What is Ko Māui Hangarau?

Ko Māui Hangarau is:

  • A high-powered event featuring some of the best Māori Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs from around the country. Our aim is to awaken, inspire and ignite our Rangatahi into pathways in tech, innovation and entrepreneurship!
  • An event designed to capture the hearts and minds of rangatahi who have an interest in Digital Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship.
  • An event that exposes rangatahi to some of the best Māori Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs in the country, to learn about their journey, experiences and challenges.

When did KMH start?

KMH was founded in 2018 by Awhina Ngātuere and Lee Timutimu. It started out as part of the wider Groundswell Innovation Festival which is an annual event held in Tauranga.

Who is KMH for?

It’s an event designed to capture the hearts and minds of our Rangatahi, especially those who have an interest in Digital Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. KMH aims to ignite and inspire Rangatahi into pathways in tech & innovation.

Is KMH a social enterprise?

Yes! KMH operates as a not for profit social enterprise.

KMH is a limited liability company that was incorporated under the Company’s Act 1993 on 19 February 2019.

How do you deliver your events?

We deliver a series of events for Rangatahi around Aotearoa NZ. We achieve this by delivering our events both in location AND online.

We work with our extensive network of host partners around NZ to deliver events in location.

The KMH website is the main digital platform for the delivery of our online streaming and on demand content.

What messaging do you strive to deliver to Rangatahi?

“If I can see success, I can be success!” – I can better connect with, people that look like me, sound like me, and have a similar story to me.

“Innovation is ingrained in our DNA!” – because my ancestors were innovators, through whakapapa, I am also an Innovator.

Why is it called Ko Māui Hangarau?

Innovation is ingrained in our DNA.

We need look no further than the greatest innovator of them all: Māui, the miracle last born son of Taranga, is the most famous of all Polynesian Demi-gods. Supposedly still-born Māui survived and flourished and possessed magical powers. Strong in will, creative, and forward thinking, Māui was a trailblazer whose deeds included super human feats. From these grew the legend, and he gained many epithets, one of them being ‘Māui Hangarau’ – Māui the creative one.

Today, Hangarau is the term we use for new technologies and creative thinking, and we owe this to our wiley, cheeky, and clever ancestor.

Ko Māui Hangarau proudly derives its name from the explanation
outlined above.

We acknowledge Tamati Waaka (Tuhoe, Ngāti Pukeko, Te Whānau ā Apanui) for providing us with this korero and for naming our kaupapa.

Can I sponsor KMH?

Yes, absolutely! We have a range of sponsorship options available ranging from our top tier Platinum plan to the Bronze plan (T’s & C’s apply). We can also customise a sponsorship deal that fits your budget. Get in touch with us today.