Evolving Leadership with Kaitiakitanga: Māori leadership with values, focus and passion

Date Wednesday 9 March 2022
Time 5:30pm
Where MSB1.20/1.21, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Presenter Dr Warren Williams
Contact Amanda Wilson
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Digital strategy and marketing consultant Dr Warren Williams will discuss his recent research into Māori in the IT industry at this public talk on Wednesday, 9 March, with a focus on a new leadership model he has called 'Digital Taniwha Leadership'.

Dr Williams proposes a value-based, Māori principle-based leadership style for emerging Māori IT professionals, and for the IT/business industry sector as a whole.

His presentation will highlight the principles of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and manaakitanga (hospitality) as key focal points for 'Digital Kaitiaki' leadership roles.

This event is proudly hosted by Waikato Management School. It is free and open to members of the public, although seats are strictly limited.

Also sharing views from their own areas of knowledge on leadership and business are:

  • Associate Professor Māui Hudson - Te Kotahi Research Institute
  • Crystal Tawhai - Doctoral candidate, Waikato Management School
  • Jason Nepia – Māori Economic Development Manager - Te Waka

This session will present a ‘call-to-action’ for the audience, challenging them to contribute to creating change in their organisation, industry or academic sector.

The speakers will be available after the formal session for consultation with anyone who seeks to answer the call.

Event schedule:

  • 5.30pm: Please join us for drinks and canapes in the foyer area
  • 6:00pm: Karakia tīmatanga and mihi whakatau
  • 6.05pm: Introductory comments by MC - Professor David McKie
  • 6:10pm: Panel discussion
  • 6.45pm: Q&A
  • 7.00pm: Karakia whakamutunga


Please note that seats are limited, so early registration is advised. To book your seat, please visit

A vaccine pass is required to attend this event and will be checked on arrival.

If you have any questions, please email

Venue details:

MSB.1.20/1.21, Level One, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3240

Parking: Gate 7 carpark, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton. Parking is free after 4.30pm.