NGĀ MIHI, NGĀ MIHI, NGĀ MIHI...
Tuia i ruka, Tuia i raro, Tuia i roto, Tuia i waho, Tuia i te hereka takata ki te whai ao, ki te ao marama. Tihei, mauri ora.
E kã mana, e kã reo, e kã kãrakataka maha o te ao, tėnã koutou.
Tėnã koutou ki o tãtou tini mate, koutou kua wheturakitia ki te korowai o Rãkinui. Haere, haere, haere. Moe mai, okioki mai rã.
Ka rere kã tai o mihi mai i Ãraiteuru ki kã moka katoa.
Nau mai, tautī mai ki Te Kupeka Umaka Mãori ki Ãraiteuru, te whiriwhirika takata hai akiaki mãtou anõ ki te whakawhanake ai te pūtake punawai mo kã wawata, kã moemoeã o tãtou te iwi mãori kia tū motuhake ai.
Tēnã koutou, tēnã koutou, tēnã koutou katoa.
Let it be woven above as it is woven below; woven from without as it is woven from within: let the threads of humanity be woven together, from the beginnings of time, brought into the world of light, for time immemorial. Let there be life.
To the esteemed guests, to the orators, to the many people of the world who have answered the call, greetings to you.
We acknowledge our ancestors from whom we descend, who have become stars adorning the cloak of our skyfather, Rakinui. We bid you farewell, may you rest in peace.
The tides of greeting flow out from Araiteuru to all corners of the earth.
Welcome! Welcome to The Southern Māori Business Network; people woven together to support each other, to bring forth the foundations from which our dreams and aspirations to be self-reliant and self-sufficient shall flow.
Once, twice, three times we greet you.
Te Kupeka Umaka Mãori Ki Araiteuru (KUMA):
Mãori Business Network for the Otago/Southland region, SINCE 2005
Dunedin | Invercargill | Queenstown
KUMA's rohe extends across these three geographic areas, and the network is administrated from Dunedin.
Initial Te Puni Kōkiri funding allowed for the establishment costs, marketing material and market research surveys. The network is now maintained through a combination of corporate sponsorship and membership subscriptions. Membership to KUMA offers:
- The KUMA website listing and portal, which is the central point of contact, profiling members, their businesses, and providing them with access to training opportunities (some of them free to members) and pānui about upcoming events.
- The (normally) annual KUMA Hui. This Hui brings together whānau from across the regions, for whakawhanaungatanga/networking, and to be inspired by kaumātua, business leaders and nationally renowned guest speakers.
- The Suzanne Spencer Tohu Maumahara Business Award, annually recognising a flourishing Māori Business
- Developing relationships between KUMA and sponsors that enhance skills, knowledge, access to business opportunities, research, investment and funding options, business advice, coaching and mentoring.
- Hui in each region
- Monthly breakfast, lunch or evening informal hui in Dunedin
- Business Clinics connecting KUMA members and support organisations
The KUMA Incorporated Society
KUMA is established under the auspices of a Constitution as an incorporated society and not for profit charitable entity, drawing its membership from the Māori business community and organisations supporting Māori economic development. The responsibility for governance and management of the network and for delivering the KUMA business plan is that of the Board, elected each year at the AGM. The 2018/19 KUMA Board comprises:
Claire Porima (Chair 2017-)
+64 022 674 7304
Level One, 258 Stuart Street
P O Box 633
We encourage you to contact us. Rebecca Swindells is our KUMA Administrator, responsible for bringing organisation to our large roopū.