About Us

Ngawaka Group was created to help Maori-led businesses thrive, while creating opportunities and new futures for whānau

Our Mission

At Ngawaka Group, we believe business can be a powerful enabler of social change. We believe we have a responsibility – and an opportunity – to find new ways to help Māori-led businesses grow in a manner that both honours and is informed by our deep understanding of Māori culture.

Ngawaka Group was created with this philosophy in mind. Our intention is to lead the growth and success of high-quality, Māori-led businesses – businesses that will stimulate opportunities for iwi and whānau and return value to our people, while protecting our whenua and taonga.

Our leadership team brings a depth of experience in local and international business, combined with deep understanding of Māori culture, iwi leadership and politics. Led and founded by Phillip Ngawaka and Melanie Catanuto, Ngawaka Group is focused on cultivating an environment for Māori-led businesses to grow and thrive.

Since 2018, Ngawaka Group has curated a portfolio of businesses that exemplify our approach: Rehua Reo Contracting Ltd, Rehua Roofing, Te Kaihoko Limited and Moana Honey.

Ngawaka Group’s businesses have enabled our people to find a pathway back to employment, to contribute to business growth and prosperity, and to take advantage of development and training opportunities.

Steel coils in warehouse - working inside with Rehua Reo, a Ngawaka Group company

Our History

Based in Whangarei and Auckland, Ngawaka Group was established in 2018 to promote Māori economic development.

After years of iwi leadership, Ngawaka Group was created to support our people and our whenua by leading the growth and success of high quality Māori-led businesses.

With the Māori economy worth $50 billion (according to the TDB Consultants report), an increasingly significant share of New Zealand’s overall wealth is controlled by iwi. At Ngawaka Group, we’re using our business acumen combined with our deep understanding of Māori culture to deliver business results that have transformative benefits for our iwi and whānau.

Ngawaka Group’s businesses reflect this approach.

Rehua Reo Contracting Limited was established to leverage deep existing knowledge of the steel reinforcing services market and expertise in steel fixing. This business opportunity has provided a pathway back to employment for some, with training, development, support and benefits offered to workers.

Created in 2018, our trading company Te Kaihoko produces high-grade manuka honey sourced from naturally regenerating manuka bush in Northland. Te Kaihoko manuka honey is now used in luxury hotel chains and resorts, health retreats, and by chefs in high-end restaurants. 

Te Kaihoko Ltd represents the core value of Ngawaka Group: Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakemua – If we take care of the earth and take care of people, we will take care of the future.

With a focus on quality workmanship, strong leadership and creating career opportunities for whānau, Rehua Roofing is an integral part of Ngawaka Group’s portfolio of businesses. Rehua Roofing was established in 2014 and specialises in concrete tile installation, roof restoration and maintenance.

Men at work for Rehua Reo Contracting - Careers Roofing work Ngawka Group
Large Steel Coils for reinforcing - Rehua Reo

Our Mission Statement

At Ngawaka Group, we believe business can be a powerful enabler of social change. We have a responsibility – and an opportunity – to lead the growth and success of high-quality, Māori-led businesses – businesses that will return value to our people, while protecting our whenua and taonga.

We’re using our financial acumen combined with our deep understanding of Māori culture to deliver business results that have transformative benefits for iwi and whānau.