What does it mean for you?

At Aukaha, we believe that economic activity should generate social value. We encourage businesses to be more inclusive in their supply chain practices while capitalising on the opportunity for competitive advantage and community engagement that comes from working more closely with a broader range of suppliers.

We are working to identify Māori and Pasifika owned businesses of wide ranging services so we can put them in touch with other businesses interested in adopting the practice of supplier diversity for positive social outcomes.

Our aim is that for any company wanting to tender, partner or work with Ngāi Tahu in our takiwā, there will be an expectation that they will be open to supplier diversity in their procurement practice. 

So how could this work for a Māori or Pacific owned business? Say for example you own a reputable landscaping/plumbing/scaffolding business here in Dunedin.  You have been thinking about expanding your business but just aren't sure if you are ready to take that next step.  If there was a long term building development taking place in Central Otago, would you consider opening a branch in that area if we've negotiated with the building contractor to use your services? 

Alternatively, if you are an established company, not in Māori or Pacific ownership, would your company be interested working with us to get better outcomes for the Māori and Pacific community? There are many benefits, not least higher rates of workforce engagement and better access to contracts that weight social outcomes in the tendering process.

 Register your interest with us today!

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