Thrive Tairāwhiti launched in July 2016 and brought together entrepreneurs interested in starting for-purpose, social enterprise businesses to improve social or environmental outcomes in the Tairāwhiti region.
Over the four-month programme, participants attended three two-day workshops that provided them with a supportive environment and the tools and knowledge to take charge of their own learning through action and reflection. It ended with a community expo on the 24th of November which celebrated the journey of the community leaders and social entrepreneurs who participated in the Thrive Tairāwhiti programme.
Meet the 2016 Participants
Click the boxes below to learn more about some of the Thrive Tairāwhiti participants
Lizz Crawford and her team, Tom and Jose Crawford, all share a passion for whānau in Tairāwhiti to own or rent healthy and safe homes.
Through Community Housing Tairāwhiti, they are aiming to provide safe, affordable, healthy, sustainable housing in Tairāwhiti using innovative housing technology and techniques.
Sarah Somerton is a childhood educator who aims to foster community ties by providing a retail space for local creative families.
Through working in her community, Sarah noticed a degree of social isolation amongst some new mothers. She sees an opportunity to make the most of their many skills and talents in creative ways and hopes that Ducks and Drakes will help mothers produce and sell handmade goods and also provide families with an income stream.
Robin Te Moana Thompson believes that by involving the community and whānau, and utilising natural resources, together we can uplift the wellbeing of everyone.
Supporting local businesses, and helping to drive tourism and local economic growth, are difficult but important challenges for Te Araroa and the East Cape. Robin engages and connects locals with international and Kiwi tourists, via hunting, fishing and other touristic initiatives, to tackle these challenges.
Delilah Whaitiri is a descendant of the Rongowhakaata Iwi, and has a passion for the arts and a love for the people in her community. He Tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What matters most to E Tu Tairāwhiti Media is people. Delilah records and documents stories and history about the Tangata Whenua to give insight and knowledge to generations to come. She believes this knowledge holds truth and mana and connects us all to the land. If we know our history and whakapapa back to our tribal lands, we understand who we are. Identity, Delilah believes, is imperative.
Whiti Timutimu is the chairperson of ATAWHAI Charitable Trust. She is interested in supporting young people and her community. ATAWHAI is also supported by a committed group of volunteers from the NZ Police, NZ Army, NZ Navy, NZ Fire Service and Māori Wardens.
As part of a motivation to promote healthy lifestyles, Whiti and the ATAWHAI Charitable Trust aim to set up the Gisborne Marathon. Their point of difference is to ensure that visitors and locals finish the marathon knowing the region’s heritage trails and being inspired to promote its iconic places. Revenue raised by the event will go toward ATAWHAI’s Youth Mentoring Programme, Leadership Programme and the Kokiri Kai & Tyndall Road Community Gardens.
Ellen Jarratt is an entrepreneur, artist, creator and educator, whose passion is seeing young people tell their own story through the arts.
The 21st Century is bringing unique challenges for everyone, especially young people. Ellen Jarratt champions the view that every child has natural talents that will always flourish if given the opportunity. She hopes to inspire a future of happiness and success for young people who can adapt, innovate and believe in their own talents.
Melanie Tahata is the chairperson of Ka Pai Kaiti Trust. Melanie and her team, Kaylee Ngarimu and Tuta Ngarimu, share the same core values of tūrangawaewae, tino rangatiratanga, maramatanga, manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga.
Ka Pai Kaiti Trust, a charitable trust, is looking to grow and scale to provide more education and poverty reduction projects within the community – from Potaka to Turanganui-a-Kiwa. Ka Pai Kaiti Trust belongs to the community and its members.
Audrey Tamanui-Nunn and her whānau believe that there is an opportunity for local communities to better utilise papakainga and local resources to become the ‘Kai capital’ of Te Tairāwhiti.
With an increase in urbanisation, Audrey aims to provide employment opportunities within small communities that foster and promote tino rangatiratanga. She hopes to achieve this through Kokamo Kumara Seedlings, which will supply locally grown seedlings at both a commercial and local scale.
Josie McClutchie is a freelance photographer/video editor and director of POI Media. She has a huge admiration for Māori who’ve had the courage and drive to start their own businesses, and a genuine interest in learning about their personal stories and journeys of being in business.
Survival and growth are huge challenge for businesses in Tairāwhiti; traditional forms of advertising have minimal impact and limited reach. The aim of Tairāwhiti Entrepreneurs is to provide a platform that harnesses the Tairāwhiti community spirit and passion to drive marketing for local businesses. Josie believes that videos engender a great sense of pride and nostalgia with locals and expats, both here and around the world. People are heartened by the stories and scenes from home, and if packaged right, they can be powerful vehicles for promoting regional business activities and tourism in the area.
Lily Stender has a passion for restoration and preservation of local heritage by enhancing economic, cultural and social development in our community. She purchased the Tolaga Bay Inn, re-established connections with whanaunga and marae, and gained a better understanding of her cultural heritage.
Inspired by the desire to empower and upskill people, and to increase job opportunities in the region, Lily hopes to provide a platform for training, business incubation services, and increased cultural tourism opportunities in the Tairāwhiti district.
Ruby Hata-Symon wants to create a trust that will empower whānau to develop their cultural awareness, and contribute to the community and the environment through the production, sale and distribution of native plants.
Ruby has observed whānau in a state of dependence and believes their lives can be transformed through increased knowledge, skills and education. She hopes that the establishment of the Waerenga a Hika Whānau Trust will be an opportunity for them to upskill, train and be productive.