September 29, 2017
Social enterprise suits Maori motuhake
Maori social enterprise came under the microscope at a international conference in Christchurch this week as organisations shared ideas about how to do well out of doing good.
Entrepreneur Shay Wright says social enterprise is an area Maori have worked in for a long time as they tried to set up organisations and businesses that would look after their communities and their environment as well as making money.
His own enterprise Te Whare Hukahuka works with iwi and trusts to strengthen leadership and governance, share ideas about how they can make a difference, and train the next generation of leaders.
"What we’ve found is our own model has changed significantly over the time as we try to figure out how we sustain and grow our activities because we don't want to sit there and rest on government grants, we don't want to sit there and rest on charitable trust hand outs. We want to be able to determine our own future and generate our own incomes," Mr Wright says.
Social enterprise exists in the space between charity and for-profit business, and can create headaches for government in the way it should be managed or supported.
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