Maori Business Network host breakfast at Matariki

Kia ora tatou,

A warm and heartfelt "thank you" to everyone that supported and came along to our Matariki Breafast. O'Gradys' catering were fantastic in looking after our kai and as usual everyone was well looked after.

It would have been difficult to tell participants that they would be giving up their (early) Saturday morning to listen to a talk about insurance (and still expect them to come or at least be enthusiastic about coming along) - so we didn't tell them BUT watching and listening to Adrian Johns from Coverforce talk about what he does and why, was pretty cool. Adrian educated us about what insurance is, what it covers and why you have it - it sounds simple...and it is but we need to hear it and understand it for it to make sense so that we're comfortable with it. Adrians presentation was honest (he called insurance the industry of doom & gloom) and it was to the point and when questions were thrown at him he didn't become a politician and delay, deny or defuse the question. It was clearly laid out that; what you do, where you do it and who you do it with are the issues that insurance people focus on when drawing up and costing cover plans. i think we all learned a bit and now have someone that we can talk to about insurance.

Devlin Tikitiki talked about his life and work experiences (and wow!!@! who can do all of that?). How many different countries and roles can one person be involved in during one lifetime?? His involvement in the Maori community spans locations and roles within a range of organizations that deliver real and meaningful value to adults and children in the Maori community. Teaching and hospitality are industries that Devlin draws his experiences from and as he teaches my kids at kohanga hopefully this will infuse itself into their little beings. With the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival he is delivering film skills (alongside Tema and others) to our tamariki so that they can become skilled at shooting and editing a short clip for the internet. Devlin announced that the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival will be taken up to Logan, Brisbane for Friday the 5th and 6th of September 2014.

Last but not least was Mathew Tukutaki from Entrehub, Mathew had only just made it out of hospital to come and share his experiences with us. As and advocate and endorser of disruption, he knows that disruption brings calm. Statistical data would then follow that if there's more disruption and that if calm naturally follows disruption then the more disruption the more calm we have in our lives. Mathew spoke about the disruptive emphasis that he encouraged businesses to involve themselves in in order to bring about positive change. The learnings that are relevant today were absolute gems for our breakfast party to take in especially if they caused him to get to the top of organizations and turn them around. What Mathew is involving himself in now with entrehub only just kept everyone from falling off the edge of their seats. To know that we can leverage ourselves off entrehub is an absolute gift.

Kotahi Tours donated two Sydney walking tours as one of the door prizes and after breakfast I overheard both winners locking in times that they could both go on the tour. After taking the tour my view is that every Maori living in Sydney must take the tour given the whakapapa that they are now connects them to Poihakena.

Mana Sports donated an outfit (compression wear) that Irihapeti was already making arrangements to pick on that same day up from John Williams from Mana Sports. Possibly given Mathews very recent stay at the hospital it would be a good idea to think about purchasing some gear to go running in.

Aotearoa Maori Film Festival donated a free double pass to one of the screenings in Sydney. They were hoping that since Devlin had only just announced Logan they may consider going up to Brisbane to take us up on the offer.

I don't really want to go into the breakfast any further BUT if you want to know more, you should talk to one of the attendees today. If you weren't here today - you should have been. To all of those members that said they wanted to be here -  i had a great time and honestly you should have been here. See you at the next event.

Heoi ano,

Brent Reihana