Cultures collide at Pacific expo

Annie Fifita, Kylie Puamau and her daughter Telesia. (Luke Hemer)

By Esther Lauaki

Wyndham’s Pacific Connections Expo will focus on strengthening culture, community and business.
The March 9 event, now in its third year, aims to connect multi-cultural, Polynesia and New Zealand communities and provide networking and support services including education for children, youth and families and businesses around Melbourne.
President Kylie Puamau said the upcoming expo, to be held at Werribee Baptist Church, would help to build relationships within Melbourne’s Pacific and multicultural business communities.
“Statistics show that Pasifika entrepreneurs are only a small population within Australia which usually fail to make the five-year mark,” Ms Puamau said.
“Therefore, this year’s expo is focused on strengthening businesses by creating a platform to promote and bring attention to their work.”
Ms Puapau said the expo would include government services, community group resources and information to help business people on their journey.
“Guest speakers will share their experiences of the highs and lows of their businesses and how they were able to overcome obstacles to becoming successful,” she said.
The Pacific Connections Expo will be held between 11am and 4pm on March 9. Entry is free. See for details.