Te Awe Wellington Maori Business Network is a non-profit organisation and was established in 1996. It is the oldest Maori Business Network operating in New Zealand. We are registered with the Registrar of Companies as an Incorporated Society which is governed by a committee on a voluntary basis.
Te Awe has a strong membership base representing small to medium sized businesses through to large corporate companies. Non Maori business people can also take advantage of our Associate Membership option.
Te Awe’s purpose is to promote, assist and encourage Maori in business through regular networking Hui where Maori business owners meet and share their business successes and challenges.
We have been delighted to have as our guest speakers, leading Maori Buisness people and personalities including James Johnston (Rainey Collins Lawyers), Dr Farah Palmer (Massey University), Doug Hauraki (Maori Education Trust), Hon John Tamihere (former Member for Tamaki Makaurau), Ralph Norris (formerly Air New Zealand and Commonwealth Bank of Australia), Rob McLeod (New Zealand Business Round Table), Rick Bettle (New Zealand Institute of Directors), Michael Campbell (US Open Champion), Liz Kelly (Porirua City Councellor and Business Woman) and Ata Te Kanawa (Editor of Tu Mai Magazine).
The current management committeemembers are;
Dr Kathie Irwin (Ngati Porou, Rakaipaaka, Ngati Kahungunu)
Kathie was elected Chairperson of Te Awe in June 2013. She is the the CEO and Founder of Hope Brokers Inc, a consultancy specialising in Public Policy; Tertiary Education; and Research and Development.
Kathie has held a range of governance positions over the last 25 years. These include: Wellington College of Education Council; Women’s Advisory Committee on Education; NZARE Council; New Zealand Council of Educational Research (Deputy Chair); Ako Aotearoa: The National Centre of Tertiary Teaching Excellence; Te Runanga o Ngati Kahungunu ki te Whanganui a Tara (Deputy Chair) and Te Awe. As well as re-joining the Te Awe Board, Kathie currently serves on the Tai Rawhiti Whanau Ora Regional Leadership Group, the Turakina Maori Girls School Board of Proprietors, Kahungunu Social Services and Lawspot.
Kathie is a doting mother to her daughter and son, loves to swim and walk, and dreams of being a professional singer when she grows up! Singing the lead roles of Maria in West Side Story and the Sound of Music are on her bucket list!
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Paul is our Events Coordinator and ideally suited to the task having hosted numerous events, functions and conferences as Director of Manaaki Management.
Paul Retimanu entered the industry as a bartender and by the age of 24 was already managing 40 staff as the catering manager of a large, five-star hotel. "That's the great thing about hospitality," he say, "you can move up the chain quickly and still be quite young, as long as you show your initiative and are prepared to work hard."
These days, in between juggling the demands of seven children, Paul and his wife Keri own and run Manaaki Management which provides full event and venue management of Te Raukura - te Wharewaka o Poneke including Karaka Café, Pipitea Marae and The Lodge at Shelly Bay. Manaaki (meaning – “to look after”) is a full venue management operation,providing services for all your venue needs including facility management,venue bookings, function and event planning, theming, food and beverage requirements.
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Careene Andrews (Ngāti Kahungunu / Ngāti Raukawa / Whakatohea)
Careene was elected as Treasurer at our December 2012 AGM. Careene is a Senior Consultant (and Director in Mara Andrews’ absence while working in our Canada office) at Kāhui Tautoko Consulting Ltd. The name “Kāhui Tautoko” was given to the company by Mate Kaiwai, a prominent Ngati Porou kuia (elder). The name was given to mean “a group sent out to uplift others”. Literally “Kāhui” means a group, and “Tautoko” means support, strengthen, guide and uplift. From this name the company developed its purpose of “supporting organisations to do great things in their Communities”.
Careene has a background in business management having worked and then managed the Wellington and Christchurch offices of Flight Centre Corporate for 20 years. Careene has a background with quality management systems and is a Qualified Health auditor. Careene has been heavily involved with the Whānau Ora initiative launched in 2010 and has worked with many of the Whānau Ora collectives and Government agencies.
Careene and her husband have six children and one moko who reside in Lower Hutt.
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Mark Whitecliffe (Te Arawa)
Mark has been a member of Te Awe for over 10 years and is the Director of MSO Design and is suited to looking after the Te Awe Marketing and Website updates. You will usually see Mark snapping all the photos that go up on the Te Awe Website after each hui.
Mark started as the tea lady at MSO in 1982 and ended up as everyone's boss. This was back in the days of paste up and drawing boards. As we know – this has all been replaced by computers, screens, digital information, gigs, megs, iPhones, iPads and Cloud Computing. The MSO team is made up of seven people with fantastic talents and skills. The team work in the branding, graphic design and web development arena with a loyal client base that in some cases are more than 20 years old.
When he's not managing the staff of MSO, Mark is either jamming on his guitar or out fishing for Trout. He will travel near and far looking for that next big catch, usually dragging his partner and dog Hendrix along for the ride.
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Wayne was elected into the membership committee in June 2013 to grow Te Awe Sponsorship and Memberships. He has spent the greater part of his working years in the corporate world building a business success story that is second to none! His working life started on the factory floor, literally, as a cleaner in the Dunlop tyre factory. From this humble start Wayne systematically climbed his way through the company holding down jobs as a tyre fitter, General Manager (Sales and Marketing), NZ Manager South Pacific Tyres and finally, Vice President Sales Australasia for Good Year Dunlop. His job was to manage all of the Beaurepairs, Goodyear and Dunlop exports to 30 countries from his office base in Melbourne. Remember the Vince Martin advertisement – this was one of Wayne’s campaigns!
Wayne is a family man; father of two and grandfather of two since 2008, has turned his business acumen to the running of two major whanau owned businesses. One in residential sales (housing) and one in Audio Visual services (AV Media NZ Limited).
Wayne has joined the Te Awe Board because he wants to give something back to the Maori world that he is a part of. In Te Awe he has found a vehicle to do just that. The Te Awe Board is very lucky to have a man of Wayne’s calibre and experience who is willing to give some of his valuable time and experience to helping others through the Te Awebusiness network.
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Southern Maori Network - www.southernmaoribusiness.org.nz
Sydney Maori Business Network - www.maoribusinessnetwork.com
FOMA - www.foma.co.nz
Wellington Chamber of Commerce - www.wgtn-chamber.co.nz
Te Puni Kokiri - www.tpk.govt.nz
Federation of Maori Authority - www.foma.co.nz
Business NZ - www.businessnz.org.nz
NZ Trade and Enterprise - www.nzte.govt.nz