Two childhood friends separated by the Tasman Sea for 20 years have reconnected as business partners to give New Zealanders in Australia a taste of home, The Spinoff reveals. Manawawharepu Udy and Sandra Gavet plan to sell Māori and Pacific-made products from a Gold Coast base. Konei, their e-commerce site, operates successfully from its South Auckland base but is now looking for new opportunities across the Tasman. Udy says the challenges of juggling all logistics during Covid restrictions mean the Gold Coast expansion will either “go down in a blaze of glory” or be the first step in establishing Konei as a global brand.