Maggie George and Simon Moir have been working incredibly hard to renovate this wee building in Rakiura as they prepare for their business, The Snuggery, to open at the beginning of next year. Part of the Rakiura Initiative, The Snuggery is a café and community hub in Rakiura designed for people to have a space to come together in. Because of their location and additional complications with COVID-19, they’ve experienced various delays including their builder getting stuck on island during lock-down! It’s great to see the progress that they’ve made over the past six months, and I’m looking forward to seeing them finish their renovations and open up in January.
Savage Noble Arts and Coffee is a new business venture that will be opening up in ōtautahi. The business is run by Hohepa Bowen (Kāi Tahu) and his partner Tonya Marriott (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Maniapoto, Cook Island Māori) who are passionate about Hauora.
The moemoeā of Savage Noble Arts and Coffee aligns with all our values of wellbeing for whānau.
Whanau have the opportunity to experience plant based kai and effectively change to a healthy diet if they wish. At the same time the business promotes established and emerging Māori and Pasifika artists and the opportunity for whanau to gather and connect with each other.
This week I was so delighted to get this message from Hohepa:
“We can finally let you know that we are open for business in Papanui with a small offering of our vision and what Hauora looks like for us. We are so proud to have come through all of our challenges that we have faced and excited for our whãnau and to have the chance to extend this to our people. We quietly slid the doors open last week and it has worked. Our people are coming through the doors.. Auē! Our hearts are full and our growth has been huge…its all coming to fruition. Please come in for a cuppa and make yourself at home and sit at our table. Great things have been shared at this table. It was a koha from Te Puna Oranga and means so much to us. This was the table that I first served our people kai on and will continue forever… This is how Tãtou was born. From having others believe in you and the gifts that we all carry to share.”
Today we saw the new COVID protection framework implemented across the country which has been timely with the confirmed cases in Te Tau Ihu yesterday. Our kaimahi have been busy across Te Waipounamu ensuring that we’re prepared and ready to operate safely with in the ‘Orange’ setting, as we aim to best protect whānau, our kaimahi, and other businesses we work closely with. If you are coming into our office spaces please continue with our Workplace Best Practice steps of social distancing, scanning in, hand santising, signing in and keeping good hygiene practices while on-site.