Need help to get your home or business a bit more tech savvy? Just Ask Q, he'll sort you out!
Born and raised in Otara, South Auckland, Keu provides tech solution services for home and business. And with an extensive background in designing and running tech/electrical workshops for children, Keu does choice things like "make your own game controller" or "sneaker activated beat pads" with South Auckland communities.
Keu is also the coordinator of the Manurewa High School Makerspce, helping students explore and design using tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters.
On top of that, Keu is a diligent entrepreneur who has built his business - Ask Q - from scratch, and is just a top quality guy. We love Keu.
After growing up in a whanau of hairdressers and beauty therapists, Awhina knew early on the power of feeling beautiful and began practising as a makeup artist while she was a teenager.
In 2019 Awhina rebranded herself and her new vision as Rerehua Studios, a place to empower women. She offers makeup services and workshops, along with a modelling talent development agency. In high demand for weddings and glamour events, Awhina's true passion comes out in her work for screen productions such as film, TV and music videos.
2020 will also see the release of her organic, Maori, makeup brand - with a few products in development right now you will hear about it first right here!
NUKU is changing the narrative for and about indigenous women.
If you haven't come across the wahine powerhouse that is Qiane Matata-Sipu yet, then you are in for a treat!
Qiane is a skilled visual storyteller, staunch wahine Maori, manawhenua of Ihumatao, wife, Mama to a beautiful kotiro (girl), and co-founder of the SOUL campaign to save Ihumatao.
In this podcast we talk about NUKU100, Qiane's passion project to profile and celebrate 100 kickass indigenous women through multiple mediums - photography, podcasts, exhibitions and a book.
She's up to #23 or so now, and her journey so far is an interesting mix of responding to her tupuna (ancestors), finding funding for her cause, and learning to communicate in this new digital age.
We also talk a bit about her personal journey through the fight for reclamation of land at Ihumatao.
Get ready, Qiane will invigorate the sleepy parts inside of you.
The Journey of Pure Alofa is beautiful, built on friendship, love, loss, and a connection back to the Motherland of Samoa.
Malia and Joyce launched Pure Alofa in 2019 with a whopping 60 products on the market! Wanting and needing access to natural, affordable health, beauty and care products this duo decided to make them themselves, and that's how Pure Alofa was born.
Their journey in business is as pure as their brand, weaving social impact into their purpose, it goes way beyond a beauty brand.
Get the tissues out for this one because Malia has a huge heart and an inspiring journey.
Hillfarrance Venture Capital is an early-stage investor in Kiwi founders who are solving hard problems that matter. They believe the greatest challenges facing our world will be solved by audacious entrepreneurs. They're here to help their bold vision become a reality.
Rob dropped into the Ngahere Communities whare (house) while he was here from LA last week (Feb 2020) and is keen to know the lay of the land out here in Maunaku (South Auckland) so we jumped on the podcast gear and let ROob ask the questions he needed of Manawa.
Then Manawa asked for Rob's advice, from an investor to an entrepreneur. As someone that's seen over 6000 pitch decks and invested in 23 companies, he had some awesome stuff to say.
Enjoy this korero
Get ready for a good laugh, and heaps of inspiration.
Tuhi is a brand with 3 focuses - Tuhi Sationery, Tuhi Raukura (online training) and Tuhi Digital. Geneva and Mihi have huge dreams and in just 2 years have managed to build a strong, international, award winning brand. These two wahine toa aim to help us celebrate who we are, but also help us have access to matauranga (traditional knowledge).
So much depth in this korero, make a cuppa, you're going to love it.
"We cling on to our language, our children and all things in our culture." Ata Collier, founder of Piri Paua
Aimed at helping us connect to who we are as Maori and Pasifika people, Piri Paua develops products that encourage the use of our reo (languages) and was founded by Ata with the help of her husband, family and friends just 6 months ago. Ata is super resourceful, motivated and determined to make her ideas a reality, and her story of starting her business from absolute scratch is inspiring. She made use of all the resources available to her - friends who can draw, online digital services, funding through the MSD funded Generator programme, and our in house entrepreneur support crew Tukua.
Ata is a real star! Enjoy her story.
Season Two - Made of Manukau
In this season we explore some of South Auckland's emerging brands and the entrepreneurs behind them. We also take a look at e-commerce and how this trillion dollar industry might just be the way forward for our people.
The online gaming industry is BOOMING, and the opportunities it can provide to young Maori and Pasifika is actually crazy.
Ray founded GameTan in 2019 because he could see that gaming is the most powerful gateway that gets young people into tech careers, exploring all types of skillsets that cover everything from costume and music design, to building computers, computer networking, event management, marketing, broadcasting... the list goes on and on and on.
In just a matter of months, Ray and his team have made waves in the education and entertainment sector providing services and support to schools, business and more with their pure enthusiasm for gaming.
Check this out...
The e-commerce platform Shopify powers over 1 million businesses worldwide, and is the all-in-one commerce platform to start, run and grow a business.
We (Ngahere COmmunities) partnered with Shopify's Auckland based City Lead, Jules, on our 2019 Made of Manukau Pop Up Store.
Jules brings a whole bunch of hands on, face to face support to business owners (and wannabe business owners) right here in Manukau, and the support includes anything from setting up a store, clever marketing, inventory tracking - pretty much anything.
Have a listen to Jules talk about what he's seeing in the South Auckland and the NZ ecommerce ecosystem, and why this could be the THING for our people!
Meet co-founder of Green Aura NZ, Kyle Ratana.
Established to bring healing and health to the people of Aotearoa, Green Aura is Natures Medicine. Founded in 2019 by Kyle and his best mate Dariaus Timiiti, the team have hit the ground running.
Now with 5 hand made, all natural products available, the team have already been nominated for a business award by the Princes Trust, and in May this year Kyle will travel to the UK to meet the Prince of Wales (for the 2nd time) and receive their award.
These humble and loving entrepreneurs based in Pukekohe, South Auckland, will have you feeling inspired that anything is possible.
Andy has been the Programme Lead at Ngahere since we began, this month he finished up as a Ngahere employee to follow his dreams and build his business 'National Tech Library' and just be a general, amazing, entrepreneur.
And since we like doing everything our own way, we decided to conduct his exit interview as a podcast, which we recorded live at our Made of Manukau Pop Up Store on Friday 20 December.
We're gonna miss having Andy around, but he's not actually going far, and will remain a part of the wider Ngahere whanau.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Prolific youth development champion, and CEO of The Princes Trust Aotearoa, Anya Satyanand talks with us about what she is seeing in the new wave of rangatahi (young people) in Aotearoa, and her mission to use the resources of the old world, to build the new world!
For many families, the Christmas and holiday season is tough. For some they face financial challenges, others have relational breakdowns, some are faced with the reality of their loneliness, and others are overwhelmed with unrealistic expectations.
Christmas Box is a project that exists to simply bring hope to families at Christmas time, through a box of food and a caring heart.
This week I speak to Lili Lemalu, Manager of Life Community, who this year will package and deliver 30,000 Christmas Boxes throughout Aotearoa, Australia and the Cook Islands. The boxes are contributed to by major sponsors, and everyday donations, and then distributed by the 400+ community partners through the 3 countries. It's incredible!
Critical. is a design studio based inside an Auckland (decile one) school that was born from a dream to help our people and communities use technology to empower themselves.
Now, Critical. take the thing we hate the most and turn it into desirable objects, working with companies like Fonterra and Torpedo 7, while also bringing new technology and design thinking into the tech curriculum for the school. It's plastic repurposing that's actually sexy.
Last week they showed their innovative process and product to Prince Charles when he visited their studio in Wesley (Mt Roskill).
Manawa and Rui have been mates for years now and have been a part of each others entrepreneurial journey, so in today's episode they catch up and recap the journey of Critical. - a journey of highs, lows, lols and soul searching.
Best friends, business partners and victims of family violence.
This week Mel and Manawa (aka Bob + Bob) start a conversation around friendship, whenua and family violence in Aotearoa, why it's so prevalent, and what can be done to help, from the perspective of those who have experienced family violence and the system set up to 'protect' them.
This tender but important topic is something we would like to continue to explore, if you agree and would like to encourage us to keep going with it, please reach out and let us know via a comment, message, like or share.
This week talk about Culturalising Tech OR Decolonising the Algorithm. Our people were resourceful and fearless in seeking out and settling in new lands, the digital future is no different, this is who we are and we need to be leading the way.
AI - Artificial Intelligence - is everywhere.
Did you know that in Aotearoa less than 2% of the people working in Tech are Maori & Pasifika?
Thinking about what that means for a future filled with AI, AI created by and for non-indigenous peoples, without tikanga or values, is Dan Te Whenua Walker.
Dan, of Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahinerangi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Maniapoto, Tūhourangi is the Cloud Infrastructure and Applications Solutions Specialist at Microsoft New Zealand.
For those of us who are driven to make an impact - whatever impact that may be - and want to move from local to global, it's not easy finding the pathway to get there.
This week Manawa catches up with new friend Beck Pearce who is the Associate Director of Programming at the Adelaide Festival Centre AND the Director of the 'Office of Adelaide UNESCO City of Music'. Manawa met Beck two weeks ago at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference (APCCC) in Adelaide, where Manawa was one of the panel speakers, and Beck the overall conference BOSS LADY.
They chat about what UNESCO is (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and how Beck uses the UN platform and network to put Adelaide's creativity on the world stage, why they decided to run the first APCCC, how they pulled it off, and her tips for those of you wanting to move your impact from local to global.
Thanks so much Beck and the Adelaide Festival Centre team!
Pre Season Ep 02 with Nick Manarangi.
Once you pluck up the courage to reach out to a new connection, someone you really wanna chat to and hopefully partner with, do you know how to manage your first face to face with them?
The bro Nick Manarangi hit me up on Linked In and wanted to catch up, we'd never met before so my deal to him was, we can catch up and we'll record our first ever korero as a podcast as an example of HOW TO CHAT to someone you want to connect with, in a way that doesn't waste anyone's time.
This is our chat.
It includes my 6 step process I follow when meeting with people for the first time, which happens multiple times a week:
Have a reason
I also share a bit of my journey with Nick about how I ended up in the Te Haa o Manukau partnership with Auckland Council departments TSI, ATEED, Grid AKL and Panuku Development.... it may or may not get me in trouble!
Pre Season Ep 01 with Lynn Lawton.
Creatives in Aotearoa earn an average of $15,000 per year, why?!
Considering creativity is one of the most highly sought after skill sets in the future of work, something needs to be done about this, and SOON!
Manawa talks with Lynn Lawton, owner of Depot Artspace and founder of revolutioncreative.co.nz. Lynn has been in and around the creative sector in Aotearoa for over 15years, and understands the top-down, political approach to creative and the arts in NZ, he's seen good days and harsh days. Manawa and Lynn met at a workshop run by Manatu Taonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) where they were part of discussing new policy designed to enable SUSTAINABLE creative careers in Aotearoa.
Let us know if you like to see more of this kind of podcast in the future (or not!)