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Made of Manukau pop-up launching this weekend

Ngahere Communities, a social enterprise based in Manukau, is set to launch its second annual Christmas retail pop-up, Joy to the Hood, on Saturday, December 14.

Located in the heart of Manukau at Te Haa o Manukau, a co-working space run by Ngahere Communities, the pop-up will feature items from 30 Maori, Pasifika and South-Auckland retailers, with almost all vendors under the age of 40.

The pop-up is supported by Te Puni Kokiri, Shopify and The Prince’s Trust New Zealand and follows on the success of Ngahere Communities’ inaugural event last year, which saw 23 participants generate almost $10,000 between them.

This year, the pop-up will also have an e-commerce component, thanks to support from local Shopify employee, Julian Bartram, who is offering vendors one-on-one training and guidance in selling their goods online.

“Bringing the pop-up store back this year means we can support local,” said Manawa Udy, founder and director of Ngahere Communities, “meaning that our local consumers are backing our local retailers, putting resources and support back into our local South Auckland community, while also getting some unique and meaningful gifts for their loved ones.”

The Made of Manukau pop-up shop will launch with a special opening night party on Saturday, December 14, from 5pm to 7pm at Te Haa o Manukau, with a live DJ, special offers and the chance to win a $150 voucher to spend in-store.

The retail shop will run for seven days until December 20, trading from 2pm till late every day.

Three of the young people who are selling their products at this year’s shop participated in the first iteration of The Prince’s Trust New Zealand’s enterprise programme earlier in November, which was run in partnership with Ngahere Communities and Shopify.

The two-day course helped young rangatahi with emerging business ideas to test, strengthen and establish their ideas, and also learn about sustainability and relationships with a strong focus on e-commerce.

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