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Business Growth Forum

Join us for a half-day session to inspire local businesses, with engaging speakers and a chance for networking.

Business Growth Forum 2021

We want to thank everyone who attended, spoke, and supported the Business Growth Forum. It was an amazing day hearing about Adventure Park’s progress, congratulating Whittakers, getting economic and infrastructure updates, and seeing what Ngāti Toa have in the pipeline.

If you didn’t manage to get there on the day or missed a speaker, see any of the replays below. Or check out the image gallery to see if you can spot yourself.


Grant Robertson, Deputy Prime Minister

Grant’s belief in social justice and desire to see every New Zealander able to achieve their potential led him to politics, he has been a Member of Parliament for Wellington Central since 2008.

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Wednesday 16 June, 9.15am

Watch Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson's entire speech at the Porirua City Council - Business Growth Forum event 2021.


Brad Olsen, Senior Economist at Infometrics

Senior Economist and Director at Infometrics and a leading New Zealand economic commentator who focuses on getting useful information to businesses, decision makers and the public.

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Wednesday 16 June, 10.00am

Watch Senior Economist at Infometrics Ltd Brad Olsen's entire speech at the Porirua City Council - Business Growth Forum event 2021.


Darron Charity, Adventure Park

Director and Partner at Select Contracts, Darron primarily oversees projects in New Zealand and Australia, managing all accounts in this part of the world on a day-to-day basis.

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Wednesday 16 June, 10.45am

Watch Director of Adventure Park Darron Charity's entire speech at the Porirua City Council - Business Growth Forum event 2021.


Helmut Modlik, Ngāti Toa, Chief Executive Officer

Experienced director, executive and consultant with specialist skills in implementation and change management, business and economic development (including new venture identification, planning and establishment), strategic analysis and planning, public policy and finance.

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Wednesday 16 June, 11.15am

Watch Ngati Toa CEO, Helmut Modlik's entire speech at the Porirua City Council - Business Growth Forum event 2021.


James Ardern, Whittakers, Chief Executive Officer

Heads up the iconic New Zealand chocolate brand, Whittakers and has been the CEO for over three years of this incredible successful company. It is the largest chocolate brand in New Zealand and approximately 30% of their production is now exported.

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Wednesday 16 June, 11.40am

Watch Whittakers CEO James Adern's entire speech at the Porirua City Council - Business Growth Forum event 2021.


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