Business Growth Forum

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

16 June, 8.30am - 12 noon

Hear from Minister of Infrastructure Grant Robertson, Senior Economist Brad Olsen and senior executives from Adventure Park, Ngāti Toa and Whittakers, as they engage with local businesses on the future of Porirua.

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Business Growth Forum

Wednesday 16 June, 8.30am - 12 noon

Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua


08.30am - Registration

09.00am - Introduction: Porirua City Mayor Anita Baker

09.15am - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure: Grant Roberston

10.00am - Economic update: Brad Olsen

10.30am - Morning tea & networking

10.45am - Adventure Park: Darron Charity

11.15am - Ngāti Toa: Helmut Modlik

11.40am - Whittakers: James Ardern


Linda Clark


M.C. for the Growth Forum

Linda Clark is one of New Zealand's most respected journalists. After a very successful career in media, in 2006 Linda decided on a complete change of direction and went on to study Law.

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Grant Robertson

Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Infrastructure


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


Brad Olsen

Senior Economist at Infometrics Ltd


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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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.


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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James Ardern

Whittakers, Chief Executive Officer


James 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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