Business Women’s Network News

Q&A: Practical H&S with Pillar Consulting

Date posted: May 14, 2020

COVID-19 has thrown up some interesting challenges when it comes to health and safety of staff and customers – now and into the future.

We chat to Amanda Barker from Pillar Consulting to find out why H&S is important (now more than ever), and how a business can get started to set themselves up for success and safety. Check out the video below.

Amanda is hosting a webinar on Friday, May 22 on this topic. You can register for this event HERE. Please feel free to bring your questions specific to your sector. 


Pillar Consulting services organisations nationwide of all sizes and across a range of sectors – from ‘low risk’ office-based businesses, through to ‘high risk’ such as horticulture and agriculture. Their role is to help businesses implement H&S systems, behaviours, policies and documents, to ensure they keep their people healthy, well and safe. 



Member Profile: Laval Photo & Video

Date posted: May 6, 2020

If you have attended one of our BA5 events recently, chances are you’ve met the smiling face behind a camera lens, Vanessa Laval-Glad.

Vanessa is a Tauranga photographer (under her business name Laval Photo & Video) who has done hundreds of commercial and corporate photos (including possibly yours at one of our events).

During lockdown and Level 3, Vanessa has been shooting portraits of a different kind as part of the #TheFrontStepsProject.

An international project to raise money for charity and unify the community during these tough times, the project involves local photographers taking snaps of families standing, as the title suggests, by their front doorstep (to abide with social distancing). 

Heading into Level 2, Vanessa is changing focus to ‘Front Steps for Business’, where she will be photographing businesses in front of their premises or signage in an effort to promote local businesses. All you need to do is make a donation to THIS PAGE and in return you will get one photo. If you’re keen to profile your business, please get in touch here.

We caught up with Vanessa for a quick Q&A between shoots (which she gets to via two wheels!)


Member Profile: Flowers By Tami

Date posted: May 1, 2020

Tami Hansen started her business Flowers by Tami from home nine years ago. Based in Otumoetai, Tami creates flower arrangements and bouquets for her online store, specialising in funeral/bereavement flowers, wedding flowers, large dried floral installations and dried bouquets/arrangements and style events.

“I was drawn to start my own business purely for the love of flowers,” she says. “The joy of seeing the smiles on peoples faces when receiving flowers and the freedom to create a life that I love.”

Like many businesses, Tami was closed during the Level 4 lockdown and found the process “quite traumatic”.

“It definitely affected my business directly in the short term, however I am super grateful the Government has helped small businesses to get through – that has been a godsend!”

It’s not just Tami who has been affected, with the whole global floral industry taking a hit.

“Many growers around the world are having to compost flowers every week, many have gone into receivership but there are still many staying afloat, our industry is going to look very different for quite some time.

“I don’t think people quite understand the many wheels in motion to get that flower into your vase at home, or even to get to the florist,” she explains. “It is a massive industry and the farmers all over the world will be losing their livelihoods. The American government actually props up the Columbian farmers to make it financially viable for them to grow roses instead of cocaine – will that relationship continue post COVID-19?”

“In New Zealand around 50% of the flowers we use are imported, so we are looking at not having these available to us for maybe at least a year! Weddings are going to look very different and we are going to have to get creative with what we can get from our NZ growers, and hopefully the supply will be able to service the demand.

“On the flip side we may have available to us the beautiful quality flowers that get exported overseas that we don’t normally get here in New Zealand – and I will be looking forward to an abundant peony season.”


Q&A: Make the most of your WFH set-up and software

Date posted: April 28, 2020

Working from home has become our new normal, but are you making the most of your set-up and your software?

In this video, Debbie Ireland from Share the Point addresses a few questions about working from home and how to best utilise your Office 365 software, to ensure you are set up to succeed.


Member Profile: Robyn’s Cottage

Date posted: April 23, 2020

Robyn’s Cottage is the culmination of a 30-year dream for Robyn Parker. Greerton born and bred, her craft store had become a cornerstone of conversation and community catch-ups in the three years since it opened, with customers getting together to reminisce about the old days of the suburb and its changes over the years.

So when a nationwide lockdown forced Robyn to close, she was at a loss – both professionally and personally.

As we head into Level 3, Robyn is now more optimistic, having connected with business professionals and providers who have been able to give her a refreshed sense of direction and a plan for the changing industry ahead.

We are thrilled to have supported Robyn on this journey through our webinars; we caught up with our Chamber member to find out how she is adapting to the new ways of business and what the future has in-store for her.


Q&A: Personal wellbeing strategies with Bronwyn Hudson

Date posted: April 23, 2020

We typically have strategies for our business and our professional development, but what about a strategy for our personal wellbeing?

Bronwyn Hudson is motivated by the desire to make a real difference in the health and wellbeing of others. Her professional mission is to utilise the latest in scientific knowledge and current best practice to deliver evidence-based personalised nutrition and lifestyle interventions that transform health, happiness and connectedness of individuals, families and workplaces the world over.

Bronwyn is hosting two free webinars with us in May:

We caught up with her for a Q&A to find out what is a personal wellbeing strategy and why it is important to develop your own, especially in times of uncertainty or unease.


Q&A: How to lead through challenging times

Date posted: April 16, 2020

In times of uncertainty or change, leaders (business owners, employers, managers) can have a huge impact on the emotional and even physical wellbeing of their staff. It can influence how they communicate, how they deal with stress in their role and their overall productivity (even when working from home).

Claire Russell from ThinkPlus provides us with some advice for leaders looking to step up to better support their teams. She is also hosting a free webinar on this topic on Wednesday, April 22 to help leaders upskill in their roles. Click here to register.  READ MORE

Q&A: New Commercial Rental Rules

Date posted: April 2, 2020

The Government’s new rental rules mean landlords and tenants need to have a good relationship. As our CEO Matt Cowley says, it is in everyone’s best interests to have business back trading as soon as possible, so hopefully both parties can come to an agreement.

A great example of this is Fashion Island Papamoa’s landlord, who is abating tenants’ net rent for four weeks to help remove stress and confusion for tenants.

Centre Manager of Fashion Island Roz Irwin sheds some light on the impact of the new rental rules for commercial businesses and how landlords and tenants can work together (as part of her discussion with the Bay of Plenty Times).


Member Profile: Bookworx

Date posted: March 27, 2020

The face of traditional accounting is changing, and virtual services are the way of the future. Constantly evolving technology and various cloud-based platforms offer both time saving, and flexibility options which are cost effective for your business. Bookworx is a small business based in Tauranga that specialises in bookkeeping, small business accounting and virtual admin assistance, and can support businesses nationwide.

We asked owner Leanne a few questions about her business and how Bookworx can help others during COVID-19.


Tauranga businesses slam rates plan

Date posted: January 29, 2018

Two Tauranga business owners say the council’s proposed rates overhaul will cost them thousands.

Richard Drummond, managing director of The Lakes-based Kiwi Bus Builders Ltd, estimated the change would add another $11,000 to the $19,500 general rates portion of his last bill of $32,800.

“What I don’t like is the broad concept that businesses can afford to pay,” he said.

Export businesses like his, which had been around 25 years and employed 185 people in Tauranga, had to compete with manufacturers around the world, he said.

Extra costs could not just be passed on to the consumer if the business was to remain competitive.

Jaime Lunam, the general manager of produce label manufacturing company Jenkins Freshpac, wanted to see evidence that commercial properties cost the council more to service than residential properties.

“Is there an actual imbalance? Is it fair and reasonable that businesses should pay more?”

The cost to the 135-year-old business, which relocated to Tauranga from Auckland in 2013 and had 35 of its 55 staff based in Tauranga, would be “significant”, especially on top of increasing wage and compliance costs.

He said even businesses that did not own commercial land would be affected because most commercial leases required the lessee to pay rates.

Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said that with 190 hectares of land, the port was Tauranga’s single largest ratepayer.

He was yet to see the detail of how a differential would impact the port’s rates bill but the council had indicated it would consult with them directly.

To read the Bay of Plenty Times news article, click here.

An information session on the proposed rates changes will be held at The Tauranga Club on Thursday 22 Feb from 7.30am to 9.00am.  To register, click here.

Celebrity speakers for Tauranga women’s conference

Date posted: February 21, 2017

The Regional Business Women’s Conference has secured a celebrity lineup for its conference in May.

The speakers will include scientist and social entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery, chief executive of Trilogy International Angela Buglass, former New Zealand Herald editor Tim Murphy, Women’s Refuge chief executive Dr Ang Jury, manager of the Hip Op-eration Crew Billie Jordan, and Tauranga’s Black Sticks hockey star Gemma McCaw.

The conference is a biennial event and drew around 170 delegates in 2015, said Kathryn Lellman, chairwoman of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce’s Business Women’s Network, which is organising the event. The lead sponsors are Craigs Investment Partners and Cooney Lees Morgan.

The 2017 conference theme is “No grit, no pearl”, which Ms Lellman said reflected the fact that women could not expect to achieve their goals without encountering and overcoming challenges.

“The conference goals include showing attendees that sometimes succeeding means getting a bit of dirt under your fingernails and dealing with some grit,” she said.

“All of the speakers will be reflecting that resilience and diversity. They’ll be talking about their experience, what they’ve survived, and the tools that have got them through the grittier times.”

Ms Lellman, who is a partner at Hollister-Jones Lellman, said the conferences had typically been well attended.

“We see the value of the conference as providing a great user-friendly networking event,” she said. “Women can come along who are currently in the workforce, thinking about getting back into work, or starting new.”

To read the rest of the Bay of Plenty News article, click here.

For more details and to register for the 2017 Regional Business Women’s Conference, click here.


Craigs Investment Partners and Cooney Lees Morgan Regional Business Women’s Conference 2017 – NO GRIT, NO PEARL

Date posted: February 13, 2017

Save The Date for WebsiteWe all have dreams, we all have aspirations but there is no fulfilling these dreams and aspirations without some hard work and determination. Success will look different for every one of us. There’s no right or wrong but there’s also no doubt that sitting on one’s hands does nothing, and as self-determining women we need to make things happen for ourselves.

No Grit, No Pearl

All of our conference speakers have been invited here to show you that sometimes reaching your goals means getting a bit of dirt under your fingernails and dealing with the odd bit of ‘grit’ in your life. They are here to provide you with some tools to assist you through life’s grittier times but it’s not all going to be hard work. We are also here to inspire each other, have some fun, meet and make new friends, rekindle connections with old ones and to have an enjoyable and inspirational evening and day out.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page here or website page for more information coming soon!

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Business Women’s Test News

Date posted: May 10, 2016

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