TROW Group in the news
(May 2019, TV3)

Source: Cleo Fraser   (Click to watch the video)

Here’s the story I did for Newshub on Auckland based TROW Group. They deconstruct unused buildings across Auckland and use the material to build homes, churches and schools in parts of Tonga that were devastated by Cyclone Gita last year. Great work guys.

The story also explores efforts by Auckland Council’s The Southern Initiative – TSI to increase the number of Maori and Pacific businesses that win contracts. The Council spends $3 billion a year running our biggest city (doing things like building roads, dealing with waste etc). Just 0.3% of that spending goes to Maori and Pacific businesses ($9m).

Basically, it’s about giving smaller businesses a go – and a real chance to grow – as often contracts are awarded to the same big companies over and over.

For Saia Latu, who runs Trow Group, it’s very personal. He says it’s about ensuring a more fair distribution of wealth across the city and empowering communities like his in South Auckland (by building local businesses and increasing employment and training).

Since working with the Southern Initiative Trow Group has won nearly $3.4 million in Council contracts and now employs about 100 staff. That’s allowed Trow Group to do more of its awesome work helping people in Tonga.

A success story but still a long way to go.

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