AATEA exists to grow kaupapa Māori influence and contribution to shaping Aotearoa New Zealand’s future. We believe there is no better place for this than working with the community to create positive, self-determined change.
Our team members are active at marae across the country, serving as tangata whenua or waewae tapu at marae, hapū and iwi levels. Our skill sets combine tikanga and technological savviness. We are reo speakers, and paepae keepers, ringawera and cleaner-uppers, trustees and marae chairs – hands-on in most aspects of kaitiakitanga marae.
Many of AATEA team are active practitioners of karanga, whaikōrero, kohi kai, whakarite kai, manaaki manuhiri, tiaki pūtea – Our strength is our ability to move between marae and corporate, grassroots and government spaces with equal comfort.
Korou Digital Trust
- Mission: To support Korou Digital Agency to build capability in our new start-up workforce and bring the latest developments of the world to our rohe.
- Outcome: AATEA has used its networks and expertise to create pathways and projects to support the Korou employment programme.
AATEA is part of the Te Wairoa Digital Collective which has established the Korou Digital Trust and Korou Digital Agency. Korou currently has a team of 24 digital apprentices based in Te Wairoa, the juncture between Te Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay. Korou is based on a te ao Māori worldview and in particular the concepts of tuakana and teina, manaakitanga, intergenerational sharing, and amplifying Māori voice by using technology to tell our own stories. The majority (90%) of staff including apprentices, are Māori. All the Wairoa-based AATEA staff are connected to Korou.