He Waka Eke Noa connects Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses with public sector, private sector, iwi and non-Government clients and buyers wanting to purchase goods, services and works.

Established by The Southern Initiative team in Auckland Council, it is a collaboration with partners who share the vision of promoting Māori and Pasifika entrepreneurship.

Through these partnerships HWEN provides practical advice and support to our membership, so more Māori and Pasifika businesses are winning work/growing into supply chains.

This practice, commonly known as supplier diversity and development, is a dynamic and evolving discipline.

HWEN is globally connected to ensure policy and practice in Aotearoa continuously improves. Through our important storytelling role, we amplify our membership’s lived experiences and highlight the positive effects successful supplier diversity has on economic growth and prosperity nationwide.

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The name He Waka Eke Noa is derived from a Māori whakataukī (proverb) 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.