Iwi Affiliation: Ngāpuhi                  Hapu Affiliation: Ngāti Pakahi, Ngāti Rehia

Steven was born in the small township of Kawakawa, but grew up in Milton Otago and takes pride in his Māori and Pākehā heritage. In 1994 Steven received a Masters degree in Marketing to become one of the first Māori graduates from University of Otago.  This was followed by a short career in Māori tourism at Auckland University of Technology and then an extended career in fitness as a founding member of global fitness company Les Mills International.

As Kaiwhakahaere Matua | CEO Steven’s role is to guide the company’s direction and sustainability through insight, innovation and service. At a technology level this requires focus around design thinking, research and development.  At staff  level this requires insights and execution on how tribes emerge, survive and thrive.  At a leadership level it requires focus on creating high performance teams.

Steven lives in West Harbour, Tāmaki Makaurau New Zealand and in his spare time enjoys cycling, music, cuisine, viticulture, and travel.

Jill is a Director of Kiwa Digital who also has overall responsibility for operations.

Involved with KIWA since she first invested in the company in 2014, Jill brings to this role extensive experience in strategy, operational management, commercialisation of IP, international alliances and governance.

Starting out as a secondary teacher with an MA in Linguistics, Jill went on to senior roles in public service managing the offices of a Minister of the Crown and the Mayor of Auckland. She then moved into the private sector as CEO of global fitness training company Les Mills International where she led rapid expansion into global markets over a period of 10 years. More recently she has served on the Board of Education New Zealand and Manukau Institute of Technology.

Jill is passionate about education and the opportunities it offers to power a better world.

Bryan manages the planning, designing, and building of Kiwa’s Cultural Intelligence Apps.

Bryan is a graduate of Media Design School in Auckland, specialising in 3D animation. He has an interest in and passion for all things media, including movies, TV, music, and video games. He is also passionate about the game of rugby league, which he plays and follows.

Clare manages the creation of our unique interactive Apps for indigenous groups.

Clare is well qualified for the role having completed a Bachelors degree majoring in Information Systems and a Postgrad Diploma specialising in IT. Managing, retrieving, altering….anything to do with data is her ultimate dream job.

Josh is responsible for managing the publishing of Apps for the Child and Young Adult sectors.

He calls himself a ‘production wrangler’ — assembling raw materials into functional apps requires audio and image editing, coding, and design skills.

Josh has worked extensively in creative arts management roles, from tour-managing New Zealand acts such as The Black Seeds, to stage-managing festivals and interactive digital art performances. His wide-ranging interests include film, art, music, graphic novels, and making the most of Auckland’s amazing beaches, parks, and forest.

Nathan manages our contracts with Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga I Ministry of Education where he is kept busy supporting whānau, hapu, and iwi in telling their unique stories authentically through our interactive apps.

As the grandson of our Founder, Nathan was one of the youngest to join the company, undertaking his first production role at the age of 13!

He is passionate about the game of rugby, which he plays and follows.


Joe is responsible for editing and production of Apps across the company, ensuring content is brought to life accurately and authentically.

Joe is a qualified personal trainer and is also passionate about the game of rugby, which he plays and follows.

Kiwa’s Lead Developer Yoon Ho brings with him a wealth of software production experience, as well as a Masters degree in Computer Science. His main role at Kiwa is to oversee the production of theapplications we use to create our interactive apps. His interests include game development, movies, animation, and tokukatsu (Japanese monster movies).

Bilal has recently graduated from Auckland’s University of Technology as a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences, with a double major in Computational Intelligence and Software Development. His work experience to date includes IT Support Technician at the University and Software Tester and Research Intern for KIWA in 2019.

Bilal is a research whizz, working across the business in both  App Publishing and Post-Production.  As well as being tech savvy he is interested in fitness and tramping.

As the founder of Kiwa Digital, Rhonda paved the way for the company’s work with indigenous groups around the world, using technology to preserve indigenous knowledge in formats that are relevant and accessible. As a multi-award-winning television Producer, her roots and passion are ingrained in the cultural localisation of media content for a global audience.  Rhonda was recently  honoured with the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for Services to New Zealand in Technology for Film and Television. She remains a Director of Kiwa Digital Ltd.