Puna Pakihi

Puna Pakihi
Inspiring Ngāi Tahu in Business

We are here to support whānau on their pākihi journey. Wherever you are on that journey, we are likely to have a service to support you.

A snapshot of some of the services we can offer

  • Support in start-up and growth planning through business mentors
  • $5,000 grants (limited numbers each year)
  • Referrals to other organisations and specialist support services
  • Online Ngāi Tahu pākihi database listing
  • Access to promotion through Ngāi Tahu communications channels (with your permission)
  • Access to exclusive Ngāi Tahu pākihi facebook group for support

Do you need support with a new business idea?

Do you have a new idea?
Have you researched the following:

  • Registering the business, is there another business with your intended name?
  • Your target audience, who they are and where are they?
  • Who are your competitors, and how do you differ to their product
  • Have you defined your product offering
  • Will you need to develop any partnerships with suppliers/customers
  • What might your price point need to look like

Have you tried to complete this Lean Canvas?

If you have considered the above, are you now looking for support to develop a robust business plan and financial forecast?

Please complete this contact form to get in touch with our Puna Pakihi advisors.

Are you looking to apply for a Puna Pakihi grant?

We have 4 grants available, each valued at $5,000. These fall within the following categories:

  • Kickstart: New business or within first 12 months of trading
  • Stay-up 1: Over 12 months of trading, revenue under $60,000 and not GST-registered
  • Stay-up 2: Over 12 months of trading, revenue between $60,000 – $120,000 and GST registered
  • Growth:    Over 12 months of trading, revenue more than $120,000, GST registered and funding will support a step-change in growth for the business

Application Process

To be able apply for the grants you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Application Form (download and complete)
  • Robust Business / Growth Plan
  • Supporting market validation evidence
  • Previous 12 months cashflow (if already trading) AND 12 months forecasted cashflow
  • Proof of minimum 50% ownership by applicant or other registered whānau
  • Proof of GST registration (if relevant)
  • Proof of bank account
  • Photo ID

Completed applications process:

  • Applications will be accepted at anytime during the month.
  • Due to demand we will only be reviewing and processing applications the 1st week of each month
  • You will hear the result of your application during the 2nd week of each month and grants processed that week.

Please ensure your application is complete to avoid delays in receiving your grant.
NB. Whānau are only eligible for 1 grant payment each financial year, being year ending 30 June. 

Useful Templates (download)

Supporting Ngāi Tahu Businesses

We encourage you to #supportTahu by spending with other Ngāi Tahu owned businesses where possible.

To facilitate this, we have an online directory – Te Aka Haumi o Tahu.

If you would like to support a Ngāi Tahu owned business please consider shopping with a business listed on #supportTahu.

Become a Mentor

If you have a commercial business background and would like to support whānau on their business journey, please contact the Puna Pakihi team to sign up to become a mentor. Please include a 1-page biography of your background.

We are particularly interested in mentors with the following specialists skillsets:

  • Financial acumen
  • Digital & online marketing
  • Tech industry background
  • Health & Wellbeing sector experience

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