Wave 16 recipients Dion and Jade Hancy from Little Shop of Taonga have been extremely busy building the new premises for their business. They began operating as a predominantly online shop, allowing them to enter the market and remain sustainable during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the business has thrived, Dion and Jade wanted to challenge themselves and create opportunities for growth and saw the benefit of having a physical store where whānau and hapori can feel the wairua of the taonga while they are shopping. Their new store is now open in Kaiapoi, and during his recent visit our Commissioning Manager, Huata Arahanga felt very emotional to see the evolution of the space from a bland concrete and brick garage to a retail space that is filled with aroha, warmth and a range of beautiful taonga.
Watch the video below to learn more about Dion and Jade and visit their website or their new store if you’re interested in a spot of Christmas shopping!
This week we received an amazing video from Nadia Mason of Ataahua Hair, sharing the journey that her business has been on recently. With the support of Wave funding, Nadia uses her salon in Blenheim to provide a safe and professional service for whānau who need some extra tautoko – whether that’s kaumātua, those with special needs or health issues, or those who are simply uncomfortable in some social environments. Subsidies make her treatments affordable and Nadia is passionate about supporting whānau to build their confidence and participate in society.