NZ Maori Entrepreneurs


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With the huge dream of improving the lives of 10million indigenous people, Travis O’Keefe and Shay Wright of Te Whare Hukahuka are enabling indigenous leaders to grow world-class organisations and improve the wellbeing of their communities. We chat to the guys about the awesome work they’re doing, and the path they’ve taken to get to this point. Tell us about Te Whare Hukahuka and what exactly it is you do. TWH is a fast growing Maori social enterprise that is empowering Maori leaders with the skills and innovative thinking needed to run effective indigenous enterprises. This is our big contribution to the vision of improving the lives of 10million indigenous people. We are building the base in New Zealand with Maori enterprises before looking at taking it global.


Tuhono mai koutou (everyone connect)

Kia ora whanau,

There are a lot of entrepreneurs out there and I’d love to hear from you.

If you are Maori or have a business that somehow links to the culture in any way feel free to message me here in the comments box or send me a message here on facebook. We would love to hear from you and share your Mahi with the rest of the online community.

Nga mihi

The passing of Tomairangi, the sister of King Tuheitia

The Kiingitanga and Kiingi Tuheitia are mourning the loss of his older sister Kiritokia ete Tomairangi Adrianne Gail Paki who passed away peacefully this morning.

Tomairangi was a stalwart of performing arts within Tainui. She tutored Taniwharau Kapa Haka in 1981 where they won what’s now known as Te Matatini. King Tuheitia, his wife Makau Ariki, and younger brother Maharaia all performed in the only Tainui team to win a national title.

In 2016 Tomairangi was honoured by the Tainui Cultural Trust for her contribution to performing arts within the region. She received the Life Member award.

She was mentored by the likes of Ngoi Pewhairangi, Napi Waaka, Ngapo and Pimia Wehi.

Tomairangi will be taken to Te Puea Marae in Mangere today where she will lie for the night. She will then return to Waahi Pa in Huntly for the duration of her tangihanga.

He mihi aroha ki te Kingitanga me te Whanau hoki i roto i tenei wa pouri. Haere ki te taha o to tatou tipuna.