Member of the Month - Tash Lawrence
This month we had the pleasure of talking to Tash Lawrence, Director - Kario Consulting PTE LTD.
Briefly what is your role?
I am a sole owner operator. My main focus is promoting New Zealand as a destination for leisure, MICE (Meetings/Incentives/Conference/Exhibition) and education. Working with key contacts locally and in NZ to generate positive awareness and sales. Connecting the right people and organisations together.
Any advice for doing business in Singapore and/or the region?
I spent many years flying into Singapore for work. Now that I live here and have taken the step to set up my own business, my experience confirms that support always matters. Regardless of your role.
Spend time doing your research, engaging the right professionals but also take the time to connect with people outside of your silos. You never know where those opportunities and business relationships will come from. Places like the Chamber provide an opportunity to network in a supportive way. Seek options like this out.
When did you move to Singapore? Where from?
We arrived in Singapore from New Zealand in October last year. We actually left New Zealand during the lockdown which was quite an experience.
Where were you born? What country do you call home?
I was born in Taranaki and then moved to the small coastal town of Waiuku SW of Auckland when I was 5. I spent most of my time at the local Kariotahi Beach where I became/still am a volunteer lifesaver. It’s how I got the name ‘Kario Consulting’.
I would be happy to explain this story over a drink sometime but, the name ultimately comes down to Kaitiakitanga. Certainly how I intend to be in business & for NZ. Aotearoa New Zealand will always be home.
What do you like most about Singapore?
Obviously the people and those connections from a local and expat perspective. The melting pot of opportunity really is special here. I do find that Singapore tends to be well planned and they execute those plans with some efficiency. It makes living here a lovely experience.
What do you do to relax?
I am an active relaxer. However, without mountains or surf beaches in Singapore, I have found myself getting into local activities like Piloxing Barre… who knew that was a thing! I don’t know how many wines that person had to think of it but it was a lot of fun. After 15 years working for adventure tourism pioneers AJ Hackett Bungy, I shouldn’t be surprised that crazy works, even in Singapore. I have also recently joined my first ever book club in a bid to step out of my comfort zone and be surprised. If you have recommendations then please, do let me know.
What's top of your bucket list?
A return to Mt Everest this time for the Marathon followed by Antarctica … Watch this space.
Why did you join the New Zealand Chamber (Singapore) and what do you like most about it?
Create new connections with smart thinking people. Provide value and real connection where I can for others and keep that love of NZ business alive. I have only just joined but I have found their support to be positive.
Any last words?
My business is only 2 weeks old. While I have proposals already going out, I am in the very early stages of simply reconnecting with this market. Many of the agents, trade partners and contacts over the years have changed post covid. Even if you do not have a tourism focus, if you have time for a cuppa or a wine, I would love to connect with you and share in that Manaakitanga.