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What Te Hono does


Te Hono unites senior leaders from across the food and fibre sector to work together to drive the transformation and success of the primary industry to make Aotearoa New Zealand a place where our children and their children want to live, work and thrive.


We do this through bringing our people together, connecting them to each other, to thought leaders from across the globe and to tools that assist them to make the transformation from volume to value.

We are the instigators of change, we shed light on and adopt what’s happening at the fringes. We connect, collaborate and share the journey of capability development and value capture.

Challenging New Zealand's primary sector to think and do better


Our sector is known globally for excelling at what they do, producing some of the best quality food and fibre products in the world. Te Hono takes that exceptional base and challenges our people to think better, do better. We use the knowledge of talented Kiwis as well as inviting outside-in, from the edge thinking, by connecting our people to great minds from around the world. 

Te Hono Bootcamp

The cornerstone of connection is the Te Hono Bootcamp, held at Stanford University, USA. Over 380 sector leaders holding chief executive, board, ministerial or directorship positions have attended, representing 80 per cent of sector leadership. Newly appointed leaders are invited to join the partnership, to ensure they understand the vision their organisation has committed to.


Since the partnership's conception in 2012 we’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of thought leaders including Baba Shiv (Stanford University), Larry Keeley (Doblin), Amy Wilkinson (Ingenuity), Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger (All Birds), Tim Brown (IDEO), Condoleezza Rice, David Teece (UC Berkeley), William McDonough (McDonough Innovation), Craig Neville-Manning (Google), Johan Rockstrom (Stockholm Resilience Centre), John Lord (LivWell), Pat Brown (Impossible Foods), Steve Brown (Intel), Ian Wright (Tesla), John O'Loghlen (Alibaba), Zenia Tata (XPRIZE), Andrew Morlet (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) and Edie Weiner (The Future Hunters). 


At Te Hono bootcamp attendees undertake site vists and meet leadership teams from a range of companies renowned for innovative thinking, community connection and commercial success including IDEO, IBM, Google, PayPal and Plenty. 

Back home, regular forums and events provide opportunities to further drive value for the primary sector: 


Business Leaders’ Forum: a small, curated group of the sector’s top leaders, designed to enable our leading organisations to identify the winds of change required to stay ahead of the curve. These events work closely with government, and influence the direction of further Te Hono leadership programmes. 


Speaker Series: World-class speakers discuss key themes in a webinar format. 


Kōrero and Kai: An annual dinner series brings together Te Hono alum for deep kōrero, connection and manaakitanga. 


Connect e-newsletter: Our regular update of alumni news, key events and keen thinking from across the sector. 

“Transformation begins with the courage to act boldly, the willingness to forge deep connections, and with the commitment to shape a future that embraces positive change.” 

Olivia Egerton
Te Hono Chair
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