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Hui on Maori business success

A business and networking opportunity focussing on the region’s Maori and Pasifika community is being held in Masterton this evening.

Māori in Business Wairarapa is having a hui to highlight local successes, share stories and consider future opportunities. More than 50 have signed up for the event, but spaces are still available.

Paul Southey, chair of Maori in Business Wairarapa and a former president of Wairarapa Master Builders Association, encouraged people to attend.

“This is an opportunity for people interested in finding out more about what’s happening in the Maori and Pacifica business space in Wairarapa.

“It is a good networking opportunity. Attendees will be able to meet like-minded business people,” he said.

Southey said the hui would also be looking at future business options.

Speakers include a representative from Tū Mai Rā Trust, who will be discussing their commercial activities and future vision. Daphne Luke and Moahuia Goza are scheduled to discuss the Te Matarau a Māui Regional Māori strategy and the ‘My Māori Mentor’ project. Keria Ponga and Michaela Martin from Te Puni Kōkiri will be looking at the Progressive Procurement Programme, a platform offering mentoring and support to Māori SMEs, helping them grow and identify opportunities.

Southey said ‘’My Māori Mentor’ was a service designed to help and support people grow their businesses.

Māori in Business Wairarapa is a volunteer-based organisation that holds two or three events a year to help provide a forum for attendees.

Tonight’s event is at the Copthorne Hotel in Masterton between 5.30pm and 7pm. Entry is free, and freshments will be provided. Walk-in attendees are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended at [email protected]

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