Published in: Kokiri Issue 12 - Hakihea - Kohitātea 2008
Michael Venner’s (Ngāpuhi) hospitality business is recommended in The Rough Guide to New Zealand international travellers’ guide.
His business Coopers Café was opened in 2006 in the far north settlement of Coopers Beach. With the support of his brother Gerard Venner (Ngāpuhi) business has been great.
“Coopers Café is contemporary dining in the far north, we provide great service, great kai and support local Māori businesses like Ariki Coffee, who are an award winning roaster,” says Michael.
“Coopers Market is right in front of our café where local businesses and farmers sell their fruit, vegetables, and plants. It’s great for the community and its good value,” he says.
Te Puni Kōkiri’s Business Facilitation Service has assisted Michael’s business with the purchase of his current premises, a due diligence report, planning advice and a range of mentoring services. “Te Puni Kōkiri has been instrumental in introducing me to Māori businesses,” says Michael.
“Carol (Te Puni Kōkiri Account Manager) has a great empathy and vision for all Māori businesses to succeed and she is a great supporter of what we are about,” he says.
Looking ahead Michael is interested in building a strong tourism profile by exploring tour operations like dune rider tours, gum field tours and more.
For more information about Coopers Café visit: www.cooperscafe.co.nz.