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.
KIA TIPUA TAHI AI!!