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Nikamu Taitoko

Ngāti Maniapoto/Ngāti Porou

King Country Flooring Ltd

As a teenager, Nikamu was so painfully shy he could barely speak.

The father of five, from Te Kuiti, still finds speaking in public challenging, but he’s determined his carpet/vinyl laying business, King Country Flooring, will be successful.

Supported by his wife Maarea, he recently pitched his plan to expand his business to a He Kākano panel and he was granted $15,000.

Nikamu says he will use the funds to upgrade equipment, buy tools, and hire an assistant, as he has plenty of support in his local community and a backlog of orders to fill.

I can get my name out there more and help me get through more metres (of carpet). It will make it a lot easier.