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Transforming HRM in Aotearoa

18 - 20 October 2023
  • Start: 9:00am
  • End: 5:00pm
  • Duration: 2 Days 8 Hours
  • Category: Professional Development
  • Region: Wellington
  • Wharewaka Function Centre
  • 2 Taranaki Street
  • Wellington 6011
This course aims to develop culturally responsive and equitable HRM practice to improve the employee experience for Māori in the workplace.

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Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou, Ka ora ai te iwi.

With your basket of knowledge, and my basket of knowledge, the people shall prosper.


This programme aims to provide HR practitioners with an opportunity to develop their HR practice that directly and intentionally benefits Māori employees, recognising Māori as Tāngata Whenua o Aotearoa and Treaty partners.

Programme curriculum:

Day 1 focuses on:

  • Local context: Mana whenua
  • Raising an awareness of the workplace for Māori and the role of HR
  • Identifying potential issues and opportunities in the workplace for Māori
  • Developing cultural competency as an HR leader and practitioner

Day 2 focuses on:

  • Building theoretical knowledge through Māori HR and leadership research
  • HRNZ competency deep-dive: Develop HR cultural competency practice

Day 3 focuses on:

  • Re-imagining the future of “HRM Aotearoa”: The building blocks of developing bi-cultural HR practice in New Zealand
  • HRM solution building: Practical HR solutions that enhance the experience of the Māori workforce

Post-wānanga, participants will be required to implement their personal commitment agreement project within a nominated workplace project or activity. A participant online wānanga will be held to share key learnings, insights and reflections. On completion of this online wānanga (approximately 90 days after the course), participants will be awarded HRNZ certificates of completion and will be able to register HRNZ Continued Professional Development (CPD) through the HRNZ online portal.

After this course, attendees will be able to identify current and potential risks within HR practices in an Aotearoa workplace and identify solutions to improve these.

A workbook containing information and exercises is provided.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to HR Professionals at all capability levels of The Capability Framework, especially those at the 'Designs' level who have taken the HR Foundations course.


“This course is one of the best I’ve ever attended. To experience learning from a Tikanga perspective was inspirational.” Lisa, Head of People & Safety

“This wānanga was amazing. high quality facilitators of ako and content. The learning, content, interactive activities and resources are excellent. The leadership values we were taught were enacted by facilitators throughout the wānanga. Facilitators are highly experienced, knowledgeable and inspiring.” Kararaina, Senior Advisor Māori Capability

“The course was absolutely fantastic, I came away with so much more than I expected and it completed changed my mindset in a positive way. We need more courses like this.” Morgan-Rose, People Experience Talent Partner

Course Fee (includes GST)

Earlybird (available until Tuesday 17 October):

  • HRNZ Member = $2,323.00
  • Non-member = $2,668.00



  • HRNZ Member = $2,553.00
  • Non-member = $3,013.00


Feel free to email [email protected] if you need any assistance.

All personal development events are subject to HRNZ Terms and Conditions.

Registrations close 08:30am Tuesday 17 October, unless sold out prior.

Cancellation Policy

An appropriate substitute participant is welcome any time before the course starts. Please let us know the replacement's name. If you have booked on a member price and a non member is to attend in your place you will be invoiced for the difference in price.

A refund of fees will be made if a cancellation is received in writing at least 10 working days prior to the commencement of the course.

Regrettably, no refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date and you are liable for the full cost of attendance at the course.

Presenter Details

Karli Te Aotonga

Karli has whakapapa to Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru and Ngāti Koata. She is the Programme Manager of Whānau Dvelopment for Wakatū Incorporation and has over 10 years’ experience in strategic HR and customer service-centered design and delivery. Karli is a chartered member of HRNZ (CMHRNZ), holds a bachelors’ degree in HRM, a master’s degree in arts (Māori and indigenous leadership) and is about to commence a PhD in HRM, focused on transforming HR through Māori knowledge and practices. Karli is committed to the kaupapa of transformational change and culture within all sectors of Aotearoa that directly enhances the quality of life and wellbeing for people and place. She is māmā to 3 boys, her life’s inspiration.

Bentham Ohia

Bentham has iwi affiliations with Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga (Tauranga Moana), Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Rarua (Te Tauihu), Ngāti Te Roro o Te Rangi (Te Arawa). He is passionate about raising consciousness of HR practice from a Te Ao Māori perspective, affirming existing practice through insights from a Te Ao Māori lens, and introducing (k)new insights from a more radical lens (lenses) based on leadership and management experiences as a former CEO and other multiple management and leadership roles and perspectives. He is Director of Puata Hou Ltd with his wife Kate Cherrington, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Lecturer in Masters in Māori Management, as well as Past Associate Director at Wakatū Incorporation.

To access member rates, please log into your membership account, or join HRNZ as a member before registering.

If you wish to register for this event as a non-member, please log in to your non-member account, or create one here. Having a non-member account enables seamless event registration and personalised content delivery.