KUMA hosted a successful hui attended by 40 Otago and Southland business people on July 14. This event was supported by the University of Otago, Poutama Trust, Te Pūtahitanga, and Te Puni Kōkiri, with refreshments provided by the award winning KuruKuru vineyard - thanks to Hayden Johnston - and BB Catering.
A warm greeting was extended by KUMA Board Chair, Richard Kerr-Bell, and participants were treated to an engaging address by Kim Hill who is a MBFS mentor and has a business strategy and consultancy company based in Hamilton. Presentations from the other organisations included information on the business support that is available to Māori businesses, the requirements for the varying levels of support, and what investment funding might be available. Hayden then gave us an engaging commentary on the whakapapa of his vineyard and its strong connection to whānau aspirations, and a hint as to the expansion of the vineyard and a tasting shed which will be the place to go to in Tarras over the coming summer for wine tasting.
It was particularly pleasing to have people from all parts of the community attend: the DCC, University, businesses, runanga representatives, government agencies, advisors, coaches, consultants and financial institutions.
Participants lingered for a lot longer into the evening than anticipated, the networking was in full force, new members met long term KUMA members, and everyone agreed that the evening was well worth the time.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Many thanks to Karen Burnett, Account Manager, TPK for making this important event in the business community happen. A further two similar events are planned for Queenstown and Invercargill early next year.