Te Hapori Matihiko is pleased to announce a partnership with Payments NZ, the industry governance organisation at the centre of the payments ecosystem in Aotearoa.

As a leader of the payments system, Payments NZ has a role in supporting Māori whānau to achieve financial well-being and equity through a world class payments system. Payments NZ’s values align with Te Hapori Māori, such as: being future focused; pushing boundaries and thinking ahead; authenticity; pursuing excellence; and innovation.

They are the sponsor for this years’ Matihiko Awards’ Innovation category.

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do. It’s exciting to see the innovative services coming through from the Māori tech and business hapori, right across the motu” Payment NZ’s General Manager of Strategy & Corporate Affairs Jane-Renee Retimana (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) said.

“Payments NZ are pleased to partner with Te Hapori Matihiko and look forward to seeing the outcomes of the Innovation category.”

Te Hapori Matihiko also welcomes the tautoko and support of Spark, Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading telecommunications and digital company.

Spark Foundation have contributed a donation to the Matihiko Awards, in hopes to see a future of digital equity.

Spark’s Foundation Partnership and Community Engagement Lead Aroha Simpson (Ngāpuhi) says Te Hapori Matihiko will have an impact on Aotearoa.

“We are encouraged by the problems Te Hapori Matihiko are aiming to solve for iwi Māori and the tech world, and the impact this will have on Aotearoa as a whole.”

“The Spark Foundation have a mission to accelerate towards digital equity and believe the plans outlined by Te Hapori Matihiko are an expression of that.”

“We’re excited for Te Hapori Matihiko, a waka to inspire, give exposure to and encourage (rangatahi) Māori. To see people doing extraordinary things – who look like them.”

“The Spark Foundation is pleased to be the sponsor of the Kaupapa category.”

Te Hapori Matihiko directors Katie Brown and Lee Timutimu say they’re thrilled at the support from both the Spark Foundation and Payments NZ. 

“With their generous support, our sponsors empower us to do even more for our hapori. These are partnerships built on shared values and aspirations for Māori in digital and tech. Together, we can celebrate our hapori, and inspire the next generation.” 

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