Our Team


Mike Taitoko - CEO

Mike is of Maniapoto descent is a leading specialist in the field of Māori and indigenous economic development. He previously founded Tuia Consulting, a leading Māori economic development advisory firm in New Zealand and the Pacific. During that time Mike built an economic benchmarking tool which led to the creation of an online analytical processing platform. The idea was to use data to drive better visibility across the policy space and improve policy outcomes in areas that need it most. And it worked! So Mike formed Takiwā to build innovative tools and technologies that drive transformational change in areas that most impact Māori and indigenous people globally - improving outcomes in health, education, culture and identity, social and environmental wellbeing and economic development.

Contact Mike: mike.taitoko@takiwa.co

Mike Lee - COO

Mike has 10 plus Years’ experience in the AEC sectors delivering major projects in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia. With an additional 20+ Years’ experience in Emergency Response/Management/Systems design, understanding the value for businesses to efficiently visualise their data to make informed data driven decisions is vital. Mike has a passion for true collaboration between stakeholders via transparent data/systems to truly enable businesses as well as adding real benefit to the community. Hi tech, realtime, complex, data driven decisions made easier to understand to all is essential.

Contact Mike: mike.lee@takiwa.co

Michael Gershkovich - CTO

Michael is responsible for leading the Takiwā’s technical vision and development, including managing platform development, partnerships, information systems and technology teams. Michael plays a key role in delivering innovative software solutions across the company. Michael delivers incredible value to the business with his practical application of great technologies, and leads a highly talented and creative team of developers.

Contact Michael: michael.gershkovich@takiwa.co

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