It's our unique culture that makes Te Whare Hukahuka one of the top companies to work for today; it fuels our growth and accelerates our productivity.



Travis O'keefe

Ngati Porou

Travis has more than 20 years’ experience with SME commercial development, business strategy and leadership. He has been recognised through awards for ‘Innovative Healthcare Product’, ‘Positive Societal Impact’, ‘Excellence in Design, Research & Development’, ‘Excellence in Technology’ and ‘Excellence in Innovation’, and a NZ supreme award for innovation and entrepreneurial achievements. Travis has worked with more than 600 Māori business leaders to advance their commercial and social development objectives. His strengths include strategic planning support, capital raising, facilitation to a Māori audience and identifying ways to overcome roadblocks.



Shay Wright

Te Rarawa, Ngaruahine, Ngati Ruanui

Shay has experience in entrepreneurship, education, Māori development and community economics and has been involved in shaping the strategy of a number of organisations, including Māori trusts embarking on exciting projects. Shay developed the strategy for the Māori unit at The Icehouse and has led the implementation over the past 4 years. More than 600 Māori business leaders have participated in these training sessions, including governance training and strategic planning. Shay is driven by the idea of empowering Māori business leaders pursue opportunities that will bring pride, employment and better wellbeing to our Māori communities. He is also a founding trustee of TeachFirst NZ, helped develop Callaghan Innovation’s Māori Engagement Strategy, sits on the Kahui Māori for the National Science Challenge, and in 2016 was names in the Forbes Asia list of 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.



Ngati Kuta-Ngapuhi, Ngati Ruaka-Atihaunui a paparangi

Steve is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of business experience both locally and off-shore. His  career spans from the Building Industry, to Magazine Publishing, New Media, Professional training & development in creativity, storytelling and more recently self intelligence. His entrepreneurial bent has brought him to Te Whare Hukahuka where he can fuel his desire for helping to develop social enterprises while integrating kaupapa maori. For the last 34 years Steve has been passionate in the areas of ancient wisdoms, indigenous philosophy and spirituality working with spiritual elders, Shaman and Medicine men, practised various forms of martial arts, loves fishing, learning music and is a bit of a health freak. 

Tyrone Hack

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

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.  Tyrone is enthusiastic about helping others and brings that passion to the Te Whare Hukahuka team, working in programme design, development and coordination. Tyrone graduated from the University of Auckland in Law and Māori Studies where he learned to walk confidently in both worlds. He is interested in language, learning, music, the arts and discovering the limits of human growth and potential.

Te Huia Taylor

Ngati Te Ata - Waiohua, Te Waiariki

Te Huia completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Management from Otago University in 2014. She worked as an assistant Project Development Manager with the Ngati Te Ata Lead Negotiator and innovator, Tahuna Minhinnick. Te Huia brings with her the experience to navigate and work alongside many organisations from: local, regional and national government, ministry, council controlled organisations, commercial entities, private companies and manawhenua of Tamaki Makaurau. After completing a cadetship in commercial banking at BNZ she was able to further develop her skill sets of commercial management in the financial quarter.  Te Huia is a graduate of Te Whare Hukahuka's, rangatahi into governance programme - Ka Eke Poutama. Being brought up in a Maori centric environment paired with her fluency in Te Reo Maori, Te Huia is determined to provide sustainable pathways for her whanau and iwi aspirations to flourish

Office Manager

Office Manager

Joyce Chen

Ngāti Hainamama 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.

Senior Facilitator

Senior Facilitator

Kaye-Maree DUNN

Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi, Ngāti Mahanga, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Ngai Te Rangikoianaake

Māori Entrepreneur and Facilitator Kaye-Maree has been working in the space of Māori and Community Development, public relations, and communications, with a particular talent for strengthening cross-cultural relationships. Kaye-Maree is fascinated with family, community and technology, and works with Māori groups, especially at a grassroots level to build capability, and identify risks and possibilities for development.

Programme Manager - Ka Eke Poutama

Programme Manager - Ka Eke Poutama


Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa, Kai Tahu

Kimiora’s tertiary sector background and strengths in equity based initiatives, programme management, publications, communications and board governance have been ideal preparation for her work as a programme manager with Te Whare Hukahuka.
At Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NZ’s Indigenous Research Centre for Excellence) she specialised in academic publications and communications. 
Most recently Kimiora has been the secretary for the Independent Māori Statutory Board with responsibility for governance advisory and administration.
As a graduate of Te Whare Hukahuka’s inaugural Ka Eke Poutama governance programme she is committed to Māori capacity development to enhance opportunities for Māori to make strong, vibrant, unique contributions to society.