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Te Hono Bootcamp

Building connections across New Zealand's food and fibre sector


Te Hono Bootcamp is an intensive programme held regularly at Stanford University, USA. Te Hono has shared a remarkably successful collaboration with Stanford since our first 'Bootcamp' cohort visited in 2012. 


Invitations to attend are extended to those who normally hold chief executive or senior governance positions in primary sector companies, Māori agribusiness, educational institutes or government agencies. 

The objective of attendance at bootcamp is to create connections and build trust across the sector, increase leadership capability, connect participants to global thought leaders and radical thinkers (from the Stanford faculty and the business world) and expose them to innovative business concepts.

Focusing the food and fibre sector around a bootcamp theme


Bootcamps are centred around a theme, with past themes focusing on topics such as transformational leadership, understanding value – consumer digital and market innovation, how to accelerate change to build a high value economy, and planning the actions to become a global exemplar. As part of the programme, attendees also visit world-leading companies such as IDEO, IBM, Google and PayPal.

Te Hono’s vision for the coming years is to take a deep and narrow dive into the opportunities of technology, sustainability, leadership, and the consumer experience story to amplify New Zealand’s gravitas in leading global markets.   

Delivering results to New Zealand's food and fibre sector


With over 400 specific actions resulting from Te Hono Bootcamps, including individual, company-wide, and multi-company collaborations, Te Hono is instigating change and driving the transformation in our country’s food and fibre industry.  

After Bootcamp, the connections, learnings and enhanced capability are applied and leveraged by attendees, as they lead their organisations in their mission to capture more value. 

Reflecting on Stanford and Te Hono's remarkable journey is powerful. When a group of New Zealand’s most senior leaders travel to Palo Alto each year, magic happens. Likewise, the influence of Stanford’s world-class professors on our ability as a sector to innovate and execute is extraordinary.   

Discover their actions

Want to get involved?

If you are a senior leader from a food and fibre sector company, iwi or government agency and want to apply to attend bootcamp, please contact us.

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