Luke Bird – Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa
Luke is an award-winning vocalist, trained comedic actor and opera singer with an infectious sense of humour, hence being selected for this kaupapa. With a Bachelor-Degree in Performing Arts and passion for entertaining, Luke is tasked with the role of MC for this evening event. He will focus on interviewing our exhibiting businesses along with some special guests.
Nick Hill – CEO at Auckland Unlimited
Nick has led change in a range of complex organisations and industries. He is experienced working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Recently appointed the CEO of Auckland Unlimited Nick’s next big challenge is leading this newly merged organisation into a new future.
Edwina Merito – Ngāti Awa
Head of Māori Outcomes & Relationships at Auckland Unlimited
Edwinaʼs experience and intuition are strong guides in both her career and personal pursuits. Her current role draws on her experience to build relationships and better outcomes in the areas of Māori Development, Economic Development and Local Government. Edwina will be sharing key insights and themes drawn from our initial Tāmaki Makaurau Taki Hua Māori Business Summit, November 2020.
Director at NZ Maritime Museum
Vincent is an experienced not-for-profit/cultural sector Director and CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the museum industry with a Master of Arts (MA) focused in History from University of Auckland. Skilled in Business Case, Museum Education, Event Management, Cultural Heritage and People Management. A fond advocate of seafaring traditions Vincent shares insights from his current role as the Director at Maritime Museum.
New Zealand Commissioner –General to Expo 2021
Clayton Kimpton is New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to the World Expo 2021. Clayton has lived and worked in the Middle East and has a sound understanding of doing business in the region.
Previously, Clayton served as New Zealand’s Consul-General to Dubai and Regional Director for India, Middle East and Africa with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. A lawyer by background, Clayton was a partner at Kensington Swan lawyers and Chair of the firm for eight years.
Te Wehi Haka – The Haka Experience
An Auckland based Māori performing arts troupe directed by recognised Kapa Haka leaders Tāpeta and Annette Wehi. They share their wealth of international experience operating mainly within the corporate sector offering Māori cultural performances and cultural workshops with the intention to raise visibility and enhance engagement with kaupapa Māori.
I’m Every Woman
Uniting killer harmonies and powerhouse vocals, Lavina Williams, Betty-Anne Monga, and Taisha Tari, coming together on one stage. Three of Aotearoa’s finest female singers sharing their love of singing, and wowing their audiences wherever they perform.
Waiata Te Ako Rangatahi Programme
Waiata te AKO, Nurturing the creative development of rangatahi in music. To provide our youth with pipelines through developed partnerships in the New Zealand music industry. To help grow sustainability, and nurture successful outcomes.
An important focus of the Māori Business Showcase was exhibitor interviews. Any exhibitors, businesses, iwi and agencies needing support to craft a pitch, please feel free to get in touch with advisors.
+64 22 399 28 26
Brittany offers a broad range of business experience, both from New Zealand and around the world. She is a multi-award winning entrepreneur in digital innovation and education, with accolades including the 2018 Denizen Heroes Innovation Award and being a finalist in the NEXT Magazine Women of the Year awards for education. Brittany is a proud Cook Island and New Zealand Māori woman. Her background includes mahi across multiple sectors including education, technology, sports, commercial real estate, and travel and as an advisor on multiple boards for both the commercial and non-profit sectors.
Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine, Tainui
+64 21 575 629
Jarrad is a business trainer, business consultant/coach with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business. He has been on the cutting edge of business thinking since starting his consulting business in 2005 and has worked with over 250 businesses. Jarrad has seen the many challenges business owners face and takes great satisfaction from helping them make informed decisions for their business. If you want to inject some new thinking, have a chat with him and see your challenges with new eyes.