He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki


He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki

Taranaki Māori Business Network

  • Our Beliefs

    We believe Māori business success brings great opportunity for whānau to succeed.
    We believe in nurturing Māori business pathways to the horizon - ki Taranaki, ki Aotearoa, ki Te Ao.

  • Our Values

    • Mana Motuhake~ Self-Reliance and Independence
    • Whanaungatanga~ Relationships
    • Kotahitanga~ Unity and Collaboration
    • Manaakitanga~ Hospitality
  • Our Purpose

    • Maintaining strategic oversight of Taranaki economy for strategic opportunities.
    • Facilitating connections and relationships between Māori businesses and the wider business community.
    • Promoting Māori business.

Nau mai, rarau mai - Join us now!

There are three tiers of memberships for businesses with 1-2 people, 3 or more, or larger organisations, and membership starts from the cost of a cup of coffee a month.


1-2 person Māori owned enterprise or Māori professional or job-seeker
$75 per year


3+ person Māori owned enterprise

$150 per year


Large enterprises and public entities

$250 per year
All fees are inclusive of GST.
What constitutes a Māori-owned business? Any business with a minimum of 50% Māori ownership.

Exclusive member benefits

FREE job vacancy listing through Hoki Mai ki Taranaki
A promotional business profile on our website
Access to the He Toronga Pakihi database of other Māori-owned businesses in Taranaki
Advance email updates for business support and funding opportunities
Regular high quality networking events
Opportunities to connect with a coach or business mentor
Exposure to successful Māori and non-Māori business leaders presenting and discussing contemporary business issues
Priority early access to events and workshops, and discounts for ticketed events
The chance to promote your business products and services on our social media
Access to our Exclusive Members Facebook Group
A He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki Membership Certificate to display at your business and on your website
The opportunity to host a networking event - great exposure for your business!
The opportunity to be on the Board of He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki

Our Next Event

Haere mai, Naumai!

Kaitahi - Taranaki Iwi Business Scales up for the win"

November 17, 2021, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Host and Guest Speakers

Whānaungatanga - Networking


Online - Zoom Link

This is a free online event. Registrations required.



Meet the Team

Emere is an experienced project manager and former Event Director for WOMAD New Zealand, and  is used to managing large teams, budgets and engaging with diverse groups of stakeholders. 

Emere was delighted to accept her current position as Recover Manager for Ngā Iwi o Taranaki, a multi-faceted programme called Te Aranga I te Ao, I te Po that will seek to improve health, education, employment, social and economic development for Iwi in Taranaki.

In her spare time Emere is balancing time with her whānau alongside studying for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) through Massey University

Emere Wano


Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Porou, Tuhoe
Emere is a Director of Tihi Limited for over 20 years which is a Māori owned event management and production company based in Taranaki specialising in Māori and indigenous cultural projects, events and arts. She is also the Manager for Te Aranga; Ngā Iwi o Taranaki Iwi Regional Recovery with extensive project, event and festival management experience. Emere is the chairperson of He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki, the Taranaki Māori Business Network and she is passionate about improving social and economic outcomes for Māori.
Anna has lived in Taranaki 40 years and is an Owner/Operator small business 
“Office Furniture First”

Selling Office Furniture and doing Corporate, Educational and Marae Office fit outs in Taranaki and throughout Aotearoa for the past 19 years. 

Mother of 3 and Grandmother of 11 all of Taranaki Tuturu descent. Farming and Retail background.

Anna Davis


Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngati Porou
Anna is the proud business owner of Office Furniture First in New Plymouth with over 19 years’ experience and she has worked in the customer service industry for over 40 years. Office Furniture First is a Māori owned and operated retail supplier of office and marae furniture. She is also a valuable Board Member of He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki who was an integral member of the team who launched He Toronga Pakihi in 2010. Anna has a passion for Māori business and people and is someone who is always striving to exceed customer expectations.
Director and Principal of Tandem Group Chartered Accountants since 2010. Chartered Accountant , Bachelor of Business Studies degree through Massey University.

My clients include Māori owned SMEs and Not-for-Profit organisations.

Dion Herlihy


Ngāti Mutunga, Taranaki, Te Atiawa

Dion is a business owner of Tandem Group Chartered Accountants in New Plymouth and has over 28 years of accounting experience, 12 of those years as a Director and business advisor. Tandem Group is the largest independent accounting firm in Taranaki and provides specialist support services in the commercial, rural, HR and IT sectors. Dion is passionate about giving local businesses a leg-up into owning their own businesses or growing their existing business and is excited at the opportunities that this organisation will bring for Māori business in Taranaki.

Owner and Creative Director of MW Consultancy, specialising in Māori Cultural advisory and training, and 4Phase Games, game development company.

Former Iwi trustee at Ōākura Pā, advisor to committee of Creative Taranaki and current trustee to HTPkT.

Morgana Watson


Taranaki, Te Atiawa, Ngā Puhi, Te Atihau-nui-a-Papaarangi
Morgana is the Creative Director of 4Phase Games Limited who are currently developing a Māori video game for console. With a background in teaching, music and creative arts, Morgana established MW Consultancy in 2017 to provide Te Ao Māori education to organisations and businesses in Aotearoa. From there she became involved in the tech industry and created 4Phase Games as a subsidiary to MW Consultancy, to support the development of their game, due for release in 2024. As an entrepreneur and creative artist she feels honoured to be able to help support business and the economy in Taranaki - by Māori, for Māori.
Ko te Iringa Niu
Ko Pouākai tonu
Ko Taranaki Mounga
Ārai tonga e
I tipu ake au i raro i te maiaorere māriri o Koro Taranaki. Ko Taranaki me Te Atiawa ōku iwi. Ko Miaana Patene tōku ingoa. I am an Associate at Govett Quilliam, The Lawyers in our Te Tira Hau Ture (Māori legal services) and commercial teams.
Board Member of He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki, a Trustee of the Priscilla Sandys Wunsch (PSW) Trust, Te Tai Hauāuru regional co-representative of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (New Zealand Māori Law Society) , Big Brother Big Sister Mentor.

Miaana Patene


Taranaki, Te Atiawa, Ngati Maru
Miaana is passionate about influencing and inspiring positive change and supporting resilient, dynamic, future focused and successful organisations and communities. Miaana practiced law at a local law firm in Taranaki for over 8 years before recently setting up a consultancy business, Mao Limited. She is excited about the commercial and community initiatives happening around Taranaki but particularly excited about the growth and prosperity of the Taranaki Māori business community and economy.

Paora Rauputu


Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tama
Paora’s depth of professional experience, including his MBA, Accounting and HR background for Tegal and most recently at Parininihi ki Waitotara, will be invaluable to assist He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki into its next stage of growth and development. He brings with him strong leadership skills and a passion for growing relationships and thriving Māori communities.
Paora lives in Puketapu with his wife Briar and 2 children. In his spare time, you might find him on the golf course or chasing his tamariki around at their many sporting practices.

Amber-Jade McCaskill


Ngāti Tara Tokanui, Ngāti Tamaterā
Amber has over 8 years of experience in administrative roles and is passionate about supporting Māori to reach their goals and aspirations and believes Māori business success brings great opportunity for whānau to flourish.
Amber moved to Taranaki with her partner about 3 years ago. They enjoy the outdoors and exploring all that Taranaki has to offer while prioritising spending time with their whānau and friends.

Tetsu Garnett

Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa

Tetsu joins us from her busy role where she was the Festival Manager for the Taranaki Garden Festival and Site Operations Coordinator for WOMAD.

Tetsu has extensive networks both regionally and nationally. She is well versed at maintaining and growing partnerships that enable positive outcomes for the Taranaki community to succeed. Tetsu is a married mother of two teenagers, and two Doberman dogs.

He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki logo and its meaning.

Our logo is inspired by Koro Taranaki: Taranaki Mounga. The large koru represents established businesses, and the small koru represents new or considered businesses. It is smaller to represent the tuakana / teina (older/younger) relationship where those established businesses can support and provide assistance to new businesses. Each koru is shown in a different direction to represent the fact that both established and new businesses have differing needs. The small koru is also positioned in front to show that at times even new businesses can lead the way.

Our name reflects the purpose of our rōpū which is to connect with like-minded kaipakihi to assist each other and to work together to grow and sustain the Taranaki Māori business community.

Waitohu (logo): Nā Mitchell Ritai
Kōrero whakamarama (explanation): Nā Ruakere Hond

In association with our funding partners Te Puni Kōkiri and Toi Foundation


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