EDITION: HAKIHEA [December] 2020
E aku iti, e aku rahi, i aku whakatamarahi ki te rangi, tīhei mauri ora!
We recently attended the Taitokerau Whānau Economies Summit and the Tāmaki Makaurau Taki Hui Economic Summit. It was great to meet so many of you face to face and to hear about your journey post-Covid-19. Both events reaffirmed that the Māori economy is still thriving, that many have managed to survive, pivot, and adapt accordingly.  

If you weren't aware, I and two staff members Tristanne Dunlop and Arahina Ormsby-Matehe participated in the Ka Hao i Te Ao Programme owned and operated by Te Wharehukahuka. Over a period of 12 weeks, we completed modules that accelerated our learning of E-Commerce. We heard from indigenous experts both in New Zealand and Internationally who shared their stories and short-cuts that gave us the confidence to build our own stores. We ended with a 3-day wananga and graduation where we celebrated as a whānau. If you currently have an online store or considering it, this programme is definitely for you.

My recommendation is to give Te Whare Hukahuka a call and discuss where you are currently at? We had a range of businesses from different industries and at varying levels of ECommerce knowledge. There wouldn't be a single participant who wasn't transformed as a result of doing the programme. I would therefore like to congratulate Te Wharehukahuka, particularly, Travis O'Keefe and his amazing team.

Christmas is already upon us - where did the time go.

Now is the time to celebrate with friends and whānau as we give thanks, acknowledge, and reflect on 2020 in order to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves for the start of 2021.

Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou katoa, ka kite anō ā te huringa o te tau hou!

"He Waka Eke Noa, Noho Ora Mai"

Nā Teresa Tepania-Ashton-Ashton
CEO Māori Women's Development Inc

Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts DNZM, CBE, JP
Caption: Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts DNZM, CBE, JP receiving her insignia of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit from the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.
It is a great honour to acknowledge and further recognise our Trustee Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts DNZM, CBE, JP who was given the honour of Dame Companion of the New Zealand of Merit in the 2020 Queens Birthday honours for services to Māori and the community. Dame Aroha was presented with the insignia on 28 October 2020 at Government House, Wellington.

Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts has been a member of Māori Women’s Welfare League since 1968, serving a term as National and International President from 1990 to 1993, and is a Life Member of the Ōtautahi Branch. Since 1993 Dame Aroha has been a Trustee, Director and Chairperson of Māori Women’s Development Inc, Trustee of Partnership Health Canterbury and the Southern Regional Health Authority Board of Directors and has been the Rūnanga Representative of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representing Ngāi Tuahuriri and Chairperson of Matapopore Charitable Trust, culturally advising and guiding developers in the re-build of Ōtautahi.

Dame Aroha was Chairperson of Poutama Training Centre Trust and a Board member of the Ngai Tahu Development Corporation. She was Chairperson of Ngā Maia Māori Midwives Trust and a member of the Management Committees for both Rakaia Māori Land Inc and Mawhera Māori Land Inc. Dame Aroha was Supervisor of the Whānau Toko i te Ora Parenting Programme, a member of Te Ropu Whakaruruhau Breast Feeding Authority and Te Ropu Kawa Whakaruruhau at ARA. Dame Aroha was a member of the Whānau Reference Group for the Families Commission, Quest Rapuara, Māori Education Trust, Kohanga Reo National Trust, and Enterprise Waitaha.

She was the Kaumātua and cultural advisor for the Queen Mary Hospital Group until its closure. Dame Aroha is currently a Trustee of Te Puawaitanga Maori Health Provider and Kaumatua of Waimakariri District Council.
E te mareikura, kua rangatira mātou i a koe! 
Claire Varley has been a client of MWDI since 2017. Here she is seated with her tāne, Jake Mokomoko, Director of Hāngi Pants. 

Hāngi Pants was selected to open the Show me Shorts Festival, which is New Zealand's leading international short film festival.

As first-time filmmakers, they were unable to secure funding but that didn't stop them from forging ahead with their vision to produce a comedy based on the tangi (funeral) of Uncle Tawera and the succession of his ex-wives who show up and seek to out-do each other.  

Hāngi Pants had its world premiere on Friday, October 2, at the Show Me Shorts Festival opening night and had raving reviews! 

We are proud of you, Claire! Ka mau te wehi! 

Top right - Ka Hao:
Teresa, Tristanne and Arahina graduating from their e-commerce training which was operated by Te Whare Hukahuka over a 12 week period.

Other Photos:
Teresa and Tristanne at the Tāmaki Makaurau Taki Hua Economic Summit 2020.
MWDI Business Loans

For all new MWDI Business Loan Applications and enquiries, please contact us by email or call (04) 499 6504 to kōrero with our team. Otherwise, head to our website to view our Loan Application documents.

Loan applications to be received no later than Monday 25 January 2020 and applications approved on 18th February 2020.

As always we are always keen to receive loan applications, however, our Board of Trustees only approves loans when they meet.

MWDI HineBoss

MWDI HineBoss™ is a 3-day wānanga designed to support your pathway towards a successful business and provide you with knowledge to confidently carry out the operation and growth of your business.
At the end of this wānanga you will have gained new business skills, a completed business plan, and gained a new network of like-minded wahine entrepreneurs.
To ensure that we’re reaching our wāhine far and wide we’re moving this wānanga online. Watch this space!
A Business Wānanga with a difference!
  • 11 to 13 December 2020 – Tāmaki Makaurau [Auckland]
*To be eligible for MWDI HineBoss a participant must meet the eligibility criteria. For more information contact
MWDI Nga Kete o Te Wānanga

MWDI is excited to welcome back the MWDI Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga Series 2. For more information and to register, please visit our website or our Facebook Page.
  • Tuesday 8 December 2020 - Styling, seamless & simple with Tania Rupapera
  • Tuesday 15 December 2020 - Expanding Opportunities with Tuhi Stationery
Register below:
Styling, seamless & simple with Tania Rupapera
Expanding Opportunities with Tuhi Stationery
MWDI Te Wero Pakihi

Te Wero Pakihi is the next step up from MWDI Te Kora. This accelerated and advanced entrepreneurship development programme is specifically for rangatahi who’ve already had a business learning experience.
We don’t just give them great ideas in MWDI Te Kora and then hope for the best – we offer this next level, supported climb toward potential to keep them enthused, challenged, and inspired!
Over 5 intensive days, we’ll take everything to the next level:
  • To help rangatahi make business a reality
  • To encourage and create a pathway for rangatahi to study business at university
  • To continue to develop financial competency
Te Wero Pakihi runs for five days in Auckland at a local marae and various locations across the city. All accommodation, meals and transport are provided.
For more information visit or contact
MWDI Te Kora
Ignite your inner entrepreneur with MWDI!
MWDI Te Kora is now available online and we are releasing video resources pulled using the key elements of our kanohi-ki-te-kanohi wānanga. The videos are entertaining, engaging and provide the opportunity to win awesome prizes and engage in 1 on 1 sessions with an experienced business mentor to kick start your journey in Te Ao Pakihi.
MWDI Te Kora is an interactive and practical learning program where rangatahi are able to explore their inner entrepreneur and identify what it takes to bring an idea to life.
During the wānanga, rangatahi learn techniques, jargon, and essential tools for Te Ao Pakihi. MWDI Te Kora helps draw on personal attributes and being Māori which gives rangatahi the confidence and advantage. This wānanga is also an introduction to the business model canvas.
Rangatahi don't need to have studied business or have any prior business knowledge to attend the wānanga.

Keep an eye out in 2021 for dates and for more information to MWDI Te Kora!

Arahina Ormsby-Matehe 
021 897 698 |
MWDI Hei Ō Ranga

Māori Women’s Development Inc is pleased to announce the completed design and development of an entrepreneurial business programme MWDI Hei Ō Ranga for Kura Kaupapa Māori. The first of its kind in Aotearoa.
This programme has been designed based on Te Ao Pakihi me ōna tikanga Māori and the framework principals of Te Aho Matua with the guidance and input from Kura Kaupapa Māori and the wider community.
MWDI Hei Ō Ranga is an inspiring and innovative full emersion 3-day business programme delivered by rangatahi facilitators who have been trained and mentored by Māori Women’s Development Inc. This programme is aimed at wharekura and rangatahi between the ages of 13-18 years old.
For more information on registering your kura for MWDI Hei Ō Ranga please contact

Tāmaki Makaurau:
11 - 13 December 2020

*To be eligible for MWDI HineBoss, participants must meet the eligibility criteria.


Tuesday 8 December 2020
Styling, seamless & simple with Tania Rupapera

Tuesday 15 November 2020
Expanding Opportunities with Tuhi Stationery
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Call [04] 499 6504
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