MAORI BUSINESS GROWTH PROGRAMME LAUNCHES
The ICEHOUSE, along with its partners, is hosting the first two day workshop tailored particularly to a Māori business audience.
The two days will focus on interweaving the core concepts of people, management, marketing, financials, and the place of culture and iwi in business.
“We have to walk the walk. It can’t just be the topic of discussion. It needs to be a real showcase of Māori business success from start to finish”, says ICEHOUSE Head of Māori Development, Shay Wright.
“Our Māori business audience will be hosted on iwi-owned land and catered by Māori food products and chefs.”
The workshop will be co-facilitated by Christine Woods and Chellie Spiller (Ngāti Kahungunu) of the University of Auckland Business School. Both have a longstanding involvement in business development and Māori business issues. Christine has presented on ICEHOUSE programmes for 11 years, and Chellie has spent many years working in business and researching Māori and indigenous businesses in her doctoral work, recently returning from five months at Harvard University and the University of Arizona. Their involvement in this initiative is further testament to The University of Auckland Business School’s commitment to both The ICEHOUSE and Māori business.
The ICEHOUSE has a strong track record of supporting business growth to draw on. This has enabled the team to pull together learning from export focus business, family business and agricultural operations. “The strength is in our brand, but the value is in the presenting team” says Shay. Along with the UABS facilitators, there will also be presentations from BNZ, Ernst & Young, Tainui Group Holdings and Kajavala Forestry – catering to the wide audience of Māori SME owner-managers and iwi development managers.
September 4 & 5
BNZ Quay Park, Auckland
Also supporting the workshop is Te Puni Kōkiri, who are providing a $695 in financial subsidy for every qualifying participant. This is part of their aim to grow Māori business capability and inspire Māori to access the best available training. They are also offering $15,000 of support for larger Māori business owners to attend The ICEHOUSE flagship Owner Manager Programme. If you are, or know of a Māori business leader interested in attending, contact Shay Wright about the opportunity - email@example.com or 09 308 6212.
Kua takoto te mānuka, me hikina.
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