He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
Being connected into a network that supports personal and professional growth, innovation and enterprise, is a huge benefit to any business owner and entrepreneur. Belonging to a Māori network encourages even deeper connections, uplifts us with knowledge passed down from our tupuna and rangatira, and enhances a strong sense of contribution to the future of our whānau, hapū, iwi, and the communities in which we live.
We are deeply fortunate that we are supported by our kaumātua, and we look to our rangatira Tā Tipene O'Regan who has always provided guidance, wisdom and stories to support and encourage all the KUMA whānau. Tā Tipene attends all of our annual hui, and challenges us to understand the past as we head into the future.
The KUMA network has been formalised for over eleven years now. Members from many different types of enterprises join together to promote, encourage and contribute to each other's knowledge, and share in the successes and the challenges of being in business.
You do not have to be in business to be a member, as we recognise that being a Māori business means that a whole community of people are involved. We have members from local rūnaka, city councils, university, polytechnic, wānanga, tourism organisations, community groups, not for profit organisations, and volunteer groups. If you are involved with or you support a Māori business - nau mai, haere mai: you are welcome!
Every month, members meet at a local cafe for a breakfast hui, or, in winter, at a restaurant for lunch. We share developments, news, opportunities, and good humour over coffee and kai.
The Membership Board meets monthly also, and provides a report on activities and events to the breakfast meeting attendees.
Normally every year, but likely to be biannual from 2016, there is a weekend hui for all members, held in a stunning location somewhere in Otago and Southland, and normally hosted by one of the members. The agenda includes insightful presentations on key economic or business developments locally, nationally or internationally; one or more of our members showcases their business; there is a training session relevant to member needs, and always some local entertainment. The Suzanne Spencer Maumahara Award is bestowed on one of the KUMA members as a recognition of their contribution and innovation. Plenty of time is put aside to network, run a expo stand, enjoy delicious local kai, and take time out to catch up with friends and whānau who are passionate about business and enterprise.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
As a member of KUMA, you will have the opportunity to join training workshops - or facilitate them if you have a specialist area of knowledge. Mostly these are free to members, or there is a small charge for some of the more specialist workshops. This year, with the support of a number of organisations including Poutama Trust, Te Puni Kōkiri, and our sponsors, workshops will continue to be held in Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill, and information about these will be posted in the pānui and calendar sections on the front page of this website. In the past, KUMA has run workshops on accounting software, IT, web development, marketing, speaking skills, and emotional intelligence in business. In future, there will be workshops on business law, book keeping, accounting, banking, franchising, marketing, HR, interviewing. if there are topics that members wish to learn more about, they can raise this with the Board members or with the Administrator.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini kē.
Success does not come from working alone, but from working together.
Let us know how KUMA can support you, and come along to our monthly gatherings.
Ka kite ākuanei, ā, kia kaha mō tōu mahi.