Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand, with the interview available as both audio and a transcribed excerpt. This week Michael Moka talks Māori entrepreneurship and bringing the whānau (values) to work.
How is a country going to grow if the tangata whenua, some 15 percent of the population, are overrepresented in negative stats and under-represented in the ranks of entrepreneurs and owners? Well, that is a big question. One that can be broken down into many parts, the first of which might be how we get frontline Māori workers performing better, growing and improving, and into upward progress.
That’s where Indigenous Growth comes in. They work alongside organisations with indigenous workers – their term for those frontline workers – to unlock their potential and increase their contribution. It’s about bringing all of people to work, and unlocking the same positive qualities that many of these workers have in their whānau situations. A great idea and business from Michael Moka, an entrepreneur, scholar and leading voice in engagement. You might have caught him at TedX Auckland, or know him from his work with Executive Education and the Māori students association at Auckland University, or maybe through his love of kapa haka. Michael Moka joined us to talk about Indigenous Growth and unlocking potential.
Bonus! We asked Michael to share some insights into being an entrepreneur in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is what he told us.