Te Ahi Tūtata is a dedicated advisory team that brings Māori cultural knowledge and skills to the industries and projects we work across.

Tāku ahi tūtata, tāku mata kikoha. Tāku ahi mamao, tāku mata kiporo.

This whakataukī speaks of a fire – when you are close to the fire, you have the ability to keep your blade sharp and ready for action. It is about fighting for a cause close to one’s heart. 

This advisory service consists of kaimahi Māori who bring their cultural knowledge and specialist skills to a variety of projects, to collectively support our clients and partners. We recognise the iwi of Aotearoa as kaitiaki across the motu, and promote te ao Māori, mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and whakaaro Māori (Māori views) in our industry. 

The lead project-facing role is Te Kaiwhakatere (project navigator), who works with project teams to foster better outcomes for Māori and Aotearoa. 

Te Ahi Tūtata works externally on enriching our relationships, nurturing these connections and delivery to our clients in the context of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and partnership with Māori. This is backed by the work that Te Ahi Tūtata does internally to give everyone at Beca in New Zealand the opportunity to learn more about te ao Māori. 

Click here to read Beca’s Position Statement on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Click here for an overview of Te Kura Ahi, Te Ahi Tūtata’s three-year strategy.

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Our People

Jenna Poff

Te Kaiwhakatere / Project Navigator

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John Blyth

Māori Business Advisory Lead

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Wharehuia Dixon

Senior Associate - Civil Engineering / Te Kaiwhakatere

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A chat with... John Blyth

As part of a new series of stories profiling people of influence from around Beca, we asked John Blyth, who leads Te Ahi Tūtata, our Māori Business team, to tell us about his career journey and life outside of work.

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