The Canterbury and New Zealand Business Association was founded in 2007 by Taz Mukorombindo while he was a first year MBA student. It was born out of a desire to help serve and shape the livelihoods of ethnic and migrant communities, particularly in respect to employment and business development, to help motivate and assist them to reach their full potential.
CNZBA has initiated numerous impressive projects which have been officially recognised.
- CNZBA Women’s Project
- Christchurch International Market
- Migrant Mentoring Programme
- Migrant Enterprise Development Programme
- CPIT Foundation Award for Launch of Migrant Mentoring Programme for students, 2010
- CPIT Foundation Award for Launch of Voluntary Club – Poly Lions with Lions Club – 2011
- Certificate of Recognition for services towards Earthquake Recovery – NZ Police, Ministry of Social Development and Intercultural Assemblies – 2012
- African Communities Recognition and Certificate for Achievements in Business – 2012
- EEO Trust Diversity Awards Entrant 2013
- Human Rights Commission Certification of Recognition for Proposal of Christchurch International Hub 2013
- Granted Special Consultative Status with United Nations Economic and Social Council – New York. 2015
- NZ Aids Foundation – African Health Programme : Recognition for high achievement in Entrepreneurship award 2017 for Taz Mukorombindo