Te Kaa - Your Team

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, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, Whai Rawa Ltd (Property and investment), chair of Te Taumata-a-Iwi (Māori Advisory Board to Auckland Museum) and chair of Te Tira Hautū (Māori Advisory Board to Southern Cross Health Society).

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".

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.

 

She 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 Orakei with her two children. She is a proud ‘Dance Mom’ with a love for kapahaka, and her community.

Ricky Te Akau
Senior Project Lead

Ricky (Ngāti Tuwharetoa – Ngāti Hinemihi, Ngāti Turumakina and Waikato – Ngaati Maahanga) is passionate in his support of individuals, collectives, whanau, hapū and iwi; with a focus on championing marginalised and diverse communities.

 

He was midway through a degree in Applied Information Systems when he realised it lacked the human element, at which time he turned to a career which has spanned corporate, government and NGO organisations; and has included roles in Community Engagement Māori for the NZ AIDS Foundation and Contract Management for Te Pou Matakana (Whānau Ora Commission).

Ricky is currently a board member of Outline (providing online and face-to-face counselling for LGBTQIA+ whanau) and has previously sat on the board of Te Puawai Tapu (now Te Whāriki Takapou) Māori sexual health promotion agency.

He has a keen interest in keeping his garden under control and promoting Te Ao Māori through korero and shared learning.

"He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai"

[If kindness is sown, then kindness you will receive]

Linnae Pohatu
Treaty expert
and 
Co-facilitator

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. 

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

CJ Gilbert
Te Reo Māori expert
and 
Co-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. 

CJ is a brilliant father of five, a musician, and currently a kaiako (teacher) at Te Roopu Reo Rua – a Bilingual Māori Unit based at Finlayson Park School, one of the biggest primary schools in Aotearoa. Te Roopu Reo Rua aspires for all its tamariki to stand strong in both Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and Te Ao Pākehā (the Pākehā world). 

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

[Humility is the bastion of a generous person.]

Otene Hopa
Te reo Māori Champion
and Co-facilitator

Otene is of Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi and Waikato descent. Born in Australia, he returned to Aotearoa with his whānau at the age of 6, living in Tāmaki and then Whangarei, which he calls home.

 

He has a Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi; is a tutor and exponent of kapa haka; and has been a composer of waiata for over 20 years. Otene has utilised his upbringing alongside his whānau on the marae as the tūāpapa [foundation] for his career. 

 

He is currently the Pouhononga Māori [Māori Advisor] of TupuToa – an organisation growing Māori and Pacific leaders in the business and corporate sector of Aotearoa. He is an experienced cultural practitioner nationally and internationally; a facilitator and emcee.

 

Otene is committed to sharing Te Reo me ōna tikanga katoa to anyone wanting to learn more in the hope that they will come to love the Māori World View as much as he does. 

 

"Tukuna te reo kia rere"

[Release the language and let it fly]

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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Precious Clark (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hē, Waikato) is passionate about Māori development and sharing Māori culture on a global scale. 

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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