Ensuring the voices of our people are heard and protected
Hokianga Consultants was founded in 2019 as a small Māori family-owned and operated business, bringing together a team of dedicated consultants and Māori project managers from different industries who collaborate to achieve the best outcomes for our clients and our communities.
As consultants, we recognise the importance of Māori working for Māori, and representation in remote areas such as the Far North. Based in the Hokianga, we are a Te Tai Tokerau focused business who believe mahi begins on the ground, where our people are.
Our first big project, Whītiki Ngā Punawai O Hokianga, launched in 2020 and from this, an amazing relationship grew with the six hapū involved. From this point onwards, Hokianga Consultants has worked with a multitude of government agencies, businesses and organisations across Aotearoa.
Our priority as Māori consultants is to act as kaitiaki for whānau, hapori, pakihi Māori and hapū. Our approach is anchored in Te Ao Māori values, for the best outcomes as a roopu. With specialised areas of expertise, we have a genuine passion for what we do.
Our Founder Zonya Wherry
Raised in the Hokianga area from the age of seven, after her father left the Twizel water project to return to Mangamuka, Zonya was too young at the time to comprehend the challenges of our tupuna. However, from her nanas and papas’ teachings, she understood how important it was to love each other and to be the best that we can be.
Zonya was inspired by our kuia Whina Cooper as a wahine toa, and even more so by the power of our people. When she left New Zealand at the age of sixteen, she trained in finance and logistics. Her journey led her to Australia, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and America, but Hokianga’s pull was strong.
More than 30 years later, in 2015, she returned to awhi our people with the knowledge that as the indigenous people of this world, we have led the fight and are millionaires in our own right.
Our Services & Team
Our dynamic team is spread across Te Tai Tokerau and can cover all areas within. Engineering (water plant), project management (funds management on behalf of) and tech experience are held within our team and supporting local businesses by contracting in projects is a priority, as well as empowering our rangatahi with work experience.
We cultivate a culture of community, respect and loyalty with a focus on collaboration and transparency. The team at Hokianga Consultants is passionate about empowering our people and giving them the tools and knowledge to achieve their dreams. Together, we find workable strategies that turn opportunities into real results and outcomes.