Lawyer Tuisa Tasi Patea.
Iuni spoke wonderfully about the way in which she built Sapolu Law from the ground up. Sapolu’s advice was well received, the crowd being mainly business owners themselves. Sapolu spoke of the key qualities one needs to last in this business, and the sheer hard work and sacrifice people have to make in order to succeed. Being persistent and consistent were the key phrases that stood out.
Sapolu has spent 25 years in building the Law Firm, and her family, and her genuine commitment to the people of Samoa has always remained consistent and undeterred.
Interestingly Sapolu also spoke of the gender and racial dimensions of being a Samoan Pacific female, in white New Zealand, providing insight into her particular experiences, in the hopes that it would help encourage and push others to pursue their dreams and to work hard.
The next Network Evening will take place around the end of October. Keep in touch via the Samoa Business Network website or facebook page or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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