into business ownership
Before Nikora Heraka Mahakanui Rautahi-Mahuika started his business he did labouring jobs and was even homeless for a time.
Today, the 30-year-old runs a barber shop in Invercargill and he hopes it will be a stepping stone to other businesses.
He’s an example of young Māori that are being encouraged to embrace the business world.
Growing up, his father had his own pounamu carving business which meant it [running a business] was something he didn’t see as impossible.