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Manukau's first Co-working, Events and Maker Space
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Manukau's First Co Working, Events And Maker Space
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We are Pioneers!
Te Haa o Manukau is Manukau's very first co-working, events and maker space, designed for entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and makers, led with tikanga Maori (values) and polynesian flair.
Located in the heart of the Manukau CBD, the doors to this courageous new space open (fingers crossed) in early September, and it's our job at Ngahere Communities to cultivate a thriving, connected community that fills this new whare, and breathes life into our city and our people.
Maori and Pasifika people are amongst the most creative, courageous and entrpreneurial in the world, yet we're plagued by the statistics of suicide, drug abuse, poverty, incarceration, mental health, homelessness and violence. We've had enough, we've had enough of being hopeless, lifeless and stereotyped, we are here to bring back the pioneering sprit that embodied our ancestors, to live with curiosity and courage, to push boundaries and create our own ways forward.
We are Pioneers!
How we got here
Te Haa o Manukau is a flagship project of The Southern Initiative (TSI) in collaboration with Panuku Development Auckland and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), via GridAKL. The space aims to spark entrepreneurship, grow innovative ventures and equip young people, in particular Māori and Pasifika with the skills needed for the future.
TSI then needed an 'operator' to come into the space, manage the building, build a community, facilitate the activities needed to see it thrive, and of course to pay the rent. This is where we come in.
See when the big guys like Auckland Council decide to invest into projects like this, they usually also choose an operator thats a bit of a big guy too, think the likes of Biz Dojo, Generator or the B-Hive, but this time around TSI paved a way for a local, Manukau based operator to step in, so we put our hand up and said we'll give it a go.
It has been one of the toughest things we've ever had to do, facing up to Councils super rigid, extra thorough and well resourced procurement process, doing proposals and presentations and financial forecasting and back flips, well not actually back flips, but it was a tough process for a little start-up company to go through. And we are so proud to say that we made our way through and are now embarking on this dream of ours to see our people, Maori and Pasifika, in our community, follow their dreams and fulfill their potential!
We, Ngahere Communities, are a Manukau based social enterprise, our purpose is to cultivate communities that enhance creativity and innovation by using collaborative spaces, common values and co-designed programmes.
So here we are, with an incredible 2 floors in one of Manukau's prime locations, partially fitted out, and a dream for what could be.
And here we are also as entrepreneurs, dreamers with nothing but a handful of seeds and a field full of soil. This project requires at least $150k of investment from us if it's going to succeed, we need furniture and other things (like a microwave to cook our noodles) and compliance, so much compliance, and we need staff, who need computers and phones, and we need wifi and power so people will want to work here, the list goes on... but we know that the handful of seed we have isn't enough for the whole field, not yet.
That's when we thought that you might want to throw a few seeds in with us too.
We've done our homework, far out did Council make us do our homework, and we know that this venture will work, and we've put everything we could on the line to raise as much of that $150k as possible, and we've done good. Now we just need the last $65k and we are off and running, well, walking at least.
Everything we raise in this campaign goes towards us moving closer to our dream, changing our, and many others realities while we're at it.
Ngahere is the Maori word used for forest, but its meaning is even cooler. Nga=many and here=strands, bonds, cords or connections, so it describes the interconnected ecosystem that makes up a forest. That's why we chose it as the name for our enterprise, because we believe in the potential of connected, collaborative communities to bring about change that benefits all who are involved.
At Ngahere @ Te Haa o Manukau we'll start to build this ecosystem with four focusses:
A shared office space designed by and for Maori and Pasifika entrepreneurs. A range of packages are available from hot-desking for a day through to permanent residents with ethernet connection and 24/7 access. We are aiming to attract the new breed of entrepreneurs forging paths in the world of tech and innovation.
A whole range of moments that bring our community together and celebrate our successes. From workshops and learning exchanges, meet-ups and labs, to awards and launches, exhibitions and pop-up stores, we can't wait to make this a hub of pioneering vibes.
Digital content creation is the future (well it's the now) of everything. Social media, online platforms, streaming and even gaming, everything is available online, and those who create content have the ability to reach the world! Most kids these days don't watch TV, they watch the internet, you ask a 7yr old what they wanna be when they grow up, they'll probably list YouTuber as one of their life goals. We're going to make the space, have the gear, and wrap business support around this generation of creators and entrepreneurs to step confidently into the online business world.
The skills needed for work, and for our future, are changing, and we're struggling to keep up. As part of TSI's City of Makers strategy, we will facilitate the co-design and delivery of a Maker Skills Progamme aimed at trainee, apprentice and skilled makers learning what they need to get those good jobs, and make those huge innovations.
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|Keeping the lights on||10,000|
Te Arawa, Ngati Whatua
Wifey, a fierce Muma bear (to a small nation!), Grand- Muma, businesswoman.
After baking my way into the heart of the man of my dreams, he finally asked me to marry him! We now proudly live and love in South Auckland. Breaking down negative stereotypes and perceptions one small mind at a time!
Director and Programme Lead
Andy is a former founder of social enterprise, Critical Design Ltd (2013 - Early 2018), which aimed to democratise manufacturing. The design studio is located inside decile 1 Wesley Intermediate School and brought tech such as 3D design and printing, robotics and CNC milling to their students and community. He has also supported innovative initiatives in the education sector and continues to help teachers to think outside of the box to best prepare students for an unknown future.
Beks is an experienced Community Facilitator with a demonstrated history of working in the Healthcare sector. Skilled in health promotion, event planning and engaging communities. Born, raised and proud of her Otara roots. She also loves the Parramatta Eels.
Sales and Marketing Lead
Marcus is new to the social entrepreneurship game but has been involved in all things South Auckland since he can remember, so being on a project like this is an exciting challenge. His vision is to enable people from the community to forge new paths, all in the name of combating the “South Auckland” stereotype. Marcus also spends too many hours in the day laughing at memes
Born and raised in South Auckland, Kipi is eager to help people reach their potential using their natural talents. Whilst a baker by passion and an engineer by profession, he has invested his time into his community of Otara working with young people. He wants to see Maori and Pasifika people tap into their pioneering heritage in the area of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Plus cookies. Everything is better with cookies.
Barry (pronounced Bar-Dee) is from the Far North. The Very Far North. Ireland. To escape the shackles of his old banking life he decided to go as far away from home as he could. Now - as part of the PledgeMe and Tā Koha teams - he spends his days helping social entrepreneurs fund the things they care about through crowdfunding. He also sings. In the shower. And out on the streets.
You can't row a hearty waka on your own.
To quote our friend Vinnie Egan from Maui Studios (Check out his full korero here)
"Valuing people, that's what it's all about, it's the people around you that define how far you can go, like you can't row a hearty waka all by yourself!"
And we 100% believe that is true. We can't do this on our own, we don't want to do this on our own. We have just under three years in this building to prove ourselves, to cultivate the community we're dreaming of. Whatever you can do to help, whether it feels like a little or a lot, it all makes a difference, and we're just so stoked to have you in our waka!
We definitely think that this is only the beginning for us, once we find our feet and get our heads around this type of community building enterprise model, there'll be nothing stopping us. We're coming for you Aotearoa (not yet, but soon - LOL)
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your contribution. And we'd also like to ask if you could share this throughout your networks, Social Media, write it in the sky, anything you can think of actually, it would mean heaps to us. Follow our journey at https://www.fb.com/ngaherecommunities and for bookings, packages and more info head to our website ngaherecommunities.nz
The People Behind Manukau's first Co-working, Events and Maker Space
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Kahu Iupati has pledged on 4 campaigns.
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"Great initiative - all the best! "
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"This community is simply a dream and cannot wait to see this flourishing journey. I am always of service, even far away but close in heart."
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"Ka rawe Manawa! Kia pai to haere I tenei kaupapa"
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