Our Mission

TORO is an ancient East Coast Māori term for the scouting party that goes ahead of the war party and forges a new path forward. 

At the heart of our mission, we're all about simplifying the complex world of technology for your business. Our expertise is twofold: First, we craft bespoke software solutions designed to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and fuel your growth. Second, we guide you through the maze of third-party software options, ensuring you select and procure the solutions that best match your unique needs.

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Our Origin Story

TORO, inspired by East Coast Māori heritage, symbolises a scouting party, blending the spirit of exploration with the warmth of welcome, much like the adventurous voyages of Māori and Polynesian waka (canoes). This name embodies our innovative drive and bold approach in creating solutions that pioneer new paths and foster collaboration, mirroring our dedication to navigating the unexplored with our customers.

TORO is proudly based out of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne), situated on the picturesque East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. Our core mission is to open doors for young Māori tech aspirants, enabling them to engage with and excel in global technology opportunities.

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Photo courtesy of Te Wehi Haka (Ngā mihi e Tapeta)

Whether you're looking to revolutionise your processes with custom software or find the perfect external tools to elevate your operations, Toro Technology is your trusted partner in navigating the digital landscape.

We have established pathways in:

  • eCommerce Platforms: Crafting robust online retail solutions that drive sales and enhance the shopping experience.
  • Customer Engagement Platforms: Developing platforms that facilitate meaningful interactions with your audience, turning engagements into lasting relationships.
  • Consolidated Business and Financial Reporting Systems: Integrating diverse business functions and financial data into cohesive systems for clearer insights and smarter decision-making.
  • Website development: Building professional, user-friendly websites that reflect your brand's essence and engage your target audience effectively.
  • Bespoke software development: Using a highly collaborative and low risk approach for meeting specific business needs.
  • Third party software solution selection: Founded on clear understanding of desired business outcomes, market research and identification of solutions that are aligned with your needs.
  • Enterprise architecture and IT strategy development: To give you clarity of direction and comfort in alignment of your decision making with short term and long term organisational goals.

Let's transform your technological challenges into opportunities together

How we deliver

At the heart of our approach is a commitment to seamless integration and operational excellence, enabled by our Delivery and Architecture teams spread across multiple time zones (NZ, India, USA). This strategic positioning allows us to offer continuous support and agile responses to our clients' needs, ensuring that projects progress efficiently and effectively, regardless of geographical boundaries. As a Certified Māori Tech company, we bring a unique blend of traditional values and modern technological expertise to every project. This certification is not just a badge of honour but a testament to our dedication to incorporating the rich Māori heritage into our business ethos, fostering innovation that's both culturally informed and globally competitive.

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Our Team

Senior Leadership Team

Driven by experience IT leaders with proven track records, TORO’s  vision is bold. 

Our focus on bringing indigenous Rangatahi (young people) into the tech industry through commercial exposure alongside seasoned IT professionals. Social enterprise is woven into the heart of our business.

Our Māori leadership is dedicated to honouring their culture and people, with strong support from our Kiwi executives and our international partners. Together, we are united in steering this waka (canoe) forward.

Matt Cowie
Rob Grindlay
Chief Strategy

30 years corporate and
finance leadership
Asia Pacific, Europe, LATAM,
and ME/Africa.

Doug Borne
Doug Borne
Chief Operations and Finance
CFO, Chartered Accountant

Aust & NZ Former CEO
($20m+ co.s)
Finance, sales and leadership

Matt Oakley
Matt Oakley
Chief Technology Officer
Head of Technology

30 years IT leadership across
3 continents in Airlines, Banking, Horticulture, Transportation and Retail.

Matt Cowie
Matt Cowie
Global CEO

Chartered Marketer (CIM UK)
Co-Founder SAP Hybris GM
Retail Data Analytics

Melka Oakley
Hineterā Oakley
Project Manager
(Te Whānau-a-Apanui / Waikato)

28 years experience in
People Management, Tech and Training across 3 continents.

Matt Oakley
Terry-Jo Nepia Blyth
(Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou)

8 years in Viticulture
Graduate of Dev Academy / Te Kura Hangarau o Aotearoa

Matt Oakley
Te Huiarei Wano
Social Media
(Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa)

Production Coordinator,
HR Administrator, Kāhui Tū Kaha

Matt Oakley
Raukura Riwaka
Content Creator
(Ngāti Porou, Te Atiawa)

Head of Content Illustration

Matt Oakley
Ramari McCarthy
Production Manager
(Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa)

Content Production Manager
Customer Coordination

Matt Oakley
Huia Edmonds
Digital Illustrator
(Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine)

Mātauranga Māori
Research and production

Matt Oakley
Rees Morley
Morley Design Group
(Ngāti Porou / Te Atiawa)

Visual design lead, UX design

Barry Soutar
Barry Soutar
National CEO

30 years international
technology sales
25 years tech entrepreneurship.

What our clients have to say

"Passion, knowledge and expertise are a given with Toro Tech…however, truly caring about our business and our success sets them apart from the rest. Valuable, innovative and engaging, are just a few things you’ll enjoy working with Toro Tech."

-Elliot Callender Managing Director
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