The Maurea Consulting Team

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Precious Clark

Precious is our Pou Tāhu Rangapū / Chief Executive and leads Maurea to fulfil our vision to see Māori culture drive Aotearoa forward.

After graduating from Auckland University with a conjoint degree in Law and Arts, Precious worked in public policy, intellectual property and then primary industries before venturing to London where she worked as a Legal Policy Officer for the Security Industry Authority.

She returned to Aotearoa in 2011, working as a Consultant in strategy development. This work inspired her to establish Maurea in 2012; and in 2016 she created Te Kaa – our highly acclaimed training programme that ignites your Māori cultural competency.

Precious has considerable governance experience and is currently on the board of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, the Chair of Te Taumata-a-Iwi and Chair of Te Tira Kautū. Her past governance roles include Whai Rawa Ltd ($1.5b investment company), Foundation North, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, Centre for Social Impact and the Independent Māori Statutory Board.

Precious is of Ngāti Whātua ki Tāmaki, Te Uri o Hau, Waikato, Ngāti Hē, Ngāti Pāoa and Pākehā descent.  She has two tamariki, loves being connected to nature and is passionate about wāhine leadership.

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Donna Tamaariki

Donna is our Pou Arataki, heading Maurea’s Consulting arm; leveraging her significant leadership experience built throughout her career to improve Māori outcomes and support organisations in their journey to cultural awareness.

As a waka ama navigator, Donna brings strategy, leadership and high-performance capability to Maurea.

A highly proficient Tikanga Māori practitioner with a solid understanding of te reo Māori, Donna has a Master’s degree in Applied Indigenous Knowledge from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. She has considerable governance experience and is the Chair of Auckland PHO.

Donna’s upbringing instilled in her a love of the moana (ocean) and a strong commitment to being a kaitiaki (guardian) of the moana environment. 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.

Donna is of Ngāti Whātua ki Tāmaki, Waiohua, Tahitian, Cook Island and Pākehā descent.

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Kataraina Davis

Kataraina is our Pou Ruruku, heading Maurea Design and providing leadership to ensure Māori values are incorporated in design thinking methodologies.

With over 14 years’ experience working in the health and wellbeing space, combined with her deep knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, Kataraina brings a system-level focus on delivering better outcomes for Māori. She is on the  Consumer Council for Southern Cross Hospitals.

As one of the few Māori designers in Aotearoa, Kataraina is leading the way to building more Māori designers and capability in this space.

Kataraina is of Ngāti Whātua ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Kahu descent.  She lives in Ōrākei with her two children and has a love for kapahaka, te reo and her community. 

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Te Amohanga Rangihau

Te Amohanga is our Pou Whakamāori (Lead Translator) and a Pouako mō Te Kaa (Te Kaa Trainer). As an accredited and licensed Toi Reo Māori translator, Te Amohanga brings rigour to translations and interpretations as a specialist skillset in both Te Reo Māori and English languages. 

Te Amohanga has a Master’s in Applied Indigenous Knowledge and a Diploma in Governance and Leadership from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa; and a Certificate in Māori Performing Arts from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

His studies, combined with an impressive career as a lecturer, facilitator, te reo consultant, translator, policy analyst, investment advisor, audiobook creator and butcher means that Te Amohanga offers great value and insight into the many facets of Te Ao Māori.

Te Amohanga is of Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tūhoe descent.

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CJ Gilbert

CJ is our Pou Ārahi Reo Māori (Lead Te Reo Māori Trainer) and a Pouako mō Te Kaa (Te Kaa Trainer), bringing his passion for Te Reo Māori to the Maurea team and our clients.

CJ came to Maurea from the education sector as a teacher of te reo Māori in bilingual units.

His reo journey began over 10 years ago, when he decided to make a lifetime commitment to learning and using te reo Māori.  He chose to further immerse himself in reo speaking environments by enrolling his children in Kōhanga Reo; and has continued their growth through to Kura Kaupapa Māori.

Through attending wānanga, surrounding himself with reo speakers, and always looking for ways to improve his reo, he has created opportunities for himself to teach te reo Māori. CJ is passionate about all things Māori and enjoys the reciprocation of teaching and learning as a lead facilitator of the Te Kaa program.

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

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Kelly Kahukiwa

Kelly is one of our Pouako mō Te Kaa (Te Kaa Trainer) who weaves his talent and experience as an artist, musician, intercultural practitioner and indigenous researcher to support Maurea to drive positive change for Māori.

Kelly is a former Manager of Te Taua Moana Marae, where he was in charge of tikanga (protocol), tangihanga, education and facilities for the NZ Navy and Defence Force. He has a Level 5 Whakairo (carving) qualification from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and a Bachelor of Music (Jazz).

Having completed study of Full Stack Development coding, Kelly leads the development of our online training options.

Kelly is passionate about music, including making and playing traditional Māori instruments; to bring about a state of mauri ora (optimal wellbeing).

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

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Robyne Tupou

Robyne is a Pouako mō Te Kaa (Te Kaa Trainer) with significant experience in the education sector, where she built the cultural and teaching capability of teachers to effectively support Māori success in education.

Born and raised in South Auckland, Robyne has lived and worked as a Teacher in Australia and China. 

She has a Bachelor of Teaching and is completing a Master’s in Applied Indigenous Knowledge. 

Robyne brings a calm and analytical competency to the team, is a digital guru and provides strong leadership capabilities.

Robyne is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Tongan descent.

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Erana Tamati

Erana is a Pouako mō Te Kaa (Te Kaa Trainer) who brings the zest of rangatahi (youth) to our team at Maurea.

Born and raised in Taranaki at the feet of her mountain, Erana was raised fluent in te reo and a practitioner of tikanga Māori.

Erana has a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology; and has studied BioMedical & Health science and recently attained a Diploma in Māori language fluency from Te Wānanga Takiura o Ngā Kura Kaupapa o Aotearoa.

Her passion for rangatahi success has seen her coach, run mindfulness workshops, and support rangatahi Māori to prepare for and pursue careers in health.

Erana is of Taranaki iwi, Ngāti Mutunga and Te Atiawa descent.

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John Kingi

John is a Pouako mō Te Kaa (Te Kaa Trainer) who brings a wealth of experience from the education and health sectors to inform his delivery of Te Kaa.

Working in these sectors highlighted the inequities experienced by Māori and has informed John’s commitment to be a bridge builder between Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā.

John completed a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development, majoring in media studies at Auckland University of Technology and has a Diploma in Māori language fluency from Te Wānanga Takiura o Ngā Kura Kaupapa o Aotearoa.

John is also a part of the dynamic duo that created the chartiable trust Soften Up Bro to normalise emotional dialogue amongst young men.  It creates a non judgemental space that allows young men to understand that there is  strength in vulnerablity.

John is of Ngāti Kahu, Tūhoe descent.

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Linnae Pohatu

Linnae is a Pouako mō Te Kaa (Te Kaa Trainer) who brings her deep knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to our team at Maurea.

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.

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 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.

Linnae is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tāmanuhiri and Te Aitanga-ā-Mahaki descent. Born and bred in Te Tairāwhiti amongst her father’s people, Linnae lives in Tāmaki Makaurau with her partner, Julian, and their son, Tamati.

Te Kaa in The Media

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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

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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

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 | Māori Language Week

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