Our Strengths

Brand
Story

We work together to define your purpose, then we craft your tone of voice and narrative for all earned and paid media.

Conscious Marketing & Communications Strategy

We bring to life creative ideas that align with your resources, your purpose, and deliver maximum impact. 

Media Buying
& Strategy

With our extensive knowledge of media channels, we ensure your ad spend is intentional, strategic, and worth every cent.

Media & Influencer
Relations

We offer extensive and influential networks in both traditional and social media.

Culture and
Diversity

We help you navigate diversity, inclusion, and culture in an authentic way, and build it into the heart of your business.

Campaign
Management

We manage your entire campaign: from strategy, to execution, to reporting your impact.

Editing / Publication
Management

Newsletters (eDMs), speeches, contributed articles, media releases and websites.

Artist
Promotion

Strategic music and entertainment industry advisory. Promotion, publicity and marketing expertise for music and creative artists.

Communications
Coaching

We host media training and strategy coaching for your team.

Crisis / Issues Management

A cool, collected approach to authentic resolution through communications.

Mihi
Blake

Co-founder

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto

Mihi knows her way around the NZ media landscape, having worked across all traditional and new media platforms.

She spent 15 years in NZ’s largest media companies integrating campaigns across digital, TV, radio and print before moving to specialise in communications.

Mihi applies her media strategy know-how and long term connections in the industry to ensure maximum impact for our kaupapa.

Mihi has a passion for supporting and empowering businesses and enterprises who have bold aspirations and a genuine desire to change their world. She specialises in advising companies to build diversity into the heart of their business and has a particular interest in helping to build cultural capability in organisations.

Based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Mihi holds close connections in te ao Māori and alongside Noenoe guides Māori world view in the Māia team.

Bee
Stevenson

Co-founder

Bee is an experienced publicist, brand strategist, marketer and writer. With qualifications in journalism, creative writing and creative advertising, Bee has led creative public relations campaigns for a number of national and international brands. 

Bee set up her own practice – Brave Bear Publicity – in 2013, with the goal to deliver brave ideas for brave clients driven by social impact. She and Mihi later partnered over a shared value base and a desire to scale up their impact. Under Māia, Bee works on creative strategy, brand positioning, and leads the writing team. 

Based on the Kāpiti Coast, Bee is the external communications voice behind some of Aotearoa’s most loved impact brands including Manaaki, Nau Mai Rā, Festival for the Future and Digital Boost.

Penelope
Thompson

Director Group Communications

Penelope leads the workflow of our team and works alongside Bee overseeing the Māia Cause and Māia Startup pou.

P brings more than a decade of experience spanning the full range of communications specialties. Adept at working closely with businesses to link communications with business strategy and impact, she has a track record of calm, skilful delivery of results, every time.

Based in Onehunga where she is raising her three boys, Penelope has qualifications in Politics, French, Italian, PR and Communications. It is a love of language and diversity that brought Penelope into the industry. It’s her passion for delivering outstanding communications that shift perceptions and make a measurable difference in the world that keeps her here.

Noenoe
Barclay-Kerr

Communications and Tikanga Advisor

Waikato, Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Māhanga

Noe worked in the media industry before joining Māia, where she gained skills presenting, translating, directing, producing, in content development and consulting – with a focus on progressing kaupapa Māori in that space. Her path has seen her working with large organisations and smaller companies who aim to build the cultural capacity of their business.

She is deeply involved in her community, which is heavily influenced by te ao Māori. Raised fully immersed in te reo Māori she has a BA in Te Reo me ngā Tikanga Māori from the faculty of Indigenous Studies at Waikato University.

Media and communications have become a passion for Noe, and this passion led her to Māia. At Māia Noe leads te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, and marries her growing skills in traditional communications with her innate knowledge and wisdom of all things Te Ao Māori, to help clients create truly integrated communications strategies that consider both business and kaupapa.

In her downtime, Noe sails waka hourua, and helps her whānau trust to educate rangatahi and tamariki on the importance of mātauranga Māori and the achievements of their tūpuna.

Tilly
van Eeden

Communications Manager

Tilly works full time between Pōneke and Kāpiti and has been with the team since the beginning of 2021. She joined after completing her Bachelor of Communication degree at Massey University and finishing up a six-month communication internship for a charitable trust.

Throughout her studies and work experience, Tilly learnt how to write both strategically and creatively, discovered the importance of curiosity and research, and explored the role of media and technology in a rapidly changing, globalised world.

After graduating, Tilly received a Massey Scholar Award, a Dean’s List Award, and the PRINZ Prize in Public Relations Management. During her study, she gained top student awards in seven different courses. She has quickly become a safe pair of hands, working across campaigns, managing timelines, helping to develop strategy, publishing articles and achieving impact for our clients.