First 'Business Networking Breakfast' a success with Hon. Minister of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Peseta Sam Lotu-iiga
On Saturday 28th March 2014, the Samoa Business Network (Inc) hosted its first SBN Networking Breakfast Event at the BNZ Manukau, a departure from the usual and successful Networking Evenings, as part of a bid to expand the network and cater to it’s many members.
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, the Hon. Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Member of Parliament for Maugakiekie was guest speaker for the event.
Over 40 participants attended, where they listened to Peseta talk about the critical role education plays in ensuring a better and brighter future for our peoples, and indeed credited his education for the success he has enjoyed to date.
Peseta also shared his brighter vision for Pasifika communities, and spent much of his time talking about the work he and his government are engaged in, in trying to achieve this vision. The next part of his talk was a question and answer session, where he and fellow SBN members discussed issues such as financial literacy, leadership programs, business support through shared services and skilled employment schemes.
The invitation of a government minister set’s a new tone for the Network, and highlights the efforts of the Network to further expand and to grow its networks and visibility within the Samoan business and wider community.
The audience was treated to a wonderful breakfast catered by Frangapani Hospitality. Based in south Auckland Frangipani is owned by Sepi & Barbara Faulalo, Specialises in Pacific Food Fusion.
In the lead up to the event, the Network also welcomed several new members including WE Accounting and Business Services’ Wyndi and Eli Tagi, Pulotu Selio Solomon and the Martin Hautus Institute, Sepi and Barbara Faulalo of Frangipani Catering, Ese Tatupu of Ese Tatupu Funeral Directors & Mortuary Embalmers and Culture-X New Zealand.
The Samoa Business Network Executive Committee would like to thank and acknowledge the following members for their support and sponsorship of the event:
Pacific Ezy Money Transfer
Super City Works
NZ Pacific Newspaper
WE Accounting & Business Services Ltd
N.B The next Samoa Business Networking Evening will take place on Tuesday 29th April, 2014 from 6.00pm - 8.00pm hosted by WE Accounting & Business Services.
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20th March 2014
The Samoa Business Network’s (SBN Inc) schedule of networking events breaks new ground in March when it hosts the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, the Hon. Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga as its guest speaker. The event itself will be the first networking breakfast for SBN Inc and will run from 7.30am – 10.00am on Saturday 29th March 2014 at BNZ Manukau.
The Samoan-born MP for Maungakiekie will be speaking about his migrant story and his path to Parliament.
The talk will touch upon Peseta’s own experiences in business and his thoughts on the potential for Samoans etching a larger footprint in self-employment. It will also serve as a point of inspiration to SBN members to take stock of their own journey as Samoan immigrants and to encourage further growth in their own businesses.
SBN is grateful to the following sponsors for making this event possible:
Levi Plumbing, NZ Pacific newspaper, Super City Works, WE Accounting, Business Spacific, Pacific Ezy Money Transfer, Talia Design, BNZ Manukau and Shopsamoa.com.
Guest Speaker: Hon. Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (Minister of MPIA)
Date: Saturday 29th March, 2014
Time: 7:30am - 10.00am
Venue: BNZ Manukau, 639 Great South Rd, Manukau City
Cost: Free (Members); $10.00 per head (Non-Members)
Dress Code: Island Formal / Semi-Formal
RSVP: Talia Brown +6421-034-3077 / John Milo +6421-044-6711
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