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: tautoko@kuma.co.nz :  

- 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

Puaka Matariki 2017.jpg

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 tautoko@kuma.co.nz .

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 tautoko@kuma.co.nz 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  tautoko@kuma.co.nz 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 .

New Ngāi Tahu Rangatahi Cultural Leadership Fund, Taiawatea.

Ata mārie anō koutou,

The Ngāi Tahu Funds team along with the Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee are proud to introduce our new funding initiative for registered Ngāi Tahu rangatahi who are aged 13-25, Taiawatea.

Taiawatea was established to help shape rangatahi who are strong, vibrant champions of Ngāi Tahu culture. It also aims to empower Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to connect and express their leadership in Ngāi Tahutanga.  Rangatahi can apply for funding to start cultural projects aimed at strengthening their Ngāi Tahutanga; and orto support their attendance at regional and national cultural events ie Ngā Manu Kōrero.

Much like the Ngāi Tahu Fund’s criteria, rangatahi projects/events must align to atleast one of the following nine cultural pillars:

1.      Whakapapa – kinship  

2.      Tikanga – protocols and customs

3.      Te reo – language

4.      Mahi toi – creative expression

5.      Whenua – landscape, place and locality

6.      Mahinga kai – customary food gathering, species protection and restoration

7.      Ngā uara – values and beliefs

8.      Ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi – community engagement and participation; and

9.      Mana tangata – self-determination and self-confidence.

The full criteria for accessing Taiawatea is listed in the application form (attached to this email).

We are currently promoting the very first funding round of Taiawatea and this is due to close on Friday 31 March and the next round will not be held until late September.

If you know a rangatahi who is Ngāi Tahu registered, aged 13-25 who wishes to start cultural projects aimed at strengthening their Ngāi Tahutanga; and orto support their attendance at regional and national cultural event, please contact me on the details below.

Mauri ora,

Morgan Lee

Ngāi Tahu Funds Advisor (Kaiwhiri te Kete Tahua), Te Taumatua – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, 15 Show Place, Addington 8024 | PO Box 13-046 Christchurch8141 | 021 927 577 / 03 974 0017 | www.ngaitahufund.com |

Posted on April 6, 2017 .

2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships

Ready for the next step? Entries now open for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships

 Entries are now open for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, which offer New Zealand’s managers and executives the opportunity to improve their skills at the world’s best business schools.

This is your chance to attend an international business school and bring your knowledge back to your businesses and New Zealand. These scholarships enable business people to develop their management and international business leadership skills.

Applications for the scholarships close at noon on 28 April 2017.

Visit the MBIE website for more information and to read stories from previous winners.

Posted on March 20, 2017 .

Tāhuna/Queenstown and Central Otago Regional KUMA Business Hui

Diary date for Tāhuna/Queenstown and Central Otago Whānau - the regional KUMA Business Hui is being held on: Tuesday, 28 February at 5 - 7pm, at the Blue Kanu restaurant, downtown Queenstown.  The presenters will have a wealth of information on what support is available for your businesses.  

It is always about whanaungatanga, so think about who might like to join you and meet some of the entrepreneurs and innovators in our KUMA business network.  Look out for the invitation and venue confirmation.

Posted on February 20, 2017 .