In a time where the importance of indigenous perspectives and inclusivity is more critical than ever, TTM Consultancy remains steadfast in its commitment to celebrating Te Ao Māori in Aotearoa.
Founded by three wāhine Māori who initially connected during a collaborative effort at a government agency.
TTM’s genesis is rooted in a project that brought together diverse skills in strategy, project management, stakeholder engagement, leadership development, and cultural responsiveness.
“The decision to launch the consultancy arose from the effective collaboration and mutual complementarity experienced during the project,” said Jewels Edwards, TTM’s Project Manager.
“Given our roles as māmā and busy wāhine, we prioritise time, cost, and quality. Our approach eschews bureaucratic processes to ensure the effective understanding and integration of Te Ao Māori by organisations.”
At the helm of TTM Consultancy is Rātangihia (Rā) Steer, the Managing Principal, “our mahi is centered around fostering intergenerational uplift and success for Māori and whānau. Despite launching in a unique period, we recognise the value within indigenous knowledge systems.”
TTM Consultancy’s inaugural client is Te Rōpū Whakahau, the leading national body representing Māori engaged in Libraries and the information sector.
Carla Jeffrey, Principal Advisor, is leading this project having expertise in uplifting capability and capacity.
“The project is Whiria te Tāngata, an eight-month learning, and development programme for the library sector,” said Carla.
“We work alongside kaimahi to integrate mātauranga Māori in their professional development, data, research and evidence as well as understanding how te Tiriti applies in their spaces.
“We use both online learning and face-to-face noho marae. Our aim is to not only enrich the skills and knowledge of participants but to support them to be champions of mātauranga Māori and sustainability within their own intuitions/organisations,” Carla said.
The collaboration between TTM Consultancy and Te Rōpū Whakahau exemplifies the power of partnership in driving positive change.
“We work to the needs of our clients. Te Rōpū Whakahau wanted participants to develop but also their membership and wider sector to understand the importance of this kaupapa.
“We brought Saarah Gul, a Communications specialist, on board to help us tell their story and promote it,” said Carla,
“This initiative is not just about sustainability; it’s about building a future where libraries are not just repositories of knowledge but vibrant hubs that actively contribute to the well-being and aspirations of our communities,” added Carla.
TTM Consultancy is also working alongside the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care as well as Public Libraries New Zealand on specialised Te Ao Māori project mahi.