Bizlink Hāwera

April 2022

Big Thank You To All Easter Bunny Hunt Participants and Quirk Engineering.

We have had such an enthusiastic response to our Easter Holiday Hunt and we now have a whopping forty businesses hosting a wooden bunny. Your business will be listed on our website, facebook and in the Kids Stuff insert in the Star on the 13th and 14th April. Please share any of our Bizlink Hāwera or Think Hāwera facebook posts and feel free to create your own to keep the momentum for this going.

The hunt starts Monday 4th April and you should all have recieved your wooden bunnies and forms by now. Please make sure that they are easily visible when your doors are closed.

We are very grateful to Quirk Engineering for unexpectantly sponsoring the task of laser cutting more wooden plywood eggs for us. These eggs will be painted up and used throughout the CBD to brighten up the gardens over Easter. Thank you Paul and Daphne for your community spirit, we appreciate it!

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Changes to the Traffic Lights!

The Prime Minister announced significant changes to the Government's COVID-19 response. Key points that affect the events industry are:

From 11:59pm this Friday, 25 March:

  • All limits removed for outdoor events and gatherings
  • Indoor capacity limits for events and gatherings (including hospitality) increased to 200
  • QR code scanning no longer required

From 11:59pm, Monday 4 April:

  • Vaccine passes will no longer be required
  • Businesses under vaccine mandates due to the use of vaccine passes will no longer be mandated.

In Orange, outdoor and indoor events will be limitless however close contact is higher risk for indoor events so organisers of events over 500 people are encouraged to either add extra capacity or provide seating.

The traffic light setting remains at Red, with the next review of this setting scheduled for 4 April.

For more information, please click here.

Limited Spaces Left! - Paul Rangiwahia - 5th April, 5.15pm

There are a few spaces left so if you and your staff are keen to for a little business networking then please get in touch. Email

Complimentary to Bizlink Member's and only $10 to non-members. We want to make this accessible to all so spread the news and round up a good friend to come along.

Nibbles and refreshments provided. You are welcome to purchase your own alcohol.

The Burnt Place have generously opened their doors exclusively for us on April 5th from 5pm.

We have both media companies joining Bizlink to provide prizes to our members on the night. A huge thank you to NZME who have donated a $500 advertising voucher and Mediaworks who have donated a $5000 voucher for a lucky winner to donate to their favourite charity.

Bizlink Member tickets will include a tear off portion to enter prize draws.

The session will be recorded for your benefit. If you are unable to make it please email us for a copy to be sent to you or you are welcome to zoom in on the night.

Bizlink Hawera is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 895 3788 5403

Passcode: 619628

A Great time to Go Local - Scott Willson - STDC Business Development Manager

One of the best things about doing business in Taranaki is the amount of support that is available. With foot traffic down in recent times, some exciting initiatives have been implemented to give our local economy a lift.

The SOS Go Local campaign got underway throughout Taranaki last week. The campaign recognises the challenging time businesses are facing under the pandemic settings, and aims to give local enterprises a boost for the next three months. Customers can go to the SOS website to purchase vouchers from participating businesses that can be redeemed straight away or at a later date. There are no fees and businesses keep 1oo% of the proceeds. There will be a lot of promotion of this initiative throughout the region and weekly prize draws for customers, so it is well worth getting involved.

Assistance is also available for businesses who need guidance or professional services. Working with a local business mentor is a great way to get advice, a fresh perspective, or simply a sounding board for ideas and Council reimburses South Taranaki mentoring recipients year-round. There is also a grant programme underway to support SMEs impacted by Covid-19 to get professional advice to navigate any legal, human resources, financial and marketing challenges. If you’d like more information please get in touch.

Another great way to attract new customers is the Shop South Taranaki marketplace. It’s free to create a listing and is open to any business or community group in South Taranaki. Your listing will be up and running within a couple of days once we receive your information.

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Huge Thanks to Shona at Implement.

In March Bizlink hosted Shona Glentworth at the hub. Her workshop, Panic, Pivot or Plan was a fantastic success. Those that came along shared positive testimonials as you will read below. Thank you Shona for supporting our business community with your valuable advice and expertise.

Shona has offered a one on one zoom session meeting to any Bizlink members who missed her workshop. Feel free to touch base with her.

Positive feedback from attendees below:

"Shona gave a well-informed and thought-provoking presentation on business planning, some practical tips on what to consider when thinking about a plan for the future, as well as great resources to work on in my own time. She was very knowledgeable and approachable, and I was very impressed with the workshop overall." Anna Dunlop Paaka

"Panic, Pivot, or Plan was a great workshop to attend if you are a business owner looking for accountability in goal setting and staving off the ‘overwhelm’ during these difficult times. While Shona’s presentation had been developed for the onset of the pandemic, it remains incredibly relevant today so Shaun and I received some valuable points on how to keep our businesses on track. The workshop gave us a taster of what Shona is capable of and she certainly knows her stuff! We came away very impressed with how she covered her information and kept an eye on remaining within the time allocated. Anyone who is feeling as though business is getting difficult during these times, would potentially benefit from Shona’s expertise and accountability model that will hold a business to it’s goals and core values, which will assist in ensuring a business remains robust in times that are challenging."

Kelly Judkins

"I enjoyed attending Shona’s Panic, Pivot, or Plan presentation. She presented a timely strategy in an ever-challenging business environment." Ricci Harbuck(Gourmet Food Hugger)

B&C Motorcycles

From a young age, Steve Boyd was surrounded by his father’s passion for bikes. Once licensed at fifteen his own obsession with them was cemented. He was born in Scotland in a country town with a population of 2500 people, his family relocated to NZ in 1985 where they settled in Whanganui for the remainder of his childhood. Following school, he went on to serve a car apprenticeship then later a motorcycle apprenticeship. Steve then moved to Papamoa and worked for a large Suzuki franchise shop where he was involved with SNZ Motocross racing team bikes eventually he became a Service Manager /foreman for their franchise shop in Pahiatua.

He moved to Hāwera in 2011 to work as a maintenance engineer at Silver Fern Farms before returning to the trade he loves best in 2018. As a qualified mechanical motorcycle technician and a factory-certified technician who is familiar with brands like Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Benelli, Royal Enfield, and Polaris you could say he’s a bit of an expert at just about all things bikes. He is familiar with all things Harley Davidson, Triumph, MV Agusta, and Honda too and he can cross purpose his skills to include servicing Scooters, Atv’s, and Side x sides.

B&C Motorcycles is your all-around go-to one-stop-shop for all your motorcycle repairs and needs. If you need plastic and other light welding work, ultrasonic cleaning, wheel building, light restoration, and recommissioning then Steve’s your man. Steve enjoys a feeling of pride and great satisfaction on completing each job especially the ones that have technical challenges.

B&C houses two strong brands as well which are “BIKEBITZ” which is just as the name suggests “motorcycle parts” and “QMOTO” which is a top- level motorcycle apparel brand offering quality and custom design if required. Feel free to call in and chat with Steve you will find his business at 65 Union Street and he’s open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm.'

These are his websites and

Facebook pages: B&C Motorcycles, Bikebitz, and Qmoto

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About this event

As we transition towards our low-emissions future, New Zealand's Climate Change Commission has modelled that by 2035 around 36% of light vehicles on our roads will be EVs and 100% of light vehicle imports will be EVs. So, what does this change mean for you?

You’re invited to join us as we discuss the practical realities of EV ownership and to answer any questions you might have.

This event is for anyone interested in buying an EV now or in the future, but wants to know more about how EV ownership will impact their lifestyle vs an internal combustion engine vehicle.

Click on the link below to register.

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TSB LOVE LOCAL - Register Your Business

As a proud local bank, TSB has always supported great local initiatives that bring us together. Like you, we were so disappointed that, at the very time our region most need big events like WOMAD and the TSB Festival of the Lights, they haven’t been able to go ahead. We know what a blow that’s been to businesses like yours.

Investing in and supporting our community is part of who TSB is – it’s something we’ve always done and something we’ll always keep doing. That’s why we’ve taken the quarter of a million dollars earmarked to sponsor those iconic events and created TSB LOVE LOCAL to get this money back into our community. Our cashback offer has been designed to be super-easy for businesses and will encourage locals to go out and get your tills ringing all around the maunga.

How it works

From 1 May 2022 until 11 June 2022, all TSB Debit Mastercard® personal customers who spend $10​ ​or more in one transaction at participating businesses will get a $5 account credit. This offer is valid up to 10 times and is limited to a maximum of $50 per TSB Debit Mastercard. Terms and conditions apply.

Any Taranaki owned and operated retail or hospitality business in Taranaki (exclusions apply) can apply to be part of TSB LOVE LOCAL.

· You don’t need to be a TSB customer.

· There is no cost to you.

· Terms and conditions apply.

Once TSB has approved your participation, we’ll take care of everything. We will track the transactions that qualify for the account credit and make the credit to TSB Debit Mastercard customers’ accounts.

In addition, our TSB LOVE LOCAL direct and above-the-line advertising campaign will kick off, and your business will be provided with a toolkit to promote your participation. This includes a window decal, digital badges, social media posts and imagery to encourage your customers to come in and open their wallets during the campaign.

What do you need to do?

It’s simple, just follow the link below and register your business. It’s free and only takes a couple of minutes.

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Registrations close at 4pm on Friday 22 April 2022.