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Whānau Business Stories

Unlocking Potential with Puna Pakihi Support

For the past eight years, Darcy Forrester has been at the helm of Big Red Training Solutions. Originally hailing from Rakiura Stewart Island, Darcy’s journey led him back to Te Waipounamu, where he now operates his business from Ōtautahi. Big Red Training Solutions draws upon Darcy’s extensive experience, during his time at the New Zealand…

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Skylark Cabin: a business dream coming true

After years of military service and working in the public sector, Garry Wilson (Ngāi Tahu) and his wife Liz embarked on their dream lifestyle in the beautiful Mackenzie District. Packing up their belongings from their home in Masterton, they made the bold move to relocate in Te Waipounamu and purchased a block of land in…

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Ngāi Tahu Lawyer Empowered by Puna Pakihi

Kingi Snelgar, a Ngāi Tahu lawyer, Harvard graduate, and Fulbright scholar, attributes the beginning of his own practice to the transformative impact of the Ngāi Tahu Puna Pakihi whānau business support programme. Kingi Snelgar (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Whakatōhea and Ngāi Tahu) began his career at a prominent law firm in Auckland. In 2015, he…

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Ko wai koe? My name is Vicki Keast. I’m a wife, a mother, a grandmother and businesswoman. Sometimes I feel a bit whakamā about my connection to my heritage. I’m so determined to learn about who I am, and I just love the sound of the Māori language. Years ago, when I was younger I…

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Gre3n Superfood & Juice Bar

Hi I’m Julienne Petherbridge (Julz). My connection to Ngāi Tahu is through Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke at Rāpaki – I am from the Couch whānau. My mum, who is sadly no longer with us, was passionate about her whānau and sharing her connection to Ngāi Tahu. My partner, Carlos Moa and I, together are…

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Maui Studios

We are continuing to grow the kumara vine to promote our whānau businesses. Bouncing the dollar forward is our mission to encourage as many whānau to register their business on our directory.

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