“Ooku nei hoa kei ngaa toopito o te ao” – Kiingi Tawhiao
Te Ara Whakatupuranga 2050 prioritises support for our tribal members and marae in social and commercial enterprise.
We are in the midst of finalising our framework, Puna Whakatupu, that will enable us to deliver on this priority for you. In the meantime, if you are looking for support for your business, check out the services below that you can access now.
Waikato-Tainui are foundation partners of Ahikomako – Centre of Māori Innovation and Entrepreneurship based at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Glenview. They are dedicated to supporting Māori entrepreneurs from the ground up, you’ll find a modern co-working space to call your office, business support from those in the know, and a kitted-out innovation hub. To find out more, drop in and see them at the Mangakotukutuku Campus Glenview Campus or visit their website.
Start-Up and Business Activation Session
If you’ve got a business idea, but you’re not too sure where to go from there – book yourself a Business Activation Session with Ahikomako. It’s a one on one session where you’ll get expert advice on the next steps you can take to get your business moving. Visit the Ahikomako website to book your session.
If you’re serious about your business, a business mentor can really help guide you through your business journey. Not to be confused with a business advisor, a business mentor empowers you to do what needs to be done for your business. Send us an email if you’re interested in partnering with a business mentor.
Business Growth Advisors
The regional business partner network is a group of ‘Growth Advisors’ who take a birds-eye look at your whole business, then help you connect with the right resources and experts so you can build capability and grow. As part of a national network of people who can help, they’re your first port of call when you want to grow your enterprise efficiently and effectively. You can register with the service by visiting their website.
Waikato-Tainui don’t provide business grants but there are other organisations who provide funding to support you in getting your business off the ground.
- Maori Women’s Development Inc provide low interest loans and capability support.
- Nga Tangata Microfinance also provide small low interest loans.
- If you receive an MSD benefit, you could be eligible for the self-employment grant. Talk to your Case Worker.
- Poutama Trust provide growth grants for businesses that are a little further along (have been in business for at least 12 months with a turnover of $120k).
Puna Pakihi is our very own business e-directory. It only lists businesses owned by Waikato-Tainui tribal members. We promote these businesses to our networks and use the directory as a tool for purchasing products and services.
If you own a business, side hustle or consultancy – we encourage you to join Puna Pakihi.
Watch the video to find out more or check out Puna Pakihi here.