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.

Findex NZ Limited

At Findex – we start with understanding your reason to get up in the morning. When we understand your story, we can help you through every step of your journey today, whilst helping you prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. As one of Australasia’s leading integrated advisory firms, we provide uniquely tailored, integrated solutions for people, businesses, government organisations and institutions that transform and grow as their needs do. We pride ourselves on a high touch, personalised approach to help our clients achieve their financial, professional and life goals. With over 110 offices throughout Australia and New Zealand, our vast geographical footprint provides you direct access to our expert advisers, the ability to respond to international and national issues, access to competitive solutions in your location, while understanding and supporting local communities.


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.