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ISSUE: #02

Kia orana ki to tatou au kōpu tangata o te Enterprising Families! 

We hope you all are keeping safe and well during what seems to be a never-ending battle with COVID-19 in our community. We know that adjusting to the new norm is challenging so we encourage that if you and your family require support during this time, to please reach out to us at CIDANZ.  

This edition we will be sharing yet another awesome story of our eFAMILIES in action at the I AM Mangere Market held at the Mangere Town Centre. This year the I AM Mangere Collective has created a series of markets with the purpose of supporting whanau and small businesses/startups following the impact of COVID-19. The first market of the series was an integration of a Farmers Market and Local Social Enterprise Market of which we had six eFAMILIES participate over both days.  

We also wanted to inform you of the upcoming events, business opportunities and support services that are available for you and your family.  

Don’t forget to like and follow our social pages on Facebook and Instagram  to keep to date with Enterprising Families’ notices. 

Wishing you all a great week ahead.   
Meitaki ma’ata e kia manuia. 

Our eFAMILIES in action at the
I AM Mangere Markets

Reomoana (Right) and Lois (Left) from Ataahua Jewellery selling their handmade bespoke jewellery at the I AM Mangere Markets. 

What an awesome start to the year for our eFAMILIES. On Friday 11th and Saturday 12th February, we had the privilege of supporting a few of us eFAMILIES at the first I AM Mangere Market series held at the Mangere Town Centre. Both days were an absolute success, and it was a joy to watch the community come together in support of one another.

Meitaki ma’ata to our Enterprising Families' businesses (Amelia and Emma’s Kitchen, Ataahua Jewellery, Mama Pati’s Food Bar, Akari Body Treats, Mama’s Donuts Botany and Rukau Hut) for sharing this experience with us.  

Thank you to Toni and the team at I AM Mangere Collective for having CIDANZ and our eFAMILIES as part of this amazing event. We look forward to the next one! 

Upcoming Events

Local Markets at the Mangere Town Centre 2022: I AM Mangere Collective are in search of stallholders/vendors for their markets. The next market for this series is the Food Truck Market which is set to be held on Saturday 26th February 2022 from 10pm – 2pm at the Mangere Town Centre Library courtyard.   

If you are interested in participating in the markets, please email Please note that the theme is Food Truck and Foodies Festival, however everyone is still invited to participate outside of this theme.  

IT Refurbishment and Device Workshop: Tei Mua Tatou, a Cook Island Student service has teamed up with Remojo Tech and Recycle-A-Device to provide an IT Refurbishment Workshop for Cook Island high school students where they will learn how to repair and refurbish a laptop. The next workshop is set to take place on Sunday 27th February at the Mangere East Rugby League Clubrooms, Walter Massey Park from 9am to 3:30pm. Limited spots available.  

If you know someone in Year 11 to Year 13 who is interested in participating in this workshop you can complete the registration from here. For more information you can contact the team at Tei Mua Tatou via

Business Opportunities

There are some exciting business grants and free training opportunities currently available: 

Kokiri Māori Business Accelerator Programme: For our Māori eFAMILIES and entrepreneurs, Kokiri is a 12-week kaupapa-based startup accelerator that supports early-stage Māori enterprises. During the programme you will have access to mentors, coaches, investor networks and a $10,000 start- up grant. The next intake starts 4 April 2022.  To read more about the programme, check the eligibility requirements or register, visit Kōkiri - Accelerating Māori Entrepreneurs ( 

The Kitchen Project: For our eFAMILIES and entrepreneurs in the food industry, The Kitchen Project helps you take your business to the next level.  They are currently recruiting South Auckland-based food entrepreneurs to join their next intake. The programme provides an overview of running a successful business. Topics include regulations, food safety, finance and fund sourcing, supply chain, quality, sustainability and health, marketing including social media.  By the end of the programme, you will complete a food plan and a business plan, understand food regulations, be familiar with commercial kitchens and equipment and integrate sustainability, health, marketing, branding and sales into your business plan. 
To find out more, visit The Kitchen Project. 

Whāriki – Social Media Strategy and Advertising (Free Online Training, 2-part Seminar): Many of our eFAMILIES are using or want to set up Facebook or Instagram as their main channel to market and way to connect with clients/customers.  This 2-part, free seminar will help you to develop your social media strategy and advertising skills.  

The best way to get access to the webinar is to register with Activate Tamaki Makaurau here.  When you are registering make sure you select that you are interested in Māori & Pasifika business (this is the where the course was posted).  Then the courses should come up in your newsfeed once you are registered.  Here are the course details (you will need to register for each): 

  • Whāriki Social Media Strategy Webinar, session one, March 10 at 5.30pm. 

  • Whāriki Social Media Advertising Webinar, session two, March 15 at 5.30pm. 

Ministry for Pacific Peoples – Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund: The Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund is for existing small and medium-sized Pacific businesses located in the regions of New Zealand to stimulate growth and thrive in response to the impacts of COVID-19.  The aims of the fund are: 

  • To increase productivity and jobs creation; 

  • Improve Pacific people’s participation in the labour market. 

  • Increase participation of Pacific businesses in economic development projects in the regions; 

  • Support the scaling up of Pacific businesses to transition and diversify and create jobs; 

  • Strengthen more successful and sustainable Pacific-owned businesses; and 

  • Strengthen the resilience of Pacific businesses to the economic impacts of COVID-19.  

Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 and are required to contribute a minimum of 20% of the amount requested.  

Online Zoom workshops will be held to go into detail about fund eligibility and scope.  You can read more and register for a workshop here Ministry for Pacific Peoples — Pacific Aotearoa Regional Enterprise Fund (

Family Support

Support for people who cannot work due to COVID-19: There are two different COVID-19 payments to help pay workers and self-employed people who are self-isolating and are available for employers and self-employed people at any COVID-19 traffic light setting.  
COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme 
  • COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is for when people need to self-isolate and can’t work from home. The Leave Support Scheme is a weekly payment, paid at a flat rate of: 
    • $600 a week for workers who were working 20 hours or more a week (full-time)
    • $359 a week for workers who were working less than 20 hours a week (part-time). 
To be eligible the worker will need to meet certain health criteria, e.g.: they have COVID-19 or are a close contact. They must also have been told to self-isolate for at least four consecutive days. For more information about the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme here.  
COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment 
  • COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is for when a worker or self-employed person needs to self-isolate while they’re waiting on a COVID-19 test result and they can’t work from home. Workers may also be eligible if they need to support a dependent (e.g., children or a family member with a disability) who must stay home because they’re waiting for a COVID-19 test result. 
    •  It’s a one-off payment of $359 for each eligible worker. 
    • It can only be paid once in any 30-day period (unless a health official or doctor tells the employee to get another test). 
For more information about the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment here. 
CIDANZ Community Connector Service: Our small Community Connector team at CIDANZ works in our local community of Māngere-Otahuhu and Otara-Papatoetoe to empower people and families to access the support, information and services they may need. If you and/or your families require:
  • financial advice or assistance to meet household expenses or bills
  • employment and trainings options and advice
  • access to Wi-Fi, digital services and e-literacy
  • help with housing, drivers licenses, elderly care, parenting, programmes or, 
  • support for your family's health and wellbeing
You can contact Elizabeth Fa'alili at 
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