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Midge Te Kani

Wairoa and Gisborne (East Coast)

Gardenia (Midge) Te Kani (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tāmanuhuri, and Tūhoe) lives in the Gisborne region. She has over 10 years’ experience in business education.

Teaching Experience

Midge has been facilitating Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s Certificate in Money Management (NZQA Level 3) and the Certificate in Small Business Management, Modules 5 and 6, (NZQA Level 4) in Wairoa and Gisborne since 2006. She also has teaching experience as a primary school teacher, including at Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri, Gisborne. Her teaching philosophy embeds ngā āhuatanga Māori: aroha, manaakitanga, kotahitanga, which she incorporates into her daily teaching practices and routines.

Midge has also worked as a facilitator for Poipoia Te Mokopuna, Te Wharehauora o Te Aitanga-a Hauiti, designing and implementing early learning programmes for “At Risk Whānau” and providing advice on parenting and early learning within the home. In addition, she has been an independent contractor for the Māori Women’s Welfare League, where she created and implemented a financial literacy programme.


Midge holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Victoria University, a Diploma in Business Studies from Tairawhiti Polytechnic, a Postgraduate Diploma in (Primary) Teaching from the University of Waikato, a Certificate in Real Estate Sales from the Open Polytechnic, a Certificate in Putakitanga i te Reo from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital and Collaborative Learning from Mind Lab by Unitec, Gisborne. Currently she is enrolled to complete a National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education with Literacy Aotearoa.

Business Experience

Midge is one of the directors of Tihi Innovations Limited (previously known as Gardenia Te Kani trading, and TKN Research), which provides education facilitation.

Local Networks

Midge is a member of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, Mangatu Branch. She is on the Board of Trustee for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whātatūtū. Midge is also affiliated with Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Uri o Māui and is a trustee for Te Kumi Marae, Te Kūiti, and Treasurer for Mangatu Marae, Gisborne.