Closing Address - Sir Tipene O'Regan

Sir Tipene is the former Chair of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board, Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation, Mawhera Incorporation, Te Ohu Kai Moana, the Sealord Group Ltd and Deputy Chair of Transit New Zealand.He is a previous director of Television New Zealand, Meridian Energy and the founding Chair of Te Tapuae o Rehua Ltd. Sir Tipene is currently a director and advisor to many companies in New Zealand and Australia, and a Fellow of the University of Auckland. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Canterbury in 1992.

Symposium Summary

Dr Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an Earth System Scientist with interests in the integration of mātauranga and science to realize indigenous development. Dan has been the Research Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga since July 2011. He is currently a national committee member of the Sustainability Society of NZ (IPENZ) was also Auckland representative of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand.

Local Solutions, Local Opportunities

Traci Houpapa is the Chairman of the Federation of Māori Authorities, and the Tainui Board member. She is the first woman to lead FoMA since its establishment in 1987, and is committed to encouraging and promoting Maori participation in economic development.

Traci co-owns THS & Associates Ltd, a Hamilton-based consulting firm providing advice in strategic and business planning, organisational development, and governance and executive mentoring to Iwi, Māori public and private sector clients throughout New Zealand.

Whakamahia – Kia Taea What we need to succeed

Whaimutu Dewes, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Rangitihi, has been involved Maori economic development for as long as he can remember. Clarity of identity and purpose are key concepts on which he was nurtured. Currently working in economic development areas Whaimutu is also a director of Contact Energy and Housing New Zealand and Chairs the boards of Ngāti Porou Forests, Ngāti Porou Seafoods, and Aotearoa Fisheries.

Transforming Māori Economic Development

Professor Graham Smith, a prominent Māori educationalist, has been at the forefront of the alternative Māori initiatives in the education field and beyond. His recent academic work has centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies related to intervening in Māori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises. He is involved in the development of Tribal Universities and is the recently retired Chairperson of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Council.