Samoa’s Top businesses in New Zealand, Samoa and Australia were recognised at an Awards ceremony in Auckland recently.
The Samoa Business Network (SBN) marked its fifth anniversary by launching the inaugural Samoa Business Awards at the Novotel Auckland Airport on 29 September.
It was a historic occasion for SBN, an organisation that started in New Zealand and now has branches in Samoa and Australia.
Event organiser and founder of SBN, Laura Keil-Hall worked closely with SBN Samoa’s Afamasaga Jackie Curry-Malolo. They received 58 entries from the Samoan-owned businesses in countries where SBN is established.
The overwhelming response revealed an increasing depth of successful Samoan-owned businesses established across a range of sectors from hospitality, construction and trades to professional services and entrepreneurship. The community also turned out in big numbers to witness the event, with 200+ tickets sold out.
It was a watershed event for SBN. Mobilising some of Samoa’s top businesses not only to enter but to show their support from near and far. A string of Samoan-owned businesses provided sponsorship from Samoa Airways, Eveni Pacific and TV 3 Samoa and Samoa’s top resorts and hotels adding to the finalist prizes. In its post event SBN media release, Chairperson Mrs Keil-Hall said.
“Samoa may be a small island developing state in the Pacific but it’s influence is transnational, global and ever growing. Nowhere is this seen more than in the world of business.”
“The SBN has been a pivotal network in connecting Samoa-owned businesses across geographical boundaries,” she said. “This has been a fundamental purpose of SBN and just as important, has been the desire to promote Samoan businesses and their products to our communities.”
Afamasaga Jackie Curry also credited the team effort that brought the event together.
“Our team was working around the clock in unison together across four countries to bring this event to life. This is an example of how we can pull together as Samoan business people and professionals to create amazing things together, that we would not be able to achieve alone. When a Samoan person performs a service for their country they will go above and beyond the call of duty. As the beautiful Samoan proverb goes ‘E lele lava le toloa ae maau i le vai’.
“Our Samoan business people and professionals will go far out into the world to achieve their business goals, but they will always return home wanting to contribute.”
Pacific Media Network 531 PI live streamed from its page on the Saturday night and TV 3 Samoa televised the event in Samoa at 6pm on Sunday night.
The independent panel of judges selected the top 28 nominees and the winners of the nine categories with the People’s Choice Award decided through online public voting.
The results of the SBN Samoa Business Awards 2018:
1. Excellence in Small Business – WE Accounting & Business Services Ltd (Auckland, NZ)
2. Excellence in Construction & Trades – Levi Plumbing (Auckland, NZ)
3. Excellence in Hospitality – D’vine Banquets (Auckland, NZ & Melbourne, Australia)
4. Excellence in Professional Services – Home Graduates ECE Ltd (Auckland, NZ)
5. Excellence in Innovation – MYRIVR (Auckland, NZ)
6. Young Entrepreneur of the year (NZ) – Gustavia Lui – Staavias Ltd (NZ & Australia)
7. Start Up of the Year – ARBEZ Ltd (Tauranga, NZ)
8. Samoan Based Business – SSAB – Samoa Stationery & Books (Samoa, American Samoa & Auckland, NZ)
9. SUGA Business Woman of the Year (International) – Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai – SSAB (Samoa)
10. People’s Choice Award – Favourite Business (International)
WINNER – SSAB (Samoa)
1st Runner up – Arilei Couture (Samoa)
2nd Runner Up – Staavias Ltd (NZ & Australia)
For more information email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at email@example.com