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Kym Hamilton

Markers of Indigenous Social Innovation

Te Tapuae, partners, and whānau have been working with indigenous models of collective impact, adaptive leadership, and human centred co-design to redesign systemic approaches to achieve education and employment results. Part of this work has involved forming a strong business case for the realignment of government resourcing and a systems focus on unleashing Māori potential.

This work reflects on the partnership with Ako Aotearoa in development of Ako Whakaruruhau (supporting industry to support Māori apprenticeship success), the evolution and evaluations of He Toki (2013, 2015, 2017) as a partnership with iwi, industry and the education sector.

This presentation links research, evaluation, and data with indigenous planning, strategy and radical systemic change. Current estimates show the Māori population is rapidly growing, indicating huge potential for future industry. To understand what this means for Aotearoa, we are using ethnic population projections and other data sources in order to develop a strategy to develop better employment outcomes for our future Māori population.

Te Tapuae links international approaches to social equity and invite you to consider a personal and professional commitment to driving positive change.

Te Tapuae is a Ngāi Tahu led partnership focused on Māori education and employment success. We work with whānau, communities, industries, agencies, tertiary education providers, and with employers to support Maori into meaningful and successful careers in Te Waipounamu.


Kym has a passion for whānau, hapū and iwi development. She has worked across government agencies and for a number of iwi and community organisations with commitments to overcome racial inequity and to achieve social justice.  Her particular concerns are how the education, welfare and justice systems treat our young people and how we might provide redress to the debt we all owe to our youth to ensure an amazing future for us all.

Desna Whaanga-Schollum