Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Ōtaki to Levin - The Missing Link. Electra Business After 5

Our country is built on freight and logistics but many of us don’t have an understanding of just how important this industry is, and what the impact is on our economy at a national and local level.

Nick Leggett represents road freight operators nationally as the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Road Transport Forum.

91% of New Zealand’s freight is transported by trucks, moved around the country all day, every day. While the number of trucks on our roads is predicted to remain steady in years to come, the volume of freight is set to increase dramatically (with a predicted growth of 58%) - with this growth, comes more pressure on our roads.

Join us on Thursday 29 August to hear Nick's thoughts on our roading infrastructure and how we can use it to unlock the potential of our community.

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Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Becoming Kiwi - A Refugee Story. Electra Business After 5.

Join us for a unique perspective on how we can work together to unlock the skills and potential that newcomers bring to Horowhenua.

Tammam Tamim's story is a familiar one. With a wife and young son, two degrees in law and business administration, money in the bank, farms and cars, he was happy with a life that he and his family had worked hard for. 

Overnight his life changed.  Civil war broke out in Syria and his company, a water filtration business, was bombed. Tammam and his family fled to Thailand. Shortly after their arrival, the Thai government changed their position on refugees. For three-and-a-half years, Tammam and his extended family were virtual prisoners in a 65sqm apartment, too terrified to go outside for food or medical treatment. The family remained hidden on expired visas, hoping for resettlement - surviving on rations and struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

In 2016, Tammam and his extended family moved to Palmerston North. However, settling into life in New Zealand presented some challenges. Despite over 28 years of business and study, and 11 years of sales experience - Tammam’s law and business degree weren’t recognised and he struggled to find even minimum wage work.

Eventually, he found work as a painter and builder, but missed being a part of the business community. Only three years after arriving in New Zealand, he has retrained as a barber and is now in the process of buying a business that he hopes can one day employ the rest of his family, eleven of whom are still living in Thai Immigration Detention Centres.

Join us to hear Tammam’s story, and learn how we can create a force for positive change with refugees in our community, unlocking new opportunities for everyone.

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Jun
27
5:30 PM17:30

Electra Business After 5

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THE RURAL-URBAN WELLBEING DIVIDE…

Discover exactly what wellbeing means, why it is important, and which areas need the most attention to improve the wellbeing of Horowhenua.

Brad Olsen is a Senior Economist at Infometrics. He focuses on regional economies and growth and government policy. He created the Infometrics Regional Wellbeing Framework, which allows local leaders and their communities to better understand how their area functions and design innovative actions to improve the wellbeing of the wider community.

Wellbeing is quickly becoming one of the most important concepts in the vocabulary of New Zealand’s public administration. However, despite its spike in significance, wellbeing is poorly understood.

We’re pleased to welcome Brad Olsen to Horowhenua. He will discuss his recent report including his views on the wellbeing divide between New Zealand's urban and rural communities.  Brad will explain how wellbeing can be calculated and compared across the country at a regional or territorial authority level.

You will have the chance to see how Horowhenua compares to other regions using indicators that focus on the past, present and future, such as crime figures, household income, and population age profiles. You will learn about the opportunities and challenges we face as wellbeing becomes an increasingly prevalent objective nationwide and you’ll get a grasp on how to use wellbeing data to inform your own decisions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about our regional economies and how wellbeing affects Horowhenua.

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