Whakarautia - Ideation
I have a great business idea I'd like to validate
Te Uma - Start Up
I just started a new business and need a bit of guidance
Whānaua - Growth
I'd like to grow my business and add value to my offering
Our presenters were carefully selected and come with the right mix of skills and experience ranging from marketing to accounting, innovation and business planning. Starting or growing a business becomes easier when you have these guys backing you.
As a Partner in the Crowe Horwath Performance Consulting Team, Heta leads a team of commercially-focussed and experienced advisors.
Hamilton & New Plymouth
Naomi Hughes (Ngāti Maniapoto) is a co-founder, co-owner, managing director, lead editor, and programme manager at Aotahi Limited, a Te Kūiti-based, Māori business education company.
Ira brings to Crowe Horwath, and the diverse range of clients she works with, almost 20 years’ accounting experience.
Manukau & Waitakere
As a wearer of multiple hats, Leisa's specialist areas are accounting, finance, taxation, and commercial law.
Jeffrey has a passion for Māori Business, Local Government, Health, Education and Not for Profits.
Barbara has spent more than 30 years in business, and her experience covers a wide range of positions and roles. She has been a consultant and assisted business owners at all stages of development.
Midge Te Kani
As a local from te Tairāwhiti, Midge brings over 10 years extensive experience in the business education industry. She is the Director of Tihi Innovations Limited.
Nelson & Blenheim
As a local from Nelson, Susan brings extensive experience to the table with over 16 years in the business education industry. Susan is the Director of Barbican Training Centre, a business training and coaching for small and medium businesses.
Kaitaia & Kaikohe
As a local from the Hokianga, Valerie brings extensive experience to the table with over 20 years in the business education industry and owner of Just Effective Training (JET).
Since 2004, Julie has assisted over one thousand business tauira to plan, initiate, and execute their business ideas.
Rotorua & Tokoroa
As a local from Rotorua, Stacey brings extensive experience to the table with over 10 years in the business education industry
Lorretta brings over 10 years accounting experience in both the Chartered and Commercial environment. She works closely with her diverse client base to help them establish, grow and manage their business at all levels.
As a local from the Hawkes Bay, Saran brings extensive experience to the table with over 10 years in the business education industry. She is also the owner of Infinite Learning.
Porirua and Hutt Valley (Wellington Region)
Liz Ruatoto (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Hauā), is the director of Stella Consultancy Limited, a business education company which delivers practical business programmes for small to medium businesses
Queenstown and Invercargill (Southland)
Peter Waaka (Tuhourangi - Ngāti Wahiao) lives and works in Queenstown. Peter has nearly 30 years’ experience in business education and consultancy.
Dunedin (Otago Region)
Tracee-Lee has eight years’ experience in facilitating, education, business, and financial literacy.
With her husband, Phil, Jeanette owns and manages Training Ventures Limited, which delivers vocational training in the forestry and agricultural sectors as well as for small business, project management, and money management
Along with his wife, Jeanette, Phil owns and manages Training Ventures limited, which delivers vocational training in the forestry and agricultural sectors as well as small business, project management, and money management.
With over 5 years of digital marketing experience, Chris’ priority is working along-side New Zealand businesses and guiding them to reach greater heights through digital marketing and social media.
Nicky Faulkner has been involved in business education since 2003. She owns her own business providing book keeping and business mentoring.
Tauranga and Whakatāne (Bay of Plenty Region)
Rā Winiata (Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Porou) is the director of Indigenous Development Group Limited, a consultancy, and Indigenous Limited, a design company.
Albany and Papakura (Auckland Region)
Jarrad McKay (Ngāti Kahungunu and Tainui) is the current director and owner of Rocket Surgery business consultancy and director and owner of Pūhā and Pakehā, a food business that serves modern Māori fusion cuisine. He is an experienced business educator and business mentor.