Bizlink Hāwera Newsletter

February 2022

An unprecedented 2022

Kia Ora Members,

Bizlink is in awe of your resilience and strength through these unprecedented and challenging times.

We know it hasn't been easy but your perserverance and ability to adapt has and will continue to be crucial. Please ask for support as and when you need it, this is a time for community to come together and help each other keep moving forward. Bizlink is here to support and guide you.

Longer self-isolation timeframes are going to challenge businesses, especially those without many employees but there are a number of things you can do to help.

*Get online so that customers can shop online with your business

*Have your staff work separately so that if one has to isolate, the others don't

*If people can work from home, get them back to moving from home in the foreseeable future

*Look for alternate supply routes, we all know of the challenges getting stock, it's affecting every industry. Consider adapting

*Consider business mentorship through the tough times. Having someone to bounce ideas off, guide and support you is invaluable. If you're interested email

Remember, you aren't alone, if you have a question or concern, others will too. We're all in this together.

Nga Mihi,

The Team @ Bizlink Hawera


A quick update and thanks from me to you all. While I am finishing at Bizlink and moving to a new role at a local company, I'll still be around as a customer and friendly face.

It has been an honour to serve you all as a Bizlink Hawera employee. Nikki will be flying solo for a while so make sure you check in when you can, it's going to be an interesting year in business and Bizlink is here to support you as much as you need.

Nga Mihi,

Petra Finer

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SBA Taranaki was established in New Plymouth in 2004. SBA Hāwera is a part of SBA Taranaki Chartered Accountant and a member of the SBA NZ Franchise which has 70 branches around NZ.

Our goal is to help you concentrate on your business operation rather than the accounting. Our services include financial statement and income tax return preparation, preparation of GST returns, along with rental property accounting, payroll, and business/tax advice.

We have experienced staff to offer advice on most business matters including how you should structure your business. Our staff is also qualified with over half either Chartered Accountants or Associate Chartered Accountants. They have varied work experiences as well including Inland Revenue, Commerce, large Chartered firms, and Non–Profit Organisations.

Justin and Andrew are our office managers in Hāwera.

Justin is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in both large and small accounting firms for over 30 years. Andrew is an Associate Chartered Accountant and has worked for a large accounting firm in Stratford and commercial for 7 years. When they are not working, they enjoy spending time with their families.

When asked what’s great about doing business in Hāwera? Tim Aryawan a staff member in the Hāwera branch says, “The people here are great and it’s rewarding helping businesses grow”.

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Local Business Rookies Sister Kitchen - Thinking Sustainably!

If you look into any of South Taranaki’s public place rubbish bins, you’ll almost certainly see a pile of single use coffee cups and take away containers. This immense source of waste is ever-present, but it is also easily preventable.

Brittany Rymer, South Taranaki District Council Environment and Sustainability Officer, and Andrea Rowe Sustainable Taranaki Partnership Project Manager front the "Bring It campaign" to South Taranaki. We’re excited to see businesses across the district working together to reduce this avoidable source of waste.

Hawera business, Rookie Sister welcomes customers to bring their reusable cups and containers. Not only are the staff supporting the Bring It campaign – they also have brag-worthy porter lunch bowls for purchase. The Porter plastic lunch bowl is the perfect way to take your lunches with you on the go.

To check out what other businesses are supporting this sustainable campaign, and some even offering discounts for customers, visit and follow on the Sustainable Taranaki Facebook and Instagram platforms.

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A Word From Steph Lewis

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the South Taranaki district it’s especially important to start planning for the possibility that someone in your workplace or household may become a close contact or even test positive for COVID-19.

To protect our communities, our health sector, and our businesses we have moved into the Red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework. The Red Setting is not a lockdown. At Red we are taking steps to keep our workforce operating while still holding the goal to slow the spread of cases. Businesses can continue to operate. Slowing the spread of Omicron gives us the opportunity to get more people prepared, vaccinated and boosted. If it has been more than four months since your second vaccination dose you are eligible to receive a booster. We are also able to better protect our vulnerable communities by offering paediatric vaccinations for children ages 5 – 11 years old.

Being prepared for cases in your community means thinking about whether you are equipped to isolate, this includes having a stock of medication and essential items, and being set up so you and children are able to work from home. Make a plan with family, friends, and neighbours so you can still get groceries and medication while you’re in isolation.

Now’s the time to discuss with your workplace the support packages available and advised steps to take should you, your staff or visitors return a positive test for Covid-19. Financial support has been introduced to help cushion the blow for businesses and employees during isolation for a positive case (14 days isolation), or if someone is a close contact (10 days isolation).

Working from home isn’t always an option for some employees which is where the Short-Term Absence Payment and Leave Support Scheme will help employers to pay workers while they isolate. They are both available to eligible self-employed workers.

The Short-Term Absence Payment is a one-off payment of $359 to be paid while waiting for a COVID-19 test result. If someone has been advised to isolate because they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 then the Leave Support Scheme may be applicable and offers $600 per week for full time workers and $359 per week for part-time workers. The Work and Income website has more information and instructions for how to apply for both support payments.

Businesses that have their day-to-day cash flow interrupted by COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a loan through the Small Business Cash Flow Loan Scheme. Applications can be made to Inland Revenue until the 31 December 2023.

Our Government has just announced further support for the arts and culture event industry by contributing an additional $70 million to The Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme and extending it to include events which are planned to take place before 31 January 2023. There is also a one-off grant of $5000 on offer for eligible self-employed workers in the event industry. The Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s website has further information.

Knowing whether you, or your business, are eligible for these funding options is another great step to take to be prepared for Omicron. Also to consider is the possibility for your team to work in shifts, or alternate days, to avoid having your entire workplace in isolation at the same time.

If you have any questions or need any support, please get in touch with my office by email to or phone 06 278 2180.

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New show on More FM - Ezra live from 10am-3pm after Ken and Anna!

We are excited to kick start the new year with a bang and share with you that we are growing our local More FM family, welcoming Ezra as our new day show host from 10am-3pm.

It has been a few years since we have had a local day show, so we are extremely excited to grow our local show as this will come straight after our Breakfast Club show with Ken and Anna.

We have always had at the forefront of our minds in being the best local show we can be for our region, and Ken and Anna have been doing an incredible job at leading the charge for us on that and will continue. Now with bringing in Workdays with Ezra, it means we are now live and local from 6 am-3 pm Monday to Friday all around Taranaki for the people and businesses of Taranaki. There is no need to change the dial!!
The show will kick off on the 30th of January.

Question to win $600 advertising voucher...

Who is the announcer on the new 10am-3pm show on More FM?
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Business after Fives and RED

While we are in RED, in-person Business after Fives will not be going ahead. We are looking at some alternate arrangements and will advise more once we have concrete plans in place.

We know you enjoy catching up socially but don't worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up when things are stable. We've got some great workshops coming up in 2022 so we know you'll be keen to come along to those too. They're going to be too good to miss.

Business Continuity Planning

A disruption could come in many forms – a major earthquake, flood, a prolonged power cut, or if you or a skilled member of your staff were suddenly unavailable. A business continuity plan (BCP) identifies how your organisation can keep its essential functions up and running during a time of short or long term disruption.

Planning in advance will give you a better chance of recovering quickly. Taranaki Emergency Management have put together a guide to help small to medium sized business and organisations who may not have a lot of time or resources to complete a comprehensive BCP.

We have free workbooks available for your use in the office. Collect as many as you like.

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Filbee Kells & Co has a new name, new location and a beautiful newly renovated office space.

Peter Filbee has been an accounting industry stalwart for over 40 years. This April 2021, Hayley Kells became a partner, she has over 20 years’ experience. At the same time, the accountancy changed their name to Filbee Kells & Co. Since then, they’ve moved to new premises at 64 Victoria Street, Hāwera.

“We have four staff over and above the partners. Tess Annabell and Tania Elkerton are fully qualified CAs, Karen Nicholas is a qualified accounting technician and Rebecca Mainwaring is just one paper away from completing her accounting degree,” says Peter.

“They’ve all been here for at least five years and are an integral part of my team. We have recently had the opportunity to refurbish the old AA testing station building and are lucky enough to be operating in a comfortable, modern and interesting office. The transformation is amazing.”

The team at Filbee Kells & Co love working in Hāwera. Peter considers the town to be an under-appreciated environment. Between the farming community and the industry supporting it, there’s a wide variety of work and plenty of it to go around.

Filbee Kells & Co are open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, email them at or call 06 278 5088, check out their website at

The Grindhaus

Rob Lewis is the founder, creator, owner, operator of Grindhaus coffee which can be found Cnr Wellington &, Union Street at Kiwilife Health and Fitness. You are welcome to sit inside and out or swing by the side hole in the wall if you prefer.

Rob has a passion for people, food, coffee, designing, creating, engineering oh & vehicles. He enjoys serving & bringing smiles to faces with his quick wit humor, likable personality and Welsh accent.

He had a vision that has started to come together with Grindhaus. This space you see in the photo along with the name, branding & philosophy was created in his mind and then by his hands. He is always looking at ways to develop & grow Hāwera so this is only the beginning.

He wants Grindhaus to be that place where people can come and feel special (because they are) somewhere that people can truly enjoy their coffee or beverage have a healthy or not so healthy bite to eat, a place to relax unwind have fun and 'fill your cup' ready for the day ahead.

He wants to cater for all dietary requirements with fresh locally sourced quality produce & offer things that doesn't quite offer yet. But especially wants every cup of coffee to be enjoyed just they way you like it.

Coming from the oil and gas industry with Dusty Knuckle Pizza NZ as his side gig, recently becoming a qualified chef & training as a flight coffee barista starting Grindhaus coffee is a big leap of faith for him... but he knows you are all worth it! For him it's about a life style choosing to live the life you want to live and have fun while doing it.

So next time your feeling like a local pick me up, pop in see Rob say hello (probley order something or it might be a little awkward...) and your bound to recieve a welcoming smile, great coffee, delish food & if your lucky some pretty okay banter!

Open Monday to Friday 6.30am to 2.30pm

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