Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand’s first sustainable procurement supply chain facilitator – He Waka Eke Noa.
What is He Waka Eke Noa?
He Waka Eke Noa is an intermediary that connects Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses with clients and buyers wanting to purchase goods, services and works. It was established by The Southern Initiative team in Auckland Council in collaboration with City Rail Link Limited, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Pacific Peoples and the Pacific Business Trust.
The name He Waka Eke Noa is taken from a famous Māori whakataukī (proverbial saying) which translates as 'the canoe which we are all in without exception'. It refers to acting as a collective, working in unity and leaving no one behind.
What does He Waka Eke Noa do?
We identify and register Māori and Pasifika businesses and link them to public sector and private clients and buyers, including through Auckland Council family procurements. We have started with construction and infrastructure trades, but also have many ancillary businesses that support the industry. We also provide support and training to help businesses access supply chain opportunities.
Why He Waka Eke Noa?
We want to increase the number, capability and scale of Māori and Pasifika enterprises in government and corporate supply chains. Intentionally growing enterprise and entrepreneurship amongst women, indigenous and minority population groups through supplier diversity strategies in procurement is a proven strategy for improving economic development. He Waka Eke Noa is a priority project for The Southern Initiative because we firmly believe that Māori and Pasifika businesses are an untapped pathway for socio-economic transformation for Māori and Pasifika peoples. Māori and Pasifika have not shared in the prosperity of Auckland’s economic growth; He Waka Eke Noa helps to mitigate this.
What is it based on?
He Waka Eke Noa is based on Australia’s Supply Nation, the intermediary for the Australian government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) which was introduced in 2015. By 2017, 4,880 government contracts worth AUD$594 million had been awarded to 956 indigenous-owned businesses; that spend has now reached AUD$1.83billion. In addition to Australia, the Canadian, American, South African and UK governments all implement supplier diversity strategies for minority and women-owned businesses and small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Want to know more?
To find out more about He Waka Eke Noa businesses, or to register, contact John Faitala, Social Intrapreneur at The Southern Initiative, by emailing email@example.com or phoning 021 732 183. Our website – www.wen.org.nz – will be updated with search functionality by May2019.