Bizlink Hawera Newsletter

March 2021

Bunny Bonanza Scavenger Hunt

Bunnies are coming your way :

  • Let us know if you would like a wooden bunny to hide in your business. We need to ensure this competition is manageable for little legs so we may need to limit numbers and the area of participating businesses. However, if you don't make it onto the final list don't worry you can still use the bunny to reinforce a bit of town wide Easter promotion fun.
  • Please email your bunny request to
  • We will work at dropping these bunnies off to you. You can let us know where it will be hidden in your business by 12pm Wednesday 17 March so that we have time to compile, print and deliver the forms to participating businesses before Easter.

AmeriCARna Success in Hawera!

This popular day event continues to impress and Hawera Businessesreally revved up their fun engines. We received many positive comments from visitors who really enjoyed their day here and voted Hawera their favourite town this year.

STDC organise the "Acceleration Display", a sound system and live music for the town square. This year we had 'Campbell Vibe' play and he was well received. It was awesome to see the rock n roll dancers getting out and showing off their moves. Bizlink Hawera contributes to this event by organising multiple events which add to the atmosphere and provide opportunities for participation. Our town square Fashion Parades seem to draw bigger crowds each year.

There was a Mr and Ms AmeriCARna, Best Celebrity Strut and Best Dressed Family this year with participants winning sashes, flower bouquets and prizes.

Bryan Vickery was our fantastic MC and judged both business participation competitions- 'Best AmeriCARna Window Display' and 'Best Dressed Team'. Bryan spent a good part of the day visiting participating businesses and he was incredibly impressed by all the amazing entries. Please know that even if you did not win a prize we really appreciate your contribution, energy and efforts. It made it very difficult for Bryan to make a decision.

The winners for the 'Best AmeriCARna Window Display': 1st Place: SPCA Op Shop, 2nd Place: Pot O Gold, 3rd Place: Mondo Travel Hawera.

The 'Best Dressed Team' winners were: 1st Place: Ballentynes, 2nd: SPCA Op Shop, 3rd: Charmaine's Coffee Lounge.

If you go to our Facebook page "Bizlink Hawera" you will see all photos from the day.

A huge thanks to all participating businesses. Even by hanging the fanned bunting up or by offering promotions/specials on the day it really brings our town alive.

Covid-19, Level Two and Business

We are likely to continue fluctuating in and out of the Covid 19 alert levels so here's a timely reminder about some of the supports available to you.

Financial support is available for people affected by COVID-19 cases:

If you or your employees are required to self-isolate and can’t work from home, there are supports available through Work and Income to ensure affected people can continue getting paid. This includes people who are self-employed. The support is available now and includes the Short-term Absence Payment and the Leave Support Scheme.

  • Short-Term Absence Payment
    The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay workers who cannot work from home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result. Find out more on the Work and Income website.
  • Leave Support Scheme

    The Leave Support Scheme covers eligible workers, including the self-employed, who can’t work from home and meet certain health criteria, e.g. they have COVID-19 or are a ‘close contact’ who has been told to self-isolate for 14 days. Find out more on the Work and Income website.

  • New Wage Subsidy

    Information about a new Wage Subsidy to help businesses whose revenue has reduced because of moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 will be available later today on the Work and Income website.

    Register here to find out when applications open

  • Resurgence Support Payment

    Inland Revenue’s Resurgence Support Payment helps businesses across the country affected by Alert Level increases. Businesses and organisations have until 23 March 2021 to apply online in myIR. For more information visit the Resurgence Support Payment page

  • Work and Income service centres in Auckland are closed to the public at Alert Level 3. Appointments will be held over the phone at a planned time. Service centres are open for people with appointments at Alert Level 2. Regular payments from Work and Income will continue as usual.

People needing support can call Work and Income on their general line, 0800 559 009, or use MyMSD.

Tailored information is available for New Zealand’s diverse communities

Newly-translated information on Living at Alert Level 3 can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website in the following languages:

  • Te Reo Māori
  • Hindi
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Urdu
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Taste of the World - Multicultural food and music festival

Friday, March 12th, 5-9pm

Hawera Community Centre Carpark

If you’re feeling a bit down because you can’t fly overseas and get your fix of exotic cuisines or sway to rhythm of the beat in a foreign country, make sure you get the family together for South Taranaki’s own “Taste of the World”, a multicultural food and music festival being held on Friday 12 March.
This community event bought to you by the South Taranaki District Council, will be presented by international singer, actor and performer Frankie Stevens at the Hāwera Community Centre from 5-9 pm.

Hawera Saturday Markets

Saturday, March 13th, 9am-12:30pm

113 High Street


A home for artisan breads, pastries, jams, crafts, plants, fresh produce and lots more!
We have COVID-19 protocols in place so please ensure you scan or sign in, use the hand sanitiser available and socially distance.
You'll find us outside the Gelato Block at 113 High Street, but if we're not there then you'll find us in the Hawera Town Square every Saturday morning.
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Kai Kitchen February Ba5

Thank you to Rocky and the team for hosting the February Business After Five. She was busy preparing to adapt the food, beverages and space for some strict Covid restrictions however the levels were lifted a day prior.

The food platter was amazing and Rocky shared some insight around the Kai Kitchen's versatile direction. In a spirit that aligns with the Kai Kitchen's generosity there were some lovely host giveaways and Mayor Phil Nixon won the NZME advertising voucher. He chose to continue this generosity by gifting the $500 advertising voucher to two young entrepreneurs present on the night.

JLE Network of Trades

Tuesday, March 9th, 5:15-7pm

25 Scott Street, Hawera 4610

Starting 2021 Network of Trades in Hawera with a spark: join us at JLE, a privately-owned New Zealand industrial and commercial contracting business. JLE specialise in electrical, mechanical, automation and instrumentation services. They operate around New Zealand, Australia and across the Pacific.

View their Hawera branch, meet the team and find out about their latest projects.

To RSVP for this event or for further enquiries contact Julia,

Network of Trades - Partnered by Tandem

Read more about the Network of Trades forum here

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