Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi. Ki te tuohu me he maunga teitei.

Specialists in building cultural capability and working with Māori

We build cultural capability within organisations. We do this by building confidence, awareness and understanding to enable you to achieve better outcomes in your work with Māori. Our clients include Government Ministries, Crown entities, local government and private local and international energy companies. We are leaders in training – with more than 27 years of successful training outcomes from needs analysis through to design and delivery. We advise on strategy; we coach senior leadership; and we help facilitate effective outcomes with Māori. Our clients benefit from our significant project experience in the resources sector which includes delivery of expert cultural advice to applicants and local government under resource management legislation.

We are passionate about Māori culture and its contribution to a successful New Zealand!

Mahanga Maru: 021 2200 737
Level 1, 326 Lambton Quay, PO Box 17197,
Wellington, 6012 New Zealand


Cultural Competency Training

What makes our training unique and effective?

  • Led by an experienced trainer and facilitator – Mahanga has a unique approach drawing on lessons learned from more than a decade of project and iwi consultation experience in the natural resources sector.

  • Our Foundation Course covers the core aspects of Māori culture and presents comprehensive insights into the Māori world view.

  • Our customised courses are tailored to a client’s more specific needs and builds on the content of our Foundation Course.

  • Hands on and practical learning with opportunities to improve confidence with Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori (protocols), and best practice consultation case studies in a group learning environment.

  • A range of diverse views including targeted presentations by Māori leaders and expert panels


Mahanga Maru (Ngāti Porou)

Mahanga is the founder of Maru Consulting. He has also held senior executive roles in the public sector and post settlement iwi organisations. His governance experience includes roles as Director and Chair of a primary health organisation and a Māori SME business network. He has led the development of Māori strategies in several organisations and has designed and led successful consultation processes with Iwi. Training has been part of Mahanga's professional life in one way or another since qualifying in 1990 as a flight instructor whilst a commercial pilot. Since 2002 he has helped more than 23 organisations improve their cultural competency.

Mahanga has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University, is an accredited RMA Commissioner (decision maker) and committee of the Environment Protection Authority Statutory Māori Advisory Committee.