Our courses use a variety of interactive techniques to ensure maximum participant engagement to achieve an understanding of the following:

  • The fundamental importance of relationships to Māori.
  • Key Māori cultural concepts.
  • Why and how and to incorporate Māori cultural values into your organisation.
  • The relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – its principles and the importance of being a ‘good Treaty partner’.
  • The foundations of traditional knowledge (mātauranga Māori) based approach to leadership and relationship building.
  • Insights into the Māori economy and the many opportunities to more effectively engage with Māori entities.
  • Case studies and examples of organisations that have successfully integrated Māori values and Treaty principles into their business.

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There is a surge of interest in Māori cultural development programmes which is being driven by the following factors:

  • A generational shift in leadership recognises the importance of bi-culturalism, Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and Māori cultural engagement
  • New Zealand businesses strengthening their commitment to cultural competitiveness and capability
  • Governance and executive leaders who want to position their organisations as being progressive and aligned with the future bi-cultural / Treaty-based partnership trajectory of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Businesses and organisations that want to strengthen their diversity and inclusion policies and procedures
  • Both private and public sector organisations authentically demonstrate their Māori cultural capability and engagement in tendering processes and ongoing business relationships
  • The government mandated in December 2020 that agencies need to ensure that 5% of public sector contracts ($42 billion per annum) are awarded to Māori businesses to support supplier diversity opportunities. In March 2023, following policy success, the 5% target was increased to 8% after the initial target was exceeded
  • The requirement through Te Kawa Mataaho for Crown Entities and public service agencies to ensure that they raise their Māori cultural capability with guidance being provided through initiatives such as the ‘Whāinga Amorangi’ framework
  • Fulfilment of ‘professional’ cultural development requirements and aspirations

Attendance of these courses aligns with support for Māori development in both the public and private sectors.


A course outline including pre-reading will be emailed to you on registration. There is some prepration work that you would ideally complete before you attend.

A hard copy of the course work book will be provided to you upon attendance at the wānanga. 


All Courses begin at 9.30 am and Finish at 4.00 pm. Below is a program outline for how we structure the day although these time will be adjusted as necessary to allow for optimum delivery.

Time Activity
9.15 am Arrival and registration
9.30 am Karakia and mihi whakatau
9.40 am Whakawhanaungatanga
10:30 am Morning tea
10.45 am Session 1
12.15 pm Lunch
12.45 pm Session 2
2.15 pm Break
2.30 pm Session 3
4:00 pm Finish / karakia whakamutunga

Lunch and Tea and Coffee

All courses will be catered with tea and coffee, morning tea and lunch provided.