Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Callaghan Innovation appoints top business leader

Callaghan Innovation appoints top business leader to accelerate Māori innovation


Callaghan Innovation, the government’s new high-tech HQ for kiwi business, has appointed Hemi Rolleston as its General Manager, Māori Economy.

As GM, Māori Economy, Hemi, a highly respected business leader and former CEO, will lead Callaghan Innovation’s efforts to support and address the needs of Māori business to grow and be competitive in the global market.

Hemi was welcomed to Callaghan Innovation’s Gracefield Innovation Precinct, in Lower Hutt, Wellington, earlier this week, with a pōwhiri attended by representatives of Government, iwi, Māori business, the Federation of Māori Authorities and whānau, as well as Callaghan Innovation leadership and staff.

In his new role, Hemi will lead Callaghan Innovation’s Māori development activities including developing a Māori investment/innovation strategy and a framework for engaging Māori with programmes and services such as training and development for Māori business leaders.

He will also work closely with Māori business strategy leaders in NZTE, Te Puni Kōkiri and MBIE to promote a “one plan” approach to unlocking the value of the Māori economy for the benefit of New Zealand.

“In 2011 I was MC at a Federation of Māori Authorities conference at which Sir Paul Callaghan was guest speaker. Sir Paul was a real inspiration, and so I’m honoured to now be able to take what I’ve learned leading a sizeable Māori exporting business and use it to help raise the level of innovation capability among Māori businesses,” says Hemi.

Callaghan Innovation Chief Executive Mary Quin says: “We are fortunate to have someone of Hemi’s calibre join us on our mission to accelerate commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand. The Māori economy is a vital part of that equation and we look forward to Hemi leading the way in address the needs of Māori business to grow and compete on the international stage”.


About Hemi Rolleston

Hemi comes to Callaghan Innovation from Te Awanui Huka Pak Limited where he has been the Chief Executive since 2006. Te Awanui Huka Pak is a 100 per cent Māori-owned kiwifruit business with $30m in assets and over $300m in shareholder value. It won the TVNZ Māori Business of the Year Award in 2012. In the same year, Hemi was the recipient of the Bay of Plenty Export Achiever Award.

Before this Hemi held a range of senior roles with Waikato University as Māori Liaison Officer (2005) and Tauranga District Council (1995 – 2002) as a Māori Land Officer and the Revenue Manager. Hemi also has sound governance experience in a range of Māori and economic development organisations including Te Awanui Huka Pak Co-operative, Priority One, Community Growth Limited, Bay of Connections and Grow Rotorua. Hemi will be Wellington-based and has iwi affiliations to Te Arawa, Ngati Ranginui, and Ngai te Rangi.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: RBNZ Keeps OCR At 3.5%, Signals Slower Pace Of Future Hikes

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 3.5 percent and signalled he won’t be as aggressive with future rate hikes as previously thought as inflation remains tamer than expected. The kiwi dollar fell to a seven-month low. More>>

ALSO:

Weather: Dry Spells Take Hold In South Island

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues... for some South Island places, the current period of fine weather is quite rare. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Productivity Commission To Look At Housing Land Supply

The Productivity Commission is to expand on its housing affordability report with an investigation into improving land supply and development capacity, particularly in areas with strong population growth. More>>

ALSO:

Forestry: Man Charged After 2013 Death

Levin Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter in relation to the death of Lincoln Kidd who was killed during a tree felling operation on 19 December 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Smells Like Justice: Dairy Company Fined Over Odour

Dairy company fined over odour Dairy supply company Open Country Dairy Limited has been convicted and fined more than $35,000 for discharging objectionable odour from its Waharoa factory at the time of last year’s ”spring flush” when milk supply was high. More>>

Scoop Business: Dairy Product Prices Decline To Lowest Since July 2012

Dairy product prices dropped to the lowest level since July 2012 in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by a slump in rennet casein and butter milk powder. More>>

ALSO:

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news