Tuhi Tuhi Communications est. 1989 is a whanau Māori business with an unyielding faith in whanaungatanga from whence innovation comes. Tuhi Tuhi started in Mercury Lane Auckland City by Virginia Tamanui (of Ngaariki, Te Aitanga a Mahaki/Ngapuhi descent) and Sjimmy Fransen (of Dutch/Suriname Creole descent). In 1992 Tuhi Tuhi moved base to High Street inner city Auckland and collaborated with Stan Tallon (Samoa, Chinese) to create Pasifika Clothing Co.
TAKOA (Te Aka Kumara O Aotearoa, Directory of Maori organisations and resource people) first published in 1993 was one of many "creative outlets" that emerged from Tuhi Tuhi Communications. TAKOA was a response to a growing need for Maori whanau to create connections with each others and to link initiatives and with services.
The first 20 page 200 listing edition of TAKOA was photocopied, the cover was designed with Letraset and coloured pencils.
Today TAKOA has over 7500 listings, collects and publishes scholarship information, creates Iwi/hapu/pa sites maps, is available throughout Aotearoa and is purchased each year by international clients like the University of Hawai'i and the US Library of Congress. TAKOA is increasingly used by other indigenous organisations around the world. TAKOA provides a snapshot each year of who is doing what and where, and provides an indication of Maori economic, social and cultural capacity.
In 2016 Tuhi Tuhi Communications also created a quality, large resolution Ngā Iwi O Aotearoa Map printed on durable YUPO. It was created in answer to the many requests for the iwi map we produce in TAKOA. The map reflects the dynamic nature of hapū -iwi relationships and boundaries that have been reclaimed asserted in and over time.
Tuhi Tuhi Communications is one of New Zealand's first indigenous social enterprises that has survived, grown and is still busy creating......