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Tolaga Bay Innovation


Indigenous empowerment through enterprise and technology. Nurturing grassroots entrepreneurship and online technologies, to create more equitable opportunities for Tangata Whenua


We are an NZ charity for social and economic improvement in the Tairawhiti region (East Coast). To further this mission we have set up the Tolaga Bay Innovation hub which: 

·        Provides training in business and technology for those who are unemployed or in low paid jobs 
·        Supports budding grassroots enterprises with mentorship and help with fund-raising 
·        Connects with tech employers to unlock opportunities for paid internships and remote working 

Over the last year we ran an entrepreneurial training program in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development creating 13 Māori owned enterprises, for example: 

Uawa Factory Road Native Nursery: Growing native seedlings and working with regenerative farmers, council, schools and organisations to plant native trees.  It also teaches environmental regeneration with local schools and employs four local people within the community. 

Huiterangi Digitech: Providing tamariki (children) with learning opportunities for their online code club both at the Tolaga Bay Inn and Hatea-a-Rangi School. Weekly code club via online zoom sessions is now being implemented. Funding of over $100k from MBIE and JR McKenzie. 

The initial MSD grant successfully established the hub, and we are now seeking other sources of funding to enable TBI to run further training programs.  The vision is to establish a Putea Ora Fund which can provide grant based cash flow for grassroots enterprise, and capital for enhancing social and economic opportunities in the East Coast region.


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Post-Cyclone support for Tolaga Bay and Te Tairawhiti

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Scott Miller

$10,000 NZD since Nov 2021

Anita Baldauf

$3,800 NZD since Apr 2021


$1,600 NZD since Dec 2021

Mike Bracco

$1,050 NZD since Sep 2022

Duncan Matthews

$100 NZD since Nov 2021

Alanna Irving

$20 NZD since Apr 2021

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Lily Stender

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Scott Miller

$10,000 NZD

Anita Baldauf

$3,800 NZD



$1,600 NZD

Mike Bracco

$1,050 NZD

Duncan Matthews

$100 NZD


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Invoice #137559
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Contribution #593175
Today’s balance

$639.81 NZD

Total income

$17,326.79 NZD

Total disbursed

$16,686.98 NZD

Estimated annual budget

$2,701.05 NZD


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Tolaga Bay Innovation

Updates on our activities and progress.

Tolaga Bay Innovation new community space opened 03rd April

Kia ora koutou big thank you to everyone who has supported our intiatives and the additional creation of our new community space. Since Cyclone Garielle in Feb 2023, we saw the urgent need to create a facility to enable support, connectivit...
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Published on May 4, 2023 by Lily Stender

Creating incomes online from Tolaga Bay

Thanks to the EHF Huddles donation of $2500 which contributed towards new participants gaining scholarships into our Tolaga Bay Innovation tech hub training programme. Creating incomes online.
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Published on November 15, 2021 by Lily Stender

Westpac Award Winners 2021

From Pub to Hub A social enterprise nurturing grassroots entrepreneurship. Building self-sustainable communities through enterprise and technology. Real Impact in the making....
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Published on October 29, 2021 by Lily Stender