What we do

He Waka Eke Noa has three main roles.

We connect clients and buyers to Māori and Pasifika businesses

He Waka Eke Noa connects and matches public sector, private sector, iwi and non-government clients and buyers with Māori and/or Pasifika-owned suppliers. This is known as business-to-business (B2B) procurement.


We build demand-side and supply-side capabilities

Successful supplier diversity and development requires that both the demand-side and the supply-side are ready and able to do this well. We provide practical advice and support to clients and buyers and Māori and Pasifika businesses.

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We promote supply chain diversity and development

He Waka Eke Noa also promotes and influences supplier diversity and development across Aotearoa. We play an important role in telling the story of supplier diversity and its benefits for clients and buyers, Māori and Pasifika economies and NZ Inc.

Supplier diversity and development is a dynamic and evolving discipline. We are connected to the supplier diversity councils across the globe to ensure that policy and practice in Aotearoa continuously improves. This enables us to provide quality strategic advice on policy, legislation and programmes that support supplier diversity.

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