Hear first-hand perspectives from leading Māori directors, involved in the dynamic and evolving $50 billion dollar Māori economy.
New Zealand has a strong positive Māori economy with positive growth projected, and new opportunities continually developing.
Led by Dr. Wayne Beilby, during this Panel Discussion on the critical elements of Iwi governance and Māori governance, we ask;
What are the differences between them?
What role does governance play in success to date and into the future?
What can we learn from these leadership approaches to apply to other governance roles?
We are delighted to have Whaimutu Dewes, Ana Morrison and Anthony Ririnui as our guest panellists for this stimulating event.
Whaimutu Dewes CMinstD
Ngäti Porou, Ngäti Rangitihi
Whaimutu is constantly reminded of the strictures of his elders, to realise the aspirations of the people. For the generations that follow have an intense interest in the role of economics, governance in New Zealand and Māori economic development.
Whaimutu is a member of the board for Contact Energy and the Chairman of Ngäti Porou Forests, Aoteroa Fisheries, Sealord Group and Ngäti Porou Seafoods. He is a member of the board for Ngäti Porou Holding Company and of the Major Outsourced Contracts advisory board to the Department of Corrections.
Previous directorships include Housing New Zealand, Television New Zealand and the Advisory Board to the Treasury and to AMP. Whaimutu has also held senior management roles at Fletcher Challenge and the Department of Māori Affairs.
In the course of his career Whaimutu has been instrumental in developments in New Zealand constitutional law. Particularly the recognition of property rights of Māori people secured under the Treaty of Waitangi. And setting up the governance and execution structures, to realise the economic outcomes from that process.
He has also negotiated long term and significant joint venture arrangements and now oversees between international and Māori companies; in the fields of forestry and carbon sequestration as well as seafood harvest and marketing globally.
A strong advocate of the revitalisation of Te reo Māori, Whaimutu regards the fact he and his wife Judy have raised their children to be fluent in the Māori and English languages to be one of the highlights.
Ana Morrison MinstD
Ana Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Pākehā) has governance positions across the region, including as a Ministerial Appointee to Lakes District Health Board, trustee on the Te Arawa Partnership Board – Te Tatau o Te Arawa, and is a trustee and former Chair of successful iwi commercial entity Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust. She is also an Advisory Group member for Sprout AgriTech.
She holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science degrees from The University of Auckland, and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She is a recent graduate of the Institute of Directors’ Mentoring for Diversity programme, and is an Alumni of New Zealand’s Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme and the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme.
Ana has held senior roles throughout New Zealand and London, including as a Solicitor for Russell McVeagh, a Legal Counsel for BMC Software, and as the Contracts Manager for Manaaki Ora Trust.
Anthony Ririnui MinstD
Anthony is of Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Te Atiawa descend. He has 24 years’ experience in Banking and Finance and is currently Head of Māori Financial Solutions at ASB Bank where is currently works extensively with iwi and Māori organisations providing structured finance and bespoke banking solutions for clients, ranging from small not-for-profit entities to larger SME’s and also cross-border multi-national organisations. Anthony holds board positions on several iwi boards and was appointed to the Acorn Foundation Board by the Mayor of Tauranga City Council in June 2015.
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