Free mentoring for Maori start-ups

The Pakihi - Getting Into Business workshop.

The Pakihi - Getting Into Business workshop.

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A workshop aimed at developing Maori business in Tairawhiti will be delivered in Gisborne on Wednesday.

The Pakihi - Getting Into Business workshop will be held at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Whirikoka Campus.

Pakihi is an initiative that provides free workshops and mentoring to help grow Maori businesses and enterprise throughout the country.

It is being delivered by Te Wananga o Aotearoa, financial services business Crowe Howarth and Maori business eduction company Aotahi, and is supported by the Maori Innovation Fund.

Pakihi is focussed on getting Maori into business and growing that business — particularly in the regions.

“If you’ve got a great business idea that you want to test the market with, then this workshop will ensure that you got all boxes checked off before you invest a lot of time, putea (finance), and effort into this venture,” Gisborne workshop tutor Midge Te Kani said.

The workshop will answer questions such as can your business idea make you money and/or help others; what are you doing better than your competitors; how much is being in business going to cost you; where can you get more money or funding from; what are the things you can’t avoid when getting into business?

Pakihi teaches new skills and gives participants access to expertise and mentors to help guide their business strategy.

It is targeted at three different phases of business growth — Whakarautia - business startup; Te Uma - for new businesses up to 18 months old, where the workshops are focussed on improving profitability, marketing and networking; and Whanaua or growth - providing training to help businesses expand either in the number of employees, product or service offering, or locations.

All participants are required to take to the workshop is “a water bottle, your thinking cap and a positive entrepreneurial attitude”.

“If you know of others who may benefit from the workshop and would definitely attend, then get them to register,” said Ms Te Kani.

One-to-one mentoring after completion of this workshop is also available.

The workshop will only go ahead if there is a sufficient number of registrations.

A workshop aimed at developing Maori business in Tairawhiti will be delivered in Gisborne on Wednesday.

The Pakihi - Getting Into Business workshop will be held at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Whirikoka Campus.

Pakihi is an initiative that provides free workshops and mentoring to help grow Maori businesses and enterprise throughout the country.

It is being delivered by Te Wananga o Aotearoa, financial services business Crowe Howarth and Maori business eduction company Aotahi, and is supported by the Maori Innovation Fund.

Pakihi is focussed on getting Maori into business and growing that business — particularly in the regions.

“If you’ve got a great business idea that you want to test the market with, then this workshop will ensure that you got all boxes checked off before you invest a lot of time, putea (finance), and effort into this venture,” Gisborne workshop tutor Midge Te Kani said.

The workshop will answer questions such as can your business idea make you money and/or help others; what are you doing better than your competitors; how much is being in business going to cost you; where can you get more money or funding from; what are the things you can’t avoid when getting into business?

Pakihi teaches new skills and gives participants access to expertise and mentors to help guide their business strategy.

It is targeted at three different phases of business growth — Whakarautia - business startup; Te Uma - for new businesses up to 18 months old, where the workshops are focussed on improving profitability, marketing and networking; and Whanaua or growth - providing training to help businesses expand either in the number of employees, product or service offering, or locations.

All participants are required to take to the workshop is “a water bottle, your thinking cap and a positive entrepreneurial attitude”.

“If you know of others who may benefit from the workshop and would definitely attend, then get them to register,” said Ms Te Kani.

One-to-one mentoring after completion of this workshop is also available.

The workshop will only go ahead if there is a sufficient number of registrations.

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