Established in September 2021, Pacific Growth Services is an economic services provider based in the Bay of Plenty which focusses on the empowerment of our Pacific communities through providing a platform and the right tools for Pacific businesses to thrive.
PGS is well grounded in community life in the Bay of Plenty with established links with the wider business community, education providers, and also territorial authorities. Such relationships PGS continues to foster going forward as an avenue to help our Pacific businesses realise their true potential. In all, we have adopted a holistic viewpoint that the success of our Pacific businesses hinges on us giving them the right tools and opportunities to achieve. In doing so, the outcome is a thriving Pacific community.
The Bay of Plenty remains New Zealand’s fastest growing region since the turn of the decade with a steady growth of 2.7% since 2013. Its growth has presented welcomed opportunities not just for the wider community but specifically for our Pacific businesses and professionals in the region.
Pacific peoples make up just under 4% of the region’s total population according to the last census in 2018. As such, our presence in the business community is also underrepresented with only 411 businesses and professionals in the region identifying as Pasifika. Needless to say, there is a great need to invest in the growth of our Pacific businesses to keep up with the growing population in the Bay of Plenty. To do this, there’s a need to leverage our position with territorial authorities, chamber of commerce, marketing platforms, tertiary education providers and the like. However, to date there has not been a legal entity or body that would be able to voice the needs of our business community and act as a mediator between pacific businesses and large government bodies, private organisations, and enterprises. Pacific Growth Services hopes to fulfil this role in service to our Pacific peoples.
PGS have been working with various Pacific businesses and professionals to seek out opportunities for growth, identify individual business needs and also areas which require capacity building. However, in order to fulfil the role of mediator and voice for the Pacific business community, there is significant time and resource investment required of Pacific Growth Services.