January 23, 2024
Entrepreneur lessons given road test
Māori economic support organisation Tapuwae Roa is taking to the road to encourage Māori business start-ups.
Chief executive Te Pūoho Kātene says the Rakahinonga roadshow will be facilitated by expert business mentors Saara Tawha and Amy Mclean, who will provide participants with tools and skills to progress their business ideas into reality.
Tapuwae Roa, which is funded from the Māori fisheries settlement, sees entrepreneurship as a pathway to mana motuhake.
Mr Katene says managing aspiration is a major impediment o Maori business success.
“We all have these ideas but it’s ‘ah no, that idea is probably no good anyway,’ so we end up killing our dreams before they get the chance to live a bit. What we want to do is make sure if there’s an idea, that you see no barriers for yourself in achieving those and we can provide a pathway to develop that, alongside and in a safe way, and create a community of support around you as you go,” he says.
As well as holding Rakahinonga roadshow sessions in Gisborne and Opotiki nex month, the Tapuwae Roa team will also host an online wananaga on March 2.
Register for a Rakahinonga Roadshow session at: https://www.tapuwaeroa.org/rakahinonga/