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: 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 .

Puaka Hui this Friday, 23 June, 5.30pm

The KUMA Board will be hosting an important event this Friday 23 June at 5.30pm.  To RSVP, email: :  

- we welcome members to gather for whanaungatanga at this time of mid-winter and Puaka Matariki

- we farewell our longest serving Chairperson, Richard Kerr-Bell, who is stepping aside after 8 years as Chairperson and a full 12 years supporting KUMA

- we herald in the new by recognising a Māori business for its innovative approach to business, and we award that business with the Tohu Maumahara ki a Suzanne Spencer

- we view the fashion collection of one of our local designers, Amber Bridgman

- we browse the taonga created by some of our local artists and craftspeople

- we enjoy a Friday night with good company.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai, e hoa mā!

***Due to licensing laws, alcohol will not be served after 7.30pm.

Posted on June 19, 2017 .

KUMA Puaka Matariki Hui, 23 June

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In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Māori New Year starts at the first new moon following the rising of Puaka (this year on 12 June) and Matariki (on 17 June), which in 2017 falls on 24 June.  Puaka is the principal star of Kāi Tahu.

KUMA will celebrate innovation and achievement on Friday, 23 June, 5.30-7.30pm at Innov8HQ, the new business hub owned by KUMA members Heidi and Steve Renata. 

This will be a celebration of creativity and innovation, showcasing some of Otago and Southland's artistic and enterprising people and ventures : fashion, art, culture, korero and kai.

The evening will conclude with one of KUMA members being acknowledged with He Tohutohu Maumahara ki a Suzanne Spencer - an award given annually to one of our networking businesses.


To RSVP email .

Nau mai, haere mai e hoa mā.

Posted on May 23, 2017 .

Xero - Tips and Tricks workshop TOMORROW

Drop everything!  Calling all small biz, medium biz and big biz people, and anyone running any kind of accounting system: could be on the back of an envelope or using accounting software.  This workshop is on tomorrow, Tuesday 23 May at 8am at 123 Vogel Street.  You can register here.

Want more information:  Xero Tips and Tricks Business Breakfast is being brought to you by Polson Higgs, in partnership with KUMA (Maori Business Network). This will be an interactive session highlighting some cool Xero tips and tricks including invoice reminders, payment gateways and much more... We will look at a number of time saving features then finish up with a Q & A session. Polson Higgs advisors will be on hand to answer any accounting questions. Breakfast is provided, so please ensure you RSVP to secure catering requirements. Click on the link above to book.

Donna and Jamie (Polson Higgs) presenting xero on the large screen at Innov8HQ.  Seasoned users of xero commented they had picked up new tips, and learned about new features. 

Posted on May 22, 2017 .

KUMA Administrator - Application and Information

Kia ora

If you wish to apply for the above position, you can download the position description and general information files here (google docs) or  here and here

An image of the JD can be viewed below. Please contact us at if you require further information.

The application process has been extended out to Friday, 2 June at midday, so that applications and recommendations for shortlisting can be heard at the KUMA Board meeting the following week.

ngā mihi

Posted on May 4, 2017 .

KUMA ADMINISTRATOR - Closes Friday 2 June 2017 @ 5pm.

Kia ora tatou e te whanau

An opportunity has arisen for a part-time administrator for our network.   

Working to support Maori Business in Otago/Southland is a rewarding role and the right person will gain satisfaction in seeing the achievement and growth of our members. 

Please distribute this panui to your networks and  those you know that may be interested in this role.

For Job Description and information, please email or see the following panui to download the documents.

Applications now close Friday 2 June at 5pm (revised closing date to coincide with next Board meeting on 6 June).

Nga mihi

Karen on behalf of KUMA Board

Posted on May 3, 2017 .