Wāhine Māori celebrated at businesswomen awards

Te Puni Kōkiri was a major sponsor at the recent Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) awards night in Tāmaki Makaurau, celebrating businesswomen and their pakihi.

Published: Friday, 5 August 2022 | Rāmere, 05 Hereturikōkā, 2022

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Enterprise Manager Zella Morrison says it was a great opportunity to network with industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

“Wāhine in business are gaining a reputation for producing high-quality and reputable products and services,” said Zella.

“As we know, wāhine Māori in business face many barriers to success, so it was a great event that showcased those thriving in their industries.”

Te Puni Kōkiri was proud to support a number of the finalists, with investment to build their business capability and capacity.  Read the full list of winners here.

Interim MWDI CEO Linda Clay said “this event is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of wāhine and showcase their businesses on the economic world stage.”

“We’re also very grateful to all our sponsors, co-host, Auckland Council and Te Puni Kōkiri for their tautoko.”

Te Puni Kōkiri has a four-year agreement with MWDI, to help fund training programmes and support services to wāhine Māori in business.

Photo caption: Nichola Te Kiri (left) of Nichola, winner of the Employment and Growth category receiving her award from Tania Pouwhare, Co-chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board. Nichola was supported through our Māori Business Growth and Cadetships. Photo credit: The Hood & Co.