Bizlink Hāwera Newsletter

July 2021

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Bizlink Winter Festival

Friday, July 30th, 6-9pm

Hāwera, New Zealand

Hāwera, Taranaki

Hāwera Winter Festival is back and it's going to be bigger and better than ever!

This year there's going to be plenty of live music throughout the High Street, Regent Street, Union Street and in the Town Square. It's a great opportunity to do some late-night shopping and enjoy the winter festivities with the family.

We've got some beautiful new braziers custom-made by our co-sponsors Croucher and Crowders. The Lions will be supervising marshmallow toasting with the new braziers.

There will be stallholders selling unique one-off goods and lots of food options.

Another new feature is a fire display taking place in the Tasman Toyota section on High Street (between Town Takeaways and the BNZ).

The Smoked Brisket Cook-Off is back and it's getting bigger! This year it includes ribs and pulled pork burgers in Campbell Lane. This year you'll find them in Campbell Lane but you can buy tickets now from Caffeinate. Get in quick because they sell out fast. Your ticket doesn't just pay for your dinner, it allows you to take part in the voting for the Smoked Brisket Competition. This year the proceeds from the meat sales will go to Menzshed Hāwera.

The Town Square stage entertainment will be Sonic Delusion and Lauren Nottingham. We're really excited to see them performing for our community.

One of the big town attractions will be the Silient Disco in the former Oxygen Building where two DJ's are battling for your attention and dance moves. You'll come in through the Regent Street door, head over to get your neon facepaint on, grab some headphones and turn them on to enter the world of disco beats. A button on the side of the headphones allows you to change channels and DJs. They'll know you're listening to them because of the colour your headphones glow.

Also, in Oxygen (accessible from Regent Street) you will find a couple of face painters and someone at the ready to spray your hair up in Neon colours. (Check yourself out under the black light).

Its all go between 214 and 242 High Street! The shops here are all working together to run a 'Pizza Eating Competition'. A fundraiser for St John Ambulance Service, it kicks off outside T&H Appliances at 5.15pm on the night.

It costs just $10 to register for this competition and then you go out and seek sponsorship to eat as many slices of pizza as you can put away in ten minutes. Sponsorship forms are available from T&H Appliances, Rookie Sister Kitchen and Hairs the Secret. You need to register for this by 12 July.

It's going to be a great night so make sure you dress warmly, open your store and get into town with your whānau and friends!

Croucher & Crowder Co-sponsor Braziers

We are thrilled to have the support of local engineering firm Croucher & Crowder.

This year, Croucher & Crowder have have designed and built new long-lasting braziers which will be used at every Bizlink Hāwera Winter Festival.

Croucher and Crowder has not only designed and built these braziers but they've also shared half of the production cost with us. Bizlink Hāwera's Winter Festival is an annual community event so heading into our third festival it was important to develop a brazier which could stand the test of time. We really appreciate this collaboration as it allows us to add value to the event in other areas.

Each blazing brazier will be guarded by the Normanby and District Lions who will be on hand to assist the children with marshmallow roasting.

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Get Your Costumes Sorted! Comic Book Day - Saturday 14 August

For the first time since 2019, Comic Book Day is coming back to Hāwera!

It's Saturday 14 August 2021. It was unfortunately postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19 but the event is going to be great this year! Primarily organised by Hāwera LibraryPlus, we're supporting by developing a bunch freestanding life-size Comic Book characters. Zodiac signs did an amazing job creating these for us and we can't wait to see them hanging out in stores throughout town. So we want to know who would like to host one of these colourful creations in their business?

We are looking to plan a little something fun while these are out on display leading up to Comic Book Day - it will be simple, it will be fun and may encourage people with event-specific interests to pop by your business so please keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to host one.

We have what looks like plenty but they will get snatched up fairly quickly so please give us a heads up as to what character you may prefer and a second option just in case that one is not available.

We have Thor, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Elektra, Deadpool, Black Panther, Thanos, Cat Woman, The Joker, Wolverine, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Emma Frost, Batman, Superman and Captain America still available.

Register here: Comic Book Day - I'm In!

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iRepair Gadget Specialists now in Hāwera!

Matt Jones and Bjorn Barlien (left to right) are co-owners of the newest Hāwera business- iRepair and Gadgets.

iRepair and Gadgets first came to Hāwera about a year ago as a very successful pop-up shop.

Their main store was in Whanganui. Since then, they've had a consistent Hāwera customer base sending devices to their Whanganui premises for repair so opening a new store here seemed a logical next step.

iRepair specialises in mobile phone, tablet, ipad, laptop and computer fixes. They'll have a go at sorting almost anything electrical.

The store is located at 238 High Street (next to JH Sportswear) and also stocks a selection of phone cases, screen protectors, chargers and cables, and a range of other bluetooth devices.

iRepair is open from 10am until 5pm daily Monday to Friday. Phone 06 215 5030 or find them on Facebook at "iRepair and Gadgets Hāwera".

They're currently looking for the right person to staff the Hāwera shop Bjorn says.

"We need the next gadget repair superstar. This person does not need to be an expert, but a bit of knowledge is always helpful". Training is provided.

Coming Up This Month - Business After 5pm - Wednesday 21st July

We can't wait to see you at the July event. (Invite below) The South Taranaki Club and Baker Tilly Staples Rodway are co-hosting this event and we know Kearin and the team will put on a great networking event.

Feel free to invite along your colleagues, employees or bring along a friend. Please RSVP for catering reasons by lunchtime Tuesday 20th July :

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Venture Taranaki / STDC Business After 5pm - June Event

Venture Taranaki and STDC co-hosted an informative business after 5pm networking event showcasing some powerful regional marketing with the Taranaki Story. It really is a beautiful story and we think the Venture Taranaki team should be very proud of what they have achieved.

There is much to explore on the website so please take the time to investigate by clicking

on the link below.

Taranaki Story » Taranaki, New Zealand ( - they are full of beautiful videos, photos and some enterprise case studies including:

Carac Group » Taranaki, New Zealand (

Global Stainless » Taranaki, New Zealand (

New Signage into Town

We are always happy when STDC places strong, clear signage directing traffic into town and we were thrilled to see the replacement sigage at the corner of High Street and Waihi Road also features a glimpse of our the town square mural.

The previous signage, power pole, flag trax and Led Lights were damaged in a car accident so its fantastic to see it all reinstated and we feel it looks better than before.

Tim Waite - Resilience In the Workplace

Bizlink Hāwera's most recent workshop gave Tim Waite the opportunity to school businesses and employees up on how to expand their window of tolerance.

With handy tips and techniques participants were kept engaged with a well put together presentation and some easy level team work. Tim has a very deep understanding of what drives people, their differing individual focus and personality strengths and weakness as well as how to make it work for them.

For example when employing a new team member it would make sense to find out where that person could fit in amidst the current personality structures. He offers further understanding of these working and personal relationships with his Core Strengths program. This workshop was held at Tairoa Lodge and as always, they provided participants with some beautiful nibbles to get them through to workshop finish. Feel free to discuss your team structure tailored to your workplace email:

New Ownership - 4U Computers

The team at 4U Computer Solutions are always available to help clients with IT needs.

New owner/operator Liam McCready Neil built his first computer when he was eight years-old. He didn't know at the time that he was starting his career. Liam purchased 4U Computer Solutions from Tobi Hipp about two months ago and is loving it.

He loves driving to Hāwera each day, seeing Taranaki Maunga from his office window and the problem solving IT involves. Liam loves problem solving, working out what the issue is and find the best fix and finding the right solution for each customer. No job is the same when working in IT.

Liam owns two businesses in Whanganui- RapidWeb and Talk2Me- and has a great team in Hāwera at 4U Computer Solutions: Brad Mottran- network guru, Cameron Laing- service tech, Andre Johnston- junior service technician and John Fullerton- service coordinator.

Call them at 06 278 1224 or email

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Daffodil Day 28th August 2021

Bizlink will be distributing the counter collection boxes throughout town once again this year.

We would love to paint Hāwera yellow in support of Daffodil day. We will email you some more details a little closer to the time. So get your thinking cap on!

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Tasman Toyota Hāwera - Network of Trades

Tuesday, July 13th, 5:15pm

61 Regent Street

Hāwera, Taranaki

Join us and the Tasman Toyota Hāwera Team and view the all New Highlander, plus find out how the govt emissions legislation affects the automotive industry in NZ.
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July Mediaworks Winner

Glenn Rogers from South Taranaki Funeral services won last months Mediaworks challenge. By answering the very simple question above, you could very easily be this months winner. Congratulations Glenn, this will be of fantastic benefit to you when advertising your services.

The Taranaki Business Excellence Awards are an unmissable opportunity to be recognised, to learn and a platform to network.

The Taranaki Chamber of Commerce is proud to have been the founder of the Taranaki Business Excellence Awards. Since the inaugural awards event in 1995, it has continued to grow.

The TSB Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards annually recognises outstanding business leaders and organisations who are actively contributing to the Taranaki region’s rapidly developing economy. There are 17 categories along with the Supreme Award for the overall winner.

The Chamber ensures that the event process is of the highest standard, all guidelines and processes are implemented and all entrants are treated fairly and respectfully. Each entrant will be assessed by a selection from our pool of 60 judges who are highly respected business people from around the province.


Monday 19 July Entries Open

Friday 20 August Entries Close

Monday 6 September Judging Starts

Friday 1 October Judging Ends

Thursday 14 & Friday 15 October Supreme Judging

Saturday 30 October Awards Evening

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Cornerstone Coffee Catchups

Thursday, July 8th, 9-11pm

152 High Street

Hāwera, Taranaki

A weekly coffee catchup for startups, entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers and remote workers. Share. Network. Support!

We Need Local Businesses!

Are you willing to help out with an exciting new approach to learning?

Would you like to help bring the community closer to Hāwera High School, and the school into the community?

As part of the High School's new Tauira Toa Positive Learning and Behaviour Initiative, we are looking for sponsored rewards for students in the form of tokens and vouchers as prizes that can be spent in local businesses and franchises.

For further information, please check out the short video presentation below with all the FAQs (or scan the QR code on the flyer) or contact

Alternatively, please phone the School Office on (06) 278 4145

We would love to get you on board!

HHS Tauira Toa Presentation for Local Businesses