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Presentation from Lonnie Dalzell, Project Manager, Ō2NL - Waka Kotahi

Thank you to all those who attended the BA5.  To take a look at the slide presentation from Lonnie, click on the link below.  


Last BA5 for 2022

Join us for the last BA5 of 2022 on Thursday 17th November.   we're delighted to introduce Lonnie Dalzell from Waka Kotahi, Project Director of O2NL. 

Lonnie will be giving an overview of the significance of this project and progress to date.  

His experience ranges from mining and civil works through to consultancy, and he is passionate about developing relationships, partnerships and using major infrastructure projects as a catalyst for social / regional improvements. Lonnie has worked with the Horowhenua community since joining Waka Kotahi 6 years ago.  

His track record in establishing and maintaining strong relationships across the lower North Island have been invaluable in the delivery of significant projects such as Te Ahu a Turanga (Manawatū Gorge replacement).  Lonnie says he re-joined the O2NL project 12 months ago as he believes it is the most important project Waka Kotahi is delivering.     

We are sure you'll get some good insights about the development of this project. Make sure you bring along your questions as well.  Join us for refreshments and a great opportunity to network with other business people in Horowhenua.





Annual General Meeting

The community are invited to attend The Horowhenua New Zealand Trust’s AGM on Thursday 24th November 2022 at 5pm, at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po ̄.  


October BA5 -

Dr Ellen Joan Nelson, talking about the Future of Work.

Ellen will share her experiences as a military leader, academic researcher, advisor to the NZ military, businesswoman, volunteer and Mum, to demonstrate the exciting opportunities for the future of work. Ellen will talk about improving staff retention, staff well-being, productivity and business performance. Come away with an understanding of the commercial benefits of workplace flexibility and an inclusive culture.

Ellen is an ex-army academic business mum, with deep expertise and practical experience in leadership, gender, well-being and the future of work. She has spoken at TEDx Auckland in 2022, advised many corporate and government organisations, including the NZ Army, and her research and ideas to improve the working world have been published both nationally and internationally. 

As a speaker, facilitator, coach and consultant, Ellen helps organisations to remove structural barriers facing women and parents, while simultaneously experiencing improvements in organisational metrics such as: wellbeing, retention, leadership, productivity, innovation and business performance. Her volunteer team evacuated 563 people from Afghanistan to New Zealand and she started the #workschoolhours movement.


September's BA5


We're very excited about the next BA5 on Thursday 15th September.  The venue is at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō from 5.30pm. We have Brad Olsen as our guest speaker, he is the Principal Economist and Director at Infometrics.  Brad will share economic commentary – what’s happening in the country and how this relates to business in our region.  
Brad is a great communicator, well-versed in economics, is genuinely community-minded, and already has nearly a decade of experience in leadership roles. He’s featured regularly on Newstalk ZB, Radio New Zealand and in national / international press. He’s even met the Queen 3 times!
Fresh and insightful, this is one BA5 you won’t want to miss.



Are you a woman in business in Horowhenua? Here's a great networking opportunity!
You're invited to join us for the Horowhenua Women in Business lunch, this Friday at the Roadhouse Grill, 295 Oxford Street, Levin on Friday 9th September from 12.30-2pm.
The meal will be a buffet for $25 per person, and The Horowhenua Company Ltd will be providing tea and coffee. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
The event this Friday will be focussed on sharing information with a small group about your awesome business/job. It's a great way for us all to get to know each other.
The whole idea is that the meeting is informal, enjoyable and we will get to exchange ideas and information (as well as enjoying a meal together).
This is a new group, so we'd love you to share the information with other fabulous Women in Business in our region.  


Here is Phil's presentation from the most recent BA5.  Make sure you join us for the August BA5 on the 18th, featuring a showcase of Horowhenua businesses!  


Phil is a New Zealand and global business leader and advocate. Through his extensive networks he is deeply engaged in public policy and business issues both locally to globally. He is currently the Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners.

Phil was until recently the Chair of the Board of Business at OECD, based in Paris, which is the representative of businesses in OECD member states and was a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation based in Geneva. He has worked closely with the B20, advising G20 leaders and was also a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).



Electra BA5 for June

Tony Alexander - NZ Economist

Tony joins us this month to give his thoughts and insights on the recently-announced 2022 Budget and what it could mean for local businesses. 

Tony’s talks are always highly informative and entertaining and he’s always happy to take questions from the audience, so come prepared!


Women In Business Lunch

Our first ever Women in Business Lunch takes place on Friday 3rd June at Focal Point.  Guest speaker is Monique Davidson, the new Chief Executive from Horowhenua District Council.  This event will now happen quarterly. If you'd like to receive information, sign up for our newsletter and we'll keep you updated.   


         HNZT Annual General Meeting           25 November 2021

Update: The 2021 Horowhenua New Zealand Trust AGM will now be held virtually.

COVID-19 Law Webinar with Daniel Vincent - CS Law

Daniel Vincent, Director of CS Law presents a comprehensive webinar on the key employment law issues in relation to COVID-19 and vaccinations.


Electra Business After Five with Lauren Parsons 

October's Electra Business After Five looked a little different but was a full scheudle with celebratng one year of The Mahi Space, How to thrive in life & business with lauren Parsons as well as Bruce Little's induction into the BKH Hall of Fame.


June Electra Business After Five with Chris Money

We had a great turnout for June's Electra Business After Five with speaker Chris Money. Chris shared a range of stats that give our community a greater look at how the economy is and may act following COVID-19 and the new budget announcement.


Electra Business After Five with Louise Aitken - CEO, The Akina Foundation

More now than ever before, businesses are taking a deeper look into how their businesses can positively impact their communities and the environment.


Get-Go Future's Day 

A new initiative to showcase employment pathways in Horowhenua was launched today, with every Year 10 student in Horowhenua visiting two different employers to explore employment options in the district.


Electra Leadership Lunch with U.S. Ambassador Brown

U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown joins us to share his journey from Colonel to Ambassador as well as a quick visit to the Horowhenua Business Park to see new business that has relocated to Horowhenua.

November Electra Business After Five with Sarah Sherriff

Fix & Fogg's Head of Finance and Exports Sarah Sherriff shared how why Fix & Fogg chose the US over other opportunities, the benefits of starting in e-commerce before going too deep into other channels, and the key lessons she's learned along the way.


Omicron: Planning for Employers Webinar

We hosted a free webinar that included three local speakers that shared valuable insights about the current COVID climate and how best to navigate this. 


COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework Business Support Webinar 

We hosted a free webinar that included two local speakers, one being Daniel Vincent (CS Law) and the other an HR professional Robyn Young (RYHR). They supplied useful information around navigating the framework and how to best keep your teams and workplaces safe. 


November Business After Five - Brad Olsen, Infometrics

Our November Business After Five looked different again with it being a virtual webinar. We had Brad Olsen from Infometrics joining us to present the most recent Quarterly Economic Data and trends. 


Feel free to contact us directly to talk about how you can help move Horowhenua forwards.

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