When Sullivan Halaifonua arrived at Auckland Council Healthy Waters' Corban Reserve project in Tāmaki Makaurau [Auckland] New Zealand he had no idea about Amotai and the benefits Pasifika businesses can reap by becoming a member.
Sullivan Halaifonua (shown in the photo above on the right) is the Co-Director of Vava’u Contracting, a Pasifika-owned earthmoving business, with his wife Sita. They learned about the opportunity at Corban Reserve through Sullivan’s younger brother Josiah Halaifonua, the Grade A Tunnel Supervisor on the project (shown in the photo on the left).
When Sullivan and his team joined the team Quantity Surveyor Kathrine Juab could see there was potential for growth. She introduced them to Amotai, an organisation that connects Māori and Pasifika businesses to buyers committed to social procurement. As a member, Vava’u Contracting now has access to an extensive client directory, specialist resources to help gain new business, and networking opportunities online and in person.
Click on the video below to hear about the project from the team.