Te Kaa - Your Team

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Precious Clark
Te Kaa Creator and
Lead Facilitator

Precious (Ngāti Whātua, Waikato, Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti He and Pākeha) is the creator of Te Kaa and drives Te Kaa’s mission to help 10,000 people positively identify with Māori culture.


Precious weaves her skills as a facilitator, cultural practitioner, business woman, professional director, lawyer, leader and teacher to deliver an engaging and enriching programme that is impacting on how New Zealand leverages off our unique cultural landscape.

Precious is a Director of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Whai Rawa Ltd (Property and investment); Chair of Te Taumata-a-Iwi (Māori Advisory Board to Auckland Museum) and Te Tira Kautū (Māori Advisory Board to Southern Cross Health Society); and a member of Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, ASB Community Council and the NZ Institute of Directors. She is a former Trustee of Foundation North, a former Director of the Centre for Social Impact, and a former member of the Independent Māori Statutory Board.

Being entrenched in her Māori culture she draws confidence to teach her culture, and also to challenge perceptions within, and of, her culture.

"As the indigenous culture of Aotearoa, I believe all New Zealanders can positively identify with Māori culture so our role at Te Kaa is to assist you to be comfortable with it and represent it with authenticity. We know this type of sharing strengthens New Zealand as a nation, and sustains our competitive edge on the global stage".

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Kataraina Davis
Design Thinker
and Lead Facilitator

Kataraina is of Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Hine descent, a design thinker and works as Project Lead at Maurea Consulting Ltd.


Kataraina has over 12 years' experience in the health sector, primarily as a sexual health educator, health promoter, and youth worker. More recently, she was the Project Lead Māori for Innovation Unit Ltd, a global social enterprise that applies disciplined approaches to develop new solutions and create impact at scale. There, she brought together people from all over Aotearoa and from many different walks of life, organisations, expertise, and skills.


A member of the Southern Cross Hospitals Consumer Board, Kataraina has a passion for ensuring a culturally responsive way of being and working, particularly for the indigenous people of New Zealand – Ngai Māori. Kataraina combines design thinking methodologies with Matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) to provide leadership and direction to issues facing Māori. 


Kataraina lives in Ōrākei with her two children. She is a proud ‘Dance Mom’ with a love for kapahaka, and her community.

Donna Tamaariki
Lead Consultant

“Kō Tāmaki Makaurau tōku turangawaewae.
Kō Ōrākei, Tāmaki Makaurau mē Umupuia ngā marae.
Nō Rarotonga, Tahiti hoki.
I whānau mai ai ahau ki Ōrākei katahi ka tipu ake ahau ki Mangere.
Ngā wai o Tāmaki Makaurau ngā wāhi whakahirahira ki ahau.”


Donna has carved a pathway of leadership in her career, working across roles that have played a pivotal part in improving Māori outcomes and engagement; and supporting organisations in their journeys to cultural awareness. She is currently a Director at Auckland PHO; has been a Principal Advisor for the Independent Māori Statutory Board; and has held senior advisory and management positions in the corporate and social sectors – including local government, health, education, and social development organisations.  

Donna is an action-oriented person, and believes that leadership is about: being brave, taking calculated risks, setting clear expectations,  having empathy and the confidence to hold courageous conversations. Her extensive professional, social and whānau networks mean she is comfortable operating across Te Ao Māori, Pasifika and Western environments, and with a diverse range of people and groups.  

A highly proficient Tikanga Māori practitioner with a good understanding of te reo Māori, Donna has a Master’s degree in Applied Indigenous Knowledge from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. She has been a kaihoe, teacher and coach on Waka Ama (outrigger canoes) for many years; and also holds a Boat Master’s Certificate and Marine Radio Operator’s license. Her love for the sea and boats has taken her on many adventures – competing and paddling Waka Ama in Rarotonga, Hawaii, Tahiti and other parts of the Pacific. 

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Carlin Shaw
Educationalist and
Lead Facilitator

Carlin is of Tainui (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Raukawa, Tainui a Whiro, Te Waiohua) Taranaki (Te Āti Awa) and Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakaue) descent.


He has a Bachelor of Education from Auckland College of Education and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education with Merit from Massey University, both of which were completed entirely in te reo Māori. Carlin has taught te reo Māori in all levels of education, with more than 10 years as Head of Department and extensive work in curriculum development. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Auckland Girls’ Grammar School.


Carlin is passionate about supporting people of all ages to experience the Māori world and language, and in 2018 was nominated for a National reo award for his efforts helping te reo Māori to grow. He has been a member of Te Puru o Tāmaki (Kapa Haka o Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei) since 1998, participating as a performer and contributing to song composition.

“Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao.”

[The bird who consumes knowledge owns the world.]

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CJ Gilbert
Te Reo Māori Teacher
and Lead Facilitator

CJ is of Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Rangiwewehi descent.


He was born and raised in Hawke's Bay until his family made the move to Tāmaki Makaurau in search of more opportunity. 

A musician and proud father of five with a background in teaching te reo Māori in bilingual units, CJ made the move from primary school education to become a full-time facilitator of the Te Kaa program because of his passion for te ao Māori and te reo Māori.

“Ko te whakaiti te whare o te whakaaro nui” (nā Te Wharehuia Milroy)

[Humility is the bastion of a generous person.]

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Te Amohanga Rangihau
Māori practitioner
and Te Kaa Facilitator

Te Amohanga (Te Arawa, Ngai Tuhoe) has a Master’s in Applied Indigenous Knowledge and a Diploma in Governance & Leadership from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, a Certificate in Māori Performing Arts from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and a Translator's License from Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori.


Te Amohanga is a lead facilitator on our acclaimed Te Kaa programme; and also heads up our translation team. His past roles have included lecturer, facilitator, te reo consultant, translator, policy analyst, investment advisor, audiobook creator and butcher.

Linnae Pohatu
Treaty expert

Linnae is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tāmanuhiri and Te Aitanga-ā-Mahaki descent.


She has 14 years’ experience as a senior executive leading Māori and Pacific development and building strategic iwi Māori and Pacific partnerships and relationships on behalf of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira and Career Services Rapuara.

Linnae has also held roles at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Office of Treaty Settlements and in Parliament as a clerk with the Māori Affairs Select Committee and private secretary to the Minister Responsible for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Māori Studies from Massey University and is a former Trustee of the Ngā Taonga ā Ngā Tama Toa Trust.

Born and bred in Te Tairāwhiti amongst her father’s people, Linnae lives in Tāmaki Makaurau with her partner, Julian, and their son, Tamati.

Kelly Kahukiwa
Intercultural practitioner
Online facilitator

Kelly’s tribal affiliations are Ngāti Io, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngai Tūhoe and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki.

He is an artist, musician, intercultural practitioner and indigenous researcher, sharing his fluency in Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga to deliver education and bi-cultural understanding within organisations. He is passionate about teaching Te Reo to people of all ages, nations and abilities; and is a former Manager of Te Taua Moana Marae – in charge of protocol, Tangihanga, education and facilities for the NZ Navy and Defence Force. He currently facilitates Noho Puku (Māori meditation) sessions at Whangarei Terenga Paraoa Marae and online, to help open the doors to the inner world.

Kelly has a deep interest in the reading of the Mauri spectrum within a given biosphere, and enjoys investigating ways in which Matauranga Māori, Arts and Sciences can network to find solutions to the environmental challenges which stem from human disconnectedness from our environment. He is currently studying Full Stack Development coding in order to understand the digital world and the place Māori can hold within that realm.

A lifelong learner, Kelly also has a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) and a Level 5 Whakairo (carving) qualification from Te Wānanga o Aoteroa: and combines his skills in music and whakairo in the carving and use of Taonga Pūoro (traditional Māori instruments).

Te Kaa in The Media


Precious Clark - A Mana Whenua Perspective

Māori businesswoman bringing culture to boardrooms

An Auckland woman is on a mission to connect 10,000 business people with Māori culture.

There are huge commercial gains to be made, as the Māori economy is worth $50 billion and growing.

Precious Clark brought Māori culture to the world with her karanga during the opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Now she's bringing tikanga (customs) and Te Reo Māori to the boardrooms of some of New Zealand's largest companies.

"When New Zealanders start to embrace Māori culture we're able to use it on a global stage, which gives us a point of difference," Ms Clark told Newshub.

Ms Clark is a mother, performance artist and lawyer who sits on four boards.

She's now a consultant with a mission to connect 10,000 business people with Māori culture.

She runs a programme called Te Kaa, where she teaches business people about all aspects of the culture - including correctly pronouncing Te Reo Māori, understanding tikanga, a broader look at Māori business and also takes them to visit her marae.

Bringing Māori culture to boardrooms – Precious Clark means business

Auckland lawyer Precious Clark is on a quest to bring Māori culture to boardrooms all across the country.

Through a training programme known as “Te Kaa”, she hopes to give business people and the legal community a greater understanding and appreciation of tikanga and Te Reo, as well as giving them an insight into the burgeoning Māori economy.

Her objectives are already being embraced by some of the major players in the business world, such as Air New Zealand and Microsoft. Earlier this year, she held a workshop with 200 staff from Microsoft, and is now teaching workers from Z Energy to correctly pronounce the locations of their petrol stations.

Ms Clark told LawNews that Te Kaa is delivered in a way that is “safe, fun and exploratory, building up one’s knowledge base”. “By the end of the programme, participants are more confident to engage with the Māori world, and have a deep understanding of how Māori culture is relevant to them as individuals and the opportunities that exist for their organisations.”

She says the response from the business and legal community has been overwhelmingly positive. “The impact on people has been powerful and many feel a stronger sense of identity as a result. It has also given people the confidence to instigate change within their working environments.”

Ms Clark says many of the people she encounters in the training sessions “express disbelief about their own levels of ignorance of the Māori world and the history of this country”. “However, they come to an understanding of the universality of Māori values and express a commitment to participate more actively in things that shape our nation, particularly around biculturalism and the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in the development of our country.”

She sees many important benefits accruing from Te Kaa, especially in relation to New Zealand’s economic well-being.

“I see a lifting of the veil of ignorance about all things Māori, which creates a platform for shared understanding. It helps us have informed conversations about shaping our nation, moving beyond popular conjecture. From an economic perspective, the Māori economy is on a trajectory to continue to grow, so parts of the commercial sector are keen to understand it and engage in it with authenticity.

“Engaging with authenticity is the difference and Te Kaa provides insights on how to achieve this. Also, Māori are a youthful population and will make up tomorrow’s workforce. Organisations are wanting to know how to connect to current and future workforces to get the best out of them. Understanding cultural drivers helps provide clarity in this space.”

Ms Clark’s legal career began in Wellington, where she became a policy analyst for the Ministry of Economic Development in intellectual property policy. She then moved to a senior role at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, before heading off to London and a job as a legal policy officer for the Security Industry Authority.

In 2011, she returned to New Zealand. She currently sits on four boards, among them Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Ltd, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, Foundation North and the Auckland Museum Taumata-ā-Iwi. Recently, she started her own consultancy business, Maurea Consulting Ltd, which assists organisations with strategic planning and development, including the Te Kaa training programme.

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ANZ Acting CEO Antonia Watson has committed to one-on-one te reo Māori lessons with Precious Clark to help ANZ further embrace kaupapa Māori #TeWikioteReoMāori