MADISON REIDY / Stuff.co.nz
Lowrie said she was proud that her tribe had invested in the technology industry. She originally approached Maori investors first, but was turned down because she did not fit their criteria.
“I made the decision that I would go to my own iwi and my own people.”
She said she was surprised to find that Nga Rauru had been following 1Centre’s progress. Nga Rauru Kitahi chairman Te Pahunga Marty Davis said the iwi was proud to call Lowrie one of its own.
“If they [iwi] do not start changing their investment portfolios and their investment strategies then they are going to miss out.”
Nga Rauru had started putting aside money to invest in technology companies like 1Centre, she said. Maori were becoming more advanced in their investment outlook, Lowrie said.
Being a female made the capital raising process even harder.
Prospective investors asked her how her children would hinder her businesses growth, she said. But, Lowrie still encouraged Maori women to become entrepreneurs.
“I do not think I have actually ever met one other Maori, female, tech founder.”
– Sunday Star Times