Why work with us?
We're enthusiastic about what we do, and open and friendly to boot. You'll have our full attention and energy as we help you deliver projects that inspire others to be as courageous as you.
We bring our whole selves, honesty, and experience to do the best job for you. You'll get high quality work that's based on deep skills and a willingness to explore creative angles. Our small, tight team makes it easy to do rapid, internal communication and access the best expertise for your project.
Medium sized, agile, and talented, we hit the ground running for a wide range of government departments, iwi organisations, individuals, and groups. We're a diverse bunch of people too. From Gen-X to Millennial, Māori to Pākehā, we're a complementary mixed bag of delightful, committed, and hard working people.
We are writers, runners, authors, geographers, cyclists, keen cooks, sailors, collectors, leaders, artists, parents and dedicated kaimahi (workers). We're a friendly bunch, and love helping good people do good things.
A values based crew.
Everything we do for you comes with a healthy dose of our company values. They drive who we are and the jobs we do.
WE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING, EVEN WHEN IT IS HARD.
We have conviction, confidence, and initiative, and are clear up front that we will do the right thing – for the environment, our clients, and each other.
WE ALWAYS ACT WITH HONESTY AND INTEGRITY.
We are open, honest, and ethical, and collaborate with our clients and each other.
Hei Hāpai ō
WE VIEW OUR ROLE AS KAIMAHI (WORKERS) SUPPORTING IWI AND HAPŪ ASPIRATIONS.
This comes from a whakataukī (proverb) ‘Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri.’ It means ‘The leaders in front, the food bearers behind,’ and without both roles everything would fail. We keep this in mind when we work with iwi, hapū, and all our other clients.
SINCE EVERY PROJECT IS DIFFERENT, WE LOOK FOR THE BEST WAY TO DO IT.
We are flexible and responsive to challenges and look for better ways to do things than the status quo.
WE NAVIGATE COMPLEX SITUATIONS AND UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR CLIENTS NEED.
We’re good at big picture context, and emotional and situational awareness helps us identify the best path for our clients.
Kaupapa Māori Strategy
We support our staff to explore and expand our understanding of te ao Māori. We have an internal Kaupapa Māori Strategy to help us make better decisions for our clients who are Māori and meet their aspirations when it comes to environmental management from a Māori perspective.
The strategy helps our whole team form better relationships
We wanted to embed mātauranga Māori into our team culture because it's fundamental to the mahi (work) we do. We mainly wanted to support our Kaupapa Taiao Specialists' mahi, but the strategy is for our entire team. It helps us create better relationships with our Māori whānau in mana-enhancing ways, and it helps us exercise one of our company uaratanga (values): Hei hāpai ō – where we support iwi and hapū to meet their aspirations.
This is how we like to work
When we decided to change our branding to a Māori name, we wanted to walk the talk and really understand the Māori world view to support the mahi we do for tangata whenua and tangata moana in and around the environment. It’s important to us as a team of 15 that we learn about tikanga (customs) and kawa (marae protocol) when it comes to interacting with iwi and hapū, for example when attending pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony) or introducing ourselves at hui (meeting).