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Auckland: Free Biz Clinic for Maori in the Arts

Auckland Holds Free Biz Clinic for Maori in the Arts

Maori operating businesses in the arts, fashion and music industries are invited to attend a free mentoring clinic Monday (June 9th) at the Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Mangere.

The clinics are organised by Maori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI), an organisation that provides small business loans and mentoring to Maori women and their whanau.

The session starts at 1.00pm and will run until 6.00pm and covers management, marketing and accounting business practices.

Dame Georgina Kirby, executive director of MWDI, says the clinics help Maori understand the processes needed to keep their businesses running successfully.

A wananga follows the clinic with guest speakers Harry Howe, importer of Versace clothing, artist Richard Cooper and entertainer Russell Harrison. There will also be opportunities to network. To attend the clinic, please contact Dot Mareroa on (09) 299-1203. ends Maori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) Formed in 1987, MWDI is a unique, indigenous financial institution that is managed and operated by Maori women for Maori people. Controlled by seven trustees, who are the former and current national presidents of Maori Women’s Welfare League Inc, MWDI provides small business loans and mentoring to Maori women and their whanau. MWDI has an excellent track record and has a database of almost 4,000 Maori businesses. MWDI loans up to $20,000 at a 9 percent interest rate.

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