Spotlight: Terehia Takai

Every month, leaders are stepping up and working harder than ever to educate, grow their business, and most of all, inspire. It is because of people like them, that Crowd1 has become what it is today. This is a chance to get to know the people behind the success.

What is your background?

I am a Mouldy (Maori), a New Zealander born in a small town called Taumarunui, King Country in New Zealand but residing in Brisbane Australia. I am married to John and we have 11 beautiful children together. When I grew up, I was the oldest out of 12 children.

How long have you been with Crowd1?

I joined on the 29th March 2020. I am currently a Manager 1 Star and my husband is Manager 2 Star. My focus when I joined Crowd1 was to help my mum. My brother had introduced this concept to all of us. I went to the same presentation and saw the opportunity. I said to my brother, who is currently a Manager 3 star, I’m joining under mum. I helped my mum structure her business because I have a lot of cousins who own their own companies. I have done networking for a while, in between the children, I did different things. I helped build their teams before ours. I wanted to help my mum not have to work anymore. I knew the struggle of raising all 12 children and that was somewhere I could utilize my skills but not only myself but my brothers and sisters when they eventually jumped on everybody when they got wind of it. And now I can see that the fruits of our labour are all becoming ready to ripe. Mum became Director in 11 weeks. My sister became a Manager 1 Star in four weeks. It happened quickly for us because of the network that we have as a family.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Working with family (laughter). I think for me, the biggest challenge was believing in myself. You hear it from other people, like my husband. But it wasn’t until I had to stop and really think. This is a journey. In the beginning we were challenged by people who introduced us to this opportunity. If you want to be a President or Ambassador then you have to start presenting. And I thought, what! I attended every day for 2 months straight, the 3am calls with Bjorn and I copied what they did. And now I can say I’m getting better at it.

What is the best gift you have given someone? I know you have a family in Africa that you support. Where in Africa is this family?

They are in Accra, Ghana. This is an amazing story. Priscilla explained that a €99 Euro package is nearly a month’s wage and is so excited as she with the little money she has, gives back and celebrates her birthday every year and spends it at an orphanage and from the savings throughout the whole year purchases gifts to the kids. We are impacting lives and are so grateful and blessed with opportunity.

Who inspires you? You must have so many role models in your life with such a big network.

For me it was the late Dame Whina Cooper. She is a Mouldy leader. Dame Whina Cooper dedicated her life to fighting for Māori land rights and improving living conditions for Māori women. She stood up for the Maori cultures and rights. I can liken her to Mother Teresa in New Zealand. She was all about supporting the people. And she inspires me to do well. 

Make sure you read the CROWD Spotlight reportage on Mazeka Wilfred Bheki and Sanja Veselič.