The Pacific Business Trust (PBT) has teamed up with the Ministry of Pacific Peoples, Westpac and Crowe Horwarth to identify and showcase Pacific and Maori catering and hospitality businesses in front of mainstream procurement organisations.
The event was hosted by Westpac at its Britomart branch in downtown Auckland.
Murphy Sua, acting CEO for PBT, was pleased with the outcome.
“The show went very well and I know our businesses found the experience and opportunity invaluable,” says Murphy, who also worked with Air NZ and ATEED to help bring some of the businesses from outside of Auckland.
“The engagement and feedback has been positive. Credit must go to the team that put this on and the businesses, who all put on attractive, professional displays.”
Murphy adds that it was also great opportunity for PBT to meet and engage with other organisations such as MWDI – Maori Women’s Development Inc, the Poutamu Trust based in Rotorua – which fosters and develops Maori businesses - and other mainstream organisations.
One of the businesses on display was Maiden South Pacific, which produces high-end, handcrafted culinary and cosmetic products from traditional farms in the region.
Director Tiana Epati, whose company aims to have the freshest quality product on New Zealand store shelves within twelve days of production, appreciates the opportunity to showcase their wide range of quality organic products, aimed at an increasingly growing market.
Its products include 100% organic, gluten-free Ulu (breadfruit) flour from Samoa, which is a source of high quality protein (full amino acids) fibre, potassium and vitamin A, with many culinary uses. Its raw, fermented coconut oil is also highly prized for its culinary uses, as well as for its skin-rejuvenating qualities and medicinal properties.
Ola Pacifica, a Hawke’s Bay business owned by Samoan Nia Belcher and her husband Phil, grows, manufacturers and distributes its own cacao products (from Samoa), which includes its dark chocolate bars (70% cacao)and drinking cholocalte, ensuring quality control and fair treatment of its growers and the environment.
Other businesses and organisations involved included the Affirming Works and its Community Café, CIDANZ (Cook Islands development Agency New Zealand) and Robbie Kainuku and Lenny Stevens from Urban Village Catering and Blue Rose café in Sandringham.
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