KUMA AGM 2017/18 Chair's Report


Annual Report from the Chair, 5 March 2018


Kia tipua tahi ai

Let us grow together

 He hōnore, he kōroria ki te Atua, he maungarongo ki te whenua, he whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa.  Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe, ko Kāi Tahu whānau whānui, ngā kaitiaki o te whenua e hora nei, ngā maunga, ngā awa, ngā wahi tapu hoki i te tai o Araiteuru. Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

 Nāia te mihi hoki ki a koutou, te whānau o KUMA. Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

 I open this report with gratitude to the many supporters of KUMA who will gather at our AGM, and to those further afield around Otago and Southland.  I greet all of you, and acknowledge your passion and dedication to what you do every day, and your positivity in being a part of the KUMA whānau.  I acknowledge how we as KUMA members and supporters, claim our place in a now busy ecosystem of startups and incubators, collaborative groupings of support agencies and organisations, and of individuals with business experience to share.


What KUMA members have in common are the collective values and hītori that tie us together; a vision for whānau and communities as well as for our own iwi and hapū, and we are creating opportunities for ourselves and others that bring a sustainable contribution to our city and region.  Kia kaha mō tōu mahi, e hoa mā.


KUMA provides a place for us to gather together, for whakawhanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tautoko and kōrero; a unique and distinctive roopū that has a powerful and enduring kaupapa. 


Throughout the past 14 months, we have enjoyed numerous opportunities to gather together as a whānau, and also to join in on other events in the region.


On behalf of the KUMA Board, I acknowledge the KUMA members for their contributions to these events, and also to the many supporters in our beautiful part of Aotearoa.


Our thoughts always turn to our kaumātua, to Tā Tipene O’Regan who has been a treasured manukura and motivator over the years.  We hope that Tā Tipene might join us for an event in 2018.  We also acknowledge our supporters who have been with KUMA from the very beginning, and it is wonderful to see them join us on various occasions. 


In 2017, our long-serving Chairperson, Richard Kerr-Bell stepped aside, and it was fortunate that he announced this at the KUMA hui so that we could properly acknowledge his leadership, steady advice and service over ten years, eight of which were as Chair.  He was presented with a small taonga of our gratitude, and we shared some lovely drinks and kai.


The Board has seen several other changes in makeup since the last AGM at the end of 2016:

-       a stalwart of KUMA, Joy Smith, stood down from the Board in November 2016;

-       Marelda O’Rourke-Gallagher stepped down in November 2017 after a five-year tenure, and another 5 years before that as a member;

-       Heidi Renata who was with us for a short time in 2017 stepped aside as her business demands and successes were mounting; and

-       Darryl Sycamore was a Board member for the first 6 months of 2017 also, before his changed employment demands meant he had to resign. 

We thank each of them for their contributions, and their continuing support.


Janine Kapa and Jeffrey Broughton joined the Board in 2017, and myself, Corey Bragg, Toni Iaseto, Karen Roos were reappointed.  After a year without an Administrator, Rebecca Swindells took up the position in July 2017.  A huge improvement in management followed and we are fortunate Rebecca renewed her contract in December for another six months.  It is a part-time position for up to only 10 hours a week for a job that demands twice that time.  Please welcome Rebecca if you haven’t already, and send any ideas and suggestions to her via email: info@kuma.co.nz


I am pleased to announce that Heidi Renata and Steve Renata, owners of Innov8HQ, have offered to sponsor KUMA in 2018.  Innov8HQ has been a regular venue for the hosting of KUMA meetings, workshops and our annual hui.  We will now be able to enjoy using the facilities at Innov8HQ over the coming year, and we hope to see more of our KUMA whānau take up this opportunity to grow their business.  Please head over to Innov8HQ and introduce yourself to Heidi (Level 1, 123 Vogel Street), and seriously consider renting office space or the boardroom for your meetings, or even for a special event or workshop.


Another supporter collaboration that we are actively seeking is with Crowe Howarth. Our Board member, Jeff Broughton, has initiated this and the Board will discuss and implement any agreement that will support our membership.


KUMA now relies heavily on two sources of income: the pūtea that comes from a small pool of member subscriptions, and the very generous collaboration with Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), which has sponsored events over the last year.  For the first ten years, KUMA was sustained by several large investments in the network, which meant subscriptions were not relied on for funding events.  This is no longer the case, and so we are extremely fortunate to have a close relationship with TPK, especially for their business clinic funding, and to have Karen Roos on the Board to keep a sharp governance eye on our activities. 


Regarding governance, changes to the Constitution to update it appropriately were called for and presented at the last AGM.  These changes have been incorporated into the final document that is available to you at this AGM.  A motion to adopt has been tabled and seconded, and is now before you today to be adopted by vote.


I will speak to our Strategic Plan and various other policies later in this Report.  


KUMA events

Following are the events, achievements and celebrations of 2017 and early 2018:



Breakfasts.  These were held at Starfish, until the venue was changed by request to the Bacon Buttie Station closer to town.  Some brekkie sessions were incorporated into workshops


Board meetings were held monthly for ten months of the year, at TPK Boardroom and at Innov8HQ

February 2017

Regional KUMA Roadshow, Queenstown, hosted at Blue Kanu – a gathering of KUMA businesses from around the central and southern districts.  Joining KUMA were representatives from Te Pūtahitanga, Tribal Economies, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, and TPK

March meet up

Visiting and using the services offered in the KUMA network


KUMA strategy meeting, hosted by Marelda and John Gallagher

April and May

Xero tips and tricks breakfast workshop presented by Polson Higgs, hosted by Innov8HQ


Business hui – Salesforce: developing sales strategies, Innov8HQ


KUMA Puaka Matariki Hui.  KUMA’s annual hui and Suzanne Spencer Tohu Maumahara Business Award, held at Innov8HQ.  Fashion show by Business Award winner Amber Bridgeman, with local Māori artisans in attendance displaying their taonga.  Ron Bull and Simon Kaan were guest speakers.  The theme for the hui was ‘innovation’


In Queenstown, and Invercargill CL2MB Collaborative Leadership Hui: KUMA was a presenter at the Hui hosted by Poutama Trust, and included presentations from Puna Pakihi, Callaghan Innovation, Māori Women’s Development Inc., NZTE, Te Puni Kōkiri, Tribal Economies, RBA, and speakers from the Māori Wine Collective and AmIFit.


AON Insurance Regional Business Workshop for KUMA members


Christmas Drinks at Emmerson’s Brewery

January 2018

KUMA Business Clinic (Dunedin) – first of 6 business clinics in Dunedin this year, supported by TPK, and hosted by KUMA, for businesses to connect with support organisations.  First clinic had speakers John Rigby, (RBP and NZ Business Mentors) and Cherie Dunn (IRD)


KUMA Business Clinic (Invercargill) – first of 6 business clinics in Dunedin this year, supported by TPK, and hosted by KUMA, for businesses to connect with support organisations. 




KUMA representation

As well as all these KUMA hosted events, as Chair I have attended other events in the city with my KUMA hat on.  Most of these are business workshops with agencies and organisations keen to collaborate with Māori businesses.  We have renewed and deepened our contacts with the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Unit, legal, accounting and finance groups, Regional Business Partners, NZ Business Mentors, Otago Southland Employers Association, DCC, StartUp Dunedin, Audacious, the University and Polytechnic, Te Pūtahitanga, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and many others in our city, and importantly with our local rūnaka, and Ngāi Tahu leaders.


Māori Parliamentarians

We appreciate the support of local government representatives: we expressed this in person to Metiria Turei at a KUMA breakfast after she left Parliament, and we welcome contact with our Te Tai Tonga Māori parliamentarian Rino Tirikatene.


Social Media Enhancements and Updates
Our social media presence has lifted hugely: we encourage all KUMA members to go to our website to read or to submit items for pānui (news on your business, offers, specials, celebrations etc.) and to our Facebook page to post instant news and support and comment on other members’ events.  We have created a smarter email format, and listened to your feedback from our KUMA annual survey that you prefer less frequent email information, so you will now receive these once a month, with a repeat during that month. 



Our principal challenge is adding value to members.  We have seen a burst of activity as government and many organisations support business growth, and so this role that KUMA took on to mentor and give advice has lessened as others come in.  We need not forget, however, the value of Māori values for Māori businesses, and it is so heartening to see more Māori step into mentoring roles.


Our other challenge is to ensure the business model for KUMA is still appropriate.  For this reason, my focus will be on examining the subscription basis which allows KUMA to operate and manage its communication and events.  Your ideas will be sought and very welcome as the Board looks at models for success over the coming year. 


Strategies and Policies

The Board has adopted four new documents:

1.     Charter – setting out the role and responsibilities of the Board

2.     Risk Management Policy

3.     Financial Policy

4.     Health and Safety Policy


Our thanks go to Jeff for initiating these policies and ensuring that the governance of KUMA is robust through the adoption of appropriate policies.  These documents will be available at the AGM, as will our Strategic Plan which is updated every year by the Board.


Looking Ahead

Please join us at the Māori Business Clinics being held in Dunedin and Invercargill.  Dates are posted on our website, Facebook page, and in emails. 


We hope that one or even two people from outside Dunedin will be keen to join the Board this year.


Do get involved with the KUMA Business Award and Annual Hui which will be held during Matariki.  It is an absolutely unique event, by Māori for Māori, and don’t be shy whānau – step up and celebrate your successes.


KUMA plays an important role in the bigger picture of Māori life in this great southern region, and in maintaining our unique and vital tikanga and kawa. I wish all our members and supporters a successful year ahead.


Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawa nui.


Claire Porima

Chair, KUMA

5 March 2018


5 March

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