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Matamata BNI welcomes PM, Jacinda Ardern, SCENE 16 OCTOBER, 2018

Committed to helping members grow in business through structured, positive, and professional referral marketing, Matamata Chapter of BNI (Business Network International) are always looking at initiatives that further inspire commitment to customers or clients, but also ensure the longevity and success of local business.


One of the initiatives of late has been periodically introducing guest speakers that offer unique and informative key messages, and have included for example, the manager of Matamata Public Relations, Sue Whiting who also administers Matamata Business Association and is passionate about the continued economic success of our business community, locally based economic development consultant, Karen Remetis, and Dame Susan Devoy, former New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner. This was taken a gigantic step further recently with an invitation to New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

Delighted to take up the opportunity, particularly as a past colleague of Shed Surf, Skate and Streetwear owner/operator and BNI Events Coordinator Sonya Church, Jacinda confirmed her attendance and locked in a day with the locals.

Beginning her BNI hosted local experience at Mata Digital, a company dedicated to providing transformative digital experiences locally, nationally and even internationally, Jacinda was extremely impressed at the ingenuity of local businessman, Tim Hampton who founded his first company, TimTec, at just 13 years of age. She also took the opportunity of an interactive introduction to Career Central, New Zealand’s leading online platform for student career pathway management co-founded by Tim and Matamata College Careers Advisor, Susan Hancock.

Following this, Jacinda received a warm welcome by Matamata BNI President, Dave Harris before each of the chapter members introduced themselves and their respective businesses.

“BNI’s core philosophy is Givers Gain” explained Dave. “And with 97% of businesses being classed as SME, we are typical New Zealand business people. If you give business to the members of your chapter, they, in turn, will give business of their own and their wider network of associates. Here in New Zealand there are 115 BNI chapters and 2,700 members who passed $80 million in closed business in 2017. For most of this year the Matamata Chapter has been number one in New Zealand. We are all small business people and thought you would be interested in both our diverse membership and how we support each other in business in rural towns across the country.”

“In terms of what you’re doing here as small business owners and operators, growing up in Morrinsville gave me an appreciation of the fact that our businesses in our smaller towns are everything” replied Jacinda. “You’re not only business operators, but serve on boards and committees, donate to local organisations and school events, service clubs, and donate prizes to everything from speech competitions to sports events – you really are everything and I have a real appreciation for that; particularly having started my first job at the local fish and chip shop, followed by the local music shop! It was then, at just 14 or 15 years of age, I first saw what it took to run a business and the hard graft that went in, predominately by families. So now, when I sit in the Beehive and think about small business policy, or regional growth and how we can make it a little easier, those are the things I think about – I think about home. This morning has been a wonderful opportunity for me and I thank you all so much for hosting me.”4

In reply, Dave thanked Jacinda for coming. “The door of Matamata is always open should you wish to visit” he said. “We would all like to wish you all the best for your role as Prime Minister and trust that you will have a wonderful, no pressure day while here in Matamata.”

By Caron Stewart, Scene Online

-Thanks to Picture Brands, Steve May.

Read the whole issue of Scene online:


BNI Dunedin raise $43K for Otago Community Hospice

Earlier this year, at one of our regular BNI Champion meetings held here at Otago Community Hospice, an idea to collaborate on an event was born.

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The seven Dunedin chapters – who have supported Hospice wonderfully with individual chapter donations of money, biscuits for our volunteers and as volunteers – jumped on board with energy and enthusiasm.

For our small fundraising team this was an exciting development, given the reach and the commitment of the BNI teams. We knew from the get-go they would throw everything at the event. We divided up activities, with the BNIers gathering up auction items and support, and the Hospice team co-ordinating the auctions and the ticket sales.


Photo curtesy of Kassandra Lynne Photography

Closer to the event, the BNI chapters used their networks to great advantage selling tickets. And on the night, everyone rolled up their sleeves and helped out. It was truly a collaborative affair – and the benefits go far beyond the significant $43k raised (that’s after all the expenses!).

While we all need some time to recover, there is enthusiasm to run this as an annual event. The Hospice relies upon these kinds of events – which bring new awareness of the Hospice and its services as well as helping us to raise the $2.5million target. We simply couldn’t maintain our quality service without the BNI’s efforts fundraising and volunteering their time and expertise.

To see photos of the event click here.

By Becs Wilson, Development and Engagement Manager at Otago Community Hospice


About Otago Community Hospice:
Leading the Otago Community Hospice fundraising team and retail shop network to raise a whopping $2.5 million this year. Their fundraising ensures that the specialist palliative care service in Otago continues delivering its quality service for free, no matter where you live in the Otago region.


More than $80 million generated by BNI New Zealand members in 2017

At the beginning of the year it’s always a good time to brush up on the basics of BNI.

Thank You for Closed Business or TYFCB is simply a mechanism that we use to track business between members. Ultimately, tracking the dollar value of referrals made through BNI is one of the clearest ways to assess how your chapter is benefiting from the members’ collective structured networking efforts.

A record total!

Last year BNI New Zealand recorded its best Thank You for Closed Business ever. For 2017 chapters throughout New Zealand totalled over $80 million in TYFCB.

TYFCB 2017

This is an incredible total that shows more business is being done and recorded in BNI.

Recording the total is very important. We’ve all heard the saying, “What gets measured gets done”. When setting standards and expectations within BNI chapters, if it gets measured, it gets done.

Take time to goal set

Now early in the year is the best time to set goals both for your chapter and yourself in terms of TYFCB. Use the totals recorded for 2017 as a benchmark for this year’s goals.

It’s much easier to report TYFCB than ever before because it is now incorporated into the online BNI Connect system. Reporting referrals, 1-2-1’s and TYFCB is far simpler with the use of the official BNI Connect App. Confidentiality is assured as the amount generated by the person who gave the referral is recorded rather than the amount earned by the member.

Congratulations BNI New Zealand

Remember that your mind-set is crucial with Thank You for Closed Business. Those who are most successful with referrals track and measure their progress at BNI. It’s a great way to assess what your BNI membership is worth to you. Your Revenue received or Return on Investment is available through BNI Connect and confidential to you only.

When you see the figures and how you are tracking, it really resonates. It’s also important to celebrate the success of BNI New Zealand and your BNI chapter as motivation for the year ahead. Set a target today and let’s beat last year’s incredible total.


Read recent news on the blog: 

16th October: Matamata BNI Welcomes PM, Jacinda Adern, SCENE 16 October, 2018
2nd November 2018: BNI Dunedin raise $43K for Otago Community Hospice
9th February 2018: More than $80 million generated by BNI New Zealand members in 2017
12th June 2017: BNI NZers let’s get connected with the new official BNI Connect Mobile App
17th February 2017: Hon Jacqui Dean, the Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Small Business and Associate....
1st February 2017: Give back to your community and gain as an individual
2nd December 2016: Local businesspeople focused on networking to be inspired by Richard Emerson’s story of entrepreneurship
25th November 2016: BNI’s 7 core values – do you practise them?
3rd August 2016 - Thinking outside the box at BNI Positively Wellington
27th July 2016 - 6 Northland region networking business groups to get support from new Director Consultant Bill Raynel
8th July 2016 - Trends in Business Networking
23rd May 2016 - BNI Big Breakfast Wellington
16th May 2016 - Hospice Awareness Week
9th May 2016 - BNI New Zealand National Networking Week
9th March 2016 - BDO Business Expo BNI

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