Whānau Ora Tāmaki Makaurau collective, Te Pae Herenga o Tāmaki, in partnership with Whāriki have held a Business Network Breakfast in Auckland.

The main objective of the event was to strengthen connections and partnerships among Māori businesses and organisations.

Representatives from Te Pae Herenga partners, small to medium enterprises (SME’s) from Tāmaki Makaurau and Waikato, Iwi, and Māori non-government agencies were in attendance.

CEO of Whāriki, Trina Tamati, and Te Pae Herenga o Tāmaki Chair, Jacqui Harema, were the MC’s for the event.

The first speaker was CEO of Whānau Ora, John Tamihere, who spoke on the importance of co-leveraging the purchasing capacity to support Māori SME's.

“We have to practise our own tikanga. Business comes down to caring about one another.”

The event ended with a panel discussion with Te Pati Māori leaders Rawiri Waititi, Debbie Ngawera-Packer and Tāmaki candidate Takutai Tash Kemp.

The trio spoke on the importance of promoting the growth of Māori-owned enterprises that will empower whānau and foster economic self-determination.

“We deserve to be treated equally and be left to grow our own economy, do our own deals and be able to do our own trading.”

Whāriki is the largest Māori business network in Aotearoa and we look forward to more collaborative events with them in the future.