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.