Marewa Hoeta (sole trader) trading as Pounamu Portraits has established a photography business that captures Māori Portraits for whānau. The beautiful outcome from this initiative is that Pounamu Portraits connects whānau with their whakapapa as well as enabling whānau to stand strong and be proud of their culture and who they are as individuals as well as whānau. Pounamu Portraits is wanting a provide an holistic service; providing a ‘one stop’ shop to whānau by establishing its own premises and expanding their reach into Māori communities by advertising in school newsletters, contacting small business organizations with special offers and creating mutually beneficial fundraisers with sporting, cultural and community groups and organisations.
The really exciting development for Marewa in this last quarter has been to purchase a studio (portaom) which is going to be delivered in early 2022.
Kai & Kutz is a small, family-owned business that works off three income streams -a barbershop, selling Pacific Island takeaway food, and selling Pacific Island merchandise. Mahu and Lydia Maireriki had a vision to continue providing and supporting whānau by providing a 24-week programme that:
This quarter has been all about helping their participants prepare to transition from being employed by Kai and Kutz to being employed with others. They currently have 4 individuals who transitioned to regular, part-time work. Two are with their mentoring organisation and two are with a different organisation but in a similar field. They have one additional participant who is seeking work with their support.