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Nga Whetu Hei Whai - Pathways for Maori Industry Futures

Nga Whetu Hei Whai - Charting Pathways for Maori Industry Futures

There is only one week left to register for the Te Putea Whakatupu Trust inaugural conference – Nga Whetu Hei Whai, Charting Pathways for Maori Industry Futures – to be held in Rotorua 29-30 August, 2011.

The Conference will provide an opportunity for key Maori and iwi economic leaders to workshop and develop shared visions and strategies for the future of the Maori economy in key industries. Keynote speakers will highlight the industry opportunities ahead for Maori and you will hear international examples of tribal and indigenous trade and industry development. Twelve panels will provide scenarios and strategies across Maori industry sectors including: fisheries; dairy; sheep and beef; energy; aquaculture; tourism; ICT and technology; forestry; property development; health and aged care; horticulture; and others.

You will hear Superfund Head, Adrian Orr, talk about key industries that provide real long term opportunities for Maori. Two First Nations speakers – Chief Clarence Louie (Canada) and Alan Parker (USA) - will provide parallels and opportunities for indigenous economic liaison and trade.

The key questions for which answers are sought include:

• What will – or should – each of these Maori industries look like in 30 or 40 years time?
• Are there key strategies that should be implemented now to achieve these visions?

Panellists will discuss their views across a range of 12 different industries, to name a few: Tame Te Rangi (Fisheries, Ngati Whatua), Fred Cookson (Fisheries, Te Arawa), Jeremy Gardiner (ICT and Technology, Ngati Awa), Roger Pikia (Energy, Ngati Tahu/Ngati Whaoa), John Tamihere (Health and Aged Care, Waipareira), Te Horipo Karaitiana (Dairy, Miraka Ltd), Keir Volkering (Aquaculture, Ngati Wai), Traci Houpapa (Sheep and Beef, FOMA), Len Hetet (Knowledge and Innovation, Awanuiarangi) and the other Richard Jefferies (Property Development, Tainui Group Holdings) – and many others.

Conference attendees will also get to meet the first 30 recipients of the new Te Putea Whakatupu Trust scholarship – the Tawera Scholarship for Maori completing a bachelor degree in business and management. It is hoped these aspiring Maori economic leaders will get inspiration and direction from conference attendees and get a sense of how they will play a part in Maori and iwi Industry Futures.

For more information and to register, please go to our website -


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