He Whare Kōhanga – Digital Accelerator Programme

“Nōu te rourou, Nāku te rourou – Ka ora ai tātou”

Te Hiringa Hononga ran across two regions over a 12 week period and included introductory workshops (Ngā Kākano), a Train the Trainer programme (Awhi Mai – Awhi Atu), and a digital accelerator programme (He Whare Kōhanga) for ventures/enterprises already operating within the community.

He aha te mea? What was it?

He Whare Kōhanga was an intensive and tailored five-week in-person and online support programme for ventures with growth potential. Applicant ventures were assessed by TPK, Ākina and MWDI to see if they met the criteria listed below and were then accepted into the programme.

What did it include?

Talking with experts – For half a day per week, over 5 weeks, participants gathered together within the region and tuned into an “ask the expert” Online (Zoom) session tailored to their specific needs.

Coaching Clinics – The other half of the day each week consisted of coaching clinics, where participants were able to ask questions and receive support from our coaching team to work on elements of their business. Each week we set the ventures task and these were completed to maintain momentum.

Topic-specific workshops – Workshops and coaching clinics included experts covering topics such as local history, case studies on Māori philosophy, design and delivery with the community, ways to measure impact, legal structures, investment and marketing.

Who was He Whare Kōhanga For?



Since He Whare Kōhanga was a pilot programme, we opened invitations to 20 ventures but selected 10 (5 per region) with the following criteria: Ventures had to be a Māori social enterprise with a focus on social/environmental/community outcomes and benefits, marae/community based, were currently operating (could be as a group, entity or kaupapa), and were open to learn and share with their whānau, hapū and community.


If you’ve still got questions or would like to speak to someone about He Whare Kōhanga, feel free to get in touch with the team at info@akina.org.nz