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Economic Development & Entrepreneurship

The National Symposium 2nd & 3rd of November 2017  

Symposium Agenda... 

Take a look at a jam packed agenda of inspiring stories, insights and ideas for when it comes to Māori economic development and entrepreneurship...

Day One: June 1st 


8.30am: Powhiri, Karakia and welcome


9.20am: Tea and coffee


9.40am: Welcome by the Symposium Chair who will also introduce the main Symposium speaker / set the scene and provide context of why we are all gathered here for the next two days and what we all hope to achieve


9.55am – 10.25am: Opening address / main keynote speaker: "The significance of Māori Economic Development and why it is important to our future."


10.30am – 11.00am: Keynote presentation: An inspiring successful Māori entrepreneur or business person


11.00am – 11.20am: Q&A session led by the Symposium Chair with our two keynote speakers “In conversation”


11.30am: Keynote presentation:  “The power of Māori women as active participants in New Zealand’s economy”


12.00pm – 12.30pm: Keynote presentation: Harnessing New Zealand’s overseas diaspora and why Māori living internationally can make a contribution to growing the national economy


12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30pm – 2.30pm: Keynote presentation: “How we can all work in partnership together to achieve economic independence”


2.30pm – 3.30pm: Keynote presentation: “What is the potential of the Māori economy and how can we harness it? Where are the opportunities and what are the barriers?”


3.30pm – 4.00pm: Afternoon tea


4.00pm – 4.30pm: The closing address “Potential + opportunity = progress and self determination


4.30pm – 4.45pm: Symposium Chair to close the day and provide a summary / introduce the networking address and inaugural awards


4.45pm – 7.00pm: networking drinks and the inaugural  Ngā Ngaru Innovation Awards

Ngā Ngaru Innovation Awards

Networking Drinks and the inaugural Ngā Ngaru Innovation Awards

4.45pm – 7.00pm

Welcome by our major sponsor for the Networking Drinks

  • Award one: Innovation in Māori Business

  • Award two: Innovation in Māori Communities

  • Award three: Innovation Māori Leadership


Day Two Agenda

9.00am – 9.05am: Karakia

9.05am - 9.20am: Symposium Chair to set the scene for the day

9.20am – 10.20am: Guest speaker: Mark Spinks Founder of Babana Aboriginal: “How Indigenous peoples can join together to inspire economic development and entrepreneurship.”

10.20am – 10.50am: Morning tea

10.50am – midday: Workshops for Iwi

  • Workshop One: Developing and managing a best practice organisation

  • Workshop Two: Revenue diversification and creating new revenue streams

  • Workshop Three: Connecting with our people wherever they may be / harnessing the power of social media

    • (Each workshop is just over 30 minutes each​ and participants can attend up to two workshops during this time slot)

Midday – 1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm – 1.30pm: Keynote address: "Where to from here? what does the future look like?" 

1.30pm – 2.00pm: Symposium Chair provides a run down on the content of the last two days, proposes ways forward or announces projects that people can collaborate on

Mere Balzer, Chair of Ngā Ngaru Rautahi O Aotearoa Inc. & CEO of Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa
Norm Dewes, CEO of Te Rūnanga O Ngā Maata Waka & Board Member of Ngā Ngaru Rautahi O Aotearoa Inc.
Martin Kaipo, CEO of Te Hau Awhiowhio O Otāngarei  & Board Member of Ngā Ngaru Rautahi O Aotearoa Inc.
Diane Tuari, CEO of Ngā Ngaru Rautahi O Aotearoa Inc.
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