He kai kei aku ringa
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Tō Mātou whāinga – About Kurutao
Kurutao is a Māori Entrepreneurial Leaders expedition designed to inspire and introduce Ngai Māori (Māori Peoples) to Aotearoa’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The multi-day programme will showcase Māori entrepreneurism through various workshops hosted by Māori Entrepreneurs, investors and others working in the ecosystem.
The purpose of Kurutao is to:
- inspire and motivate tauira Māori, welcoming participants to the Aotearoa innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem (indigenous and non-indigenous)
- develop tauira Māori innovation and entrepreneurial capability
- Deepen participants’ innovative and entrepreneurial mindset through exposure to innovators, entrepreneurs, ventures, networks and operating models
Who is it designed for?
All Māori who want to experience the opportunities available within the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Interest is the biggest criteria.
A group of up to 20 tauira Māori from across Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland will be selected to join this free experience that will see them visiting and learning from those working in Aotearoa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
To be eligible for the programme you must be Māori and a current student at the University of Auckland, based in New Zealand. This means you will be enrolled to study in the first semester of 2024.
The programme will consist of a pre-workshops, a 2-day wānanga in Auckland followed by a study tour (location tbc). It will be designed so participants can see, try, reflect, share, and discuss throughout the trip.
Further details coming soon.
Application close – Sunday 28 April, 12:00pm
Interview process – Wednesday 1st May – Friday 17 May
Wānanga & study tour – Thursday 11th July – Sunday 14 July (tentative)
Final workshop – TBC
Kurutao is an arrowhead formation of a kapa haka group. This name, symbolising momentum and collective strength, has been adopted for the University’s new entrepreneurial leaders expedition. Kurutao is the brain-child of University of Auckland student Hiraia Haami-Wells, who in 2023 participated in CIE’s Vanguard Entrepreneurial Leaders Expedition. She returned from Silicon Valley inspired to translate the experience to Aotearoa, in a context that resonates with Māori purpose and values. Hiraia’s vision has been supported by the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and UniServices.
Ko Mata hourua te waka
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko whiria te marae
Ko Pakanae te marae
Ko Marae roa te whare tūpuna
Ko Te Pouka Ngāti wharara rāua ko Ngāti Korokoro ngā hapu
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Te Maruata Maxwell ahau
No Hokianga Whakapau Karakia ahau.
Maru loves to encourage growth and long-lasting connections, particularly among rangatahi Māori. Her Ao Māori is her driving force in all that she does. Kurutao is something that she says drives her to another level, and she is deeply honored to be a part of this beautiful Kaupapa. Karawhiua e hoa ma!
Ko Maungahaumi rāua ko Ruapehuōku maunga
Ko Waipaoarāua ko Whanganuiōkuawa
KoHorouta rāua ko Aotea ōku waka
Ko Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki me TeĀti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi.
Ko Hiraia Haami-Wellstōku ingoa
Hiraia is finding her place in the world one opportunity at a time. She hopes that Kurutao will bring upon new ideas and change among tauira and is deeply honored to bring this kaupapa to life with the help of CIE and UniServices.
More information coming soon.