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Designing Māori logos for non-Māori businesses? That’s a NO from me!

In today's globalised world, it's more important than ever to respect and understand the diverse cultures we encounter. As someone deeply connected to Māori culture, I find...
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Tips for providing useful feedback

 Providing constructive and effective feedback is crucial for a successful collaboration between clients and designers. Here are some tips to ensure that your feedback contributes positively to the design process

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Styling your space for 2024

If you've been yearning to transform your space and inject a burst of creativity, look no further. Hanging art prints is an accessible and impactful way to...
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Avoid Common Brand Mistakes in 2024

In the dynamic landscape of branding, staying ahead requires a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering a clear and impactful message. As we step...
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Reflections on 2023 and the stepping into 2024

  Reflecting on the journey through 2023 brings forth a whirlwind of experiences, blending highs and lows into a tapestry of personal and professional growth. As I...
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Meet our Team | Nikki Kennedy, Founder

The Faces behind Taputapu Nikki Kennedy | Founder of Taputapu Ltd.At Taputapu, we know are lucky to have a dedicated and talented Kāhui Hāpai (team members) who breathe life into our creative...
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Meet our Team | Rosa Flood, Graphic Designer

The Faces behind TaputapuRosa Flood (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu) | Graphic DesignerAt Taputapu, we know are lucky to have a dedicated and talented Kāhui Hāpai (team members) who breathe life...
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Bridging Worlds: Unveiling 'Hone and his Mokonui: Adventures in Te Waipounamu'

Introducing our very first reo rua (bilingual) children's book written an illustrated by our team and printed in New Zealand. We bring to you:'Hone and his Mokonui:...
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Elevate Your Image: Our ‘30 Logos Until Christmas’ logo design package

In the world of business, the importance of a well-crafted logo cannot be overstated. It serves as the visual identity of your brand, leaving a lasting impression...
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Taputapu ki Ōtautahi: Exploring Māori Creative Design Businesses with Ngā Hononga ā-Kiwa

Last month we embarked on a thrilling haerenga (trip) to Ōtautahi (Christchurch) with Ngā Hononga ā-Kiwa - a Kaupapa Māori initiative focussed on connecting Māori in Business....
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My 2022 wrap up!

Another year has come to an end. The word I had for 2022 was ‘expansion’ and the ways in which it has manifested this year has been exciting. See what we did in 2022. 

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My Reo journey

My reo journey started several years ago. I was sitting in a school office where a teacher spoke to me in Te Reo Māori. He asked, "how are you? And what are you doing here?" At that moment, I didn't know what he said or how to reply to him.

See how I overcame this feeling through my reo journey.

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5 benefits of hiring a Graphic Designer

A graphic designer is a digital artist; we create art on the computer. We at Taputapu Toi specialise primarily in Māori Branding. So whether you need to create your brand, rebrand, or design custom promotional material, we can help you every step of the way.

Let's look at 5 benefits of hiring a Graphic Designer.

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Taputapu turns 6

TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING! Six years of being in business, and some days it feels like I started just the other day. 

There are so many facets to learn about business. But I won’t bore you with the logistics of it. Instead, let me share six things I’ve learnt in business with you.

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What Matariki means to me

Matariki, for me, is about a time to stop, reflect and reset. It’s a beautiful time when the new Māori year is beginning, and it’s also halfway through the Pākehā year. Therefore, for me, it fits in well to set new goals for the new year ahead and also a halfway marker to evaluate how the first part of the Pākehā year has gone.

See how I'm celebrating Matariki this year.

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30 logos in 30 days

I had this rush of inspiration - From the car to the plane, whilst on my flight down to Gisborne, I got writing, and I typed out every detail. We will design 30 logos in 30 days!
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7 Tips for sharing Social Media content

Do you sometimes feel whakama or awkward sharing content? Or sometimes you have no idea what to post? Believe it or not, I sometimes feel the same...
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How do I know my business idea is a good idea?

So you've decided you want to start your own business, be your own boss, create your own sense of freedom. You have an idea that you feel can really take off.

Starting a business can be an overwhelming process. When I began Taputapu, it took me months to prepare before launching. But, before all of the preparation and kick-starting a business, how do you even know if your business idea is a good one?

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3 things to consider when creating a logo.

There are many things to consider when designing a logo for your brand. Here we discuss the 3 basic points to consider when creating a logo, shared by our very own Graphic Designer Taylor Pahuru

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Working from home VS a rented space

 After experiencing two lockdowns, I'm fortunate to work from home. I couldn't imagine the risk of paying for a lease over lockdowns. Working from home meant I could continue working through both lockdowns as business kept humming along. 

With many new pakihi m
āori on a similar journey as me, wondering about the benefits of working from home - here are some of the pros and cons I personally experience

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Designing your home workspace

Here are my tips to design your dream workspace, for those who work or study from home.
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Kia Ora 2022

The word I have for 2022 is 'expansion'. I don't know how this will manifest yet, but some ideas have popped up recently. We'll see how we go, but I feel that expansion is coming for Taputapu.
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Reflections from 2021

We're another year down, and just when we thought 2021 would be better than 2020, it threw us some more curveballs. But, overall, 2021, despite its challenges, was a new year for me, a year of many firsts, and I'm proud of myself for reaching the end. 
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My Pottery Journey

After my first pottery class in April 2021, I knew this would be the new direction for Taputapu - Handmade products made from uku (clay) that share our story, promote our culture and language, and doesn't negatively impact our taiao. 

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7 Tips for Balancing Mahi and Life

I've witnessed others work tirelessly 24/7, doing what they can for their business, company, kaupapa, iwi etc. I've observed burnout, separation from family, and unhealthy habits, which ultimately resulted in early death.

This is not the lifestyle that I want to live. I'm creating the life I want! 

Here are my 7 tips of how I keep sane - balancing Life and Mahi, as a Small Business Owner working from home.

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Transitioning into a Company

Have you wondered how to make the move from operating as a Sole Trader, to trading as a Company? ….. Because I did too, until JUST recently. As of July 2021 - Taputapu now operates as a Company, instead of a Sole Trader!

Taputapu was under my personal IRD number, and it was comfortable...

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Becoming Self Employed

It's October 2021, we are in level 3, and I have been full-time self-employed for three months, and I have no regrets. Everything has timed itself perfectly. Our workload is crazy, and I've had to push jobs out to meet demand. As a result, we have times when we are working with five to eight clients, consisting of small businesses, consultancies, hapū, iwi and organisations.
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The Rebrand

I looooovvveeed the change. The new soft brown pink colours were refreshing and reflected the new direction of considering our taiao and making our own products. There was something about adding colour that gave a vibrancy to our business. It was a good call!
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DIY Workshop

Transforming our space on a budget May 2021 We had plans to move into a warehouse, that never happened. So towards the end of 2020, I choose to...
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Renovating our workshop taught me many things. I learnt that I could do it myself, to not settle for average and it wasn't that hard.
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