Industry Advice 22 May 2017
Devin Brown chairs the New Zealand Pacific Business Council (NZPBC) with the firm belief the Council offers many valuable benefits to its growing membership.
In 2012, Northpower Limited joined the NZPBC having recently started their engagement in the Pacific region working on engineering, procuring and constructing energy infrastructure projects.
At that time, Devin was Northpower Ltd’s Sales Manager for NZ and Pacific Islands, and he says NZPBC offered the business many advantages.
“It offered a further understanding of the risk profile of countries we had operated in, or were potentially going to operate in; it utilised the experience of the existing members and government departments NZPBC was connected too – for example, MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and NZTE (NZ Trade and Enterprise),” Devin says.
“It also enabled us to look for further opportunities in the Pacific region via the network it provided as well as look for alliances among other members of the NZPBC where our interests aligned.”
Over the past few years, Devin has taken an active role in NZPBC, whose objective is to promote and facilitate two-way trade between NZ and the 26 Pacific Island nations of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.
After a year on the NZPBA executive, Devin completed two years as NZPBC Deputy Chair.
He took up the Chair’s role (which is voted for annually, with a maximum term of two years) in December 2016 with confidence.
“I felt that I could provide the NZPBC with leadership and continue the work that I had previously been doing as Deputy Chair,” he says.
“As Chair, I try to provide leadership, governance and ultimately add value to members through the executive committee actions.”
Devin has a clear agenda of what the NZPBC should achieve in 2017.
“One aim is to present a reformed constitution, to the AGM for ratification - our previous constitution needs a revision and update around the process and procedure (a number of gaps and also historical pieces that were no longer relevant, as well as some areas needed more clarity), so effective governance can be carried out by the executive committee,” he explains.
He also wants to develop a welcome pack for new NZPBC members; and enable a greater level of interaction with its members via its website, LinkedIn and social media – a special sub-committee has been created to help move this forward.
In addition deliver a quality and topical annual events programme and to this end, the NZPBC has set hosting a renewable energy event in its sights, and is planning the event for spring this year.
It will focus on the role of solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicles into today's energy market, which Devin says has relevance both in NZ and the region.
Another major event for NZPBC this year, is the Business Mission to the Solomon Islands, scheduled for mid-September.
This is an ideal opportunity for NZ businesses who are interested in investing in the Solomon Islands to check out any potential ventures, and widen their network.
The mission will reinforce the great work the Council is doing, facilitating partnerships and trade between NZ and the Pacific.
Click NZPBC for more information on NZPBC, and email Christine Connon - email@example.com - to register your interest for the NZPBC Business Mission.