Whangarei Business Womens Network


Our History

The Whangarei Business Womens’ Network was set up by Barbara Jaques in response to the requests by many women who had been part of the Her Business Network in Whangarei in 2010.  The network held its first event in March 2011 and has been providing an opportunity for Whangarei businesswomen to connect, share and learn in a supportive, friendly environment each month.  The last couple of years has seen the network revert to connecting via Zoom and this year, 2022 events will resume in person, with limited numbers at each event. 

Who runs the network?

Barbara Jaques is a local solopreneur working as a coach and trainer under the name of mindMoves.  She’s a Northlander and has been operating her business in Whangarei since 2008, providing one-to-one coaching and training as well as large group public workshops and bespoke in-house for businesses and organisations. 

She loves connecting people. 

“As an introvert at heart it’s not been easy for me to create connections.  Moving to Whangarei from little ol’ Kaiwaka was a massive leap for me.  Over my working years, I’ve learned to put on my ‘big girl pants’ and get on with it.  I often get the tummy worms before presenting or hosting an event, and this fades into the distance when I experience the buzz from people who’ve met a new friend or reacquainted with a past friend.  It makes it all worthwhile.  I find it such a privilege to share tools and resources to make life easier, and doing biz is so much easier when we know who to talk to.  That’s the essence of what the WBWN is all about.” 

Previous Events

March 2023 – Barbara Jaques – mindMoves – How to get out of your Own way and get sh** done!

November 2022 – Rachel Klaver – Identify Marketing – You’ve Never Killed a Man with Your Face – Video Marketing is Here to Stay

October 2022 – Teresa Watkins – Monster Creative – High Performing Websites – How to Create, Measure, and Convert for a Return on Your Investment

September 2022 – Cameron Tukapua – You Being You – Finding Purpose & Meaning in Times of Radical Change  – Finding Your Flow & Maintaining Your Wellbeing

August 2022 – Steph Holloway, Elemental Potential – Body Language – Your Secret Superpower

July 2022 – Tanay Smith, Awaken Brand – Clarify your Brand Vision to Grow Your Business.  Zoom Event

June 2022 – Ida-Jean Murray, NorthDrill – Deliberately Aligning for Biz Success – An Inspiring Business Growth Story.  Zoom Event

May 2022 – Fiona Morgan, ASB Bank – A Snapshot from the World of Finance – What are the potential impacts for our businesses? Zoom Event

April 2022 – No event

March 2022 – Frances Lamb, Rubicon Coaching & Training – How to Value Your Values – Using your values as your business compass– Zoom Event

February 2022 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Managing my Mind – Breakthrough Language Tools for Effective Self-Management – Zoom Event – 

November 2021 – Debbie Rafferty, Active Intervention Management (AIM) – The Best Use of a Spa! – Our Secret to Planning & Building a Successful Business – Zoom Event

October 2021 – Karen Ross, Start with You – Thriving in Uncertain Times – How to Up-Level your Ability to Flourish Right Now! – Zoom Event

September 2021 – Networking Event – Reaching Out – Connecting & Asking for Help  – Zoom Event

August 2021 – Jessie Rose, Business with HeART – Making a Difference Through the Business of Art

July 2021 – Sally Leftley, SL Advisory – Thinking of Expanding your Biz?  Taking on Contractors?  Get your employment ducks in order!

June 2021 – Michelle Clarke, Empowerment Empires – What’s your Money Mindset?  Turning Passion into Profit

May 2021 – Helen Brasier-Hunt, Virtually You Digital – Social Media – Creating Engagement

April 2021 –  Meet Connect, Exchange – Time for face-to-face Networking

March 2021 – Sarahlee Cobb – Sarahlee Studio – Ready, Fire Aim!  From successive losses to revenue & recognition in the top 5% of highest paid female photographers in NZ!

February 2021 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Little Words – massive Impact!  Choose your words to easily generate productivity and reduce stress.

November 2020 – Lysa BlackHeart Magic – Pursue Your Pleasure – What Lights you Up Lights Your Way

October 2020 – Connect and Share Evening – Facilitated by Barbara Jaques of mindMoves – An Opportunity to Create face-to-face Business Connections

September 2020 – Stephanie Mitchell, YOU Travel – The Sinking of the Titanic – Have you thought about what you haven’t thought about yet?

August 2020 – Jude Thompson, Northland Inc – The Rise & Fall of the Crystal Ball – A snapshot of the Northland Economy Before & After Covid

July 2020 – Brya Page, pdc creative – How to Create a Magnetic Brand

June 2020 – Sally Leftley, SL Advisory – Need to Re-Size Your Business?  What you need to know to be compliant

May 2020 – Anne Lensink, Villa CA – (Re)Building a Resilient Business in Times of Crisis

April 2020 – A Facilitated On-line Networking Event (via Zoom) – Supporting each other through the Pandemic

March 2020 – Cameron Tukapua, You Being You – The ABC of Mental Wellbeing (via Zoom)

February 2020 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Dealing with Anxious Feelings

November 2019 – Kate Malcolm, Dive! Tutukaka – Business Unplugged – The Real Deal about the Highs & Lows of a Seasonal Biz

October 2019 – Marketing Exchange – Let’s Generate some Leads for our Businesses!

September 2019 – Mandy Edge, A’Fare – You will get there! Overcoming Barriers to Create Success

August 2019 – Tanya McQueen, Global Spirit Films – Filming your Biz for Social Media!

July 2019 – Sarah Wells, My Goodness! – Overnight Success 5 years in the Making!

June 2019 – Sally Leftley, SL Advisory – Ignorance is no Excuse – Employment Law Changes Update

May 2019 – Barbara Beck, WRMK Lawyers – From Gray Matter to Legal Matters – Intellectual Property

April 2019 – Katie Gray, Giftbox Boutique – Hanging on to the Tigers’ Tail – Creating, Growing & Maintaining Online Biz Growth

March 2019 – Rose Oosthuysen, Toastmasters – Take the Terror out of Talking – Overcome Your Fear & Introduce Yourself with Confidence

February 2019 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – How well do you Bounce Back?  Developing your Resilience Strategies

November 2018 – Robyn Pearce, Getting a Grip on Time – There are Never Enough Hours in the Day!

October 2018 – Nicci Burns, HydroHealthy & The Whangarei Growers’ Market – Lettuce Create our own Market

September 2018 – Dr Jan Widdowson, The Doctors Kamo – What’s happening to me?  Is it me or my hormones?

August 2018 – Jasmine Fuller, Mint Floral – Growing a Values-Based Business with Minimal Marketing Dollars

July 2018 – Di Crawford-Errington, OnTrack Bookkeeping Ltd – Building your Business as a Solopreneur – From Xero to Hero

June 2018 –  Sara Reid, GFM Branding Solutions Ltd – Making your Brand work for you

May 2018 – Philippa Mannagh, Liked Media – What’s happening with Facebook?

April 2018 – Christine Allen, Solas Media – How to get FREE positive media exposure for your business

March 2018 – Mary Cook, StaffCare – Leaping into Biz for Yourself – The importance of trust and key H & S Tips

February 2018 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Six Success Secrets – Useful Strategies for Managing Yourself

November 2017 – Kelly Wilson, The Wilson Sisters – Following your Passion – Harnessing your horsepower to create success

October 2017 – Bernadette Norman, Mallets – Merging Traditional & On-line Retail – Surviving in the retail fashion industry

September 2017 – Emma Jelsma, Word Perfect – The ‘Key Phrase Game’ – Want some feedback to benefit your organic SEO?

August 2017 – Rangimarie Kelly, Level Strategy, Marketing & Design – Is Your Business Thriving Online? – 3 Factors You Need to Understand to Ensure Your Business Remains Competitive Online

July 2017 – Clare Davies-Colley, Blackdog SteelKotata HeightsPort Nikau – 10 Business Essentials – The SME Journey

June 2017 – Toni Sherwood, Ray White Realty – Staying on Top of Your Game – A Formula for Consistent Sales Success

May 2017 – Leah Peacock, Sudburys – Keeping your Head while Losing your Rack! – One woman’s journey through the dreaded ‘C’

April 2017 – Sally Leftley, SL Advisory Ltd – Employment Law Update – An update on the latest developments.

March 2017 – Lisa Halvorson, WorkReady NZ Workspace – “There’s no Limits!” – How to Shoot for the Moon when Everyone says “you can’t do that”

February 2017 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Discover the Confident You

November 2016 – Jules Smith, Washbar – Lifting your Business from Local to Global

September 2016 – Karen Te’o, Business Growth Solutions – Grow your Business Revenue & Double your Profit in 5 Easy Steps

August 2016 – Becky Cashman, Goodbye Products – Generosity Marketing – Creating Business Success without a big Spend

July 2016 – Jo Lees, Creative Web Ideas – Creating Email Newsletter Content that Rocks!

June 2016 – Corinne Austin, FitFix – Would you pass a Warrant of Fitness?

May 2016 – Philippa Mannagh, Liked Media – Overwhelmed with Social Media?  Where can I start?

April 2016 – Vicki Ogle, Homekill Services – Guts and Glory and well hung meat – Resilience and planning

March 2016 – Open Discussion evening – Grow your Biz – Idea Sharing Evening

February 2016 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Procrastination – Why we do it & How to Change it

November 2015 – Melanie Rands, Ecostore – Anti-Marketing – Busting out of the BAU Paradigm

October 2015 – Kaari Schlebach, Himalayan Trading Post – Generosity in Business

September 2015 – Networking – Promote your Biz night

August 2015 – Catherine Davies-Colley, Sewezi – From Concept to Commercial Production in China

July 2015 – Tania Dunn, Marine North – What the Awards process can do for your business

June 2015 – Myriam HeynenEMA – An open discussion on Employment Relations

May 2015 – Barbara Jaques filled in for Catherine Davies-Colley – Facilitated session on the importance of connections in business

April 2015 – Jackie Lints, Educare – Positioning your Biz for the Future

March 2015 – Leah Cameron, Natural Chemistry – Balance Yourself- Natural Chemistry –

February 2015 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Reignite your Mojo

November 2014 – Nikki Davies-Colley, From Small biz to Big Biz

October 2014 –  Sarahlee Cobb, Sarahlee Cobb Photography – Does your Biz look as good as you?

September 2014 – Gemma Buchanan, Buchanan’s Amcal Pharmacy – What are you doing to take your Biz to the next Level?

August 2014 – Shona Kelly, ReflectNZ – Unveiling the Myths of H & S Management

July 2014 – Cindy Battye, Effectively Creating and Managing your Mailing Lists and Subscribers

June 2014 – Annette Johnston, Robinsons Asphalts – Key Learnings from 20 years in Business

May 2014 – Sandra Boston, Kiwi Cakes – From Garage to Global Internet Business

April 2014 – Charmaine O’Shea, Johnston O’Shea – Leadership Journey

March 2014 – Marketing Exchange – Speed Networking

Feb 2014 – Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – Goal Setting

November – Debbie Mayo-Smith, Debbie Speaks – How to be more successful

October – Kathryn Darroch, Dress for Success – Achieving funding success in Organisations

September – Cheryl Polwarth & Karen Matich, Polwarths – Grit and Evolving Your Business

August – Sheryl Mai, WDC – Business Continuity – Is your Business Prepared?

July 2013 – Sandra McKersey, People Potential – How to Grow your Business

May 2013 – Mary Britton, Coaching Pacific – Neuroscience and Leadership

April 2013 –Talia Mana, Leo Industries – Ways to Make Money on Line

March 2013 – Janine Matchitt, Viola Organics – What’s Really in that Miracle Cream?

February 2013 – Fiona Southorn, Bayleys Real Estate – Putting the Wheels in Motion – My Olympic Journey, 

November 2012 – Anne Kaminski, Anne Kaminski Consulting – ‘The Changing World of Recruitment

October 2012 – Jules Smith, Washbar – ‘Growing a Biz from the Ground Up’

September 2012 – Denise Jensen, Refining NZ – “Seizing Opportunities – My leadership Journey’

August 2012 – Janine Matchitt, Viola Organics – Barbara Jaques Facilitated – ‘How to keep focused’

July 2012 – Robyn Banks, Headlines – ‘It’s all about Attitude – How’s Yours?’

June 2012 – Andrea Ross, People Potential – Dealing with Change

May 2012 – Justine Amundson, Amundson & Amundson – How to do what you love & run a successful business

April 2012– Jude Thompson, WDC – Resilience

Oct 2011- Barbara Jaques, mindMoves – What is NLP

Sept 2011 – Linda Wallis, Assist You – Time Management – Outlook Express

Aug 2011- Katherine Kozel, Search Engine Optimisation – Demystifying Social Media August

July 2011 – Jules Rylev, Bloom Florist 

May 2011- Judy Collins, Webb Ross & Co 

April 2011- Leah Peacock, Sudburys

March 2011- Maggie Dixon, Maggie Dixon Real Estate