The founders of three creative companies (VAKA, Psychoactive Studios and Soldiers Rd Portraits) are sharing their baskets of knowledge, so their kaimahi and businesses can thrive.
Opening new doors for Māori storytellers
"It was a risk that's already paying off. I think we've found a gem in Te Haunui" - James Rua (Ngāti Whātua/Ngai Tahu), co-founder of The Hood & Co.
Kaimahi provided tools to grow Māori leadership
“They all have a natural instinct for leadership. There is definitely room to grow within the company, and we want to help tautoko their development.” - Sophia Olo-Whaanga, Social Responsibility Manager for Dempsey Wood.
Building lives through Māori Cadetships
Jarrod Tua didn’t waste time when his business had to down tools during COVID-19. He swapped his hammer for a computer and applied for cadets funding.
“To empower young Māori people to stand tall in both worlds, Māori and Pākehā” - Te Ao Marama Roberts (Tainui).
Growing Māori leaders in the ICT sector
“I have gained so many skills and new experiences” - Damon Khan (Te Arawa).
Cadets champion hāngi as New Zealand's national food
"I never thought I’d make money out of putting down hāngi” - Tyler Gordon (Te Kawerau-a-Maki).
“It’s given me a goal to strive for in my career” - Kaycee Thompson (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi).
“This experience has changed my life because it’s shown me how to be a leader and given me full-on confidence” – Sam Ingley (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto).