Te Hūmeka Māori Business Network was founded in Waikato in 2010 as a non-profit organization whose main function is to support Māori Business and provide platforms for Māori Businesses to network on a local, national and international scale.

Our organisation operates under the values of tikanga Māori, manaakitanga and kotahitanga in particular.  We hope that through our work, we can support Māori in realising their economic aspirations to achieve economic prosperity.

The name “Te Hūmeka” was gifted to us from Maharaia Paki (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Whawhakia), and comes from a whakataukī of King Tāwhiao.  His kōrero reflects the concept of “globalisation” and the importance of utilising the different skill sets of many, to assist us in achieving our aspirations.

“Tērā ano ōku nei hoa kei ngā tōpito e wha o te ao,
Ko ngā hūmeka, ko ngā parakimete me ngā kāmura”

“My friends will come from all parts of the world, from the working classes of the shoemakers, blacksmiths and carpenters.”

Kiingi Tawhiao