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Steven Renata


KIWA Digital

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New Zealand

Steven Renata

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Iwi Affiliation: Ngāpuhi

Hapu Affiliation: Ngāti Pakahi, Ngāti Rehia

KIWA Digital is a Māori owned and operated digital technology business working in the intersection between language and technology for more than 15 years. KIWA has long-standing commitment to Māori that goes back to the company’s foundation in Māori broadcasting and recently recognised at Ngā Tohu Reo Māori and New Zealand International Business Awards 2016. Over the years the company has delivered multiple projects benefiting Māori across a wide range of sectors including literacy, careers, health and cultural intelligence.

As Kaiwhakahaere Matua | CEO my role is to guide its direction and sustainability through insight, innovation and service. At a technology level this requires focus around design thinking, research and development. At staff level this requires insights and execution on how tribes emerge, survive and thrive. At a leadership level it requires focus on creating high performance teams. Typically, I observe and influence through the lens of Tribal Leadership. This approach focuses on language and relationships that drive performance in a sustainable manner.

I live in West Harbour, Tāmaki Makaurau New Zealand and in my spare time enjoy cycling, music, cuisine, viticulture, and travel.