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Social procurement is a key focus area for Te Waka to demonstrate an inclusive and regenerative approach to economic development.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship provides an important pathway for Mana Motuhake (self-determination). Social procurement promotes supplier diversity to achieve employment outcomes and allow Māori businesses to fully participate in the economy. We partner with He Waka Eke Noa, Māori Collectives and Regional Government for improved alignment and delivery of quality outcomes for Māori in Waikato.

Waikato Social Procurement Conference 2020

Sadly due to COIV19 Alert Level 2 coming into place, the Waikato Social Procurement Conference planned for 13 August was postponed.

Te Waka and He Waka Eke Noa are pleased to bring you a webinar series focused on Social Procurement.

Over the coming weeks, we will break this conference down into 1-hour sessions.


Part 1: The What, Why and How of Social Procurement and Supplier Diversity

In this session, we will hear from Tania Pouwhare and Alex Hawea who will explain to us what social procurement is, the insights they’ve learned from delivering social procurement over the last 5years and how this has led to supplier diversity and the birth of He Waka Eke Noa.

Part 1: Thursday 20 August 2020

Part 2:  Deep Dive into Supplier Diversity and how to embed this into your organisation

In this session we will hear from Frae Cairns, Strategic Social Procurement Specialist who take us a on a deep dive into the practical implementation of supplier diversity within large organisations.

Part 2: Thursday 27 August 2020



Part 3:  Practical examples of how social procurement and supplier diversity can be implemented

In this session we will hear from George Ellis, Social outcomes lead at Kainga Ora who will talk to us about Kainga Ora’s journey to embedding this practice within their organisation. She will talk about the practical steps, the challenges, and big wins.

11am, Thursday 3 September 2020

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