Founding Partners

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    Te Puia is home to the world-famous Pohutu geyser and the renowned guided tours of Te Whakarewarewa Valley, alongside bubbling mud, native bush and silica formations. It is also home to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. 

    Alongside its legacy as a birthplace of tourism in New Zealand, the organisation is also internationally renowned for its role in ensuring the ongoing preservation of Maori art, craft, culture and identity.

    Te Puia and NZMACI are inextricably linked with a distinct, and yet shared legacy. Its unique cultural and commerce model is unlike anything else in the world. 

    Te Puia is proud to host Tiki Āhua, with a focus on celebrating, nurturing and shining light upon talented designers, models, choreographers, musicians and dancers.

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    Deloitte supports local economic initiatives and our involvement with Tiki Āhua originates from an offer over a year ago, to facilitate an innovation café to help focus and strengthen the commercial attributes of a network of businesses involved in Oho Fashion show staged in Rotorua in 2015. 

    The intention was to bring back together a core group of organisations involved in the Oho show including designers, council (Rotorua Lakes), and education providers (Waiariki). The aspiration was to collaborate to grow a fashion industry of international quality in Rotorua.

    Deloitte Private works with privately owned businesses to help them to realise the value in their business, consider how value is created in their business, how to identify their value proposition (strategy), what is required to achieve that (capability) and whether their team is willing and able (commitment). 

    Watching the initiatives articulated at the initial innovation café become part of the threads of what will become Tiki Āhua is testimony to the many people involved in turning the concept of world class fashion tourism in Rotorua into a reality.


    Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

    Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology recently redeveloped suite of creative programmes include art and graphic design to fashion and interior design, and range from certificates to the Graduate Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship.

    We are committed to continuing to work with our businesses, community, industries and iwi partners to ensure our new institution meets the needs of our communities and our students. Student success is paramount - ensuring their passion for learning is ignited, that they are work-ready and armed for success in the global marketplace.

    Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is proud to partner with Tiki Āhua to promote our local creatives, whether individuals or multi-person organisations. Much like our unique geothermal landscape, they are steadily and assuredly bubbling away, enhancing their mana whilst expanding their reach across the community.

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    Rotorua Lakes Council

    The wonderful thing about the creative industry in a community like ours is that it is totally reflective of our sense of place and of the passion of our people. 

    There is nothing more enchanting than coming across an expression of creativity in an unexpected place and knowing that there is a special reason for how this has come to be. In Rotorua the opportunities to be part of the arts scene are many.

    As part of Rotorua 2030, Council in collaboration with the community, led by a steering group built the Creative Strategy.  What we have learned, through engaging with individuals and groups, is that people want Rotorua to be a connected and vibrant arts and cultural hub that is a sustainable and supported activity.

    There are four objectives to the Creative Strategy – Community, Revibe, Profile and Thrive. Tiki Āhua is an activity contributes to all of those objectives. 

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    Poutama is an independent charitable trust established in 1988 to provide business development services to Māori. Poutama strives to create an environment for successful business ventures and economic growth for Māori. Income generated from its investments enables Poutama to engage in activities and provide services that support and facilitate Māori business development.
    Poutama have assisted many fashion designers over the years and Tiki Āhua is the perfect platform for Māori designers to showcase their creativity.  Tiki Āhua will provide an opportunity for fashion designers to sell and market their labels to the community, to key influencers and markets, to grow their businesses and celebrate the collaboration of the Māori fashion industry at Te Puia.

Associate Partners

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Trust Partners

Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust First Sovereign

Event Partners

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Skyline Skyrides 

Polynesian Spa

Event Supporters

Karen and Greg Hunt
Natura Aura
Wild Ferns

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