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Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Māori Business

Centres' of Asia-Pacific Excellence

Since 2018, The University of Waikato has delivered Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa on behalf of the North Asia (NACAPE), the Southeast Asia (SEACAPE) and the Latin America (LATAMCAPE) Centre’s of Asia Pacific Excellence.

The purpose of Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa is to increase Māori business capability and awareness and improve Māori business engagement in these regions. Each year's programmes are developed to facilitate business engagement for Māori tertiary students and Māori Businesses.  Each programme has a key focus area which has included; primary industry, Indigenous development, sports, branding, and cultural tourism.

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa has been redesigned in 2020 to offer an online platform that aims to increase Māori business engagement, capability and awareness internationally, in light of international travel restrictions. You will still experience an opportunity that incorporates educational, business and leaderships knowledge and expertise, within a unique international context, alongside like-minded peers under the shared values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and aroha.

Eligibility criteria

Māori tertiary students and Māori Busineses across Aotearoa are invited to apply.

If you are a Māori Tertiary Student preference is given to those who:

  • are Full-time tertiary students studying business or business-related degrees;
  • have experience in business or strong interest in Business;
  • are in the final year of their undergraduate degree or higher;
  • who are able to demonstrate strong leadership potential;
  • are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • are available for an interview (if shortlisted);
  • are available for all dates associated with the Programme;
  • are willing to take and share photos/videos of your experience;
  • are available for follow up interviews/evaluations in 6 and 12 months; and
  • are committed to contributing to future programmes.

If you are a Māori Business preference is given to those who:

  • are founder-operated;
  • have been operating for 18+ months;
  • actively demonstrate kaupapa Māori values;
  • provide benefits to Māori;
  • are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • are a founder (or executive leader) within a registered New Zealand business;
  • are  available for an interview (if shortlisted);
  • are available for all dates associated with the Programme;
  • are willing to take and share photos/videos of your experience;
  • are available for follow up interviews/evaluations in 6 and 12 months; and
  • are willing and able to host up to three university students for a pre-departure workshop at the businesses expense.

How to apply

Specific information, closing dates and application forms for each region can be found by clicking on the Programme information below:

2020 Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Programmes

Southeast Asia CAPE: Vietnam

NOW OPEN

Latin America CAPE: Brazil

NOW OPEN

North Asia CAPE: Japan & Taiwan

NOW OPEN

2019 Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Programmes

North Asia CAPE: Japan

CLOSED

Latin America CAPE: Chile

CLOSED

Southeast Asia CAPE: Vietnam

CLOSED

2018 Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Programmes

North Asia CAPE: China

CLOSED

Latin America CAPE: Chile

CLOSED

Southeast Asia CAPE: Singapore/Malaysia

CLOSED

Further information

For further information please visit Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa. Any questions can be directed to the Project Leader, Natalie Lulia on 027 551 1847 or email natalie.lulia@waikato.ac.nz.

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