Ngā rakahinonga Māori ka ahu nui atu ki te ranga hokohoko

Regan Paranihi

He whare taupua motuhake ake i whakapuarehia e ngā rakahinonga Māori o Waikato ki te puku o te taone o Kirikiriroa inapō, ko ONO te ingoa. 

Ko ia te whakatinanatanga mai o te moemoeā o ēnei kaiwhakahoahoa Māori kua roa e wawata ana kia hokona ā rātou mahi ki te ao, ā he kaupapa hei whakakipakipa i te tipuranga ake o ngāi Māori i te ao pakihi, me te aha, ko te ia o te whakaaro e kaha ana te rere huri noa i te motu. 

Ko Miria Flavell (Te Arawa, Taranaki) te te tāhuhu rangapū o Hine Collection. Hei tāna, "This is something powerful. Businesses coming together and showcasing what we can offer to the world."

"There's a lot of Māori business starting to happen and are already out there and there's a lot of space for us in this environment. So yeah I think we've got a really good chance, and we should stay with it and flourish," te kōrero āpiti a Nichola Te Kiri (Ngāi Tūhoe) tāhuhu rangapū o Nichola - Contemporary Māori Designs from Aotearoa.

I ngā tau e rua ki muri, nō Flavell te moemoeā kia hanga kākahu korikori tinana mā ngā wāhine katoa, ahakoa te āhua, te hanga rānei, ka karangatia ia, ko Hine Collection. Nō taua wā, kua huaina mai ko ngā kohinga maha, pērā i te Tāne Collection.

Hei tā Flavell, ko te toa taupua, he whakatutukinga anō e whakaatu ana, ko ngā mea katoa, ka taea.

"We are showing so many other aspiring entrepreneurs, aspiring business people, anyone out there that wants to do something like this, that it is possible and its showing. That there's a room full of pākihi Māori in this store that started off from ground zero and have built their businesses to where they are now."

Hei tā Te Kiri ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia e kore e whati.

"I think we are a stronger force collectively then we are when we're trying to break into industries and new retail outlets on our own."

Hei tāna anō, he mea uaua kia uru atu ki roto i te ao pakihi, ā, he uaua ake te noho pū ki roto i tēnei ao.

"As long as you're passionate about it, and that passion, I think, will drive through a lot of things especially in those hard times. I also feel that to stay in business is also another level of hardness because you've got to keep reinventing yourself and staying up with the times but again as Māori when we work collectively it helps a lot to get through those hard times as well."

Hakoa he toa taupua tēnei, e wawatā nui ana ēnei kaiwhakahoahoa Māori kia hōrapa te kitea o ngā toa pēnei huri noa i te motu.

Ko Mitchell Vincent (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) te tāhuhu rangapū o Mitchell Vincent Collection. Hei tāna, "I really do hope that Ono pop-up shop brings that positive vibe around Māori business and encourages others to be able to do the same around the country and to bring other Māori businesses together."

Ka puare ake ngā kūaha o ONO tae rawa ki te 27 o Hakihea.