Our Goal is to enable, empower and equip people to be their best selves in businesses all around Northland. We showcase different groups, ideas and venues throughout Northland.




Every quarter we have an inspirational speaker in business or leadership. You will hear from people doing it and doing it well.

For these events part of each ticket sold will donate to local charity. Find out about our next Keynote Speaker.


A chance to grow your own local network and learn from other people in business around Northland. A casual lunch where you can share ideas and stories.


Upcoming Events

  • Fri, 27 Sep
    Amici Italian Cafe and Restaurant
    27 Sep 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Amici Italian Cafe and Restaurant, 69/71 Cameron St, Whangarei, 0110, New Zealand
    A great way to create valuable connections with other people in business in a informal environment


Debra is an engineer by training, a marketer by profession, an entrepreneur with a successful exit from her own business, and in her retirement, a director, mentor and active angel investor.  Debra has been breaking down barriers since her university days, graduating as the first female metallurgical engineer from Wits University in South Africa, and then becoming the first woman engineer in SA to work in a production role on a working gold and uranium mine.Debra came to New Zealand in the mid 80s with two very young children, following her banker husband on what was a two year contract, but quickly became their new home.  Finding little opportunity in the almost non-existent NZ mining industry, Debra found a new career in market research, where she started her own company, Research Solutions, in 1992.  Research Solutions grew to be a significant player in the NZ research sector, winning many research excellence awards, and working for many of the biggest public and private sector organisations, here and in Australia.jIn 2007, Debra sold her company to Synovate, a global research giant, and a few years later, headed into her next adventure, on a mission to build a new career as a company director.  Along the way, she discovered angel investing, and her natural talent for mentoring entrepreneurs on their journey to build new and exciting businesses. Along the way, she’s invested in around 30 start-up ventures, and is currently on the board of three of them.  She’s on a mission to grow NZ Inc, creating options for the next generation to stay in New Zealand in high-value, world-class careers.Debra will talk about the barriers she faced and how she dealt with them, the things you need to know when starting your own business, and how building your network with collaboration and generosity of spirit pays dividends in the long run.

Keynote Speaker - Debra Hall

$3 from every ticket sold for the August Keynote Speaker Lunch will go towards the work that Breast Cancer Support Northland Trust do to support people in Northland diagnosed with Breast Cancer. When people are first diagnosed with Breast Cancer, their specially trained volunteer visitor will contact them and support them through their journey.

To raise awareness and money each year this group run the Pink Loop Walk which is held in October.

Money raised today will go towards expanding initiatives to detect breast cancer as well as fund annual retreats and support packages for people suffering with Breast Cancer.

Donations - Breast Cancer Support Northland Trust

Every ticket goes in the draw to win 3 one-on-one mentoring sessions with Debra Hall, where you can talk through you personal and/or business goals and get personal advice. We have 2 of these amazing sessions to give away!

Prize Draw

12.30 PM

Lunch Meet & Greet

Chance to meet and mingle with other Business Women over lunch before the speaker starts. Your hosts will introduce you to each other and provide information about you and your business


12.45 PM

Keynote Speaker

Debra Hall will talk you through how to navigate and break down barriers to achieve your business and careers goals.


1.15 PM

Q&A Session

This is your chance to ask Debra questions about her own experiences or ask advice for your business or career in an open forum


1.30 PM

Event ends

You are welcome to stay and mingle longer if you have time.




Snap Events

Snap Events is a Whangarei based events company run by Sarah Blithe and Kaz Kennedy, backed by their amazing team.
We are making events affordable, bringing style and ease to Corporate Events such as Conferences, Team building exercises and Planning days. Showcasing what Northland has to offer to businesses throughout New Zealand.
We work with unique venues and amazing local vendors to make sure that people receive a day to remember, and all you need to do is turn up.

A to Z Catering

A to Z catering is all about delivering delicious food at a great price.

We are local caters based out of both Whangarei and Kaipara areas looking to bring affordable food for functions and events of all descriptions.

Whangarei Business Womens Network

The WBWN is an avenue for celebrating these successes and connecting with other like-minded women in business. The WBWN focuses on Whangarei-based business women as speakers who will share their successes, triumphs, challenges, and their hints and tips for success, so that we can each learn and grow from their local experience and knowledge.

Northland Camber of Commerce

No matter what your vision is for your business’ future, the Chamber is prepared to help you achieve your goals and take your business to the next level. The Chamber’s wide range of programmes and services will help you attract new customers, expand your business base, reduce your costs of doing business and assist with networks and referrals that will further your business goals.

The Orchard

The Orchard is a collaborative business and event space for the growing community of entrepreneurs, start-ups and already established business professionals in Northland. It offers all the facilities of a premium office fit-out, a creative environment and a thriving community of like minds.

The Orchard also has the massive advantage of direct access to expert business advice, tools and professional support networks all under one roof.

Joanna Wickham Photographer

I like to create pictures and tell stories and capture the connections between you and others. I don’t like being photographed.  And I know lots of people feel the same.  It’s not easy to act natural in front of the camera.  That’s why the photos I take aren’t about acting or posing.

Breast Cancer Support Northland Trust

Our Aim is that every person in Northland diagnosed with Breast Cancer receives the support they need.

When ladies are first diagnosed with Breast Cancer, our specially trained volunteer visitor will contact them and support them through their journey. 

We also run fortnightly coffee groups, subsidise Pilate classes, have a facebook page with up to date happenings and run a private facebook forum specifically for those who have or have had a breast cancer diagnosis to chat and support each other.

All of our Breast Cancer Support Northland trustees are volunteers. Thank you to all who have supported our community by supporting us.


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