Aotearoa Kapa Haka Limited (AKHL) is the commercial and wholly-owned subsidiary of New Zealand’s national kapa haka organisation, Te Matatini Society Incorporated. AKHL was officially incorporated in 2004.
The AKHL Board of Directors is made up of one kapa haka representative from the National Board of Te Matatini – Annette Wehi (Chair), the Chair of Te Matatini – Selwyn Parata (member) and the Chief Executive of Te Matatini – Carl Ross (member).
In 2014, AKHL was given a mandate to, amongst other things, manage the intellectual property interests of three key stakeholder events; Te Matatini, Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua; and Te Mana Kuratahi. Since that time, AKHL has been responsible for negotiating the commercial terms of broadcast for those key events resulting in AKHL’s core business.
In 2019 AKHL developed a five-year strategic plan, Puhi Kaioreore, which focuses on business growth, capacity and capability building, improving operational functions and diversifying service and product offerings.
In line with its strategic priorities, AKHL established a Business Advisory Group tasked with assisting AKHL through its new growth journey. The group is made up of independent and external members from the New Zealand business sector.