To all the Business Owners out their needing alot of TLC, we are so grateful to have the following people who have offered their biz skills voluntarily in their special interest areas – to help you during and post Covid-19 lockdown until such time things return to normalcy for you. Everyone on this page has something to offer. Your needs come first before anything else. We will not leave your side. As volunteers we extend kindness, compassion, empathy and support for you.
Fiona Green (Director – Business Crisis Support NZ)
Areas of help: Business Administration, Business Crisis and the impact on Mental Health, Financial and Economic Literacy Support, Hospitality Industry knowledge, Motivation, Change NZ’s Business Culture Advocate
‘A strong voice for the disadvantaged. A strong voice for the disenfranchised.’ Fiona Green (Ngapuhi) is an experienced Researcher, Social Justice & Business Advocate with a history of lobbying for small business owners, individuals and groups who are struggling, and the disabled. Fiona is the Pioneering force behind Business Crisis Support NZ – an Organisation she established nearly two years ago in Whangarei, New Zealand – offering support to those who have experienced business loss and the mental health impact.
Skilled in Human Rights Change Movement, Administration, Visual Arts, she is a creative Humanitarian professional with a Bachelor of Education (Tchg.) from Massey University, and a published author of Te Reo Maori Childrens books.
Kris Rivett (Trustee – Tokotoko Solutions)
Areas of help: Business, Business Franchises, WiNZ wage subsidies
Kia Ora Everyone!
My name is Kris Rivett and I work for an organisation called Tokotoko Solutions Limited. I am a Trustee of Tokotoko Charitable Trust here in Whangarei, Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa. I have been a business (franchise) owner and a teacher for over 16 years in both Primary and Secondary schools in New Zealand and abroad.
Our organisation provides Alternative Education for MoE, Mentoring Services to MoE IWS and Oranga Tamariki HCN, Work Ready Programmes for the WINZ/MSD Skills for Industry programme and business start-up support.
Our main focus at this time is preparing for the reboot/kick-start for individuals and employers/businesses once the economy starts again after the lockdown. We are hoping our relationships with local employers, WINZ and MSD will put our people in a good position to get back into work.
Below is links for individuals and employers to start the information collection/gathering process so we can be best prepared for the downgrading of the COVID-19 Alert Levels.
Areas of help: Business Administration – via Remote work
Based in Hamilton, Taryn has a Certificate in Business Administration, and Diploma in Office Management and Administration. She is currently undertaking further study having enrolled in a Business Administration pathways course. Taryn has have 5 years administration experience with 7 years customer experience. Taryn enjoys professional development opportunities as to develop her skills further – working towards becoming a professional administrator.
Area of help: Peer Support
Rhonda Gilligan lives in Dargaville. Multiskilled and multi-talented. Rhonda has been a Member of the New Zealand Cadet Forces and Adjutant and Commander with Dargaville’s ATC 57SQN. She has chosen one area to volunteer in ‘Peer Support.’ She brings relevant and related skills in support of business owners who have fallen on hard times.