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New Zealand’s First Ever Maori Start Up Weekend

Well what a weekend.  On the 15th to the 17th April we experienced the very first He Tangata Start Up weekend.

54 hours, 21 pitches, 5 teams, 3 judges and a group of smart passionate people with the tools and approaches to help participants get their idea off the ground came together to share in this amazing learning.

At Arewa we value relationships and with the support of passionate people such as Lenz Gschwendtner, Pascale Hyboud-Peron and Rowan Yeoman we were able to provide New Zealand’s first ever Maori Start Up Weekend and the first ever vertical Start Up Weekend hosted outside of Wellington. The Start Up Weekend is the first of a series of workshops designed to ignite entrepreneurial spark and to inspire and further develop thinking and knowledge for Maori Entrepreneurs.


Watch this space


Watch this space

Facilitators & Organising Team

Lenz is a strong believer in open source and publishes and maintains a lot of code he
developed for various clients as well as for his own ventures.
Speaking of ventures. Lenz is also a founding member of iWantMyName and the
technical brains behind this amazing startup.

Lenz Gschwendtner


Rowan Yeoman


I am a learning facilitator. I work as a trainer, Community Manager and Event Organiser on a range of capability building projects.

Pascale Hyboud-Peron


Jeremy Banks


Matt Peacey

Organising Team

Sacha is the owner of Rezource, an Outsource, Insource and Recruitment company. Arewa is a brand division of Rezource tailored specifically to working with Maori to develop capability to meet economic and social development initiatives.

Sacha MacDonald

Organising Team

He Tangata Host and Project Manager for Arewa Maori Development Initiatives.

Chan Collin

Organising Team

54 Hours of Entrepreneurial thinking

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