Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board leading the way for businesses to progress together

Last Updated : 14 Feb 2024
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Round two of the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Economic and Business Development Fund is back and ready to benefit more local businesses.

Applications close midnight, Thursday 29 February 2024.

The fund generated a real buzz and excitement in the local area when it was introduced last year in May 2023, and achieved great success with well over 50 registrations and several selected local businesses were awarded.

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board Chair Tauanu’u Nick Bakulich says, “from the funding awarded in 2023, we have been able to back a significant number of businesses in our local area who now have the tools or equipment, research, assistance with startups and other expenses covered.

“Our board are delighted by the positive reception of our Economic and Business Development Fund across our local area. How great is it that we can support local businesses, from different backgrounds and with diverse needs.

“It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of their journey as it’s important for us to serve these businesses who in turn, serve our community, economy and city, and we’re confident this fund will help pave the way for a more flourishing Māngere-Ōtāhuhu.”

About the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Economic and Business Development Fund

The primary focus of the fund is to provide assistance in the economic growth and wealth development of the region.

“We are dedicated to seeing that regional small businesses seize business opportunities, to increase local wealth and employment”, says Bakulich.

Each application is capped at $2000 and is available on Smartygrants. Businesses must be located within the board area and have legal status and/or a New Zealand Business Number (NBN).

Here is what In the Ngahere, one of last year’s recipients had to say about the fund.

“Our company design and create Māori and Pasifika designed greeting cards, wrapping paper and contemporary wooden crafts,” says found Catherine.

“Ka tuku ngā mihi aroha ki te poari o Māngere-Ōtāhuhu! Thank you for supporting our small business and helping us to grow our creativity and capabilities. This business fund is a great investment towards developing more products inspired by Māori and Pasifika design.”

For more information, please refer to the Guidelines here. Click here to access a map of the board area.

Types of expenses covered by the Fund

Funding of up to $2000 can be sought for:

  • tools or equipment

  • money for training or conference attendance

  • money for marketing, research, or consulting expenses

  • seed money for start-ups

  • sustainability initiatives

  • response to environmental changes/challenges

  • or submit a proposal not outlined for consideration towards economic development.

We Should Practice Limited, local creative Louise Tu'u works on her own creative projects as well as supporting other creatives with their work.

“This grant has greatly improved my company’s agility, in that our technology is up to date and we can record our content on the iPad with high quality video and audio”, she says.

Funding process

To apply for funding, go online here.

Nature’s Fold - focused on promoting and preserving Rongoa Māori (traditional Māori healing practices and cultural knowledge), could not agree more.

“A big shout out to Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board for allowing me funding to help my small business,” says founder Lisa Critchley.

“Without their help I could not have done the mahi for the Christmas rush. They are there for everyone, and everyone can apply. It is not hard. I encourage all to apply for help with your small business or creative side hustle”.

Applications close at midnight, Thursday 29 February 2024. After the fund closes, a panel will review applications, and those successful will be contacted, and payments processed.

For more information or help email mangereotahuhueconomicbroker@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 09 301 0101.

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