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, at a discounted cost to members. 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.
  • Developing relationships between KUMA and sponsors that enhance skills, knowledge, access to business opportunities, research, investment and funding options, business advice, coaching and mentoring.
  • Quarterly Hui in each region
  • Dunedin Monthly Breakfast

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 2016/17 KUMA Board comprises:

Richard Kerr-Bell, Chair (Chair 2012-)

Corey Bragg 

Karen Burnett

Toni Iaseto

Marelda O'Rourke-Gallagher

Claire Porima

Heidi Renata

Jeffrey Broughton

Janine Kapa

Darryl Sycamore

The Board is currently handling all business matters, until an Administrator is appointed.



+64 022 674 7304
Level One, 258 Stuart Street
P O Box 633
Ōtepoti/ Dunedin

We encourage you to contact us, but please allow several days, as the administration is currently being managed by Board members.