Our whakapapa

He Waka Eke Noa was established in 2018 by The Southern Initiative team at Auckland Council, supported by partners who shared the vision of promoting Māori and Pasifika entrepreneurship through smarter use of procurement and supply chains.

We created supply chain opportunities through the Auckland Council family’s procurement, and established He Waka Eke Noa in 2018 to facilitate relationships with Māori and Pasifika businesses and enable the market to meet our procurement requirements. Auckland Council and Auckland Transport have played a pivotal leadership role in intentionally using procurement to create opportunities for supplier diversity.

The development of He Waka Eke Noa has been heavily influenced by the Australian commonwealth government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy and Supply Nation, the largest national directory of verified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Together, these initiatives have proven to deliver step-change for Australia’s indigenous economy. We are thankful for the generous support of Supply Nation and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island businesses who are helping us bring supplier diversity to Aotearoa.