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Our services

Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga advisory services

There is an increasing appetite from individuals and organisations to embed mātauranga Māori across Aotearoa New Zealand. Everyone wants to incorporate mātauranga Māori in a respectful and meaningful way that drives success but also acknowledges the uniqueness of Aotearoa. We can help you with a range of services:
- Māori cultural and language training
- Maori language translation services
- Māori engagement strategies
- Leadership training and team building
- Cultural advisory
Whatever your needs are, Matapihi Consulting can support you with your learning journey.

Pasifika advisory services

Pasifika communities around Aotearoa are growing, and the needs of these communities will need to be met with respect and care. Our team can support individuals and organisations with strategies to best engage Pasifika communities, build cultural awareness and competency appropriate for Pasifika engagement, and build this mahi into any of the other services we provide. We can also provide cultural advisory for individuals and organisations to meet clients' specific needs.

Cultural diagnosis and system change

Sometimes, the culture, values and practices of an individual or community don’t align or have changed over time. We can provide Cultural diagnosis services to analyse the underlying beliefs and values that shape behaviours and relationships within an organization or community. This includes identifying patterns that may contribute to issues such as inequitable outcomes, discrimination, or other cultural challenges. We can also provide solutions for these issues or develop new values to minimise these issues in the future.


Tom Alesana

Matapihi Consultants draw on the expertise and experience of their lead consultant, Tom Alesana. Born in Whakatū - Nelson, Tom has close affiliations with the local Kurahaupō people Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, and Rangitāne o Wairau. He also hails from the other 5 iwi of Te Tauihu, Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki te Tonga, and Taranaki. He spent 15 years working in the education sector as a teacher across early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary education. His qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Teaching, Te Rangakura - Te Wānanga o Raukawa
- Bachelor of Māori Performing Arts, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
- Te Pīnakitanga o te Reo Kairangi, Level 7 Diploma in Te Reo Māori - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Tom has been an advocate for Māori education, Māori language revitalisation, and the growth of Māori performing arts. He is a firm believer that the revitalisation of the Māori language and the associated protocols must be prioritised to ensure that the Māori language and culture will never decline again. Tom also believes it is the responsibility of those who were fortunate like him to be immersed in te reo Māori to ensure the language is never lost but naturalised in all places and spaces across Aotearoa.


If you think we can support you or your organisation, please contact us: