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Networking Among Maori Fostered Through Directory

New Business Directory launched to foster networking among Maori

A new website designed to foster networking among Maori owned and operated businesses has been launched –www.maoribusinessdirectory.co.nz.

Auckland, New Zealand (Adrenalin Group) June 8, 2006 – An initiative designed to encourage networking between Maori owned and operated businesses was launched today.

The Maori Business Directory (www.maoribusinessdirectory.co.nz) is a website developed in partnership by Adrenalin Group; an Auckland based Web Design Company specializing in Maori developments and Just Networks an online directory specialist to satisfy the need for Maori businesses to work together.

Adrenalin Group were behind the successful launch of www.maorilanguage.net - a website designed to teach people the basics of the Maori language through online video lessons that in just over 3 months has had over 20,000 visitors from more than 60 different countries.

“For some time we have heard from fellow Maori business owners and operators that there should be more ways we can network together, we took the initiative of developing the Maori Business Directory website in an attempt to start to satisfy these demands” claims Bradley Walker, Managing Director of Adrenalin Group and a Director of Just Networks. “This website gives any Maori owned or operated business or organisation the opportunity to list their business details for free, and allow people to more easily contact and interact with them.” he said.

The website has been completely funded by Adrenalin Group and is the second in a series of web-based developments they have planned to support Maori, the first being MaoriLanguage.net. They aim to recover some of the cost of creating and running the directory by offering businesses upgrades to sponsorship and featured listing packages.

Mr. Walker believes the Maori Business Directory offers another way for groups of Maori businesses and organisations to collaborate to grow their business. He suggests “Maori are traditionally used to working together in networks and for trading among families, hapu and iwi. This development is a return to that kind of philosophy, by making people aware of what other Maori groups are out there, what they offer and encouraging them to interact” Mr. Walker is hoping the Maori Business Directory meets with the same success as MaoriLanguage.net.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Bradley Walker or visit www.maorilbusinessdirectory.co.nz www.maorilanguage.net or www.adrenalingroup.com.

About Adrenalin Group:

Adrenalin Group is specialists in TV production, website design, DVD production and brand identity development. They are regular suppliers of TV programmes to Maori Television, New Zealand’s Maori language focused broadcaster.

ENDS

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