Te Hono is built on the foundations of building trust, scaling capability and enabling and accelerating action for our primary industry companies to transform from volume to value*. We do this by curating events to connect New Zealand’s leadership to learn from the best in the world.
Te Hono began with a one-off executive education programme at Stanford University in 2012 and has since become a flagship annual event. As Te Hono grew, the programme expanded to include a number of local events in New Zealand throughout the year including the National Summit.
*Volume to value: to move from commodity sales and traditional agribusiness practices to global producers of high value, consumer-centric products and services.
The Te Hono Stanford Bootcamp is a week long, intensive programme held at Stanford University in California, USA around the middle of each year. Invitations are extended to those who normally hold Chief Executive or senior governance positions and are predominantly exporters from the primary sector. Maori agribusiness, educational institutes and government agencies have increasingly played an important role to enable a robust New Zealand ecosystem discussion.
Both new members and a smaller number of existing alumni attend. Each Bootcamp has focused on a different theme (with Stanford faculty speakers and guest speakers from private sector businesses) – but all with the over-arching objective of fundamentally improving the competitiveness of New Zealand’s primary sector on a global stage.
The first Bootcamp was a small event at Stanford University – 23 Chief Executives from New Zealand’s primary sector companies, together with the then Minister for Primary Industries, Hon. David Carter and Chief Executive of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Peter Chrisp. As well as providing the opportunity to gain further education and connect with global thinkers these leaders soon realised the conversations they’d started could help begin to unlock the potential of the primary sector.
The next Bootcamp event reached out to Maori leaders, who bought diversity and cultural elements into the conversation – a key factor in ensuring the successful development of not only Maori business but the primary sector as a whole.
Following this Bootcamp momentum was growing – trust was building and alignment amongst alumni was great.
Stanford Bootcamp 2014 focused on creating an ecosystem around the primary sector. Building on the diversity of the two years prior this class was made up of various business, academic, government, gender, ethnic, public and private participants. The key-note speaker was Prof Condoleezza Rice (American political scientist, diplomat and the 66th United States Secretary of State) who spoke about ‘Global Business and the Economy’. Attendees had site visits to Google and PayPal.
This year focused on ‘Transformational Leadership and Understanding Value – Consumer, Digital and Market Innovation’. It was recognised that the foundation and ecosystem had been laid, and now moved into the acceleration/action phase. The key-note speaker was William McDonough – world leader in sustainable development and recognised by TIME magazine as a ‘hero’ for the planet. As well as site visits to IDEO and IBM, this class was divided into teams assigned with ‘How might we…’ challenges for the sector requiring gathering of user insights and presentations back to the wider group. An unprecedented 33 individual and collective actions were committed to.
The theme ‘Accelerating Transformation: Building a High Value Economy’ focused on transformational leadership, understanding value, disruption by design and opportunities for competitive identity. For the first time ‘international customers’ were invited, who provided the group with an invaluable outside-in perspective. The final session resulted in 45 individual and collective commitments amongst the group to improve New Zealand’s performance on the global stage.
The focus of the 2017 Bootcamp was how might we make Aotearoa New Zealand the global exemplar – environmentally, economically and socially. The programme was a springboard for driving significant change, with alumni collaborating to develop and accelerate nine projects that will create a quantum shift for New Zealand’s primary sector. Through a mixture of transformational leadership insights, Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty teachings and facilitated project development, the cohort created business plans that will achieve international momentum, drive economic prosperity and enhance the reputation of New Zealand.
Introduced in 2016, this one-day event is a gathering that aims at reaching out beyond the Te Hono alumni to share ideas more deeply and further build an appetite for action. The day includes industry speakers, government leaders and interactive forums. Alumni are actively encouraged to invite team members, colleagues, key clients and customers to this event which is a chance to gather, listen, discuss and reflect on our goal for the New Zealand primary sector – driving our economy to prosperity with an economic, environmental and social lens.
The key theme of the first inaugural National Summit was 'Accelerating Transformation'. It also marked a turning point for Te Hono, reaching out beyond alumni to share ideas more deeply and create capability to accelerate change. Held at Mystery Creek, the day was an opportunity to explore how to apply innovation and focus to tackle the crowded market place.
The theme of the 2017 National Summit was 'Executing Value Based Transformational Strategies'. It was an opportunity to reflect on what brings us together, our progress so far and the heights we wish to scale in the future. Throughout the day in Christchurch, we touched on our aspiration for Aotearoa to be a global exemplar environmentally, economically and socially - and how we are already taking steps towards making this a reality
The theme of the 2018 National Summit was 'From Why to How'. It was an opportunity to share information, build trust and alignment and solve our problems together. Held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, we looked at the Te Hono journey so far, how to grow a successful company in a disruptive and highly changing world, focusing on exponential technology, blockchain and the concepts of future consumers.
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