- 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.
New Zealand’s rich Māori culture gives it a point of difference on a global stage, and now, more than ever New Zealand businesses are seeking to harness its uniqueness.
It’s vital that we enhance our cultural competence at The Icehouse, so many of our staff have immersed themselves in Te Kaa's engaging and enriching programmes that have impacted on how they are able to consider Māori culture within decision making processes, policies and procedures and strengthened the ability to connect with Māori colleagues and clients.
Our journey has only just begun.
Tailored towards the busy corporate sector, the programme provides focus on how Māori culture is relevant to us as individuals and the businesses we support.
We will continue to update with further special initiatives and events for The Icehouse, our network, coworking space and wider community.