About us

Hikoi Tahi Walking Tours was formed as a spin off from Auckland University Business School as the result of a two-year PostGrad in Business. The four members of the business worked together on a number of assignments, culminating in a new social enterprise business venture, in the final paper.

Their assignment caught the imagination of the team as well as their professor, and thus Hikoi Tahi Walking Tours was formed. All members of the company bring a range of skills to the venture, but they are linked by a common passion being the sharing of knowledge and stories in Te Tai o Tokerau, Northland.

Mariao HohaiaMariao-200

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kura, Ngāti Rehia. After graduating from a full-time three year Drama course in 1992, Mariao worked as a professional artist in Television, Film, Theatre and Radio in a variety of roles in NZ, the UK and Europe. In 2005 Mariao returned to Northland where he has since worked in whanau, marae, hapu and iwi development.

He is currently employed as the Executive Manager for Tapuaetahi Incorporation a Ngati Rehia whanau business, situated here in the beautiful Bay of Islands. He resides in Kerikeri with his wife and two children.

Jane HindleJane-200

New Zealand Pākehā and English. Brought up in England, she moved to New Zealand in 1990 to be with family. Her professional career has been in the Information Technology, Communications and Telecommunications industries in a variety of product Sales and Marketing roles and senior Executive roles.

She now lives in Russell Kororāreka and is Executive Trustee of the R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust. She was previously on the Board of Northland’s Economic Development Agency, presently on the board of Northtec and a member of the Northland committee for the Institute of Directors.

Kate MartinKate-200

English, French, Ngāti Porou, Pākehā, BA (Hons), Postgrad Dip Museum Studies, Postgrad Dip Business (Māori Development). Kate has worked 30 years in the heritage sector, mostly across New Zealand, and sat on the boards of a number of cultural organisations.

Previously working for NZ Historic Places Trust as manager of Pompallier Mission in Kororāreka Russell and specializing in interpretation, she has been awarded the John Dunmore Medal and made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is now the Collections & Education Manager at Waitangi National Trust.


Neta-200Neta Smith

Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Kuri. With twenty years of experience in the delivery of Health care services, as well as several volunteer positions, Neta has strong connections to the various communities in Te Hiku o Te Ika, the Far North.

Neta holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, two post graduate qualifications in Health Sciences and Peri-operative nursing and is finalising her Post Graduate Diploma in Business, specialising in Māori Development. Neta has been the Operational Manager at Kaitaia Hospital and Far North Mental Services for the past 12 years.



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