We will help you grow your business by 20–40% in 6–9 months and teach you how to do it yourself, with our strategic 'hands on approach'

Business Growth Advisory

We are a social enterprise for social enterprise and we're entrepreneurs, not academics, accountants or economists. We research and develop innovative insights that challenge the status quo thinking, this enables new ideas to solve old problems. Our team is stacked with people who have grown businesses before in similar industries to you and we have worked with over 100+ Maori businesses. This means we know the fastest, lowest cost, least risky and most profitable ways to grow your business or commercialise your project.

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rautaki strategic planning

Taking you from where you are today, to where you want to be in the future.  We specialise in strategies that produce a quadruple bottom line; improving people, planet, profit and protection of our culture.

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Business Coaching

An expert business coach working with you on your business planning and strategy. Business models and sustainability.  Systems and processes.  Capital raising and exporting.

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Bringing entrepreneurial insights and innovation to your projects

When commercialising a new project especially a social enterprise, there is no 'known' or assured data, only assumptions around the business model, therefore it is only practical experience that really matters. Financial service providers try to do what we do, but their training is in accountancy, not in commercialisation. In most cases they can not do what we do in the same way.

Really successful Kiwi businesses and Māori collectives often mention how important it is to have advisors with real and practical experience in innovation and commercialisation projects. This is a different skill set from financial or investment advisory, or to pure business management. There are many examples of business projects failing because they only had financial or legal advice, but no innovation and entrepreneurial expertise.

What is Business innovation?

Innovation is generally thought to be just developing new productsHowever that is just one way to innovate. Research shows that product development innovation, on it's own, provides the lowest return on investment. There are actually 10 different types of innovation in a business context. Our team experience covers all 10 areas of business innovation.

1. Profit model - how you make money

2. Network - how you connect and learn from others to create value

3. Structure - how you organise and align your company's assets and talent

4. Process - how you use superior methods to do your work and create efficiencies

5. Product performance - how you develop you offering to have distinguishing features and funtionality

6. Product system - how you create complementary products and services

7. Service - how you support and amplify the value of your offering

8. Channel - how you deliver your offering to customers and users

9. Brand - how you represent your offerings and business

10. Customer engagement  - how you develop meaningful customer connections and interaction

Taking you from where you are today, to where you want to be. We work with organisations that are focused on achieving the quadruple bottom line; People, Planet, Preservation, Profit

Our Kaupapa

We don’t believe in long and unrealistic strategy plans because all too often they sit on the shelf. We believe that strategy should be short and sharp; it should be focused and clear; and most importantly it should be easy to implement. We have proven that we can make this happen.

Our Approach

We work with your team to create clear goals, identify the roadblocks to overcome, and then help align your resources on achieving the goals. We bring strict measurement and focus. We build capability where necessary. We find partners who could bring resources, and we have links to capital for big projects. We want to make an impact with you, and we have a proven methodology that works for Maori organisations.

Who is this training for?

The Rautaki Strategic Planning Programme is for organisations that are paddling as one, but are not clear on where they are going or how they are going to get there. We choose to work with indigenous organisations that are committed to achieving a quadruple bottomline, that is, organisations that are committed to outcomes benefiting the community, improving our planet, producing profit and protecting our cultural heritage as indigenous peoples.

We provide expert business coaches to ignite your entrepreneurial potential and take your organisation to the next level

What is included?

Workshops - kanohi ki te kanohi sessions with your organisation adding value in your operations by reinforcing key principles, taking you through the stages of the entrepreneurial journey, helping correct behaviour, providing unbiased and independent view points.

One on one advisory Personalised coaching and advisory from coaches with significant experience in entrepreneurship and growing organisations

Te Pataka Ipurangi Coaching provides access to Te Pataka Ipurangi, providing access to more than 70 tailored resources to supplement your learning experience.

Opening networks - Access to our team's wide network of Māori trust's, businesses and experts, as well as the Icehouse's 5,000+ alumni business owners where relevant

Why is it important?

Māori organisations that follow through with coaching show a 250% improvement in their progress versus those who don't (evaluation report commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries). Leaders often find their coach helps them when grappling with the challenges of implementing new tools, systems and processes introduced into their environment, and helps change behaviour over time - improving their overall performance.


Who are our coaches?

All of our coaches have practical experience running businesses. They are a mix of Māori and non-Māori experts in a wide range of business areas. They're not boring or theoretical academics. They are driven, exciting, and committed to the continued growth of indigenous entrepreneurialism.

What do we cover?

  • Building capability and reinforcing key growth principles
  • Helping to correct and change behaviour
  • Providing an unbiased and independent viewpoint on key decisions
  • Sharing relevant tools & technologies to make the job easier
  • Connecting leaders with the relevant networks to help them grow and solve problems
  • Developing and managing business systems, planning, increasing productivity, growing gross profit margin across all activities, and outsourcing repetitive tasks.
  • Assistance with capital raising
  • Developing export initiatives
  • Governance coaching
  • Assisting with marketing initiatives
They are entrepreneurial, have different ideas, really good networks, are challenging, honest, and out of the ordinary.
They work really hard at what they do. We admire them as they make the effort. They are doing something for ‘our people’, for Māori.
That’s why we love what drives them
— Brenda Tahi, Tuhoe Tuawhenua