KUMA AGM 2017/18 Chair's Report


Annual Report from the Chair, 5 March 2018


Kia tipua tahi ai

Let us grow together

 He hōnore, he kōroria ki te Atua, he maungarongo ki te whenua, he whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa.  Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe, ko Kāi Tahu whānau whānui, ngā kaitiaki o te whenua e hora nei, ngā maunga, ngā awa, ngā wahi tapu hoki i te tai o Araiteuru. Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

 Nāia te mihi hoki ki a koutou, te whānau o KUMA. Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

 I open this report with gratitude to the many supporters of KUMA who will gather at our AGM, and to those further afield around Otago and Southland.  I greet all of you, and acknowledge your passion and dedication to what you do every day, and your positivity in being a part of the KUMA whānau.  I acknowledge how we as KUMA members and supporters, claim our place in a now busy ecosystem of startups and incubators, collaborative groupings of support agencies and organisations, and of individuals with business experience to share.


What KUMA members have in common are the collective values and hītori that tie us together; a vision for whānau and communities as well as for our own iwi and hapū, and we are creating opportunities for ourselves and others that bring a sustainable contribution to our city and region.  Kia kaha mō tōu mahi, e hoa mā.


KUMA provides a place for us to gather together, for whakawhanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tautoko and kōrero; a unique and distinctive roopū that has a powerful and enduring kaupapa. 


Throughout the past 14 months, we have enjoyed numerous opportunities to gather together as a whānau, and also to join in on other events in the region.


On behalf of the KUMA Board, I acknowledge the KUMA members for their contributions to these events, and also to the many supporters in our beautiful part of Aotearoa.


Our thoughts always turn to our kaumātua, to Tā Tipene O’Regan who has been a treasured manukura and motivator over the years.  We hope that Tā Tipene might join us for an event in 2018.  We also acknowledge our supporters who have been with KUMA from the very beginning, and it is wonderful to see them join us on various occasions. 


In 2017, our long-serving Chairperson, Richard Kerr-Bell stepped aside, and it was fortunate that he announced this at the KUMA hui so that we could properly acknowledge his leadership, steady advice and service over ten years, eight of which were as Chair.  He was presented with a small taonga of our gratitude, and we shared some lovely drinks and kai.


The Board has seen several other changes in makeup since the last AGM at the end of 2016:

-       a stalwart of KUMA, Joy Smith, stood down from the Board in November 2016;

-       Marelda O’Rourke-Gallagher stepped down in November 2017 after a five-year tenure, and another 5 years before that as a member;

-       Heidi Renata who was with us for a short time in 2017 stepped aside as her business demands and successes were mounting; and

-       Darryl Sycamore was a Board member for the first 6 months of 2017 also, before his changed employment demands meant he had to resign. 

We thank each of them for their contributions, and their continuing support.


Janine Kapa and Jeffrey Broughton joined the Board in 2017, and myself, Corey Bragg, Toni Iaseto, Karen Roos were reappointed.  After a year without an Administrator, Rebecca Swindells took up the position in July 2017.  A huge improvement in management followed and we are fortunate Rebecca renewed her contract in December for another six months.  It is a part-time position for up to only 10 hours a week for a job that demands twice that time.  Please welcome Rebecca if you haven’t already, and send any ideas and suggestions to her via email: info@kuma.co.nz


I am pleased to announce that Heidi Renata and Steve Renata, owners of Innov8HQ, have offered to sponsor KUMA in 2018.  Innov8HQ has been a regular venue for the hosting of KUMA meetings, workshops and our annual hui.  We will now be able to enjoy using the facilities at Innov8HQ over the coming year, and we hope to see more of our KUMA whānau take up this opportunity to grow their business.  Please head over to Innov8HQ and introduce yourself to Heidi (Level 1, 123 Vogel Street), and seriously consider renting office space or the boardroom for your meetings, or even for a special event or workshop.


Another supporter collaboration that we are actively seeking is with Crowe Howarth. Our Board member, Jeff Broughton, has initiated this and the Board will discuss and implement any agreement that will support our membership.


KUMA now relies heavily on two sources of income: the pūtea that comes from a small pool of member subscriptions, and the very generous collaboration with Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), which has sponsored events over the last year.  For the first ten years, KUMA was sustained by several large investments in the network, which meant subscriptions were not relied on for funding events.  This is no longer the case, and so we are extremely fortunate to have a close relationship with TPK, especially for their business clinic funding, and to have Karen Roos on the Board to keep a sharp governance eye on our activities. 


Regarding governance, changes to the Constitution to update it appropriately were called for and presented at the last AGM.  These changes have been incorporated into the final document that is available to you at this AGM.  A motion to adopt has been tabled and seconded, and is now before you today to be adopted by vote.


I will speak to our Strategic Plan and various other policies later in this Report.  


KUMA events

Following are the events, achievements and celebrations of 2017 and early 2018:



Breakfasts.  These were held at Starfish, until the venue was changed by request to the Bacon Buttie Station closer to town.  Some brekkie sessions were incorporated into workshops


Board meetings were held monthly for ten months of the year, at TPK Boardroom and at Innov8HQ

February 2017

Regional KUMA Roadshow, Queenstown, hosted at Blue Kanu – a gathering of KUMA businesses from around the central and southern districts.  Joining KUMA were representatives from Te Pūtahitanga, Tribal Economies, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, and TPK

March meet up

Visiting and using the services offered in the KUMA network


KUMA strategy meeting, hosted by Marelda and John Gallagher

April and May

Xero tips and tricks breakfast workshop presented by Polson Higgs, hosted by Innov8HQ


Business hui – Salesforce: developing sales strategies, Innov8HQ


KUMA Puaka Matariki Hui.  KUMA’s annual hui and Suzanne Spencer Tohu Maumahara Business Award, held at Innov8HQ.  Fashion show by Business Award winner Amber Bridgeman, with local Māori artisans in attendance displaying their taonga.  Ron Bull and Simon Kaan were guest speakers.  The theme for the hui was ‘innovation’


In Queenstown, and Invercargill CL2MB Collaborative Leadership Hui: KUMA was a presenter at the Hui hosted by Poutama Trust, and included presentations from Puna Pakihi, Callaghan Innovation, Māori Women’s Development Inc., NZTE, Te Puni Kōkiri, Tribal Economies, RBA, and speakers from the Māori Wine Collective and AmIFit.


AON Insurance Regional Business Workshop for KUMA members


Christmas Drinks at Emmerson’s Brewery

January 2018

KUMA Business Clinic (Dunedin) – first of 6 business clinics in Dunedin this year, supported by TPK, and hosted by KUMA, for businesses to connect with support organisations.  First clinic had speakers John Rigby, (RBP and NZ Business Mentors) and Cherie Dunn (IRD)


KUMA Business Clinic (Invercargill) – first of 6 business clinics in Dunedin this year, supported by TPK, and hosted by KUMA, for businesses to connect with support organisations. 




KUMA representation

As well as all these KUMA hosted events, as Chair I have attended other events in the city with my KUMA hat on.  Most of these are business workshops with agencies and organisations keen to collaborate with Māori businesses.  We have renewed and deepened our contacts with the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Unit, legal, accounting and finance groups, Regional Business Partners, NZ Business Mentors, Otago Southland Employers Association, DCC, StartUp Dunedin, Audacious, the University and Polytechnic, Te Pūtahitanga, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and many others in our city, and importantly with our local rūnaka, and Ngāi Tahu leaders.


Māori Parliamentarians

We appreciate the support of local government representatives: we expressed this in person to Metiria Turei at a KUMA breakfast after she left Parliament, and we welcome contact with our Te Tai Tonga Māori parliamentarian Rino Tirikatene.


Social Media Enhancements and Updates
Our social media presence has lifted hugely: we encourage all KUMA members to go to our website to read or to submit items for pānui (news on your business, offers, specials, celebrations etc.) and to our Facebook page to post instant news and support and comment on other members’ events.  We have created a smarter email format, and listened to your feedback from our KUMA annual survey that you prefer less frequent email information, so you will now receive these once a month, with a repeat during that month. 



Our principal challenge is adding value to members.  We have seen a burst of activity as government and many organisations support business growth, and so this role that KUMA took on to mentor and give advice has lessened as others come in.  We need not forget, however, the value of Māori values for Māori businesses, and it is so heartening to see more Māori step into mentoring roles.


Our other challenge is to ensure the business model for KUMA is still appropriate.  For this reason, my focus will be on examining the subscription basis which allows KUMA to operate and manage its communication and events.  Your ideas will be sought and very welcome as the Board looks at models for success over the coming year. 


Strategies and Policies

The Board has adopted four new documents:

1.     Charter – setting out the role and responsibilities of the Board

2.     Risk Management Policy

3.     Financial Policy

4.     Health and Safety Policy


Our thanks go to Jeff for initiating these policies and ensuring that the governance of KUMA is robust through the adoption of appropriate policies.  These documents will be available at the AGM, as will our Strategic Plan which is updated every year by the Board.


Looking Ahead

Please join us at the Māori Business Clinics being held in Dunedin and Invercargill.  Dates are posted on our website, Facebook page, and in emails. 


We hope that one or even two people from outside Dunedin will be keen to join the Board this year.


Do get involved with the KUMA Business Award and Annual Hui which will be held during Matariki.  It is an absolutely unique event, by Māori for Māori, and don’t be shy whānau – step up and celebrate your successes.


KUMA plays an important role in the bigger picture of Māori life in this great southern region, and in maintaining our unique and vital tikanga and kawa. I wish all our members and supporters a successful year ahead.


Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawa nui.


Claire Porima

Chair, KUMA

5 March 2018


5 March

Posted on March 9, 2018 .

KUMA/Te Puni Kokiri Business Clinics - Dunedin/Invercargill

It's a busy week.  We start with the KUMA AGM on Tuesday, 6 March at 12 noon (H Block, Room 206a at Otago Polytechnic campus).  Then:

Dunedin, Wednesday 7 March at 12noon- 2pm: the second of the Dunedin Te Puni Kokiri Business Clinics.  Venue: A Block room 201 at Otago Polytechnic.

Invercargill, Thursday 8 March at 12noon - 2pm: the second of the Invercargill Te Puni Kōkiri Business Clinics.  Venue: TPK, Menzies Building, Esk Street, Invercargill

RSVPs to tautoko@kuma.co.nz


(hover/click over highlighted place names to read the information)


Posted on March 4, 2018 .

KUMA AGM, 12noon, 6 March, 2018 Nau mai, haere mai!

in the attached document you will find the the Agenda and Board nomination form for KUMA's 2018 AGM:

Please note the following:

Time: 12noon

Date: Tuesday 6 March, 2018

Venue: CHANGE OF VENUE!! The meeting is NO LONGER BEING HELD at H206a, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin.


If you wish to nominate someone or be nominated yourself for a position on the Board (there are two places vacant one of which we would like to fill with a KUMA member residing elsewhere than Dunedin), please fill out the attached nomination form and have it signed by two members.

Kia ora


Posted on March 2, 2018 .

A message from the Chair of the KUMA Board

Tēnā koutou katoa

Kei te whānau o KUMA, naia te mihi manahau ki a koutou katoa, me ngā mihi o Hui-Tanguru, o te tau (ahua!) hou.

The Board is looking forward to reporting on the activities of KUMA over the past 14 months, at our AGM on Tuesday 6 March at 12pm at Block H Room 206A, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin (parking is limited  around the Uni/Polytech: warning you now in case you are running late!).

Please would you indicate by email to our Administrator, Rebecca, (tautoko@kuma.co.nz ) if you are attending.

Keep your eye on our FB page and website for any updates.

We will have copies of the revised Constitution (small administrative changes), updated Board policies (Financial Management, Risk Management, and Health and Safety Policy) to view at the AGM.  

You may request copies of these documents from  Rebecca (tautoko@kuma.co.nz ) following the AGM, and we will put these onto our website as well.

We expect to have at least one new Board member voted in to join Janine, Jeff, Toni, Corey, Karen and myself, and thereby fill our general skills areas of 

1.     Cultural awareness.

2.     Strategy.

3.     Business development.

4.     Accounting/Risk.

5.     Marketing.

If you would like to join the Board, bringing the total number of Board members to 8 including the Chair, please ensure you contact Rebecca for a nomination form that needs to be signed by two paid up members of KUMA.

Please email me (claire@kuma.co.nz) or any of our Board if you have any matters to bring to the attention of the AGM.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

nā Claire Porima





Posted on February 23, 2018 .

Dunedin Business Clinic

Kia ora koutou, 

KUMA have teamed up with Te Puni Kokiri to provide Business Clinics on a range of topics over the first 6 months of the year. Our first Dunedin clinic topic will be Innovation, with the amazing Heidi Renata from Innov8 HQ as our guest speaker.

Please feel free to come along on to this clinic at Innov8 HQ, 123 Vogel Street on Wednesday 14th Feb, 12noon.

To RSVP to this event, please email Rebecca on tautoko@kuma.co.nz

Posted on February 9, 2018 .

Electoral Commission Role

Kia ora, 

The Electoral Commission are looking for someone to go out into the community to discuss the upcoming Māori Electoral Option with voters. 

If you are interested, please check out Seek, TradeMe and the Government Job website!

The job is full-time for approximately 5 months (end of Feb 2018 - End of July 2018), full training will be provided and the pay rate id $30.00 per hour.

Applications will close on Sunday 21st January 2018.

For further information please contact Danette Pikia on 027 541 2752 or email danette.pikia@elections.org.nz


Posted on January 11, 2018 .

Regional Business Analyst

Kia ora koutou,

Regional Business Analyst – Te Waipounamu was advertised earlier this week and closes on 17 November 2017.   I would appreciate your support in distributing this panui to your community networks as it is essential that we find and appoint the best person possible to this position and the regional team.  The position is a permanent role in the Christchurch office.

Key information can be found through the link below.



Posted on November 10, 2017 .

Business Insurance Workshop, Tuesday 26 September

AON has a partnership with KUMA as provider of KUMA's directors and officers liability insurance.

As part of that partnership, AON has offered to host a workshop for KUMA businesses, members and associates to cover key business legislation (including recent changes you might not be aware of), and insurance necessities for small and medium businesses.

Even if you have insurance with another organisation, this workshop provides an opportunity to find out more. 

It is suitable for staff from your organisation who may manage aspects of risk, and want some real world examples to take back to the office.  Everyone is welcome.  Lunch is included.

Please RSVP to Rebecca at email: tautoko@kuma.co.nz by this Friday. 


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Posted on September 18, 2017 .

CL2IMB Hui - Collaborative Leadership 2 Inspire Māori Businesses 28, 29 June

This week, Poutama Trust organised local and national Māori business directorates and organisations to visit Otago and Southland, to meet with whānau from our region, and encourage businesses to utilise the services that can help (exponentially) grow their enterprise.  This initiative, entitled CL2IMB, aims to present an 'ecosystem' of providers, so that whānau can select the service, person, or investment level that best suits their business enterprise.

Several of the speakers from the motu ki te tonga  were delighted to visit Queenstown and Invercargill for the first time.

KUMA members (Karen Roos, Marelda O'Rourke Gallagher, and Claire Porima) were privileged to speak about the benefits of belonging to KUMA for businesses, community organisations, education providers and especially members and whānau.  It was a particular point of difference from the other speakers to note that while KUMA does not provide funding, our unique strength is in promoting inclusiveness, belonging, sharing of resources, in depth understanding of what it is to build a business, and person to person support.  Notably - we are a whānau, so it does not matter what size of business you have, or if you haven't even started a business, we all have a common purpose which is to foster ideas and support business growth, and ultimately, opportunities for whānau.

It was also great to speak about the Suzanne Spencer Business Award - the only Award of its kind in this region where Māori celebrate success based on Māori values and kaupapa.

The organisations represented were:

Poutama Trust; Puna Pakihi/Poutama; Callaghan Innovation; Maori Women's Development Inc; NZTE; Te Puni Kokiri; TRoNT Tribal Economies; Regional Business Otago and Southland; hosted in Queenstown at Blue Kanu Restaurant (stunning venue, kai, and hosts) with speakers from the Māori Wine Collective, and from AmIFit.

We have a lot of fantastic photos from the events, which we will post over the coming week or so, here and on our Facebook page, so please check back in.

KUMA is going strong here in this region, and by standing together, supporting each other, and meeting together (in person, and online), we can grow together and celebrate all our successes.

ngā mihi nui ki ngā whānau o Tahuna me Murihiku mō tōu koutou tautoko ki te kaupapa nei.



Posted on June 30, 2017 .

He Tohu Maumahara ki a Suzanne Spencer - Memorial Business Award 2017

Amber Bridgman, 2017 Award Recipient 

Amber Bridgman, 2017 Award Recipient 

In 2017, on Friday 23 June, during the Puaka Matariki KUMA hui, the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Business Award went to Kahuwai Clothing/Amber Bridgman, who spoke to the theme of Innovation in her business.  Guests were treated to a showcase of her fashion garments that fuse tikanga and whakapapa with design and a sustainable modern treatment of materials to make stunning, internationally acclaimed designs.


Suzanne Spencer was a mentor, advisor, supporter, advocate, and tireless supporter of numerous businesses and business people in the Māori community in Otago and Southland.  Working for Te Puni Kōkiri, Suzanne used her extensive network across the country to establish and organise what became the Māori Business Network, Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru, or KUMA.  

Tragically passing away in 2012, the Māori business community wanted an appropriate acknowledgement of Suzanne's vision for Māori economic growth, and contribution to the local economy through new and growth businesses run by and with Māori innovators, and entrepreneurs.  So, with the blessing of her husband Frank and her daughters Jackie and Esther, the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Business Award was launched, to be passed on to a KUMA business at each annual hui.

Sumaria Beaton, General Manager, Awarua Synergy - Runner up

Sumaria Beaton, General Manager, Awarua Synergy - Runner up

E te kuia, moe mai, moe mai, moe mai.

The previous recipients of the Award have been:

2012: Ngāi Tahu Law Commission

2013: Te Anau Holiday Park 

2014, Awarua Synergy (and 2017 runner up)

2015: at the ten year commemoration of KUMA hui, there was a joint presentation to all who had been members continuously for ten years.


Amber Bridgman, Designer/Creator, with models

Posted on June 26, 2017 .