Te Kaa - Your Team
Creator and your Lead Facilitator
Precious Clark (Ngāti Whātua, Waikato 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 women, 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. 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".
Your Te Reo Maori champion and Co-facilitator
Graham is of Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Haua descent and grew up in Ōrākei learning the customs of his Marae based at Takaparawhau, Auckland.
As a life long learner and teacher of te reo Māori, Graham is passionate about sharing his knowledge. Graham works as a full time artist, working out of his taa moko (tattoo) studio in Auckland and has a number of large infrastructure art and architecture projects throughout the country.
Bethany Matai Edmunds
Your weaver of people and
Bethany Matai Edmunds (Ngāti Kuri) is the Assistant Curator Māori at the Auckland Museum and also a co-facilitator at Te Kaa.
A multi-talented woman, Bethany is a weaver, fibre-sculptor artist, Hip Hop lyricist, and an award winning outreach programmer, recognised for her ability to engage youth within the work of the Auckland Museum. With her artists flair, Māori insight and global experience, Bethany designs and facilitates interactive workshops to bring Māori subject areas to life, helping Te Kaa participants engage on a personal level with te ao Māori.
Your performing arts exponent and Co-facilitator
Kataraina is of Ngāti Whātua descent, a design thinker and works as Project Lead Māori for Innovation Unit Ltd, a global social enterprise that applies disciplined approaches to develop new solutions and create impact at scale.
Through her work, Kataraina leads and makes sense of multiple complex challenges in New Zealand. She works to bring together people from all over Aotearoa and from different walks of life, organisations, expertise, and skills, utilising participatory and creative approaches to ensure meaningful participation. Kataraina also leads the work to build capability within her organisation, ensuring a culturally responsive way of being and working, particularly for the indigenous people of New Zealand – Ngai Māori.
She has over 12 years experience in the health sector, primarily as a sexual health educator, health promoter, and youth worker. Prior to joining Innovate Change, Kataraina led the
education unit at the Auckland Sexual Health Service (part of the Auckland District Health Board)
while also undertaking policy consultancy work with Te Whāriki Takapou on Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion and practice.
Your Environmental whisperer and Co-facilitator
Kelly is of Ngāti Io, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngai Tūhoe and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki descent.
He’s an artist, musician, intercultural practitioner and indigenous researcher who 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 the vision holder and project leader for Te Reo Ngaro o te Rākau - The Hidden Voices of Trees Project.
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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