The Rise of the Pacific Social Entrepreneur

The Pacific Business Trust’s new and incoming HATCH cohort of social entrepreneurs, are a group whose businesses range from Food Innovation, Creative Economy, Social Activism, the Tech Community, Photography, Film, Music, and Beauty & Lifestyle. Get to know each incoming participant and what drives them as they embark on their HATCH journey this year.




As the first cohort settle in and continue to build networks, knowledge and their businesses the Pacific Business Trust are proud to introduce the cohort of 2019, signifying the Rise of the Social Entrepreneur.


The new cohort’s businesses are purpose-driven, looking to maximize improvements in social and environmental well-being of our Pacific communities.


In no particular order meet:


Armani Alofa – eSports Community Developer


Joey Williams – Food & Lifestyle Influencer


John-Paul Foliaki – Musician / Entertainer


Joshua Kurene – Photographer


Joshua Lindsay – a dancer and designer leading a creative collective of 15 members.


Ra Beazley – Director of Ika Bowl


Tesa Vaafusuaga – Beauty and hair care


Torisse Laulu – Film maker and content curator


Yole Lelaulu – Business activist creating solutions that protect the most vulnerable.


HATCH is where Pasifika youth aged 16-26 transform innovative ideas into commercial reality. HATCH’s unique learning approach has been developed to respond to the changing world we live in.

The programme combines tertiary educational opportunities with a bespoke, intensive, wrap-around system that leverages real world experience to support accelerated commercial growth and new and diverse leadership within our communities and Aotearoa.


Partners contributing to the HATCH programme, include the Mahuki team from Te Papa, Massey University, Xero, Creative NZ, Fafswag, Tagata Pasifika and many individual experts who give their time towards it.


A new partnership joining HATCH is the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence, which was established in 2018 and is committed to helping New Zealand build sustainable, future-focused trade relationships with Greater China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, and Korea.


As a result three businesses from the HATCH 2018 cohort are currently in Taiwan participating in the inaugural Kiva Scholars Programme- Kokiti Ltd, No Six and Sepora Lia.



Through this Excursion, they have the chance to develop business skills which will allow them to navigate wider economic environments.

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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.