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Bachelor of Communication 2010
Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration 2012

Hannah McKnight

Ko Hikurangi tōku maunga
Ko Waiapu tōku awa
Ko Horouta tōku waka
Ko Ngāti Porou tōku iwi
I tupu ake au i Rangitikei
Kei Ōtautahi tōku ngākau
Ko Hannah McKnight tōku ingoa
He Kaiwhakahaere Whakapā au i Ngātahi Communications.

My desire to influence change through kōrero led me to study at Massey University. To truly transform Aotearoa’s social and environmental outcomes, I believe we need every organisation to put their community and the planet first.

Since graduating, I’ve developed a unique approach to communications and engagement that puts people, communities and the environment at the centre. I tautoko businesses and not-for-profits to clarify their purpose, build their profile, create long-lasting relationships and maximise their impact.

After working at both a government and grass-roots level across the business, not-for-profit, education, health and disability sectors, I launched my consultancy Ngātahi Communications in 2016. We collaborate exclusively with sustainable impact kaupapa, with a practice that combines purpose and impact, brand positioning, strategy, messaging and storytelling.

I focus on working alongside Aotearoa’s changemakers to create positive hauora outcomes for people with disabilities and their whānau, students and tamariki, refugee and migrant communities, Māori, people facing mental health challenges, and other disadvantaged communities.

In 2019, my consultancy became a certified B Corporation, a global certification showing we meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

Joining forces with other impact organisations and B Corporations is a key part of my work to advance change. Alongside my own consultancy mahi, I am part of an impact consulting collective with three other partners to support medium-large businesses to improve their social and environmental performance. I am also a founding member of the global Impact Relations Network, and support several local charities and cultural community events as a volunteer communications professional.

My dream is an inclusive Aotearoa where all organisations work together with their communities to address inequalities, and take action on social and environmental issues. By coming together and embodying the principle of kotahitanga, we can change Aotearoa for the better.