Tēnā koutou,


A 0800 4POUTAMA (0800 4768 8262) Covid-19 Māori Business support line for Māori businesses has been launched to give you direct access to specialist advisors who can provide the support you require as business owners and employers during these difficult times.

The Government is doing everything it can to cushion the impact on businesses through the many support packages that have been announced to date. However, we know from the feedback we are getting that understanding and accessing this information as well as navigating through the system can be difficult for some people.

NZ Māori Tourism, FOMA, POUTAMA, and Māori Women’s Development Inc. have united to fully utilize our collective resources, expertise, and networks to support you as Covid-19 continues to impact on us all.

The 0800 line will be open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday. This service is available to all Māori businesses adversely affected by Covid-19.

Kia haumaru te noho

Nau mai ki Māori Women’s Development Inc

For all new MWDI Business Loan Applications enquiries please email projectsassistant@mwdi.co.nz or phone 04 499 6504 to kōrero with our team.
For all other enquiries please email mwdi@mwdi.co.nz
or phone 04 499 6504.

Hei Manaaki i Te Mana Wahine Māori

Kia ora koutou,

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the World already, our prayers and aroha are with the families and friends of those who have fallen victim to this virus.

On the 12th of March, the World Health Organisation (WHO) made the assessment that COVID-19 coronavirus can be portrayed as a pandemic. To date, Prime Minister, Jacinta Arden has raised the alert to level 3 and we have moved into alert level 4 at 11:59 pm on Wednesday 25th March. This means that:

  • If you are not working in essential services, you must stay home and avoid interaction with others outside of your household.
  • Social distancing still applies, keep a 2-metre distance from people at all times.
  • Food will always be available. Production, distribution and supermarkets will continue.
  • Medicines and healthcare will always be available to those who require it.
  • All indoor and outdoor gatherings are cancelled.
  • All schools and early childhood (ECE) centres will be closed.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS

For further instructions please visit the Ministry of Health website.

Māori Women’s Development Inc’s (MWDI) Continued Support:

MWDI will continue to support Wāhine Māori in business however our loan fund is now on hold given the COVID-19 situation. We have already contacted existing clients to see how we can be of further assistance.


MWDI new enquiries:

MWDI introduced a new loan inquiries process in November 2019, enabling you to personally discuss your business needs with Natalie Smith. Natalie will assess with you, how our pipeline of services can best support you with your business. Due to COVID-19, we have put the new enquiries process on hold.

MWDI Programmes


HineBoss is a 3-day business training programme. However, it has recently been modified to assist you in completing at least 80% of your business plan. The programme is best suited for smaller numbers in attendance, however, we are diligently working on an online training option, which we will release upon availability.

Te Aka

Te Aka provides access to life-coaching, business mentors and specialist advisors. Depending on your requirements, you will be referred to one of our dynamic Te Aka experts. In response to COVID-19, we are providing our clients with additional sponsored sessions. Fortunately, all of our Te Aka specialists are already set up for online hui.

Rangatahi Programmes

Te Kora

Te Kora is a 5 hour business programme delivered to rangatahi across Aotearoa and in kura. We are currently working on an online service option for rangatahi to maintain engagement and continue to ignite their inner entrepreneur.

Te Wero Pakihi

Te Wero Pakihi is a 5 day programme aimed at connecting tauira Māori with what it means to enact innovative thinking and entrepreneurship within an organisation. MWDI is looking to move forward with the delivery of this programme in April 2021.

Te Wero Pakihi 2.0

Te Wero Pakihi 2.0 is a 3 day programme for alumni of Te Wero Pakihi (as seen above) to identify or expand their own business idea and hold a showcase to present their service or product to the wider community. The kanohi ki te kanohi element of this programme has now been canceled and we are looking at an alternative online solution. This programme is due to launch April 20th-22nd.

Hei Ō Ranga

Hei Ō Ranga is a business programme designed and delivered in Te Reo Māori through the lense of Te Aho Matua. This programme will be piloted in the Tāmaki region. With the COVID-19 situation rapidly escalating, we are moving the launch of this programme out and have the opportunity to spend more time on the quality of the design process.

Coronavirus New Zealand government stimulus package

With Finance Minister Grant Robertson warning that coronavirus COVID-19’s economic consequences may exceed those of the last global financial crisis, the New Zealand government has announced a NZD12.1 billion package to cushion the pandemic’s economic impact.

The biggest boost is $5.1billion towards wage subsidies for affected businesses in all sectors and regions.

Immediate income support for beneficiaries and those on low incomes

Extra support for the health system with NZD500 million towards strategy, increasing capacity and capability of the healthcare system and ensuring continuity of care, with NZD235 million immediately unlocked by the cabinet

A provisional tax threshold life, the reinstatement of building depreciation and writing off interest on the late payment of tax.

Below are links that can be accessed by self-employed and sole traders, or by businesses looking to support wages for staff.
Read the info below to see if you qualify.

MWDI On-line Preparations

MWDI are in a fortunate position as we are already equipped to work remotely. We will also utilise on-line communications to conduct meetings, either in groups or one on one.

As at Monday the 23rd of March, our physical office will be closed, however business will continue as usual – ON-LINE.

Therefore, please don’t hesitate to continue to contact our offices as follows:

Landine: 04-4996504 (calls will be diverted to Tristanne Dunlop)
General email: mwdi@mwdi.co.nz (Tristanne Dunlop)
Enquiries: projectsassistant@mwdi.co.nz (Natalie Smith)
Projects: projectsmanager@mwdi.co.nz (Tessa Gudgeon)
Rangatahi: rangatahi@mwdi.co.nz (Arahina Ormsby-Matehe)
Loans: accountant@mwdi.co.nz (Linda Clay)
Accounts payable: accountspayable@mwdi.co.nz (Caroline Fabriga)