“This is a conference with a difference and acknowledges the important role of Māori in the future of the land-based industry” says Renata Hakiwai, chair of the Unleash the Maui Steering Committee.
“The whenua has always been important to Māori—it’s in our traditions and is integral to our whakapapa. We are of this land. It has fed and sustained our people for many generations.”
The theme, Past, Present and Future, will focus on leadership, pathways and innovation and is designed to enable innovative, creative and sustainable solutions for the whenua (land) as created by Māui—the Māori demigod responsible for the creation of the whenua of Aotearoa.
The Summit will explore issues, priorities and challenge thinking with a view to growing Māori leadership within the land-based sector, progressing innovative solutions to enable Māori success, alignment with hapū, iwi and Māori advancement aspirations and exploring deeper and more collaborative solutions to the key challenges facing the sector. It will also celebrate and acknowledge success as a motivation to continue our positive progress into the future.
There will be considerable focus on emerging leaders, encouraging them to be more entrepreneurial, innovative and future focused.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu CEO, Arihia Bennett says, “Innovation and technology will be key drivers in ensuring a vibrant future for land-based industry. Unleash the Māui creates an exciting opportunity to bring together many of the leading influencers and innovators in the sector to share and inspire innovative and creative solutions for a positive future.
Over 35 inspirational presenters are lined up. Among them:
- Dr Ian Proudfoot – global agribusiness and future foods leader.
- Dr Selai Letica – environmental entrepreneur and scientist at Agresearch.
- Robett Hollis – Māori life style entrepreneur.
- Tangaroa Walker – Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmers winner and entrepreneur.
The event will also showcase some of Aotearoa’s leading Māori land-based businesses including Miraka, Awanui Huka Pak, Watsons and Sons Honey, Tuaropaki Trust, and Ngāi Tahu Tourism.
“It will be a dynamic and innovative event we hope will inspire and motivate the growth of Māori leaders and business success in the land-based sector. Our people are some of the best innovators and entrepreneurs in the world, and we need to ensure we provide them with the tools and platforms to unleash,” says Renata Hakiwai.
Registrations are now open at: www.unleashthemaui.co.nz