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Young Māori CEOs on how te ao Māori is the grounding for success

“I want to show our rangatahi they can achieve executive levels.”Te Ao Kapa and Darrio Penetito-Hemara are two young Māori CEOs leading the way for generations to come. As kohanga reo and kura kaupapa graduates, both attribute their success to the lessons they learnt growing up immersed in te ao Māori. This is part of our new reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho.Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

Posted by Re: on Tuesday, 4 May 2021

“Kia tū rangatira, hei raukura mō te iwi.”

It’s fitting to use a passage from Te Aho Matua to introduce our new yet familiar Kaiwhakahaere Matua | Chief Executive, Darrio Penetito-Hemara.

The Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Tamaterā and Ngāpuhi descendant is a proud product of Kōhanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa and Wharekura Māori and is the first Kura Kaupapa graduate to lead Toi Tangata as its Chief Executive.

Darrio was the lead figure and founder of our national kori programme, He Pī Ka Rere, and has worked in kaupapa Māori approaches to health now for a decade. The official pōwhiri to welcome Darrio as Toi Tangata’s youngest leader was held at Te Māhurehure Marae – his very own Ngāpuhi base in Auckland. Darrio’s appointment is succession in action and we are looking forward to our journey with him at the helm. Exciting times are ahead for Toi Tangata!

Toi tū te kaupapa, toi tū te Kaiwhakahaere Matua hōu o Toi Tangata e!