PĀNUI: November 2020

On behalf of the Trustees of Māori Women’s Development Inc and our whānau, it is with great sadness that we dedicate this pānui to our dear friend and Māreikura, Kataraina (Kaa) Te Urumahue O’Brien who passed away in early October 2020. 
Kataraina Te Urumahue O’Brien ONZM (nee Huina)
11 July 1939 – 7 October 2020
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Maniapoto

On behalf of the Trustees of Māori Women’s Development Inc and our whānau it is with great sadness that we dedicate this pānui to our dear friend and Māreikura Kataraina (Kaa) Te Urumahue O’Brien who passed away peacefully on the 7 October 2020 in Whakatane surrounded by her whānau.

Kataraina served as a Māori Women’s Development Inc Trustee from 2011 and was chairwoman from 2016-2017. She held every position within Te Roopu Wahine Maori Toko i Te Ora (Maori Women's Welfare League) regionally and nationally and was elected National President from 2011 –2014.

Kataraina had a fervent passion for education which saw her teach at various schools throughout Aotearoa and Hato Petera in Auckland. She was a researcher at Poutama Pounamu Education and Research Centre in Tauranga and during this time was part of the initial introduction of the Kotahitanga Project produced collaboratively with Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.

Kataraina was a dedicated kaumatua supporter for Te Kōti Māori, a Trustee for Te Tuinga Whānau and a wāhine representative on Tekau mā Rua and in recognition for some of her life’s work was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her dedication and services to Māori in 2014.

Her faithful service and dedication to Te Hāhi Katorika, Te Ao Māori, Te Ao Matauranga, and Te Ao Pakihi was truly inspiring to all that knew her and she will be remembered always.

‘Kua hinga te totara o te wao nui ā Tane’
Te hunga mate, ki te hunga mate. Tātou te hunga ora, tēnā koe, tēnā tātou!

October has been another busy month and as 2020 starts drawing to an end we can all agree that this year has been extraordinary and disruptive for a vast number of people, and for those stoic entrepreneurs who managed to keep their businesses afloat throughout the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, I am sure this was no easy feat, therefore, supporting local Māori business is important to ensuring a healthy Māori economy.

Unfortunately for the rest of the world, they are still experiencing the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on their lives and communities.

For business owners starting to prepare for the ‘silly’ season or on the contrary, winding down, it is important to take time to reflect and focus on a little self-care. In this edition I would like to share a bit about what we have been doing, a couple of tips and insights particularly around self-care, building an online business platform, and e-commerce in general.
I had the privilege of attending the Te Tai Tokerau Summit 2020 in Whangarei. It was great to hear a range of speakers comment on the health of our economy, redesigning the Māori economy using Mātauranga Māori and how it relates to the potential of indigenous trade for whānau enterprise and their economies, the potential of e-commerce and revolutionising the future of whānau led enterprises and community-led response on whānau wellbeing.
A Māori Economic Growth strategy, ‘He Tangata, He Whenua, He Oranga’ was developed by Te Tai Tokerau Iwi Chief Executive Consortium. 'He Tangata, He Whenua, He Oranga' seeks to apply a regional framework to grow the Tai Tokerau Māori economy, strengthen local level strategic alignment plans and activities, and draw relevant connections to other economic growth plans and activities at a national level. To download ‘He Tangata, He Whenua, He Oranga’ or the Taitokerau Northland Economic Action Plan’ visit

Over the past 11 weeks, I have been learning with Te Wharehukahuka and engaged in their incredible and intensive e-commerce programme ‘Ka Hao’.  This is a 12 week programme with a solid business framework aimed at people wanting to start a new business using Shopify. It is important to start learning about e-commerce and the place that it now has in the growth of our economy.
People will continue to shop in-store in the traditional brick-and-mortar setup, which can be the key to success for their product or service, although it goes without saying that they will soon be restricted by location and possibly a lack of capital should the desire to expand nationally or internationally arise whereas E-commerce stores tend to carry lower costs for sales on advertising, staffing, commercial rents, etc.
Some benefits to having an e-commerce store and they can be;
  • Your business moves with you whether it be at home or on a beach.
  • Easily scale and grow your business to suit you
  • Passive earnings – your shop is open 24hours a day!
A great keynote speaker Phillipa O Wirangi, a wellness and freedom coach spoke on finding and understanding your soul and true authentic self. Some of the key takeaways from ‘Ka Hao’ for the last fortnight were;
  • allowing yourself to “just be
  • expressing yourself and being your most authentic self
  • journaling and looking at an optimised daily experience in your life and business
  • remembering to pay it forward to a cause that is close to your heart and business.
Ensuring that we do these little exercises throughout our day or week can allow for the space to declutter and reenergize for the business week ahead.
There is an abundance of resources and organisations out there ready and willing to help you continue on your business journey. For more information on how we can help you visit our website
MWDI is dedicated to supporting you and your business through our service suite. The MWDI Business Loans service is open and we are currently accepting applications. This can be a daunting process for some although with the right support from our MWDI HineBoss wānanga and our incredible network of MWDI Te Aka specialists we can help you and as we learn from our experiences and look to the future we want to encourage and support our rangatahi through our fun and interactive programmes designed specifically for them.
If you are interested in any of our programmes we would encourage you to contact us to discuss your needs or visit our website
We wish you every success on your business journey and look forward to supporting you.

He Waka Eke Noa, Noho ora mai,

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

For all new MWDI Business Loan Applications and enquiries, please contact us by email or phone 04 499 6504 to kōrero with our team. Head to our website to view our Loan Application documents (PDF’s).
The next Loan round will be 8 February 2021.

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!
  • 27 to 29 November 2020 – Tauranga
  • 11 to 13 December 2020 – Whakatane
*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 3 November 2020 - GST Obligations & Provisional Tax - "Through and beyond the Rahui" with Rata Kamau
  • Tuesday 10 November 2020 - Marketing Magic - Your website the front door to your business  with Naadia Jackson-Amiga
  • Tuesday 17 November 2020 - Taking a Breath - Part 1 with Tania Rupapera
  • Tuesday 24 November - Maori Women's' Development Incorporated
  • Tuesday 1 December 2020 - People and Performance and how the two Interrelate with Sacha MacDonald
  • Tuesday 8 December 2020 - Styling, seamless & simple with Tania Rupapera
  • Tuesday 15 December 2020 - Expanding Opportunities with Tuhi Stationery

Nau mai, haere mai, ki a Ngarangi!

Ngarangi is joining us to be a part of our MWDI Te Aka network. Ngarangi is a chartered accountant of 25 years including a year at the London School of Economics.

These qualifications are backed by many years’ experience in large corporations and small to medium-sized businesses. This experience covers manufacturing, fisheries, infrastructure, and regulated industries.
Ngarangi’s strengths are in Accounting & Finance, Project Management, Strategy, Regulatory Compliance, Electricity Pricing, Process development & implementation, Adult education & training. When Ngarangi is not working, she loves to relax by spending time with whānau and friends.

MWDI can provide Māori businesses with access to a range of qualified, experienced, and Māori industry experts, specialists, and advisors.

To see if you qualify please contact or by phoning 04 499 6504.
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.

Mihi nui to our whānau in Otorahanga where we delivered MWDI Te Kora on 22 October 2020 to Otorohanga college.
Please see contact details below to if you are interested in this programme.

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

A Business Wānanga with a difference!

  • Tauranga: 27 - 29 November 2020
  • Whakatāne: 11 - 13 December 2020

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



Tuesday 3 November 2020
GST Obligations & Provisional Tax - "Through and beyond the Rahui" with Rata Kamau

Tuesday 10 November 2020
Marketing Magic - Your website the front door to your business with Naadia Jackson-Amiga

Tuesday 17 November 2020
Taking a Breath - Part 1 with Tania Rupapera

Tuesday 24 November 2020
Maori Women's' Development Incorporated

Tuesday 1 December 2020
People and Performance and how the two Interrelate with Sacha MacDonald

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

Tuesday 15 November 2020
Expanding Opportunities with Tuhi Stationery

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