EVENTS supported by He kai kei aku ringa 

The New Zealand International Business Awards (NZIBA) celebrates the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage and recognises excellence and innovation. The awards are organised by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, with the support of their strategic partner, ANZ.

The He kai kei aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export award went to Kono, an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation.

Based in Nelson, Wakatū has approximately 4,000 shareholders who descend from Māori land owners from the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay regions – Te Tauihu, the top of the South Island.

The He kai kei aku ringa award recognises Māori business contribution to the New Zealand export economy – the approach, values and tikanga that underpin and uniquely define Māori business. This is synonymous to Wakatu and its business activities. They were also the recipient for the Inspiring Preference for New Zealand award. This achievement recognises the best use of design to succeed in a global marketplace. Entrants will have achieved success by integrating design into their business model and a high degree of design competency across their products, services, environment and culture.

Global Indigenous Trade Symposium

Based on a theory Maori originated from the South East between 1200-1300, Ngati Kahugnunu hosted their inaugural Global Indigenous Trade Symposium in late August. UEA Trade representative HE Mr Saleh Ahmad Alsuwaidi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates and HE Mr Tantowi Yahya, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia presented as part of the one day symposium.

Popular Entrepreneurial Business Award Winners

Reality TV stars Francis and Kaiora Tipene can now add ‘award winning entrepreneurs’ to their CV. The directors of Tipene Funerals are the 2019 recipients of the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa award for entrepreneurship at the Business Leaders Awards that were recently hosted by the University of Auckland. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta presented the award.

Due to demand of its simple care-manaaki ethos, Tipene Funerals now provides for all cultures and creeds. The way of working has found fame in The Casketeers, which recently won Best Original Reality Series at the Huawei NZTV Awards. Their show has also been picked up by international streaming service Netflix, which is currently screening Season 1 of The Casketeers. 

Matariki and its X factor

According to organisers, Callaghan Innovation, the bi annual Matariki X event brings together like-minded individuals and organizations who can help government and other enablers to join the strategic dots.

The conference was designed to be inspirational and prompt  disruptive thinking. 

Described as a platform for Maori to flourish in the Business realm and to showcase talented business people and entrepreneurs, Matariki attracted nearly 300 attendees.

Around 100 organisations were represented with many attending for the first time. Grasping technology,organisers were pleased downloads and connections could be easily measured.​

Five keynote addresses from start-up to established businesses shared their lessons learned success.

Twelve masterclass workshops delivered a range of topics from data, social impact, environmental innovation and agile fundamentals. To conclude, an Eco-Connect Dinner featured a rousing address from Ian Taylor

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