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We develop and support collaborative strategies that engage our people and grassroots leadership to solve major community issues across Te Tairāwhiti.


Escape Room

Next Gen Escapes is Tairāwhiti's first escape room, powered by Tāiki e! Next Gen. Escape Rooms are challenging puzzle rooms where teams have 60 minutes to solve puzzles, riddles, and obstacles to complete the  goal. The escape room provides a live business model where our next generation of rangatahi entrepreneurs can learn the ropes of creating a sustainable, impactful and profitable business. 

Home Sweet Shed

Tairāwhiti is experiencing a significant housing crisis. Tāiki e! has supported the team from Home Sweet Shed to make the process of converting a garage into a suitable home an easily attainable reality so that we can take the pressure off our housing crisis. Their DIY kitset product can turn a standard car garage into a suitable living space in a day with two people helping.


Start Up Weekend Tairawhiti

Since 2018, Startup Weekend Tairāwhiti has become the pre-eminent community-led entrepreneurial initiative in Te Tairāwhiti, with over 150 participants representing communities up and down the region. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for both experienced and budding entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Tāiki e! Impact House facilitates the largest regional offering for GEW in the country, celebrating our uniquely Tairāwhiti style of entrepreneurship centred around community and aroha.




Lightbulb is a free community-led initiative designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs and changemakers from around the Tairāwhiti. A Lightbulb event utilises the power of the collective to support those in our community by empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their kaupapa. The format for Lightbulb is a 6 minute presentation followed by a 20-minute question and answer session where the community ask questions, provide helpful feedback, and share similar experiences or support.

Data Party

From using data to improve business performance to measuring key community wellbeing indicators, data plays an important role in supporting good decision making. For over a year, Tāiki e! has hosted a monthly data party to bring people from our community together to talk about key topics and tools relating to data. It is an inclusive and participatory space for anyone working in or interested in the data space, or with an interest in data, to come and learn and share with others. The data party roopu is currently working towards creating a data hackathon event and engaging community through innovative data visualisation projects.

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