Another cohort of Māori leaders taking the stage

Looking back at our 2017 Ka Eke Poutama graduation ceremony where family, friends, iwi leaders and Government ministers came together to celebrate the graduation of 55 young Māori leaders.

For a video feature on Māori Television, check out the links below:

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Finalists at the Matariki Awards

Te Whare Hukahuka were well represented at the 2017 and 2018 Matariki Awards, with co-founder Shay Wright being named as a finalist in both years for the Te Whetū Maiangi -Young Achievers Award.

In 2018, Pania Newton, an alumni of our Ka Eke Poutama programme, and the staunch young leader behind the Ihumatao’s ‘'Save Our Unique Landscape’ kaupapa was also named as a finalist for Te Whetū Maiangi -Young Achievers Award.

For videos of both finalists, click on the video links below:

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Te Whare Hukahuka team members at the Matariki Awards 2017.

Te Whare Hukahuka team members at the Matariki Awards 2017.

Primary Industry Champions

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Te Whare Hukahuka was named as one of the Ministry for Primary Industries ‘Primary Industry Champions’ to help grow our future Māori enterprises in the primary industries.

This is part of the vision for New Zealand to be the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products.

Achieving this vision will require innovation, story-telling, technology, biosecurity, greater environmental sustainability, and a shift from volume to value.

Click above to watch the interview about Te Whare Hukahuka’s work to help grow Māori agribusinesses.

Developing the next generation of Māori leaders - Radio New Zealand

“Te Whare Hukahuka is on a mission to empower and develop the next generation of Māori community and business leaders through education.

Māori youth have a thirst for governance training that could give them access to a range of organisations from corporates to community organisations, to iwi, hapū and marae boards, co-founder Shay Wright says.

Governance is a little bit of an enigma. It’s a difficult one to look at and know exactly what it is and how it works; and I think that’s part of what we see our role being - to demystify it and focus on some of the few things that will make the greatest difference.
— Co-founder, Shay Wright

Ka Eke Poutama alumni and facilitators reflect on the need for the programme

Our Ka Eke Poutama programme named 'Community-Based Programme of the Year 2018'

The 2018 ACE Aotearoa Annual Award for Community Based Programme of the Year Tangata Whenua has been awarded to Ka Eke Poutama.

Ka Eke Poutama is a rangatahi leadership programme to help develop the governance skills of our next generation of leaders.

The fifteen week programme teaches rangatahi the core skills of great governance and social enterprise - practical skills that they can apply once they get onto a board. Participants are connected to real life governance board opportunities.”

The alumni are shaping the country’s future, from being part of delegations to international events, and running social initiatives in their community, to taking on senior management roles and setting up their own social enterprises.
— ACE Aotearoa, 2018
Ka Eke Poutama facilitators and alumni with ACE Aotearoa co-chair Charissa Waerea

Ka Eke Poutama facilitators and alumni with ACE Aotearoa co-chair Charissa Waerea