- My success is not mine alone, it is the success of the collective -
On its 20th anniversary, The Icehouse is on a greater journey to more authentically connect with the Māori worldview in line with the people of Aotearoa. The rise in te reo and a more inclusive appreciation of Aotearoa’s history and the implications of New Zealand’s colonial past, are valued by The Icehouse and recognised as long overdue moves in a right and rich direction.
The blended universe that was the intent of Te Tiriti at the beginning was encapsulated and symbolised by the blended threshold of land and sea in the place where The Icehouse has operated from the start, the old Mechanics Bay, where Māori and Pākeha first came together to conduct trade and enterprise vital to early Auckland’s survival. This ‘bond’ is part of our history, and one of which we should be proud.
We understand and participate in a worldview that has implications for entrepreneurs whose success will be measured by more than wealth and we work alongside organisations to help empower the Maori workforce.
A priority for us is to provide a bridge for entrepreneurial Māori and Pākeha, as well as other communities, entrepreneurs and innovators, so that each can learn from the best the other has to offer; to play in the space in-between, to discover new ways of doing business in an innovative, socially aware and environmentally sustainable way by understanding the worldviews of others.
It’s vital that we enhance our cultural competence at The Icehouse, so we are immersing ourselves in engaging and enriching programmes that will impact on how we leverage off our unique cultural landscape.
In January 2022 we’re participating in the Te Kaa 5-Day Programme run over five months by Maurea Consulting – five full days designed to ignite participants' learning, understanding and experience of Māori culture in a safe and exploratory way.
Tailored towards the busy corporate sector, this programme provides focus on how Māori culture is relevant to us as individuals and the businesses we support.
We’ll be announcing further special initiatives and events for The Icehouse, our network, coworking space and wider community over the coming months.