Current and recent projects include:
Management of Business and Personal Finance Programmes
Aotahi has held contracts with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) to assist in the management of their business programmes since the company was founded in 2004. For two years prior to this, the directors completed programme management contracts under another entity, Kawau Limited. Aotahi has been responsible for managing over 2,500 EFTS (equivalent full-time students) per year for the great majority of this time.
As the programmes managed by Aotahi are taught by independent contractors, a large component of this work involves managing relationships between the organisation and the contractors. Examples of other tasks and responsibilities include:
- Contract development for kaiako (teachers).
- Recruitment and induction of kaiako.
- Assistance in developing and monitoring nationwide rollout plans.
- Marketing support.
- Monitoring of delivery to ensure completion rates are achieved.
- Support in the areas of operations, academic policy, and problem resolution.
Development of Business and Personal Finance Programmes
Aotahi recently developed the learning materials for four tertiary education programmes owned by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. The company was involved throughout the entire development process for these four programmes. This included conducting market research and stakeholder consultation, preparing the programme curriculum document for internal approval by TWoA and external approval by NZQA, as well as developing the student and teacher resources.
The resources developed varied for programme to programme, but typically include:
- a series of professionally designed magazines containing the core programme material;
- lesson plan and activity workbooks;
- teaching presentations;
- programme guides for contractors (the kaiako contracted to teach the programmes); and
- information booklets for tauira (students).
Other materials include case studies of Māori businesses, seminar handouts, and glossaries of terms for NZQA Level 3 programmes.
The four programmes are as follows:
- Smart Steps to Business (SSB) – Level 3
Smart Steps to Business (SSB) is a 60 credit programme developed to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) – Level 3. It was delivered nationwide for the first time in Semester B, 2017.
Targeted to meet the needs of people going into business, this programme covers areas such as identification of business opportunities; feasibility and viability analysis; development of a business establishment plan; business and product testing; marketing; and pitching a business opportunity to stakeholders.
- Certificate in Money Management (CMM) – Level 3
This programme was developed to replace the current CMM programme, originally developed by Aotahi in 2009, in order for TWoA to have a programme which aligns with the new NZQA qualification framework. Graduates of the new CMM will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Personal Financial Capability and Financial Services – Level 3.
The ability to manage money is an essential life skill for all New Zealanders. This programme aims to develop this skill so as to assist people to make rational financial decisions that enable them to reach their goals in life. Suitable for people of all income and wealth levels, topics covered include financial goal setting; debt management; budgeting; home ownership; property investment; retirement planning; other investment options; and wealth protection.
- Certificate in Small Business and Project Management (CSBM) – Level 4
This programme was developed to replace the CSBM programme which was offered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa since 2002. Originally developed by members of Aotahi, this 120 credit programme is one of the organisation’s largest programmes in terms of equivalent full time students each year. The new programme will align with two qualifications on the NZQA framework: the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) – Level 4, and the New Zealand Certificate in Project Management – Level 4.
This CSBM is designed to meet the needs of new and existing business owners. It covers all areas of running a business including (for example) industry analysis, marketing, operations and technology, human resources, and financial management. However, its main point of difference from other business management programmes is its project management focus. Tauira learn project management concepts and apply techniques to several areas of management, including market research and the development of a comprehensive business plan for their own business (or business idea).
- Diploma in Small Business and Project Management (DSBM) – Level 5
The DSBM is a level 5 programme designed for existing business owners who are ready to grow or improve their business. It is a 120 credit programme, which was developed to replace the 90 credit Certificate in Applied Small Business Growth and Development (CABG) programme which was offered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa since 2009 (and was also developed by Aotahi).
The new programme meets the requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Business (strand in Project Management) – Level 5. Throughout the programme, tauira apply project management techniques to the design and implementation of three business development projects within their own business.
Pakihi – Workshops and Mentoring for Māori Businesses
Aotahi, in partnership with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Crowe Horwarth, is responsible for delivering the Pakihi initiative (www.pakihi.co.nz). Funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), Pakihi provides free business workshops and mentoring nationwide to Māori who want to start their own business, as well as Māori who are already in business.
Aotahi developed the content and manages the delivery for the following two of the three workshop streams offered by the Pakihi initiative.
- Whakarautia – workshops and mentoring for those who have a business idea and are looking to start their own business.
- Te Uma – workshops and mentoring for business owners who have been operating for up to eighteen months. The workshops focus on improving profitability, marketing, and networking.