NZFBC / Vodafone Warriors Speed Networking Event

NZFBC / Vodafone Warriors Speed Networking Event

On Thursday 5 March, the New Zealand Fiji Business Council (NZFBC) hosted their first event of the year at the Vodafone Warriors headquarters at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland.

The purpose of the event was for current members to come together and learn about the products and services supplied by these members.

NZFBC President Chandar Sen opened the event acknowledging the council’s long-standing history and reminding the attendees of Fiji’s 50th anniversary of Independence in October 2020. He thanked the sponsors Vodafone Warriors and Pan Pac Distributors.

During his address, Chandar also announced that Alan Foote of Pacific Direct Line was stepping down from the executive committee. Alan has had extensive experience in the Pacific private sector, having been in the shipping industry for over 30 years and involved in the Fiji-New Zealand trade since 1981. Alan will remain with the NZFBC as an honorary Life member.

Special guest speaker, Managing Director of Autex Industries and Vodafone Warriors Chairman Rob Croot, spoke to members about his passion for rugby league and why it was important for him to get behind one of New Zealand’s most beloved team.

“What you get to see, is a handful of people getting on the field whether you watch the game on TV or on the stands, but in commercial terms we are a business with an equivalent of $30 million a year turnover and actually have a total of 200 people involved in the organisation.”
“What runs this business is the boys’ performances in the weekend and just like any other business, we have the highs and lows, but we deal with that week by week.”
“It’s my belief that when there is success in the business community, you have a responsibility to give back and help build the communities that you live in.”
“Outside of footy, there’s a few things that the Warriors partake in. Last year we engaged with over 30,000 schoolchildren on the topics of mental agility and support and using sport to open up doors to further education.”
“There’s an enormous amount that happens with the club in the community that you don’t get to see on TV. Of course, there’s a commercial side to it where we’re hoping to build more fans but if we’re influencing these young ones to become better people, staying in education and taking responsibility for their community, then we’re winning all the way.”

Following the opening remarks, members then engaged in a ‘speed-networking’ session facilitated by NZTE’s Australia Pacific Market Manager, Scott James, broadening their professional networks. Towards the end of the event, members were given an exclusive tour of the Warriors high-performance facilities which was well-received and a definite highlight of the night.

Life Member - Alan Foote

Life Member – Alan Foote

Alan Foote, who has recently retired from Pacific Direct Line, was formerly recognised for his services, support and commitment to the NZFBC over many years with the executive committee unanimously voting that Alan should be given Life Member status to the council. This recognition was given to Alan at the recent Speed Networking event held at Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday 5 March.

Alan was part of the founding group. including Life Members Robert Falvey, Harald Titter and Bruce Goldsworthy, who met at the offices of the EMA in Remuera to expedite the formation of the NZFBC. The idea was mooted before the events of May 1987 though, but the coup was certainly a catalyst.

Alan was Commercial Manager for Sofrana Unilines and at that time operated a vessel named Tui Cakau between Fiji and New Zealand and was the main carrier of cargo in those times. In 1999 Alan left Sofrana and joined Pacific Direct Line, but it was some years before Alan joined the NZFBC again under the membership of PDL when PDL resumed services to Fiji.

Alan’s personal belief is that shipping lines should be actively involved in Business Councils as shipping is an integral part of the trade process between countries and also for the business relationships and benefits it can generate.

In a personal note to Chandar Sen, Alan wrote:

“It has been a pleasure to be part of this council and be on the executive for the past few years . The NZ Fiji council is the most active and credit for that recently goes to Chandar’s efforts and enthusiasm. I have enjoyed the annual conference both in NZ and in Fiji. I see it as a great opportunity to give back to the members by having good speakers who can guide them in their business.”

The Council’s Life Members are:

  • Harold Titter
  • Peter Thomson
  • John McLennan
  • Robert Falvey
  • Rick Reid
  • Bruce Goldsworthy
  • Michael Burgess
  • Alan Foote
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