He aha te mea nui o te ao.
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people, it is people, it is people.

Manawatu is a region rich with creativity, innovation and talented people. Te Aho Tāmaka acknowledges and celebrates a diverse and illustrious group of accomplished leaders whose journeys are connected with Manawatū and have gone on to reach the top of their chosen field or are making their mark on the world.

By sharing the stories, knowledge and experience of Manawatū’s great achievers, Te Aho Tāmaka will inspire new mindsets and future leaders. This programme celebrates the success of these leaders and enhances their engagement with the local community be it through mentoring, internship or reconnection to the region.

This is the story of Manawatū through our people. Let us honour our past, celebrate our present and inspire our future. Te Aho Tāmaka is led by the Central Economic Development Agency and the identification and inclusion of more leaders and achievers will continue to grow and evolve with the support and guidance of local experts in their fields.

Te Aho Tāmaka

The visual meaning of Te Aho Tāmaka is a round cord plaited with four or more strands, the symbolic meaning behind Te Aho Tāmaka is represented by the four pillars below.


Connection to the region and the people. Creating a history and future of knowledge, expertise and learning.


Celebrate both individual and collective success.


To empower, enable or endorse.


Influence for growth development innovation and direction forward.

For further information about Te Aho Tāmaka, please contact leaders@ceda.nz