May 16, 2019
Business leader is keen to inspire whānau
The winner of the governance tohu in this year’s Auckland University Business School Māori Business Awards says the whānau connections that underpin Māori business means growing a business can mean growing a community.
Paul Morgan, the chair of Nelson-based Wakatū Incorporation, says the awards showed the diversity of Māori business, for small whānau entities to large land-based and iwi enterprises.
He says running a Māori business usually involves being able to work with your kin , and he has enjoyed the discipline that brings.
"When you can bring the owners with you and the families with you, in a business it's not just about a business but it's about everyone growing. And the more they can understand, participate, be involved and get self-confidence that we can be successful as a people and run businesses, that's really good because they can also have a go themselves and there are many of them are clearly now running their own small businesses," Mr Morgan says
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