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


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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 .

Long serving Chair of KUMA steps down

 Richard Kerr-Bell, Chair 2012-2017

Richard Kerr-Bell, Chair 2012-2017

E te manukura, e Richard, nei rā te mihi kau atu ki a koe mō tōu tautoko, tōu ārahina, me tōu rangatiratanga ki a mātou, te whānau o KUMA ki te rohe o Araiteuru me Murihiku nei mō ngā tau e waru kua pāhure.  

During the KUMA Puaka Matariki hui on 23 June, the KUMA whānau expressed its gratitude for Richard Kerr-Bell's long service to the community of Māori businesses in Otago and Southland.  

Richard has guided the KUMA waka for almost eight years, and has now stepped aside so he can pursue his own ever growing interests as an educator, counsellor, businessman, author, leader, football coach, husband and father.

Richard was warmly thanked for his leadership and tireless service to KUMA, both at a Board level and a member level.

Members of KUMA presented Richard with a small token of their aroha and gratitude.

Ahakoa he iti, nā te aroha.

Posted on June 24, 2017 .