Bizlink Hāwera

November 2021

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Christmas Campaign

To encourage shopping locally this holiday season, we've come up with a "Spend and Win Back" campaign which encourages people to spend locally and rewards business engagement. This campaign will start on Friday 19 November and closes at 12pm Monday 20 December. Prizes will be drawn Tuesday 21 December.

So how does it work?

Christmas Win Back- We provide counter boxes and customers who spend over $20 and under $500 put their contact details on their receipt. They go in the draw to win their spend back. They also go in the draw to win a night for two at Kingfisher Cottage. This campaign runs from Friday 19 November until Monday 20 December, 12pm. We'll pick up the counter top boxes on Monday afternoon or early Tuesday morning and then do the draw.

As a vehicle to bring families into stores and to compliment the "Spend and Win Back", we'll be holding an "Elf Hunt" alongside this campaign. Bizlink Hawera will provide participating businesses with the "Elf on a Shelf", businesses dress their windows and children find the elves. Find out more below.

To participate in any/all of these please email by Friday 12 November, 3pm.

Would You Like A Bizlink Elf?

There are a limited number of Bizlink Elves so please let us know if you are interested in entering the window display competition and scavenger hunt. We are hoping this will inspire your creativity to house your Elf in an intriguing way.

Bizlink gives you the opportunity to win a night at Tairoa Lodge inclusive of dinner. Which will be the perfect refuge after a busy Christmas period.

The Elf forms will provide an opportunity for a people's choice for the best window display.

Please email by Friday 12th November, 3pm so we can get the elves to you as soon as possible.

Thank You!

We want to acknowledge 'The Warehouse' in Hāwera for their generous donation of elves towards our Christmas window promotion.

Every year The warehouse generously sponsors the sweets for our Santa Cave and when we phoned to explain what we had planned as an alternative to the cave this year, they jumped on board with no hesitaton to support our local businesses.

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There will be plenty of opportunities to get your Christmas shopping done this year.

Retailers have organised two late night shopping opportunities this year. There will be lots of specials and extra surprises for customers over the two nights.

Bizlink will have grinches out stalking the town during the shopping nights which will be Friday 19th November and Friday 17th December. Santa will make an appearance too.

Bizlink Hāwera Executive 2021 - 2022

Racquel Cleaver – Chairperson

Heather Brokenshire – Secretary

Susanne Hipp – Treasurer

Gary Conway

Stephen Corrigan

Abraham Godsell-Slade

Allie Hemara – Wahanui

Gerard Langford

Marie O’Brien

Tania Stone

Simon Walton

Wendy Wolland

A Note From The New Bizlink Chair

Kia Ora all, I’m excited to be returning to the Bizlink Executive and thrilled to be taking on the role of Chairperson. Over the last few years Bizlink’s service delivery has been expanding to add value through higher level business support. This has ultimately empowered our business community to front foot their promotion, build professional capability and trust in their strengths. In addition to this, targeted and successful events have become popular annual attractions.

With further innovative plans in place to strengthen our business community, now is a time that I feel very privileged to be joining the committee again. Of course, we are facing challenges all the time, particularly with ongoing covid constraints but our businesses continued ability to adapt and find silver linings, throughout these challenges, demonstrates the resilience that exists within Hawera.

A lot of the development of Bizlink has been made possible under the guidance of our departing Chairperson Gerard Langford, who we are fortunate enough to have staying on the executive. Gerard has created structure and measured goals for Bizlink services and his dedication to the business community since the beginning of Bizlink has been incredible. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the existing executive members and the voluntary time you have given up in efforts to support our Hawera Businesses. Of course, none of the Bizlink services would eventuate without the ongoing commitment from our Co-ordinators, Nikki and Petra.

Heres’ to the next 12 months of great business in Hawera, with more freedoms, development, success and of course fun!

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Businesses can choose to opt in or out of the new Covid-19 traffic light framework, with the exception of some industries and large scale events. The Government is saying vaccine certificates will never be used for essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies.

For retail businesses and those with choice, it's challenging to decide and what is best for one business, may not be what is best for another.

Whether your business opts in or out of the framework, people are required to scan at all levels and masks are required on flights. When making your decision, the following information may be of some help. Remember, no matter what the decision, it doesn't hurt to be kind and respect the decisions of others even if you are not in agreement with them. Towns like ours flourish when everyone supports and respects one another.

Opting IN:

This allows more freedom to operate at all alert levels. People would be encouraged to work from home at Red Alert but it won't be mandatory for those using those opting in to the framework and requiring the use of vaccination certificates.

RED: Retail can remain open with indoor capacity limitations and masks. Red Alert will operate with similar conditions to our current level 2. Hospitality, event venues etc can have 100 people seated and gatherings such as church services, gyms etc can also operate with limits. Close contact businesses also have limits but can operate.

ORANGE: masks are required to be worn in retail, on public transport and encouraged everywhere else. Retail can operate with capacity limitations. For those choosing to require vaccine certificates before entry, there are no limits on numbers got gatherings, hospitality venues or at indoor/outdoor events. Close contact businesses can only open if they require vaccine certificates.

GREEN: restrictions ease considerably for those opting in to the framework- masks are not required in retail or workplaces but are encouraged, and schools are all are open with no limits or controls. Scanning in is required. Any venue using vaccine certificates can operate freely with no gathering/number limits.

Opting OUT:

RED: hospitality businesses choosing to opt out will only be able to offer a contactless pickup and delivery service. Close contact businesses such as hairdressers and gyms cannot operate. Gatherings have a limit of 10 people- this includes community events, funerals, church services, weddings etc.

ORANGE: hospitality businesses must operate contactlessly via pickup and delivery only if they are choosing to opt out of the new framework. Gatherings are limited to 50 people with 1metre social distancing required. Close contact businesses are not able to operate.

GREEN: when not using vaccine certificates, gatherings still must adhere to limits of 100 seated and distanced persons both indoors and out, gyms can operate with up to 100 at a time, staff at close contact businesses must wear facemasks and there must be a 1 metre distance between customers.

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The NZ Quinoa Company

Hosted by Ross and Jan Dunlop and held at their infamous woolshed, this networking event did not disappoint. Hamish and Kate Dunlop gave us a low key, down to earth insight into their business journey. They are certainly an inspiration having managed to build this business from just an idea while remaining orientated around their young family. The future of their company looks promising with the ability to grow as and when they are ready.
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Mediaworks Competition

Ken & Anna have teamed up with TSB to spread 'Good Vibes' in Taranaki.

You can nominate locals that are a force for good and who are making a positive contribution to our community!

Question: How much money do they have a chance of winning??

Pictured Right: Klint and Lance Hunt - last months winners, congratulation's boys.

South Taranaki Chamber Hub Employment Expo


Meet local employers who have jobs available now and coming up this summer!

The South Taranaki Employment Expo will be a relaxed, tradeshow-styled event with a wide variety of job opportunities on offer, from different sectors, including:

  • Administration
  • Caregivers
  • Customer Services
  • Engineering
  • General labouring
  • Heavy Machinery Operators
  • Hospitality
  • Project Management
  • Retail
  • Trades
  • Traffic Management
  • + more being added daily

If you are looking for work now or employment options for the summer or early in the new year, pop in to TSB Hub in Hāwera between 12pm & 3pm on Wednesday 10th November.

It’s free to attend, just come along with your enthusiasm, positive attitude, and even your CV (if you have one) and be prepared to meet your potential new employer!

Walk-ins welcome, however, pre-register to attend and go in the draw to win 1 of 5 $100 prezzy cards! Register below.

  • Free to attend
  • Complimentary refreshments available
  • Transport available from Waverly, Patea & Ōpunake by pre-arrangement - see below
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MSD Support for Employers - Wage Subsidy

Flexi-wage is one of the ways Work and Income is supporting more New Zealanders into work – especially people who could be out of work for a long time or need extra help to get started.

MSD can help you hire staff and upskill them to meet the needs of the job.

Support includes:

  • A wage contribution
  • Training
  • Ongoing support

People starting their own business might be able to get help too.

Find out how MSD can help.

Contact Gary Conway 029 201 4879, Hāwera work broker, about Flexi-wage.