The name 'Hongi' derives from the Maori custom of greeting, symbolising a welcoming embrace. In collaboration with our Iwi partners, we identified this name, reflecting our ethos of open communication and cultural bridging.

News and Information service


Hongi, abbreviated from Hongi News and Information, is a vital service for migrants, locals, and tourists alike. Governed by the non-profit Hongi News and Information Foundation, its inception in 2020 primarily aimed to relay Covid19 updates to migrants in their languages. Today, with daily news in 10 languages, Hongi stands as a significant information pillar for New Zealand's migrant community. As a complimentary service, we rely on sponsorships and grants, and we openly invite support from entities that champion inclusivity.


With HongiSites, we've crafted a user-friendly website builder tailored for New Zealand enterprises. Whether you're into exporting, hospitality, or other services, our platform offers templates fitting various sectors. With e-commerce functionalities, multi-lingual capabilities, optimised SEO, and integration with the broader Hongi platform, businesses find it immensely resourceful. Additional perks encompass free hosting, domain services, and an invitation to showcase products on HongiShop.


HongiShop serves as a digital marketplace where New Zealand businesses can display and sell their products, both locally and overseas. The platform categorises diverse products, enhancing visibility by tapping into Hongi's established audience. Payment avenues are versatile, accommodating conventional methods like Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal, as well as platforms like WeChatpay and Alipay. For HongiSite users, showcasing on HongiShop comes with a minimal commission, offering a competitive edge in the market.


HongiCommunities is custom-built for local government bodies, including economic development agencies and tourism promotion groups. Rooted in Eastern Bridge's close affiliation with local governance and regional economic development, this service focusses on engaging migrants and fostering inclusive communities. Economic development agencies benefit from enhanced connectivity with migrant businesses and the larger migrant demographic throughout New Zealand. Furthermore, tourism organisations can promote their regions not only overseas but also to the vast migrant population residing in New Zealand and Australia.

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Hongi provides support to businesse wanting to grow their market domestically and internationally as well as local governments wanting to encourage welcoming communities and boost local economic development


Hongi's suite of services is currently available in 10 languages, ensuring that communications are not limited to just English. While some platforms rely on automated translations, these can compromise the message's accuracy and hamper search engine optimisation. Recognising these pitfalls, Hongi employs a meticulous approach: we pre-translate all content and engage human editors for quality assurance. This ensures our clients' websites are always ready, without the need for real-time translations, and are favourably recognised by foreign search engines. To highlight the vast outreach this offers, consider the global and regional audience for each language we support:

  1. Chinese: Globally, there are 1.7 billion speakers, with 220,000 in New Zealand and 960,000 in Australia.
  2. Japanese: 128 million speakers worldwide, 35,000 in New Zealand and 95,000 in Australia.
  3. Korean: Globally, 82 million, with 45,000 in New Zealand and 115,600 in Australia.
  4. Vietnamese: 87.1 million speakers globally, 15,000 in New Zealand and 320,800 in Australia.
  5. Thai: 40 million globally, 13,000 in New Zealand and 37,000 in Australia.
  6. Indonesian: 200 million worldwide, 7,000 in New Zealand and 70,600 in Australia.
  7. Tagalog: 49 million speakers worldwide, 28,000 in New Zealand and 80,000 in Australia.
  8. Arabic: 375 million globally, 16,000 in New Zealand and 370,000 in Australia.
  9. Russian: 380 million speakers worldwide, 18,000 in New Zealand and 120,000 in Australia.