PBT Award Winners celebrated and Parris nabs Legacy Award

Winners of the 11th National Pacific Business Trust Awards were celebrated at the historic Eden Park over the weekend (Friday 22nd June 2018) with Pacific businesses and social enterprises recognised. And Parris Goebel was honoured with the inaugural Pacific Legacy award.



The 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards was attended by special guests, delegates, and most importantly the Pacific business community.
Cook Island family-owned fertiliser company Pacific Biofert, who have been in business for more than 30 years, took out the ATEED 2018 Pacific Business Award.


As an agricultural business supplying fertiliser products for the agricultural and horticultural sectors in New Zealand, Pacific Biofert has developed an internationally-patented process and range of products that utilise natural resources to create highly available and cost-effective soil and plant foods.


Pacific Biofert Managing Director Bill Sinclair, who accepted the award on stage with his mother, said success was largely thanks to the perseverance of "this lady here" his mother and their late father, because they pushed their kids to succeed and pursue their passions. They built that mentality of pushing to succeed.


Internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and dance studio owner Parris Goebel was honoured in a new closed-award category, The Legacy Award, which acknowledges Pacific business leaders with business that have been consistently successful over a number of years making a prestigious and well-known name for themselves. 


Not to mention is someone who has successfully paved the way for the future generation to achieve their goals too.


The award was presented by Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples.

“This recipient has already made her mark on the global stage of her chosen profession. We could not think of a better Pacific person to honour as the inaugural recipient,” said Minister Sepuloni.

Accepting her award, Parris said “this is special because it’s being acknowledged by my people and for my culture. It’s important because it made me who I am, and the Polynesian traditions are reasons I stood out in the industry.”



She later tweeted: “What an amazing night!! Tonight I was awarded the Pacific Legacy award at the Pacific Business Awards. I couldn’t help but cry as they announced my name and the whole room stood up. This means the world to me to be acknowledged by my people. Proud Polynesian thank you so much. “

The complete list winners is:


HATCHing Pacific Business: Jitel Contracting


Pacific Impact: Kokiti Workshops


Pacific Social Enterprise: Moana Research


Pacific Innovation: The Food Company NZ


Pacific Woman in Business: Rachel Lewis, Devitise Marketing


Pacific Business: Pacific Biofert


Pacific Legacy: Parris Goebel


A major theme of the awards was collaboration, which was woven all throughout the evening with a variety of entertainment, Pacific-fusion cuisine and represented in the calibre of finalists and winners of the evening as recognised by the judges.


Pulled together by the team at Oceania Media, the awards evening promised fun, food and celebration. As a lot of the attendees stayed behind after the formalities to laugh and dance the rest of the evening away it was evident that the evening had delivered.


Held ten times since 1993, the awards highlight the transformation of innovation into business excellence and celebrate the growing number of Pacific entrepreneurs and established businesses that contribute positively to the NZ economy.


Addressing the crowd, Pacific Business Trust chair Fa’amatuainu (Inu) Tino Pereira said the calibre of the winners this evening displayed an abundance of Pacific achievement, talent, resilience, creativity and innovation being recognised even outside of our Pacific communities.


“Many of these successes are not only recognised by our Pacific community but increasingly recognised by mainstream business.


“We are becoming what we all strive for and that is success not by just a Pacific measure, but simply success in full measure.”



About PBT:


The Pacific Business Trust is a 'not for profit' Charitable Trust set up in 1985, providing economic development services for Pacific Businesses and Business People within New Zealand.