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The purpose of Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa is to increase Māori business capability and awareness and to improve Māori business engagement in the Southeast Asia region. 'Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa' refers to the connections of people personified through the travels of the legendary voyager and explorer Kiwa through the pacific.

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa provides the opportunity for tertiary Māori business students to be introduced to the business landscape in Southeast Asian countries. Students are guided by a Tuakana (mentor) and Māori businesses in exploring a particular Southeast Asia market.

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa 2020 – Vietnam


Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa has been redesigned in 2020 to offer an online platform that aims to increase Māori business engagement, capability and awareness internationally, in light of international travel restrictions. You will still experience an opportunity that incorporates educational, business and leaderships knowledge and expertise, within a unique international context, alongside like-minded peers under the shared values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and aroha.

Participants will also take part in SEA CAPE’s Vietnam Market Readiness programme and attend a Cultural Acumen Tourism Training workshop as part of this programme.


The Programme takes place over 5 weeks from 2 November – 4 December 2020 and is organised into two specific parts and participants are required to attend both components:

  1. Vietnam Programme
  2. Group Business Project

Māori tertiary students and Māori Businesses across Aotearoa are invited to apply.


Applications close Sunday 13 September, 5pm


Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa 2019

A delegation of Māori tertiary students and tech business owners flew to Vietnam to build business relationships.  The key focus of this trip was business development in start-up entrepreneurship and technology.

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Participating Students
Ella Boyd Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Commerce, University of Otago
Casey-Anne Jacob Master of Arts, University of Waikato
Suzanne Hepi Bachelor of Business, Massey University
Johannah Katene-Burge, Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, University of Waikato
Keri O’Connell Masters of Digital Business, University of Waikato
Celeste Rakena Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws, University of Waikato
Cale Silich Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland
Erana Matene Bachelor of Business, University of Waikato
Queenisha Davis Bachelor of Management Studies, University of Waikato
Sidney-Rei Stoneham Bachelors of Business Analysis, University of Waikato
Lionel Anderson Masters of Business Administration, University of Auckland
Kahui Tihore Bachelor of Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington
Esther Bacon Bachelor of Business, University of Waikato
Lyric Te Marino Bird Masters of Business, University of Otago


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Participating Businesses

Lee Timutimu, CEO – Arataki Ventures
Jesse Armstrong, CEO – Vaka Interactive
Jordan Tuhura, Projects Manager – Maui Studios
Kawana Wallace, CEO – myReo Studios



Sidney-Rei Te Maungarongo Stoneham (Student Interview)
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