Ngahere Talks

Ngahere Talks

We are Creators, Innovators and Entrepreneurs of Manukau, NZ. Host Manawa (and Mel) chat with all types of people about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on indigenous peoples and tackling inequality.


September 5, 2023 6 mins

We had a short but sweet kōrero with Ruby of Ako NZ, a brand based in Whangārei specialising in kakahu for pēpi, comfortable clothing for babies that incorporate te reo Māori

Ruby talks about normalising te reo Māori in the home with their Milestone Blanket and how they interact with their community.

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Based in Kaikohe, Te Tai Tokerau, My Taiao specialise in Reo and Mātauranga Māori inspired clothing.

Konei general manager Ra, sat down with 1/2 of the brand - Tamati Rakena, to kōrero. They speak on the brands beginnings when taiao began coming back to life as an effect of the Covid lockdowns, and how they incorporate matauranga Māori into their kakahu, by drawing inspiration from the lifestyle of many Māori who live by the sea a...

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August 17, 2023 16 mins

Soil & Sand clothing is a business based in Te Tai Tokerau specialising in Māori infused designs incorporated in their kākahu.

Our GM Ra sat down with Stephen, one half of the brand and discussed their journey from as a screen printing company to the launch of their apparel and inspiring Māori rangatahi and their artistic abilities.

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February 25, 2023 34 mins

Tuhi Stationery has been in the game for 5 years, selling bilingual Te Reo Māori and Samoan educational resources. On EP 5 of Konei Kōrero at Te Matatini, we chat with co-founder, Geneva on her journey so far, what a move to a different country means for her pakihi and what the future holds for Tuhi Stationery.  

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February 24, 2023 21 mins

What do you do when faced with life threatening environmental challenges in your rohe, while a bucket list opportunity awaits you on the other side?

That's what we discuss with Ash - co-founder of Nōku Clothing in EP 4 of Konei Kōrero, right from the rainy stall fronts of Te Matatini.


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For the 3rd instalment of our Konei Kōrero on day 3 of Te Matatini, we sat down with Awhina, the founder of Whatu Creative.

We discuss the challenges and successes of running a start up, as well as the topic of sharing our toi Māori. Is it a yay or nay? Listen on to find out!

You can catch us at and Awhina at @whatucreative or

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On day 2 of Te Matatini and EP 2 of Konei Kōrero, we sat down with Terina, founder of Poi Yeah!

We discuss all things Māori, including what it means to have Te Matatini in your rohe (home ground) and how her pakihi (business) came about.

"We can make it happen, kei te pai. Let's move forward!"

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In this Konei Kōrero, we bring you a special series right from the marketplace of Te Matatini 2023!

Manawa Udy sits down with Liz Liddle - founder of First Nations Gifts, the first Aboriginal owned online marketplace and Mwerre, cold-press artisan soap and bath products. Of course, we discuss business, Indigenous entrepreneurship and the learning opportunities available across the ditch.

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With Laura Cibilich and Ray Mckay from Run Design Agency, and Antz from Faiground Accounting.

Run and Fairground have both been running for 10 years, and as founders and leaders of their business Laura, ray and Antz share how they use values to guide them, the challenges of leading a team and a vision, we talk heaps about money, mindset and hauora (wellbeing) as you go through the journey of business, and then what it's like to pla...

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Back in June we held our Māori Business Wānanga alongside our Top 50 Māori Products Retail Gallery in celebration of Matariki 2022  ✨

Our jammed pack panel features Hohepa of @thehori, Aroha of @maimoa.creative and Jonique of @waiapuroad. Get ready to hear the good, the bad and the beautiful stories behind a few of our most loved Aotearoa brands 🌿♥️

Bought to you by BuildNative with Shopify

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August 16, 2022 34 mins

It's awesome to have the bro Travis O'Keefe back for another episode on Ngahere Talks were we kōrero about all things Ecommerce! A couple of years ago, pre covid and pre ecommerce booming in Aotearoa, we sat down and had a chat about Ecommerce and The Ecommerce Epiphany. 

E-commerce has been around for years, and mannnny people have used e-commerce - or the selling of items or services via the internet - to make a living, or e...

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August 7, 2022 80 mins

Ra in co-founder of Ika Bowl, and a shinning light of inspiration and success for Polynesian entrepreneurship. But what looked like a huge success, all came tumbling down. And Ika Bowl closed its doors forever in the start of 2022.  

In this raw and emotional Kōrero about facing up the failure, Ra shared his journey from childhood to where we  is today, and hows he's navigating his way through one of life's toughest chall...

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August 1, 2022 31 mins

WHAKATAU - to make a decision, to settle something within yourself.  

Whakatau is a short series that explores the experience of Māori in Aotearoa during the global pandemic, and ultimately the decision of whether or not to vaccinate their tamariki (children) against the virus.  In this episode Manawa chats with single father of 3, Bodie Friend of Ngati Pukenga, Tapuika, Waikato, Ngati Apakura and Ngati Hikairo. Living in...

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July 25, 2022 28 mins

WHAKATAU - to make a decision, to settle something within yourself.  

Whakatau is a short series that explores the experience of Māori in Aotearoa during the global pandemic, and ultimately the decision of whether or not to vaccinate their tamariki (children) against the virus.    

This episode features Tyson Sharland from Te Papaioea and Te Ataakura Pewhairangi (Kui) of Ngāti Porou. Together they have three tam...

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July 15, 2022 32 mins

WHAKATAU - to make a decision, to settle something within yourself.

Whakatau is a short series that explores the experience of Māori in Aotearoa during the global pandemic, and ultimately the decision of whether or not to vaccinate their tamariki (children) against the virus.  This episode features Dan and Michelle Walker of Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāruahine, who have three tamariki aged between 5-11yrs. They share about their journ...

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Ka Tū Maia - Ep04 - Titiro ki Tua Look to the future.  

Amber Taylor of Ara Journeys is back and Ray Cocker of GameTan joins Manawa in the fourth and final episode of Ka Tū Maia.  This korero is all about being future focussed, defining what success looks like for you, finding inspiration and motivation and the grit and determination needed to lead yourself and other through to the future you dream of.   


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Like the tide, this journey ebbs and flows..  

Tara Moala of Rakau Tautoko and Keu Iorangi from the Manurewa High School Makerspace join Manawa in the third episode of Ka Tū Maia.  Take a journey through the ups and downs, the ebbs and flows of building a community change initiative and becoming a brave future maker.  The crew get real and raw about sacrifice, failure, humility, consistency, learning through it all a...

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Stuff the stereotypes, know and be who you are.  Amber Taylor of Ara Journeys and Jerome Tairi of SAYE join Manawa in the second episode of Ka Tū Maia, where they break down the challenges of living in a world that is often stacked against you, where stereotypes, ideals and harsh expectations will try to hold you back.  Learn how to be confident and comfortable in any room you find yourself in… this episode gets deep!&nbs...

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Your relationships and the people around you, are the key to your success.

Kelly Francis aka Whenua Warrior, and Tuputau Lelaulu of Mau Studio join Manawa for the first episode of Ka Tū Maia, where they share their experiences and advice about investing into the people around you, allowing the community you are serving to take the lead, collaboration, accessing mentors and experts and more.

Featuring appearances by Te Rangi of Comm...

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Business isn't just about profit... well it doesn't need to be!

Aroha Tamihana founded Maimoa Creative to empower people on their Te Reo Māori journey and has built a successful business doing it, but it's the values that really drives her.  Manawa founded Ngahere, and all of its branches, from the desire to see our Māori and Pasifika people thrive in our creative, innovative, entrepreneurial potential.

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