Neihana Jacob

Neihana Jacob

Strategic Management and Māori Business

Qualifications: MMS (Hons); PGDip Strategic Management (Dist); BMS; Dip Law

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Iwi: Ngāti Pukenga ki Tauranga, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

About Neihana

Neihana is teaches Strategic Management and Māori Business within the Waikato Management School, at the University of Waikato. He teaches at the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses. His research focuses on governance and leadership, and implementation of strategy within an ever-changing business environment.

Neihana completed his undergraduate, post graduate and Masters with the Waikato Management School so returning in 2018 as a Teaching Fellow was a great opportunity he could not refuse. Prior to returning he held teaching and management positions at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Neihana is passionate about teaching as he enjoys helping learners grow as individuals who experience success and build their confidence. He enjoys the challenge of how to best facilitate and motivate learning in diverse groups. Neihana's primary teaching objective is for learners to be able to understand, relate to and apply fundamental content and concepts in the real World. Integrated with this objective is the goal for students to foster the development of transferable lifelong learning skills, the ability to problem solve, critical thinking as well as interpersonal and communication skills.

Neihana was nominated for a Divisional Teaching Excellence Award and the Nola Campbell Memorial eLearning Excellence Award in 2019. He was also nominated for the Nola Campbell Memorial eLearning Excellence Award in 2020. Neihana was awarded a Teaching Excellence Commendation from the Waikato Management School in 2019.

Current Supervision

High Impact Projects

  • Oriwa Poutu "Driving the voice of Change” – Understanding the workforce challenges in the pressurised world of Kaupapa Maori Community Mental Health and Addictions Case Study”
  • Max Matenga "Building cultural capability and competency across the corporate sector and embedding Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Maori Principals into organisations."

Research Interests

Neihana's research canvased marae (traditional Māori meeting houses), surviving into the next generation. Understanding the relationship between marae and iwi (tribal) leadership through the Te Tiriti O Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) settlement process and how this engagement impacts the mauri ora (wellbeing) of marae. This area of research contributes widely to Government and Iwi leadership. Neihana is an early career researcher whose interests include global indigenous peoples and their relationship with decision-makers

Strategic Management

Marae and Iwi Leadership

Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Process

Māori Business & Economy


Corporate Social Responsibility; Indigenous Rights; Management; Maori; Maori Development; Maori Governance; Maori Land and Community; Maori Research; Strategic Management; Treaty of Waitangi

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB4.39
Phone: +64 7 837 9296