Ngā Kākano – Introduction to Kaupapa Māori Social Enterprise Workshops

“Nōu te rourou, Nāku te rourou – Ka ora ai tātou”

Te Hiringa Hononga ran across two regions over a 12 week period and included introductory workshops (Ngā Kākano), a Train the Trainer programme (Awhi Mai – Awhi Atu), and a digital accelerator programme (He Whare Kōhanga) for ventures/enterprises already operating within the community.

He aha te mea? What was it?

The ‘Introduction to Social Enterprise’ workshops were held across Te Tai Tokerau and Tairāwhiti during April-May 2017. These one-day workshops provided participants with an understanding of what social enterprise is and is not, while incorporating a kaupapa Māori approach (focusing on Māori principles and examples of social enterprise and trade) and providing practical tools participants could utilise straight away.

Māori Women’s Development Inc also hosted a HineBOSS business fundamentals 3-day workshop in each region targeting 60 individuals. These workshops were specifically for individuals/teams that needed to learn and develop their venture idea/business concept and move through the fundamentals of running a successful enterprise.

Our broader focus was on creating opportunities to share ideas and processes that focused on validation, impact, understanding customers, finance/investment, marketing and legal/governance structures.

Who was Ngā Kākano For?



Ngā Kākano was for individuals, groups, marae, and/or organisations who were interested and had little awareness about social enterprise. It was also for those who were curious about social enterprise and what they might mean for their community.

Ngā Kākano

A series of Introduction to Social Enterprise workshops and the HineBoss programme were held in both Tairāwhiti and Te Tai Tokerau during April-May 2017.


If you’ve still got questions or would like to speak to someone about Ngā Kākano, feel free to get in touch with the team at