MATEAWA KEELAN

General manager of Hikurangi Enterprises


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Mateawa is the general manager of Hikurangi Enterprises, a social enterprise in Ruatoria. Hikurangi Enterprises focuses on the research and development of medicinal cannabis.  Recent crowdfunding of $2 million has enabled plans for processing and growing facilities and clinical trials to commence. They're also analysing the bioactive compounds of plants and shellfish in local native ecosystems to create natural high-value health products. To facilitate the development of locally owned businesses Hikurangi is looking to run incubator and accelerator programs.

Mateawa has managed a farming business with her partner for the past 15 years and also runs a local transport company. She was awarded first place at 2014’s Mai Biz Wanaga, one of a series of workshops which aim to help empower and enable Ngati Porou women and their whanau to achieve economic and financial independence.