Pasifika Friday at Hawkins


To celebrate Pasifika Fridays, Pacific Islands Trade &amp;Invest (PT&amp;I) has gone visiting businesses bearing gifts. The gift of morning tea that is!<!--more-->

[caption id="attachment_7115" align="alignleft" width="138"]<a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-7115" src="" alt="PT&amp;I Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade (right) meeting with the Hawkins team during the Pasifika Friday at Hawkins." width="138" height="104" /></a> PT&amp;I Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade (right) meeting with the Hawkins team during the Pasifika Friday at Hawkins.[/caption]

The initiative was started back in February by PT&amp;I Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade as a way to promote the Pacific and turn casual Fridays into Pasifika Fridays by encouraging Aucklanders to wear Bula/Aloha/Pasifika shirts and outfits.

To date, PT&amp;I has shared morning tea with the offices of supply chain technology company GS1, the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and recently with the staff at infrastructure and construction company Hawkins.

Meeting Carolyn Blacklock, Regional Manager Pacific, Anthea Deo, HR Manager, Kelly Wilshire, Chief Risk and Legal Officer and Project Managers Tony Parsons and Tony Dunk was like getting together with old friends. Tony Parsons and Carolyn Blacklock have a wealth of experience in the Pacific whilst Anthea Deo hails from Fiji.

Hawkins is the largest privately owned infrastructure and construction business in New Zealand. It is owned by the McConnell family and made up of four businesses, Hawkins Construction, Hawkins Infrastructure, Hawkins Canterbury Recovery Project and Harker Underground Construction. Hawkins has begun working more in the Pacific Islands but has a background of working with communities and iwi in New Zealand. (See the background story from Hawkins in this edition of <strong><em>Pacific Periscope</em></strong>)

PT&amp;I Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade highlighted PT&amp;I’s role as one of facilitation between companies, organisations and Government. As the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Trade Office, Mr Greenslade explained how PT&amp;I Auckland is part of a network of offices in Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney and Geneva with a considerable network of contacts these include high level Government officials from the High Commissioners stationed in each country to non-government organisations, private sector companies and key stakeholders.

After the introductions and an interesting Q&amp;A session it was clear there were synergies between the organisations. PT&amp;I thanks Hawkins for taking on board the Pasifika Friday initiative.

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