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Pacific and Māori Business Networks join Wellington Chamber of Commerce to grow sector

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Te Awe Wellington Māori Business Network and Wellington Pasifika Business Network have joined forces with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce to supercharge the region’s businesses.

“The Power of Three” is described as a first of its kind. The aim will see the respective organisations share knowledge, services and cultural expertise to help grow businesses in the Wellington region.

The Chamber has signed a “Kawenata” with Te Awe and a separate “Covenant” with Wellington Pasifika Business Network.

The agreements were signed by Te Awe Chair Wayne Johnston, Wellington Pasifika Business Chair Paul Retimanu, and Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Karun Shenoy, at a special event at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Simon Arcus says, “we welcome our two new partners into our Chamber whanau, as we take one of the most important steps in our journey as a membership organisation. This is more than just a framework for engagement, it is engagement.”

Pasifika Business Network Patron Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban says, “we are here to make a difference for future generations by getting more of our people into education and business ownership through this new collaboration.”

The agreements will focus on:

  • Enabling deeper connections with Māori and Pasifika businesses
  • Collaboration of membership services, events, and business support services for the benefit of each group’s members.
  • Continued collaboration on advocacy services, ensuring Māori and Pasifika businesses have a “voice at the table” in public policy issues.

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