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.The smartest way to get tech stuff done..

.100 % Aotearoa, New Zealand owned, because context is everything..

New Zealand's first Māori-owned
technology strategy & project specialists
since 2002

Everything data & digital 

  1. We combine computer and data science with Māori approaches – and can look under the technical 'hoods' of both those sectors.
  2. We're specialists in Māori data approaches, sovereignty, governance, and operationalising, and helping you apply it in your organisation and with your communities.
  3. We're pragmatic and solutions-focused.
  4. We know the relationships you have with your stakeholders and communities are critical.
  5. We quickly zero in on your data & digital requirements and challenges, and help you get in front of them.
  6. We can help you develop your Te Tiriti o Waitangi policies and KPIs.
  7. We deeply understand the ever-changing political, legislative, social and cultural environments you operate in.
  8. We serve three core sectors: Government, Iwi-Māori and NGO clients.
  9. And our clients say we're super easy to work with.
  10. And we have a wonderful sponsorship programme for selected tech & Māori related projects for capability-building to help grow the Māori tech sector.


What do you need?


  • Māori data and information projects

  • Discrete data & digital or ICT project

  • Strategy, ISSP, roadmaps

  • Complex, core and critical projects

  • Design, build, implement, manage
  • Engagement with your stakeholders

  • Specific deliverables

  • Fixed budgets or evolving – whatever suits your needs

  • Fixed delivery dates or ongoing tasks and monitoring


  • Virtual senior IT specialist, CIO

  • Independent advisor, shadow coach who will also help your team get more tech-savvy

  • Help with your data and tech workforce development

  • Ongoing strategic, project, monitoring and risk reduction focus

  • Dedicated specialist you can count on

  • Monthly deliverables, reporting

  • 12-months to 3 years subscription

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The 'paua' is a southern Pacific abalone unique to Aotearoa/New Zealand and has a notably iridescent inner shell, aptly capturing the idea of diversity and the company's foundational value system.

Paua Interface Ltd ('Paua') was founded in '92 by Robyn Kamira when connectivity meant the sound of a dialup modem and the World Wide Web was barely crawling. It was registered as Paua Interface in 2002.

The company is purpose-led and works to be financially sustainable, while achieving wider social and cultural outcomes.
All projects consider where they can make tangible differences in the lives of people and communities.

Today, Paua has an exciting portfolio of hi-tech projects to inspire and many with social and cultural outcomes at the core. And it's still 100% New Zealand and Māori-owned.

Business Plan


Our vision sits where information and technology touches the lives of people and communities – and makes positive sustainable differences to people's lives.


It's what we care about and it drives us to do stuff.

Paua helps clients with their big questions. What difference will this project make in the world? Can it be achieved? Can the people who are involved make it happen?


Paua supports tech innovation for community, charitable, corporate and government organisations – right people, right skills and right outcomes.

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Core & critical tech projects like these:

  • Applications (apps, programs)

  • Biometrics platforms

  • Data-by-design

  • Data governance, sovereignty

  • Data strategy

  • Digital strategy

  • Infrastructure & enterprise projects

  • Instructional design
  • IT governance
  • IT & data policies
  • ISSP
  • IT audits

  • IT project management

  • Māori data and information specialists

  • Privacy-by-design

  • Privacy Impact Assessments

  • Research

  • Software design and build

  • Troubleshooting IT projects

In sectors like these:

  • Economic development

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Health

  • Hi-tech

  • Indigenous Peoples

  • Iwi and Māori

  • Pacific Peoples

  • Security-by-design

  • Technology

  • Telecommunications
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Toi Hangarau Report – Pāua initiated and sponsored the first ground-breaking, data-driven annual report on 72 Māori-owned tech companies including deep dives into Founder stories and what makes them sustainable. Paua makes this report free to everyone, It was released Feb 2023.

Read it now.

Te Pūkenga | NZ Institute of Skills and Technology – helping create a digital strategy and ISSP (Information Systems Strategic Plan) for NZ's largest tertiary education provider with 250,000 students.

UAV (drone) technologies – spearheaded Incredible Skies' for two projects. AI and mathematical modelling to identify rogue objects in airspace.

Interim Māori Spectrum Commission – design a unique Spectrum Innovation Platform for telecommunications and technology-related projects and trials using private 5G networks.

TechMasterclass Aotearoa – created NZ's first industry tech programme for organisations without in-house tech expertise.

Our story
What we do
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First we listen.

We'll ask about your challenges and expectations before we recommend a technology approach, team and quote.

We engage, collaborate, wānanga-codesign

We walk alongside your team and stakeholder communities and help you to shape a technology solution that gets the results you need.

We're communicative and responsive

We check in regularly to ensure we're all on the same page and responding to whatever priorities you're experiencing in a timely way.


We're determined and relentless deliverers

The mantra that IT projects are typically over-budget and late simply means either something in the management went wrong, or an external factor interfered with your goals. We are proud of our track record of ensuring we do everything in our power to make sure you get what you need on time and within your budget.

Here's what we typically hear from clients and what you can also expect.

"We needed fast delivery and Paua pulled out all the stops to make it happen!"

"Your consultant was familiar with our sector and our stakeholders, and had networks to call on, adding huge value to our project."

"I appreciated that the team checked in frequently to ensure we were all on the same page throughout the project."

"Our Paua consultant was completely invested in our purpose and went above and beyond to make it happen."

Business People Applauding

Our clients rely on our deep industry knowledge, strong industry networks, and good communication.


Paua draws from a pool of senior industry professionals to create optimal teams, bringing together the right specialist talent for your project.


They are your trusted tour guides helping you arrive at your destination. They'll guide you through simple tasks through to complex digital roadmaps, solutions and strategies – and help to optimise and systematically de-risk your technology investments.


Paua CEO Robyn Kamira says, "It comes down to this. Our clients need a fit-for-purpose team – experienced and competent people – who will deliver exactly what they need – nothing less."

Paua assigns senior specialists to lead projects so the tasks are well-guided and on point. The team members monitor global industry trends regularly, and collaborate to inform, challenge and augment their collective thinking for every project.


Bland is not in our vocabulary – only excellent results and outcomes.

Paua only employs highly motivated people and lets them do what they do best. In return, they get to support interesting projects with a purpose. Projects like yours. They're here to help you change the world.

Oh, and you may be pleased to know they all have relevant certifications and/or degrees, and real-world experiences that will give you peace of mind.

What to expect

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