Māori Business Collab

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"Strength in numbers"

We stand together in solidarity to give Māori businesses an insight into the services and support available during these uncertain and challenging times.

Welcome to the first Māori Collab Digital Webinar series, designed to connect you with services and support available through our Collab Partners. This series is brought to you by the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) in collaboration with Auckland Unlimited and Whāriki in response to COVID-19.

Māori Business Collab

Business Collab

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We stand together in solidarity to give Māori businesses an insight into the services and support available during these uncertain and challenging times – “Strength in numbers”.

Previous Sessions

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Ākina Foundation
Creating impact through business

Ākina exists to transform New Zealand’s economy through the power of impact. We work across capability building, impact consulting, access to markets and impact investment. We support enterprises to access resources and services that create pathways for growth, to measure their impact, and share it with others.

We’ll be sharing our approach to creating positive impact as treaty partners including examples of how we are working with Māori businesses, insights from The Impact Initiative and resources available through Social Shifters.

You will hear different perspectives from the Ākina team, trustees and Māori businesses we are working with.

Te Puoho Katene
Te Puoho (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Whātua Ngāti Tama) is a Trustee for the Ākina Foundation and is currently a Māori Investment Manager for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise where he assists indigenous companies to raise capital for international growth.

Anne Purcell
Anne’s work at Ākina is focused on working with enterprises so they can access the support and resources they need to thrive. This includes supporting capability builders in communities, as well as working with growing social enterprises who are pivoting their business models, getting ready for social procurement, or accessing finance.

Mel Tautalanoa
Mel is managing director of Ngahere Communities, an organisation that has developed the Tukua programme that focuses on supporting Māori and Pacific entrepreneurs in South Auckland to thrive

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5th August, 12:00

Helping Māori businesses to grow internationally

Discover how Te Taurapa Tūhono / NZTE’s dedicated Te Pora Māori business team can support Māori businesses to grow internationally bigger, better, faster for the good of Aotearoa.

Our services include strategic advice, access to networks and influencers, research and market intelligence, and targeted financial support to help businesses on their international journey. 

By understanding the unique challenges and opportunities faced by a wide range of Māori businesses, Te Pora Māori has the specialist Māori commercial and cultural know-how on the appropriate engagement to support our Māori customers to achieve their international growth targets, while adhering to their tikanga (culture) and values.”

In this webinar you will hear from:

Hinemihiata Lardelli, Ngati Porou/Rongowhakaata, is a Customer Advisor at NZTE. Hine works with earlier stage exporters who are keen to learn about the ins and outs of internationalising their business

Karl Norton, Ngapuhi, Ngati Awa, Ngati Rereahu, is a Customer Manager – Māori Business. Karl works closlely with Māori businesses to develop and deliver plans that build their export capability and international growth.

Rangi Ririnui, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Arawa is a Investment Manager, who will provide an overview of NZTE investment, and the unique challenges faced by Māori companies and entrepreneurs in this space.


29th July, 12:00

Whai Pakihi – Enabling Maori Business

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the Government’s lead business-facing agency. Our contribution to improving the well-being of New Zealanders is summarised in our purpose, to grow New Zealand for all. This includes Māori SME, which will be the focus of this kōrero. We seek to enable Māori SME in the pursuit towards their goals and ensure they have all the support and tools they need to do that.

You will hear from:

Tyson Grootjans from Te Kupenga, the MBIE Māori Economic Development Unit, who will speak broadly to the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa strategy and then focus in on the Maori Innovation Fund which is administered by Te Kupenga. He will discuss how the fund is currently being reviewed and will likely change. For information about Te Kupenga and the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa strategy check out – https://www.erere.maori.nz/

Claire Hinton from Biz.gov who will cover off the useful online tools on the https://www.business.govt.nz/ website, and how they could help your business (or idea) through a new phase of growth.



22nd July, 12:00

Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK)
How Transformational support is just as valuable as Transactional

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Business Growth Support helps Māori businesses to become established and grow. Te Puni Kōkiri provides information to those who are interested in setting up a new business and support existing businesses to plan their business growth pathway. Te Puni Kōkiri partners and connects you with other Māori Collab partner agencies as well as professional and industry associations who will help you establish and grow your business. Māori Business Growth Support focuses primarily on Māori small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) that have a clear commercial focus.

In this webinar you will hear from Te Puni Kōkiri advisors Ngawai Hernandez-Walden (Business Growth Advisor) and Jonaan McLeod (Regional Business Advisor). Ngawai and Jonaan will discuss ‘Ngā Uara o Te Puni Kōkiri’ and how they are embedded into the supports provided to whanau Māori.

Andrew Guild of I Like That Ltd (Sole Trader), Jamie Lee Raumati of Bag a Bean Ltd & Stay Connected Ltd (Whanau Enterprise) and Manawa Udy of Ngāhere Communities (Social Enterprise) will provide insights into their experiences with Te Puni Kōkiri on their enterprise journeys.

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15th July, 12:00

MWDI Hei Manaaki i te Mana Wahine Māori

Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) are dedicated to strengthening the economic development of wāhine Māori and their whānau with programmes, services and opportunities developed to support your business.

MWDI’s primary service is to provide micro loans (from $10K – $50K) to wāhine starting or expanding their businesses.

MWDI offer a variety of programmes and services. MWDI HineBoss™ is a 3-day wananga that delivers a holistic approach to the fundamentals of starting and operating a small to medium sized business and assisting you in completing at least 80% of your business plan. This programme and the MWDI Loans service are supported by a network of MWDI Te Aka mentors who provide critical access to life-coaching, business mentors and specialist advisors.

You will hear from:

Teresa Tepania Ashton MNZM – Chief Executive Officer of Māori Women’s Development Inc talk about the background of Māori Women’s Development Inc, the MWDI Loan Service Overview and their support to you and your business.

Natalie Smith – Business Support and MWDI Te Aka programme will discuss how to access the MWDI Highway.  The journey through MWDI Te Aka Suite of Services to MWDI Loans.

This webinar is a great place to start if you are wanting to move your business idea to becoming a reality or expanding your current business.

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8th July, 12:00

Inland Revenue Supporting our Māori Community

In these extraordinary circumstances, ensuring people get their entitlements, including their COVID-19 relief is our top priority. If your business is struggling to meet its tax payments at this time, there’s plenty of ways Inland Revenue can help.

In this webinar, you’ll hear from:
Rata Kamau, Business Transformation Account Manager who will provide a high level overview of Inland Revenues products and services available to businesses as they recover from COVID-19 such as:

  • Temporary loss carry-back scheme
  • Small business cash-flow (loan) scheme
  • Other relief available
  • Filing requirements
  • Information for employers
  • How to keep up to date.

Jordan Takiwa, Community Compliance Officer, who will be discussing how our Kaitakawaenga Māori deliver our services in a whānau, hapū and iwi centric way to ensure our Māori customers have the tools to self-manage their tax affairs whether they are an individual, or in business.

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1st July, 12:00

Callaghan Innovation Innovation through R&D

Callaghan Innovation

Te Pokapū Auaha o Aotearoa
NZ’s Innovation Agency

Callaghan Innovation helps NZ businesses become more innovative and to grow faster through research & development and technology for a better NZ. We have a range of services including access to experts, technology & product development, innovation skills and research & development funding.

In this webinar, you’ll hear from:
Vinnie Campbell, Business Relationship Manager in the Māori Economy Team who will provide a high level overview of Callaghan Innovations products and services and the types of businesses they work with and support.

Braden Loveridge, Business Innovation Adviser from the Callaghan Food & Beverage team, will be discussing the 10 Types of Innovation frame work as tool to stimulate innovative thinking in the new post Covid-19 environment with an emphasis on innovation beyond food products to food systems in terms of current trends, insights and opportunities in the NZ and global contexts.

We will also hear from Natalie Richards, Owner of PREP Plant Based Meals, a small, but expanding Auckland  based business directly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. She will be sharing her challenges, the impacts on the business and lessons learned along the way.

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24th June, 12:00

Funding to help grow Māori businesses

Poutama is an independent charitable trust that has provided Māori Business enabling services for over 30 years.

A self-funded organisation that receives no direct government support, Poutama uses income generated by investments to deliver their services. Covid-19 has impacted on these investments, but the team are confidently working on transformative changes to support businesses in today’s climate.

Missy Armstrong – Business Advisor, Poutama – Will focus her korero on the Poutama Investment support – $10k Co-funding to help grow Māori business. She will discuss the criteria; application process; what they fund and what they won’t.

We will also hear from Adrian Evans from The Gentry. He is a Poutama client that has been supported through Poutama’s Investment Fund and the Māori Business Response funding.


17th June, 12:00

Using procurement to create opportunities

He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) promotes Māori and Pasifika entrepreneurship through smarter use of procurement and supply chains. It enables the market to play a pivotal leadership role in intentionally using procurement to create opportunities for supplier diversity.

Hear from Alex Hawea, HWEN Project Co-Lead for an oversight on practical ways for suppliers to support the Māori economy.

We will also hear from Nathan Te Miha, Managing Director at Iconiq Group Ltd, Tytan Developments Ltd, Passafe Fire Protection Ltd & Controlled Access NZ Ltd, who will explain the benefits for his companies as a member of He Waka Eke Noa.

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10th June, 12:00

Services, support and connections

In this webinar, you’ll hear from:

Dan Te Whenua Walker – Board Member of ATEED, Deputy Chair of NZ Māori Tourism who has extensive business experience in the IT and tech sector.  Dan will give you an oversight on how Māori businesses can play a pivotal role in the IT and tech sector in the post Covid Aoteaora.

Brittany Teei, ATEED Māori Business Advisor, whose key role is at the frontline, supporting businesses to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and access RBPN support.

Jamie Rihia, Whāriki Māori Business Network Project Manager. This key business network has more than 2000 members in Tāmaki Makaurau. This year, the network will go nationwide to become a powerful conduit of support, collaboration and connection for Māori businesses.

On December 1 Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and Regional Facilities Auckland merged to form Auckland Unlimited.