Ngā Kōrero


About Hawaiki Kura

Hawaiki Kura is a Māori-owned business based in Te Tauihu (the Top of the South Island) which specialises in Māori development, Māori tourism and Māori awareness training.


Created by husband and wife team Kiley and Donna Nepia out of their passion for Māori culture and their desire to strengthen people’s understanding of and connection to Te Ao Māori.

Over the past 10 years, Hawaiki Kura has become known for delivering high-quality initiatives and experiences for Māori and non-Māori organisations. These have included leading and developing cultural revitalisation activities for iwi; cultural leadership workshops for rangatahi (youth); development of social enterprises to support marae; delivering cultural awareness workshops for beginners; and showcasing the beauty of the Māori world to international guests through tourism. 

Kiley Nepia - Hawaiki Kura

Kiley Nepia

Kiley is passionate about Māori culture and whānau transformation. He was brought up at Omaka Marae in Blenheim under the guidance of his kuia, the late Kath Hemi, and went on to obtain a Degree in Hapū Development, and a Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge. He has played a leading role in the cultural revitalisation of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and holds a number of roles within his iwi, the marae, and the community. He is currently studying toward a PhD in Māori Development.

Donna Nepia - Hawaiki Kura

Donna Nepia

Donna was born and raised in Te Tauihu and holds a Degree in Psychology. Donna co-manages Omaka Marae and oversees the development of social enterprise Manaaki, a range of Māori-inspired food condiments. She is also worked closely with the international tourism markets for the past several years and is the main point of contact for the tourism side of Hawaiki Kura.

 Ngā Matapono

Our Core Values

+ Auahatanga/Innovation

+ Manaakitanga/Caring for people

+ Rangatatiratanga/Self-determination

+ Mahi Ngātahi/Collaboration

+ Whakatipu/Legacy building

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