3 June 2021

He Tohu Maumaraha ki a – Suzanne Spencer Māori Business Awards 2021

On behalf of the Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru Business Network (KUMA), you are invited to take part in the Māori Business Awards 2021, which will be held at Friday 2 July at Elmwood Gardens in Murihiku / Invercargill from 5pm to 11pm.

This awards night provides an opportunity for us all to come together, for whakawhanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tautoko and to hear stories that will inspire and ignite the entrepreneurial spirit that is in us all.  

There are four award categories and of the winners will be up for the Supreme Award at the end of the night – The Prestigious Suzanne Spencer Memorial Award. Suzanne was highly regarded as one of the founding members of KUMA and this award is a celebration of her significant contribution to KUMA.

To be eligible to enter the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Awards you will be required to:

·        Be in business for one year

·        Be of Māori descent with more than 50% business ownership

·        Operate in the Otago/Southland rohe

Your application should comprise the following as outlined on application form:

·         A brief history of your business outlining its main activities

·        The vision of your business and the outcomes you want to achieve

·        The most significant achievements of your business over the past two years

You are eligible to enter any, or all, of the categories which you believe are relevant to your business.

2021 Award Categories

·       Collaboration & Innovation

·       Employment & Growth

·       Resilience & Wellbeing

·       Emerging Enterprise includes Rangatahi

The supreme winner will be selected from one of the winners of the above categories and will be awarded caretaker of He tohu maumahara ki a Suzanne Spencer Business Award. 

Three independent judges will take into account the following aspects of your business in a holistic approach to the category you have selected. 

·       Spiritual includes wider humanity concerns, shared values

·       Environmental includes ecosystem activities and resource use

·       Social includes community relationships.

·       Cultural includes tikanga (protocols)

·       Economic includes financial value and well-being value.

Click here for more information, to download an application form and/or to purchase tickets for this evening.