ePakihi is a kaupapa Māori business program developed in response to the negative impact COVID-19 had on whānau well-being through job loss and reduced business income in 2020.

Delivered entirely online ePakihi provides one-on-one business coaching, group workshops, and access to business tools and resources.

Our objective is to inspire and equip whānau with practical and relevant business information, training, skills, and support to be business competent and savvy. 

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Why ePakihi?

It’s not easy being in business. It requires courage, risk, knowledge, and money. It requires tenacity and a willingness to learn from others with experience, plus a clear plan and pathway to grow your business.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a solopreneur or a big multi-national business the challenges are the same. You have to know your customer and design a product or service that they will pay for. You need access to expertise, mentors, or coaches to help guide your business strategy, and partners with the right skills and assets who share your values and vision. You have to put skin in the game.

ePakihi provides all the information, training, resources, tools, and support you need to help you grow your business. Our team of Māori business coaches and back-office support kaimahi are also business owners. As business practitioners, we understand the challenges and rewards of being in business.

We Provide Everything You Need To Build A Successful Business

You will:

  • Be inspired to get started. 
  • Get clarity on your business idea.
  • Learn the basic building blocks to starting a solid business.
  • Have online access to business tools and resources.
  • Create your own individualized business plan.
  • Get one-on-one support and accountability to take action.
  • Get access to business opportunities.
  • Be your own boss. 
ePakihi Program

Are you currently a business owner or looking to get into business? Our ePakihi program is a business startup and development program to support whānau in business.

If you think you have what it takes to be in business apply here. 

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ePakihi Hub

ePakihi Hub is part of the ePakihi program.

We support whānau to build a solid foundation for their business through providing practical and specific whānau-centred advice and support.

ePakihi Hub is only available to whānau on the program.

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ePakihi Directory

Our business directory provides a listing of credible whānau businesses. Some (but not all) have been through our ePakihi program and continue to be supported by us.

If you want to be included in our ePakihi directory apply here.

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Whānau Support & Engagement

We know that being in business is often busy and can sometimes be lonely. We support our ePakihi whānau in a number of ways. For example, we publish a weekly newsletter that summarises the key events for the week with links to the online tutorial, inspiring speaker, or expert group coaching session. All our sessions are recorded and contained in the online ePakihi hub. This means our business owners can access what they need as often as they like and at a time that is convenient for them. Our app makes it easier to listen to recordings while walking, exercising, working, or driving. We also have an ePakihi Facebook page where we post updates, panui and celebrate whanau achievements. 


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