This platform is for you if:

  • You are looking for a new career direction
  • You are interested in exploring a pathway into the digital, creative or tech industry
  • You are still at school and trying to decide what comes next
  • Want support on your digital technology pathway

Te Ara Waihiko has everything you need to help you find your way into a study pathway and career you can be proud of.

Tō pitomata, he rua kanapū, wehi ana.
Your potential is something to behold, like the lightning that lights up the skies

Te Ara Waihiko is a national discovery platform designed to inspire, connect and support Māori into pathways for creative and digital careers and support industry leaders prepare themselves for Māori. Te Ara Waihiko started out as a story written by Hori-Te-Ariki Mataki, Kaihautū at Ariki Creative, after attending a rangatahi focus group.

“In 2016 I found myself as part of a focus group while working on a logo project and the issue of Cyberbullying was a big part of the conversation. I realised there was no pakiwaitara narrative about how te ao Māori me ōnā tikanga translates to technology.”

Three days after that focus group, the pūrākau of Waihiko was born. In 2020 the team at Ariki Creative came together to bring Waihiko to life along with a platform that connects creative and digital career pathways to the innovators and explorers that are looking for them



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