IT Professionals New Zealand | Te Pou Hangarau Ngaio

Tech with tikanga - a unique Kiwi fusion with global appeal

18 September 2018: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tauranga Club
Level 5,
72 Devonport Rd,

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Several choices for dinner at $26 - including a vegetarian option - will be available, as well as a cash bar.

Guest Speaker and Topic

Lee Timutimu (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou) founded Arataki Cultural Trails with culture at the heart of his business strategy, developing a company wholly owned and developed by Māori tech entrepreneurs to share the stories of New Zealand's iwi and hapū.
For this presentation Lee will focus on three main topics. What it means to be an entrepreneur with tikanga at the heart of your business. How to form trusted relationships with iwi and hapū - understanding the importance of people and place. Tikanga in the global business environment - exporting Māori values to bridge cultural divides.

Your Speaker

Lee is CEO & Founder of Arataki Cultural Trails ( - a tech company based in Tauranga who have developed NZ's first proximity based cultural content delivery platform. In simple terms, it's a Māori storytelling app that allows you to unlock cultural stories when in-location. Arataki is wholly owned and run by Māori tech entrepreneurs who to date have funded the entire business.

Whakatāne born and bred, Lee has 15+ years of experience in the IT support services sector and 10+ years' experience in the Māori storytelling space. Lee is also the Founder of a community-based initiative called Te Reo Wainene o Tua (, a collective of high profile te Reo Māori advocates who are reviving the oral tradition of Māori storytelling. Lee currently resides in Tauranga with his wife Hollie, their 4 children, and 5 cats.


Come and join the Tauranga Branch of IT Professionals NZ for the monthly social get together for the local tech community.

Pop along to the Tauranga Club and catch up with others in the Bay of Plenty ICT Community. A strictly sales spiel-free zone, although we'd love to hear how ITP can further support ICT professionals in the Bay of Plenty, keep you up-to-date on progress on the many ITP projects, or just come along and catch up with others working in ICT in Tauranga.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

Attendance Cost

Please pay at the venue (Details above)

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