Maori Economic Development Fund to Boost Booming Businesses

Three promising local Maori businesses have been selected as recipients of the Maori Economic Development Fund 2021/22.

The Contestable Grants Fund was established in 2013 by Kāpiti Coast District Council and Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti to help whānau, hapū, iwi and mātāwaka in Kāpiti develop their business or social enterprise.

This year, there were seven applicants, three of whom met the criteria and received funding.

Jury organizer Russell Spratt (Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai) says the companies that will receive funding in this round have demonstrated strong alignment with the Maori Economic Development Strategy and the Fund’s criteria.

“The focus is on health, wellness and education among this year’s recipients, which perhaps reflects the times we live in and our community’s interest in exploring different ways of stay healthy,” Spratt said.

“Successful applicants will offer a range of products or experiences incorporating te ao Māori approaches and solutions.

“Grants will support those just starting out and those well on their way to taking another step forward.”

Spratt says a vibrant Maori economy benefits everyone.

“The economic well-being of Maori creates opportunities for all Maori. It connects tangata whenua to the district and contributes to the wider community. We look forward to seeing these organizations prosper and add more depth to the local economy.

The 2021/22 recipients are:

hapai well-being

A holistic hauora collective based in Ōtaki offering health and wellness services including yoga classes, workshops/wānanga and wellness retreats drawing inspiration from Mātauranga Māori and blending science and holistic practices from others indigenous cultures.

Te Rongoa Rerehua

Guiding and protecting the rongoā Māori mauri is a core value of Te Rongoā Rerehua, a kaupapa-inspired heritage by a local practitioner with a vision to develop a range of locally sourced rongoā Maori products, to align with traditional practices. local Maori traditional healing techniques.

Hori Gallery Ltd – Te Whare Toi o Hori

The destination art studio, gallery, cafe and community space at Ōtaki Beach. The funding will be used to support the construction of Te Hāhi, an art residency and workspace for guest artists in residence who will support workshops and wānanga.

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