E ngā reo, e ngā mana, e ngā karangatanga maha o ngā hau e whā, tēnei mātou, ko Ngā Taura Umanga e mihi māhaki ana ki a koutou katoa.
In mid July, six members of Ngā Taura Umanga attened the Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa Hui-ā-Tau, the National Māori Accountants Network Conference held in Hamilton. This hui whakahirahira created a platform that connected tauira Māori, alumni and business proffesionals together.
As a result of such a successive hui, Ngā Taura Umanga were commited to replicate this hui for all tauira Māori at Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. This lead to our event name, “Tātai Hono” which represents “the ties that connect us all”.
On the night of the event, two outstanding speakers presented at Tātai Hono. The first speaker was Rachel Petero, the Founder and CEO of GENVIVA and RP Enterprise Group, a Māori business women and entrepreneur. The second speaker was Ngahihi O Te Rā Bidois, a Māori leader and businessman who is also an International Speaker and has been described as a modern-day warrior.
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Here is what some of them had to say about the event:
“Tatai Hono was a truly motivating experience that allowed tauira Māori the opportunity to see and hear first-hand two remarkable success stories from other Māori… What I found most inspiring was how, although both speakers are “high up” in the Western business world, they still represent their Māoritanga with pride in all that they do… It would be awesome to see more of these events in the future… I believe that the more that Māori recognise the success of other Māori, the more Māori will realise that they too can be successful and thus strive to succeed.”—Treivaan Taiapa, a tauira Māori at Vic.
“The future of Aotearoa lies in our rangatahi. This is why I was so excited to take part in Tatai Hono as a speaker to share my huarahi and whakaaro… Dream BIG, believe in the value you bring to Aotearoa, you are the future, I believe in you.”—Rachel Te Rau E Wha Petero, one of the outstanding speakers.
On behalf of Ngā Taura Umanga, we would like to welcome all tāuira to our future events and encourage you all to get involved more with us as the benefits are exceedingly beneficial. We would also like to acknowledge those who helped in making our vision a reality, that is, our sponsors: The Māori Women’s Development Incorporation; ANZ; Victoria University of Wellington—Victoria Business School, Toihuarewa, and Te Pūtahi Atawhai; PwC; and KPMG.
Furthermore, we would like to give a special mentioned to: Matua Bill Nathan (Kaikarakia of Tātai Hono), Teresa Tepania-Ashton (CEO of The Māori Women’s Development Inc., who stood to speak before introducing the first speaker), Rachel Petero (First Speaker), Ngahihi o te Ra Bidois (Second Speaker), Elijah Pue (MC of Tātai Hono), Ngāi Tauira Kapahaka Roopū, and to all the tauira who attended Tātai Hono.
Noho ora mai whānau!