Taz founded the Canterbury & New Zealand Business Association to support women, migrants, refugees and youth developing their own business.

“When I wrote my master thesis I had to find a solution to a world problem that is neglected. Many people don’t see the importance of migrants, which is why I worked on a way to help migrants develop micro enterprises. After I finished my thesis, I started to build an organization that supports people who are left behind. Now I have a group of many volunteers helping me to help others.

I want to make it easier for people and businesses to connect by creating a network. People should be able to develop their own businesses and get positive employment outcomes, no matter where   they are from.

That’s why I initiated numerous programs, projects and services including the Migrant Mentoring Program, the Legal Advice Clinic, Accounting Consulting, Insurance Cover and many more.

The Mentoring Program was selected by the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust for their Diversity Awards, recognizing organizations that help to promote harmonious relations and diversity within New Zealand. CNZBA is now accredited with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council to advocate for its various causes at an international level.

The reason why I am doing this is because I believe in equality and everybody should get the chance to improve themselves.

My organization increasingly became a passion and a call. I work hard and with my heart, because it means a lot to me. With knowledge, some experience and skills, I feel more competent to do this work than ever before.

As an entrepreneur, I often realize my influence to shape the livelihoods of people, to inspire, to motivate and to assist them to reach their potential. It is a responsibility I do not take lightly anymore; my responsibility to my community and eventually to my country and to the world is an attempt I want to achieve.”

Taz Mukorombindo