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Maori Businesspeople Front Economic Sustaibility

Leading Maori Businesspeople Front Economic Sustainability Forum

Leading Maori entrepreneurs and business people feature at a three-day economic sustainability forum next week in Henderson as part of Auckland’s regional Matariki Festival.

Nga Korero Tataki takes place at the Waitakere City Council Chambers from 12-14 July and organisers hope to stimulate debate about sustainable Maori economic development discussing areas of entrepreneurship, successful Maori business and treaty settlements and the role they play in the new economy.

The forum begins on Monday 12 July looking at Nga Tangata Whairawa – Entrepreneurship and will consider ways to accelerate Maori creative development with speakers including Tu Mai Media managing director Ata Te Kanawa, Oyster Entertainment founder Duane Wichman-Evans, and Maori educator Ella Henry and hosted by Annabelle Lee-Harris.

The second evening of the forum focuses on Nga Mana Pakihi Maori – Successful Maori Businesses. Hosted by Dale Husband, speakers Matene Love (senior lecturer in Maori Business at Victoria University), Wakatu Incorporation general manager Ropata Taylor and businesswoman Aroha Campbell will discuss creating generational wealth.

The forum closes on Wednesday 14 July with Ki tua o te Karauna – Moving Beyond the Crown which focuses on treaty settlements and whether they are the beginning to a new economy. Annette Sykes hosts the evening with speakers former Ngai Tahu chief executive Tahu Potiki, Maori economic development specialist June McCabe and iwi advisor Te Warena Taua.

Nga Korero Tataki is at Waitakere City Council Chambers, Henderson from 12-14 July from 7pm each night as part of Matariki Festival 10. Entry is by koha and each night will also feature entertainment. For more information visit


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