Our Work

We work with a wide range of clients from indigenous groups, community organisations, businesses, government agencies, philanthropy and investors 

Our services

Cultural Capacity Building

We develop customised programs designed to improve cultural awareness and competency of those working with indigenous clients and communities

Research and Evaluation

We utilise kaupapa Māori methodologies to undertake qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation projects that result in measurable impact

Entrepreneurial Education

We design and customise innovative educational and networking initiatives to support indigenous, social and community enterprise


We facilitate community engagement and dialogue with indigenous communities and groups, utilising culturally grounded approaches and practices

Policy Design

We work with a broad range of stakeholders to design, develop and implement policies and initiatives that deliver measurable results for indigenous communities

Project Management

We utilise our vast experience to deliver project management services, utilising up to date project management, financial management and communication tools

I have had the pleasure to work periodically with Cain Kerehoma over the last ten years. Cain is a rigorous and thoughtful researcher, who works in a collaborative and respectful way. He is steeped in Kaupapa Māori but walks comfortably between Te Ao Māori and the Pākehā world.

Dr Nicky Murray

Industry Training Federation

Our Projects

Squamish Nation

Health Evaluation

The Squamish Nation – Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal peoples who live in the Vancouver, Canada area. Kia Ora Consulting undertook an evaluation process of Squamish Nation’s Community Health Program including a review of health service activities, internal processes and systems, financial accountability and analysis of community member and stakeholder feedback.

Startup Weekend

Entrepreneurial Education

Kia Ora helped to organise and facilitate the first ever Startup Weekend in Tairāwhiti in April 2018. Startup Weekend is a global entrepreneurial education initiative supporting existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to create, validate and pitch their business model within 54 hours! This inaugural event was a huge success with over 50 participants, 20 volunteer mentors and over $50,000 of sponsorship contributed. Three teams went on to secure investment to continue developing their business model. Kia Ora played a significant role in helping to make this initiative a huge success.

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Financial Literacy

Banqer is a New Zealand social enterprise with a mission to ensure all kids are prepared for the financial world ahead. Banqer is a financial education platform that transforms classrooms into a virtual economy. Teachers set up a currency and facilitate real-life situations over the course of the school year to enable students to learn about income, savings, debt, interest, tax, KiwiSaver, real estate, insurance and much more. 


Kia Ora Consulting is working with Banqer to lead the work around Pēke Kā – translating the Banqer platform into te reo Māori and leading the engagement with Māori medium schools to make it fit for purpose. There are a number of various components to the project including translations, sector engagement, script development and video production, product testing and redesign, resource development, promotion and communications.

Youth Entrepreneurship

Programme Development and Coordination

Kia ora Consulting has been leading a project with Activate Tairāwhiti and the Todd Foundation to scope and develop a community-led approach towards supporting the growth of entrepreneurship amongst young people in Tairāwhiti. The world of work and learning is changing rapidly for our young people. New technologies, globalisation, digitisation, and increasing social and economic divides are all at the centre of their future reality. The changing landscape has seen the rise of entrepreneurial education and experiential learning to better equip and empower young people for the future. A much higher value is being placed on core transferable soft skills or “enterprise skills” such as digital literacy, teamwork, presentation skills, risk-assessment, critical thinking, creativity and financial literacy. 


Kia Ora has been playing a key role in coordinating community-led effort around developing entrepreneurial learning initiatives for our young people in Tairāwhiti. This has included working with a group of volunteer organisers and mentors to bring the Global Technovation Challenge to Tairāwhiti for the first time in 2019. Technovation is the largest and longest-running global technology entrepreneurship competition exclusively for girls aged 10 -18, where girls are tasked with identifying a problem in their community, and then challenged to solve it.  Teams work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to local investors. We are currently working on some really exciting initiatives in this space so get in touch if you would like to know more!

Industry Training Federation

Qualitative Research

Kia Ora Consulting is partnering with the Industry Training Federation to lead research around Upskilling Māori and Pasifika Workplace Learners which is being co-funded by Ako Aotearoa’s National Project Fund. The research project is a mixed-methods qualitative study that examines teaching and learning processes that enable successful outcomes, the incorporation of cultural values, and explores the workplace as a learning environment that supports ongoing knowledge and skill development of Māori and Pasifika employees.

Manaaki Tairāwhiti

Business Case

Kia Ora Consulting has been working with Manaaki Tairāwhiti to transform the way social services are delivered to whānau in the Tairāwhiti region. This has included developing a business case proposal to central government to test and learn a new approach towards service delivery.

Who Are We

Kia Ora Consulting is an indigenous consultancy firm based in Aotearoa New Zealand, working globally to support indigenous peoples around the world

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