Top brains here for iwi seminar

Harnessing the power of the growing Maori economy will be one of the topics discussed at a unique conference to be held in New Plymouth next week.

The inaugural Te Atiawa Iwi Investment Conference, which begins on Tuesday at the Quality Hotel, will host some of the country's top financial minds and key management sector figures.

Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Holdings Ltd chairwoman Kura Denness said the two-day event aimed to provide guidance and inspiration for iwi leaders regarding investment options and partnership opportunities.

"There have been a number of major settlements, and progress through the settlement process, in recent years, including for Te Atiawa and Ngaruahine in Taranaki. "This conference provides the opportunity to learn from the strong leadership and hard work that have gone on to improve the productivity of Maori and iwi-owned land, resources and businesses, coupled with Treaty of Waitangi settlements," she said.

Speakers include economist Tony Alexander, investment entrepreneur Carmel Fisher and former Labour MP Shane Jones, who took up his role as New Zealand's Pacific Economic Ambassador in June. Several panel discussions are planned, including an information session about the services banks offer.

Local success stories being presented include Ngati Ruanui's Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, who will speak about iwi collaboration.

"We have hand-picked a range of experts in their respective fields to inspire, inform and enhance the capabilities of leaders across Maoridom who are entrusted with making crucial business and investment decisions for their stakeholders and members," Denness said.

She said there had been a good response to the conference, which hoped to attract about 120 people.

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Taranaki Daily News