Thank you to our Partners!

Pakihi is delivered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in partnership with Crowe Horwath and Aotahi Ltd

Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Te Wananga o Aotearoa provides New Zealand’s most comprehensive education presence, with sites located from Kaitaia to Invercargill, and the most significant reach into Māori communities. The organisation has a strong history engaging and developing Māori talent, and produces the largest number of business suite graduates on a national level each year through its range of practical and applied programmes designed specifically for existing and potential business owners.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is kaupapa Māori lead, focused, and intent on building success within individuals and communities. Its purpose is to provide unique, high-quality development opportunities - delivered through a Māori world-view, and leading to positive transformational changes. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is primely positioned to co-lead this venture to develop success within Māori founders.

Crowe Horwath

Crowe Horwath New Zealand is the largest provider of practical accounting, audit, tax and business advice to individuals and small and medium businesses from a comprehensive network of 22 regional offices. Crowe Horwath specialises in meeting the needs of small and medium businesses and individuals. The majority of our clients are private and family businesses, professional service firms and high net worth individuals. However, we regularly provide services to large corporations, listed entities, iwi organisations and land trusts, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.


Aotahi Limited is a Māori business education company which specialises in the development and management of educational programmes in the areas of small business management and personal finance. It was established in 2004 to provide practical and relevant tertiary education programmes and resources with an indigenous focus for the benefit of small business owners in Aotearoa. It’s vision is ‘to ignite the entrepreneurial mind’. Aotahi is the developer of all small business programmes owned and delivered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and the two organisations have had a long-standing relationship in regards to the delivery and maintenance of these programmes.

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the government’s lead business-facing agency.  Their purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

MBIE deliver policy, advice, regulation and services that have a real impact on New Zealand businesses and the environment they operate in.

Pakihi is funded through He kai kei aku ringa – the governments Crown-Māori strategy for Māori Economic Development. The strategy sets some ambitious targets for Māori progress from 2017 to 2021. The overarching goal is to increase Māori median income by 20 per cent. For whānau this translates into increasing the amount of putea that goes into their hands.

To reach this goal, the Pakihi initiative was born and aims to improve business capability for whānau at different stages of the business life cycle.

Te Hūmeka Māori Business Network

Te Hūmeka Māori Business Network (Te Hūmeka) is a non-profit organisation that supports Māori business. Our network provides a platform for Māori businesses to network on a local, national and international scale.

Te Hūmeka places significant importance on tikanga Māori. Tikanga Māori, or Māori values, are a way of life by which Māori live, and instruments used to interpret the world. The values are centred around land, water and air, and are essential ingredients of life that are to be respected and sustained. These values embody the work we do and influence every action Te Hūmeka takes.

The name “Te Hūmeka” was gifted to us from Maharaia Paki (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Whawhakia), and comes from a whakataukī of King Tāwhiao.  His kōrero reflects the concept of “globalisation” and the importance of utilising the different skill sets of many, to assist us in achieving our aspirations.

Te Hūmeka’s mission is to support all Māori to realise their economic aspirations, and achieve financial prosperity.


Stratigi Kim Hill offers a top-level business strategy, mentoring and consultancy service. Widely sought after throughout New Zealand for its expertise and skills in all areas of running a business, Stratigi is passionate about Māori Economic Development and has an unswerving commitment to achieving measurable, sustainable results through strengthening our networks and ecosystems.

A successful entrepreneur and business woman herself, as Director of Stratigi, Kim facilitates, mentors, delivers conference addresses, and provides a sounding board to help people define and achieve their goals, whether they be individuals or corporate businesses. Stratigi is regularly contracted to Te Puni Kōkiri, Regional Business Partners, Waikato Tainui and Māori Women’s Development.

Kim brings integrity, expertise and passion to everything she undertakes. She always prioritises establishing open, collaborative patterns of working for optimal achievement of goals.

Waikato based since she was three years’ old, Kim’s heritage is Rangitāne and Ngāti Pakeha. One of Kim’s unique strengths is that she walks within both Māori and non-Māori worlds to the enrichment and benefit of both

Kim also expresses her commitment to the tangata whenua though governance roles with both the Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency and with the Māori Action Plan. She chairs and coordinates the Te Hūmeka Business Network in the Waikato which continues to grow and to support Māori in business at all levels, from students to startups to CEOs.

Kim Hill and the Stratigi team have a track record of working successfully with Māori in business that is without parallel.