Tuesday, 29th June, 2021

Finalists announced for KUMA Māori Business Awards

Māori enterprises from Otago, Southland and the Queenstown Lakes have been announced as finalists in this year’s anticipated awards for Southern Māori businesses.

The Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA) Māori Business Awards evening, which celebrates resilience, collaboration and business success for Māori businesses in Otago, Southland and the Queenstown Lakes, takes place in Invercargill this Friday, July 2.
Businesses that identify as Māori are eligible to enter the awards. Finalists selected by an independent panel of business and iwi representatives are:
Collaboration & Innovation (sponsored by Otago Southland Employers’ Association):
Res.Awesome (Ōtepoti Dunedin); Check In Ltd (Tāhuna Queenstown); Inspiring Design (Waitati, Ōtepoti Dunedin); Farm 4 Life (Murihiku Southland).
Employment & Growth (sponsored by Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter):
Quality Home Services Ltd (Tāhuna Queenstown); Cross Group (Waihōpai Invercargill); Niche Design & Construction (Hāwea); Blue Kanu (Tāhuna Queenstown).
Resilience & Wellbeing (sponsored by Great South):
Engage Safety (Tāhuna Queenstown); Ngā Kete Matauranga Pounamu (Waihōpai Invercargill); Let’s Go Fitness & Otepoti Boxing Club (Ōtepoti Dunedin); Whānau Consultancy Services (Waihōpai Invercargill).
Emerging Enterprise (includes Rangatahi) (sponsored by Poutama Trust):
Just Like You Aotearoa (Dipton); Aroā Whakarongo (Gore); Reigning Downs Hauora Centre (Waihōpai Invercargill).
The People’s Choice Award (sponsored by the Otago Regional Business Partner Network), where the public can vote for finalists this week, can be accessed via this link.
One of finalists will be judged the supreme winner with the Suzanne Spencer Tohu Maumahara Business Award. Several members of Suzanne Spencer’s whānau are attending the event, which is “a very special honour”, KUMA board chair Claire Porima says.
“Suzanne was a passionate advocate for Māori enterprise and growth, so we feel fortunate to have her whānau allow us to celebrate her legacy in this way.”
Judge Karen Roos (Te Puni Kōkiri) says the independent judging panel was immensely impressed by the calibre of entrants.
“It’s inspirational to see clear themes of resilience, determination, hard work and innovation all leading to success for these businesses. The applicants’ demonstration of how they incorporate Māori values into their work really stood out to the judges,” she says.
Southland Māori farming identity Tangaroa Walker is the guest speaker.  Attending as special guests are kaumatua and KUMA patron Tā Tipene and Lady Sandra O’Regan, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu CEO Arihia Bennett, Members of Parliament, civic leaders and members of the business community.
For more information, please contact
KUMA Board co-Chair Claire Porima:
E: claire@kuma.co.nz
P: 027 455 4575
About the KUMA 2021 Māori Business Awards’ judges
Jeffrey Broughton
Jeffrey Broughton (Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki) is an experienced management consultant and business adviser at Findex. He is passionate about helping Māori business owners improve their performance and grow their business. 
Jeffrey is a chartered accountant and chartered member of the Institute of Directors with considerable experience in areas including strategy development, leadership and culture, innovation, advisory boards, organisational review and governance.
Aimee Kaio 
Aimee Kaio (Kāi Tahu, Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi) is the Rūnanga Engagement Manager in the Regional Investment Fund team of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Aimee is a strong advocate for iwi-led regional economic development and is passionate about the growth of Māori SMEs. 
Aimee is a part-owner of small businesses, an experienced board director and a habitual student (always learning). Aimee’s specialist skills and experience are in strategy development, ecosystem mapping, ideation, innovation and leadership.
Karen Roos
Karen Roos (Ngā Puhi) is a Māori Enterprise Advisor for Te Puni Kōkiri with 10 years’ experience supporting Māori SME owners. Karen is an advocate of increasing capability development so owners can reach their full potential – ultimately enhancing future business growth and supporting thriving whānau. 
About KUMA
Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA) is the Māori business network for the Otago/Southland region. Established in 2005, its core purpose is to bring Māori business people together and enhance their individual success through collective support. Board members (voluntary roles), based throughout the region, are: in Ōtepoti Dunedin: Claire Porima and Janine Kapa (co-Chairs), Karen Roos, Joyce Lepper, Amber Bridgman, Katrina Bryant; in Waihōpai: Janice Lee; in Wānaka: Celia Crosbie; in Tāhuna Queenstown: Maria Rapata and Karmela Rapata; in Murihiku: RaNae Niven.

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