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Meet our Founding Partner: Awhi

Updated: Mar 3, 2023


Founded in 2017 by Holly Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao), Awhi is a youthful and experienced kaupapa Māori government relations and communications firm that matches organisations with all levels of New Zealand’s political ecosystem.

Awhi is a non-partisan firm that works to:

  • Simplify the engagement process

  • Speed up the engagement process

  • Hold meaningful connections for real engagement

For many, when they hear the word ‘lobbyist’ the first images that come to mind are that of wealthy individuals buying their way into meetings, to gain influence out of the public gaze.

Awhi was founded with a distinct desire to change this perception of the government relations industry; wanting to shift the deep-rooted, long held perception that lobbying is for the elite.

We believe access to government and having your voice heard is a democratic right, and we empower individuals and organisations to be heard.

If you are looking for a firm that is well connected in the front and back office, will advocate publicly and privately, and is accessible to all levels and types of businesses, kōrero mai!


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