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Focus on Business

Driving our local economy

FocusOnBusiness LogoHastings District Council is hosting a quarterly series of business breakfast events to provide inspiration and networking opportunities to our business community. 

Join us for breakfast and hear from a a range of inspiring speakers across the year.

Inaugural event

Wednesday 31 March 2021* from 7.00am
Speaker commences at 7.30am

Functions on Hastings, Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre

Tickets $35 per head (includes buffet breakfast) – purchase via Eventfinda here.

* This is the new date after Covid-19 alert levels impacted the original February date. If you had purchased a ticket for the postponed event, your ticket has automatically been transferred to 31 March - you do not need to do anything. If you can not make this event, please check your inbox to find out how you can access a refund.


Mike Pretty, Non-Executive Chairman, Heinz Wattie’s (KraftHeinz) - Australia & New Zealand.

After commencing his working life as a graduate trainee in the British dairy industry, Mike developed a deep passion for the food industry going on to establish a global career across marketing, management, sales, and R&D both in NZ and around the world.

Mike believes Hawke’s Bay is a district renowned for innovation and with provenance playing a key role in consumer choice, our growers’ reputation is ‘solid gold’ with export customers.

 At Focus on Business Mike will speak about his professional journey offering insights into innovation, rising to challenges, and his thoughts on the future of food – a key economic driver in Hawke’s Bay.

 After six years as Managing Director of Heinz Wattie’s, Mike is now Non-Executive Chairman of the Australia New Zealand business. He’s also Chairman of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council and he is on the Foodeast Establishment Board.


David (Toddy) Todd, Toddy Talks


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