Maori Business Panel – Bringing your business idea to life – March 21
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5 PM – 7:30 PM
  • De Stylez Studio Cafe

    54 Collingwood Street, Hamilton, New Zealand 3204
  •  via Eventbrite

You have a business idea but don’t know what to do with it….

Come along and hear what other Maaori entrepreneurs have done with their ideas and how they’ve turned passion into business. This event is focused on Product Development.

What is it about?
– How to create a new product
– Understanding manufacturing and supply chain
– What to do before you start
– How you can get help to develop your idea or business
– Common business mistakes when starting out

This event for people to get together, have a relaxed evening of networking and connecting with other local business owners over drinks and nibbles.

Who is this event for?
– People with an idea
– Start-up businesses
– People interested in Maaori business stories
– People interested in how others have turned ideas into reality

Hear from Local Businesses

De Stylez Studio Cafe:
After years of suppressing their passions, Jack and Edwina De Thierry have broken through every
obstacle and started a business that connects the three things they love the most – people,
music and kai.

Destylez Studio Café opened in 2017. It is a mult functional, multi purpose facility that doubles as a Recording Studio, and also a fully licenced Cafe for meals and events. Destylez can be used for karaoke, having live bands, recording music, holding work events and exhibitions.

Edwina’s from Ngati Rangi and Jack is from Waikato Tainui.

Kai Tahi:
Leonie Matoe (Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi; Ngaa Ruahine) is the Business Development Manager for Kaitahi – The Native Superfood Company based in Waverley, South Taranaki. Leonie has an executive management background in public health nutrition and in 2016 took up a new role to lead the development and implementation of a diversification strategy on behalf of her iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi and subsidiary company Kii Tahi Ltd.

In May 2018, the company launched a new food and beverage brand along with their first product range of Kaitahi Frozen Superfood Smoothy Drops. Their frozen smoothy blends include traditional ingredients such as pūhā, kūmara and kawakawa, they took out the overall champion of innovation at the Fine Food NZ Innovation Awards in June last year. Leonie will share the Kaitahi product development journey and provide valuable insights on turning shared aspirations into a market reality.

Want to know more?
Contact Mata Turner
[email protected]

Maori Business Panel Events are run every 3months by hosts Waikato Tainui and Te Waka (Waikato Economic Development Agency). The aim of these events is to increase business capability by hearing real life business learnings and expertise. These are also great opportunities to network with like minded Maori businesses, budding entrepreneurs and support entities.

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