Our kaupapa and culture make Te Whare Hukahuka a great team to be part of. Meet our contributors.



Travis O'keefe

Ngāti Porou (Ngāti Konohi)

Travis has more than 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, social entrepreneur and business coach, particularly in startup enterprises, business leadership and strategy.

He has won awards for innovation in healthcare, societal impact, excellence in design, research & development, excellence in innovation, and a NZ supreme award for innovation and entrepreneurial achievement.

He is a co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka, and in this capacity has worked with more than 750 Māori business leaders to advance their commercial and social development objectives.

Most recently, Travis has been leading the development of Te Whare Hukahuka’s sister company, Nuku Limited, which makes a range of products and sells them via ecommerce.

The goal of Nuku over time is to help Māori Trusts to develop and export their own high quality products directly to customers globally.

His strengths include entrepreneurship, strategic planning support, capital raising, facilitation to a Māori audience and identifying ways to overcome roadblocks.




Shay Wright

Te Rarawa, Ngāruahine, Ngāpuhi

Shay grew up in Takahue in the Far North, on inter-generational whānau land in the rohe of his iwi. He has helped grow a range of organisations, through building capability, strengthening strategy and helping them connect with partners and support. He uses a combination of experience in entrepreneurship, education, Māori governance and community economics to help shape Te Whare Hukahuka. His governance experience started young, as a founding trustee of the teacher recruitment organisation, Teach First NZ. Shay now holds advisory board appointments to the Government's Maori Economic Development Advisory Board, the Kahui Māori for the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge, and The Impact Initiative’s Sector Working Group. 

Shay is a well known social entrepreneur, named in the 2016 Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list of Social Entrepreneurs. He has been a finalist for the 2016 and 2017 Young Enterprise Alumni Award, 2017 Young NZ Innovator Award, 2017 and 2018 Matariki Young Achiever Award, 2019 Young New Zealander of the Year, and a double finalist for the 2019 Impact Awards.  Shay initially developed the strategy for the Māori unit at The Icehouse and led the implementation before co-founding Te Whare Hukahuka. In 2017 he featuring as a futurist on the TV show ‘What Next?’, which looked at the trends shaping our world and what this means for New Zealand over the next 20 years.

Senior Facilitator

Senior Facilitator

Kaye-Maree DUNN

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake

Kaye-Maree has worked with Māori groups at a flaxroots level and with a number of Māori business enterprises to develop capability, identify risks and create possibilities for development. She is an experienced facilitator, and delivered our governance training programmes to dozens of iwi organisations.

Kaye-Maree also holds several board roles, is a part-time Project Manager with Māori Women's Development Inc and has recently co-founded a blockchain application called Āhau to manage personal data through a set of tools that enable data collection, storage, management and access. 

Her many hats demonstrate Kaye-Maree's commitment to making change in a number of fields, especially for Māori. 

Office Manager

Office Manager

Joyce Chen

Ngāti Hainamana te iwi

Joyce grew up in the Zhejiang province of China and studied International Business before moving to New Zealand in 2012. Joyce travelled New Zealand extensively before settling in Auckland and joining Te Whare Hukahuka as Office Manager. She regularly runs to keep fit, and her cheerful enthusiasm, efficiency and effective abilities to outsource tasks where necessary make her a valuable member of the Operations team.

Programme Manager

Programme Manager


Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi ki Hokianga, Ngāruahine

Mita has worked with tangata whenua at multiple levels - individuals, whānau, marae-based organisations, hapu and iwi. He has also worked with a number of Government agencies to unlock opportunities to work collaboratively with tangata whenua to explore, identify, design and develop strategic pathways for the future. 

Mita is the Programme Manager for the Ka Hao programme, designed and delivered by Te Whare Hukahuka. He is committed to working with a range of partners to ensure participants understand how to weave together multiple software applications to develop strategic solutions to operational and marketing-related business challenges.

Mita is also a co-founder of Making Everything Achievable Limited, (the word ‘mea’ in te reo Māori meaning ‘anything and everything’. MEA Ltd is a facilitation platform that works in partnership with others to make kaupapa achievable. He is a trained Meta Coach in the field of Neurosemantics and NLP.

Tyrone Hack

Ngāti Kahu - Te Whānau Moana me Te Rorohuri, Niue - Avatele

Tyrone has a legal research background and an incredible attention to detail. coupling his Law and Māori Studies experience with his commercial skills from Te Whare Hukahuka means he is helping Māori Trusts to achieve their social and commercial aspirations. Tyrone has an unbridled passion for life and is constantly seeking out new knowledge and experiences. He has a deep affinity with tikanga Māori married with a practical understanding of western epistemology.  He works across the Te Whare Hukahuka enterprise, including in programme design and coordination, online tools development, and Commercialisation research projects including Project Tuna (eels), geoduck and hemp. He is interested in language, learning, music, the arts and discovering the limits of human growth and potential.



Ngāti Kuta-Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruaka-Atihaunui a Paparangi

Steve is an award-winning entrepreneur in his own right with over 30 years of business experience both locally and off-shore. His sector experience spans magazine publishing, online media, professional training & development, the building industry, storytelling and self intelligence (co-authoring the book and programme JOLT Challenge). Steve has previously sold two companies, and has a passion for helping to develop social enterprises integrating kaupapa Māori. He also has a long-held passion around ancient wisdoms, indigenous philosophy and spirituality working with spiritual elders, shaman and medicine men.


Te Whare Hukahuka has a range of contributors, experts and advisers based around New Zealand and overseas that assist us to develop and deliver our programmes and with operational tasks. They too form an important part of Te Whare Hukahuka.