October 21, 2019
Nathan adds awhi to business recipe
The supreme winner at this years Māori Women's Business Awards is being hailed as someone who epitomises the spirit of wahine Māori in business.
Teresa Tepania Ashton, the chief executive of the Māori Women's Development Incorporation, says the awards ceremony in Rotorua on Saturday highlighted the way wahine Māori pursue business objectives not only for themselves but for their whānau.
She says Kiri Nathan not only built a successful fashion label but found ways to tie it in with her husband's pounamu carving skills and with other fashion designers through the Kāhui Māori collective.
"That is really what Māoridom is about. We're all about manaakitanga, We're all about collaboration and working together and I want to sing my praises to her and the excellence she has pursued within her business'" Ms Tepania Ashton says.
Other winners and finalists included Janice Lee from Koha Kai and logging truck operator and New Zealand Transport Board member Carla Seymour Mansell.
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