The Spinoff’s Justin Latif recently chatted with Manawawharepu Udy about creating a warm and welcoming co-working space that also sells homegrown fashion and beautiful indigenous art – all while mentoring young creatives. Grid MNK is not just a funky place to work. The business behind it, Ngahere Communities, also runs an e-commerce site, Konei, which markets and sells NZ-made products by primarily Māori and Pacific-owned enterprises, and a mentoring initiative called Tukua which supports budding Māori and Pacific creatives.

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