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Getting better at business

With 17 years’ experience as a sole trader in the design and arts world, and supporting her partner’s COVID-impacted healthcare business, Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann knew the basics of running a business, but wanted to be more efficient with her time and energy. “I wanted to be able to use the different business systems effectively to make […]

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Leading People To Cultural Empowerment

As a sentry bird, Te Manu Taupua Ltd is determined to lead people through a flight path to cultural empowerment. Founders Dane Tumahai (Ngāti Whātua) and Paora Puru (Ngāti Te Ata, Waiohua), started the social enterprise Te Manu Taupua Ltd as a way to introduce the Māori world to manuhiri while extending upon their values […]

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Opening Doors To New Opportunities

Operating out of the bustling city of Tamaki Makaurau, Ora Kura, a digital marketing company, has set out to take Māori business to the world. Established in 2018, Ora Kura has seen exponential growth “off the back of attending a Pakihi workshop,” says Chris Ioan, director of Ora Kura. When starting the company, founder Tyrone […]

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Taking Māori Culture To The World

Since its establishment in 2017, Taniwha Ventures, a mobile cultural experience, set out on a mission to provide opportunities for rangatahi and whānau to “enjoy being Māori” by entertaining and educating audiences using traditional Māori performing arts. Chassy Kani (Te Puaha o Waikato), Director of Taniwha Ventures, started the business out of a “passion for […]

Awa Wahine | Ataria Sharman Success Stories

Securing Investment To Realise Her Dreams

“I attended the Pakihi marketing workshop in search of a sustainable business model for my online magazine, Awa Wahine. At that time, it was more a hobby than a business and took up a lot of my time too. Barbara Jacques was the facilitator, and she was energetic and knowledgeable. I went away from that […]

Oriwa Morgan-Ward Success Stories

The Business of Art

Oriwa Morgan-Ward is in her happy place. And Te Wānanga o Aotearoa helped her find it.   “I have always desired to be where I am today,” she says. Where she is today, is in her typically cluttered artistic workspace in her hometown of Putaruru.And while she’s busy creating original art works, she’s also planning […]

Fitness With Cora Success Stories

A Movement To Help Her People

When Cora Lambert (Ngai Tūhoe, Ngā Puhi, Waikato) saw that mainstream gyms did not cater for Māori and Pasifika people who have the highest obesity rates in Aotearoa, she decided to start a group fitness business called Fitness With Cora. As a Zumba instructor, Cora found it “tricky at first… to convince people to try […]

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Get The Confidence To Reach New Markets

For three years Messina Waitaci has quietly gone about building her tourism business.  Her company, Tino Pai Tours, was going well and she had identified opportunities to expand, but “I never had the confidence to take that next step”. But that’s all changed after Messina took part in Pakihi – a nationwide series of free […]