New cafe focuses on youth, business and community

updated By Numia Ponika-Rangi
  • Auckland

After three to four years of planning, a group of young Māori business partners have opened the BM Late Night Diner in Manurewa.

One of the partners and director Ioane Heke (Ngāti Ranginui and Tūhoe) says, "The focus of this diner is youth development, engaging with the community and the sport of touch rugby.

One of the business partners and touch rugby player and referee Bronson Marsh, passed away tragically last year and that is what's been the main driving force of this cafe" says Ioane. Hence the name BM Diner.

This morning's official opening was attended by the Māori King's son Whatumoana, Manawhenua from the Auckland region, some New Zealand's sporting stars friends' and families, from the Bay of Plenty and overseas.

Former Touch Blacks player Bruce Kake was on hand to help unveil a mural dedicated to the sport associated to the BM management team. He says, "It's got a lot to do with something that's close to his heart which is touch and with Ioane and them and Bronson which is close to Ioane's heart too so to support something like that is really cool."