Capital's Pasifika thrive in business
(Picture caption: Circuit Systems Ltd takes home the Supreme Award - Pasifika Business of the Year Award at the Wellington Pasifika Business Awards. Presented by Minister Sio, the award was accepted by Rhueben Meredith on behalf of his dad, Luke Meredith. CREDIT Big Mark Photography.)
The Wellington Pasifika in Business Awards has signalled an exciting step forward in Pacific and Māori relations as well as supporting local business.
On October 11, the Wellington Pasifika Business Network partnered with New Zealand Māori Tourism to hold its second Wellington Pasifika in Business Awards.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon. Aupito William Sio attended the awards which celebrate the ambition, innovation and ideas of Pacific people in business, as well as recognise the sacrifices and risks they have made and taken.
He also presented the New Zealand Māori Tourism Supreme Award (Wellington Pasifika Business of the Year) to Circuit Systems Ltd.
Owned and operated by Luke Meredith, Circuit Systems is at the pinnacle and forefront of security both in Wellington and across New Zealand.
Network Board Chairman Paul Retimanu says the Awards are an opportunity to thank these business people for the contribution their making to our local economy.
“I am really encouraged by the calibre, quality and depth of our Pacific people in business,” Paul says.
“With the likes of Sonia Tiatia of Dine Academy (Winner, Pasifika Woman in Business Award), and Joey Fiu of Toki Services (Winner, Pasifika Rising Star Business of the Year Award), I am confident the future is in safe hands.”
An established business owner himself, Paul says with the growing Māori and Pacific demographic, there has to be an expectation for us to own and harness our intellect and ideas, and to use this to our advantage.
The growth of the Pacific population in particular, is a defining feature of the 21st century.
With 1.6 percent of the Pacific population either self-employed or an employer, there is still a long way to go.
“Our Network has always been committed to being a part of the solution to increase both Māori and Pacific business ownership, this includes creating a space that fosters new thinking and one that supports growth and success,” he says.
“Moving forward, we want to be a part of collectively identifying emerging challenges, breeding opportunities and scaling Māori and Pacific businesses up, particularly in the Wellington region.”
Winners of the 2018 Wellington Pasifika in Business Awards:
• Pasifika Rising Star Business of the Year – Joey Fiu, Toki Services;
• Pasifika Woman Business Owner of the Year – Arti Chand, Crengle Shreves and Ratner;
• Most Innovative Pasifika Business of the Year – Taupou Tatau Ltd;
• Pasifika Community Minded Business of the Year – Dine Academy, Sonia Tiatia;
• Established Pasifika Business of the Year – Wellington Pipelines Ltd, James and Vanessa Fruean;
• NZ Maori Tourism Supreme Award, Wellington Pasifika Business of the Year – Circuit Systems Ltd, Luke Meredith; and
• Special Community Recognition Award – P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Incorporated.
Learn more about Supreme Award winner Circuit Systems Ltd HERE.