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Nothing traditional about Rebel Business School

Do you have an awesome business idea that you want to bring to reality but are struggling to get it off the ground? It’s time to become a rebel and step out of your comfort zone and participate in the 10-day free Rebel Business School Aotearoa.

The Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and Ministry of Social Development are bringing back the Rebel Business School from July 17-28 to Hastings City and online via live Zoom webinars.

Over the ten days, Rebel Business School and its NZ founder Tony Henderson-Newport, who brought the programme from the UK in 2017 will deliver 20 workshops designed to equip participants with the tools they need to start their own business. Tony will be supported by Mid Thomas-Savelio, a respected cultural leader.

Topics include building a website for free, business structure and compliance, social media and marketing, and how to start a business with no money and is rebelling against traditional thinking by replacing business plans with actionable, no-cost steps. Napier City Council economic development manager Bill Roberts says over 58 new businesses from across Hawke’s Bay have participated in the Rebel Business School, developing their business ideas, prototyping their products and finding their best routes to market.

“We at Napier City Council are delighted to support the Rebel Business School. By nurturing business start-ups we are increasing business resilience and innovation,  so as to grow the Hawke’s Bay economy as a whole.”

“Small business is really important to our economy – 97% of New Zealand businesses employ up to 20 people and this represents 60% of all jobs in New Zealand. “We actively encourage people to make that step of getting on their small business journey and attend the Rebel Business School,” says Hastings District Council economic development manager Lee Neville.

Since the first course ran in Porirua in October 2017 over 1,000 participants have attended and formed a vast array of product and service related businesses in a number of different industries including retail, food, craft, service consulting and many more. It is inspiring to see the excitement grow in attendees as their business comes to life,” said Tony.

More information is available at https://www. While the course is free for participants to attend, Henderson-Newport said it would not have happened without the generous support of its funding partners. “We are grateful to our partners: Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and the Ministry of Social Development. They recognised what this opportunity means for the community and came onboard again. We are just so excited to get stuck in.” For more information about Rebel Business School, Aotearoa, go to or our
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