Lunchtime on 9 November 2021. An informative business panel discussion



Tue 09 Nov 2021, 11:00 am - 1:00pm


Avida Bar
Corner of Johnston & Featherston Streets


Exporting Importing, Business Networking, Business, Innovation Economy Event


$25.00 / person incl. GST

Please pay at the bar on the day.


An enlightening and refreshing panel discussion on a real-life Wellington project, focused on the Pacific

The set menu lunch is $25.00 inc. GST per person. Please note that by committing to attend, you are committed to pay for lunch.


Leading and highly competitive businesses find the ultimate opportunities in trading and exporting in offshore markets.

Many New Zealand businesses don’t consider it an area to be involved in, but Bluestar and a growing cluster of other businesses (some SMEs as first-time traders) are actively exploring opportunities in the Pacific Islands and Australia.

The next Wellington Business Network event will shine a light on this business cluster initiative with a panel discussion on Tuesday 7 September.

You won’t be disappointed. Come along and hear how these offshore markets require much more than just packaging up some goods and services and hoping customers will buy. With support from NZTE and MFAT, you’ll hear how it’s much more about adopting a social enterprise approach which seeks to gain deeper cultural understandings in a spirit of partnerships.

The panellists are:

Rob Cranna – Product Solutions Manager for Blue Star Print Group NZ

Caroline Mareko – Senior Manager, Wellington Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association

Elmar Gailitis – Managing Director, AISCORP

Fraser Carson – MC - Director, Flightdec

The set menu lunch is $25.00 inc. GST per person. Please note that by committing to attend, you are committed to pay for lunch.

Bios on the panelists

Rob Cranna

Rob has served in the role of Product Solutions Manager for Blue Star Print Group NZ for a number of years and previous to this he has served in various roles in Print Media spanning a 30-year period. Having qualifications in Print Production Management, Marketing and Sales and Product Development. Been involved in various facets of the industry both in Africa and in Australia which included founding the first African Printing and Packaging Export Council  - introducing local companies to international markets and securing long term contracts. Growing Export relationships for NZ is a passion of his.

He loves to spend time with his family where they explore various parts of this wonderful country - he also sees himself as a bit of a weekend muso having been involved in music all his life. Motorsport, Cricket and Rugby are  some of his other passions.

Lealamanu'a Aiga Caroline Mareko

Lealamanu'a Aiga Caroline Mareko is a Senior Manager for Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens and has worked for the kindergarten association since 2010.

Caroline is currently Chair of Aotea College Board. She has been involved with the Porirua Pacific Services Network since 2017. She has held a number of voluntary positions with a range of committees and boards, including National Co-Convenor of the Council of Trade Unions Komiti Pasefika since 2015 and a member of Te Mana o Kupe Trust Board.  Since 2012 she has led and organised events for Pinikilicious, a group that promotes health and wellbeing for Pacific women with a particular emphasis on breast and cervical screening. Caroline taught in Poirua East primary schools for 18 years.  She left teaching to become the Central South region Pacific Education Coordinator at the Ministry of Education from 2005 to 2008 and was an Education Review Officer in the Wellington office from 2008 to 2010. Caroline has led a delegation of early childhood education teachers to run conferences in Rarotonga and Samoa which have been very successful engagement and participation by teachers in the sector.

Elmar Gailitis

Elmar is the founder and Managing Director of Aiscorp, an IT services and infrastructure company based in Wellington serving clients in the Caribbean, the Pacific and New Zealand.   Aiscorp was an early adopter of hosted services and has hosted clients in its own data centre since 2006.  These mainly cover legal and accounting clients.  Aiscorp also has an extensive portfolio of school clients and is heavily involved in teachers’ Professional Development.

His career in IT started in 1976 after he gained one of the early IT degrees at Canterbury University.  He started his IT career with Shell NZ and then Shell International based in London.  This involved evaluating new technologies called “PCs” and in as part of that evaluated the fist Apple LISA outside of the USA.  His role covered 34 countries and included technology for fleet tanker planning, lube oil blending plant automation and back in NZ, the full roll out of automation and EFT/POS systems  throughout the Shell network, the first oil company in NZ to achieve that.

He then started and ran a software company for 10 years and was also involved in committees and panels encouraging Government to appoint a Minister if IT.  At one time he was the President of ITANZ.

Aiscorp has been a member of PENS for many years and has extensive experience building relationships and managing IT projects in the Pacific.  With COVID-19, this has meant rolling out core IT infrastructure remotely.   Elmar believes that it is important to leave behind trained local people who can not only upskill but also help change lives in the community through the use of IT.  Aiscorp uses its education experience to plan and upskill education in the Pacific.

Elmar is fortunate to have all his family in Wellington (all three children in IT!) and has six grandchildren to keep him and his wife very busy.  His passion is fishing and car restoration.

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