15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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Hon Nanaia Mahuta (New Zealand)

Minister for Māori Development and Local Government and Associate Minister for the Environment
Monday 8.30am

As a mother, and a constituent MP with 20 plus years' experience who has come from 'flax-root' politics, Hon Nanaia Mahuta remains connected to the aspirations of people from all walks of life. Those who work hard for a living so that their children can do better, kaumatua, trades-people, those who aspire to own their home, those who own small businesses and those who lead a range of services and organisations and huge iwi entities. 

During her time in Parliament, Nanaia supported policies and initiatives that built the capacity of communities, especially social service organisations, greater investment in education, employment and training opportunities particularly for young people, supported the continuation of the Treaty Settlement process and supported specific initiatives that lift the wellbeing and opportunities for young mums, those who are vulnerable and victims of abuse. 

Hon Kelvin Davis
Deputy Leader & MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Minister for Crown/Māori Relations, Corrections, and Tourism, Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education)
Wednesday 10.15am

Born and bred in the Bay of Islands but now living in Kaitaia, Hon Kelvin Davis is a man of the north who brings skills in education and Māori issues to the Cabinet table to improve outcomes for all New Zealanders educationally, financially, culturally and socially. Kelvin visited Australia, including Christmas Island in 2015 to advocate for the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia, particularly those in detention centres.

He has common sense and pragmatism who is able to relate across all sectors of society, but is most at home either fishing or up in the bush of his beloved Karetu Valley.

Ben Sherman (United States of America)
Monday 8.30am

Ben is a member of the Oglala Lokota (Sioux) Nation, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. He is the President of Medicine Root Inc. which specialises in Indian business development and has presided over numerous American Indian tourism development conferences, workshops and trade shows.

Ben is a founding member of the Native Tourism Alliance, Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel, First Peoples Fund, American Indian/Alaskan Native Tourism Association and the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and Chairman of the WINTA Leadership Council.


Norbu Tenzing (Nepal) 
Monday 10.30am

Norbu Tenzing Norgay is the eldest son of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the historic first ascent of Mt. Everest on 29th May 1953.  Norbu is an advocate for reducing risk and inequity for mountaineering workers, especially on Everest.

He is also Vice President of the American Himalayan Foundation which is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable people of the Himalaya who have no one else.


Heather Rae (United States of America)
Tuesday 8.35am

Heather is a veteran filmmaker from a high-mountain upbringing (Boise, Idaho) and a radical orientation. She produced and directed the acclaimed documentary Trudell, which tells the story of Native American movement leader and poet, John Trudell. 

Heather recently produced
Akicita, the only Native-made feature documentary about Standing Rock which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.  Formerly she ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute. As a speaker and social critic Heather is working with both her settler and indigenous heritage to deepen the dialogue of reconciliation and responsibility in the Americas. 

Hone Mihaka (New Zealand)
Sunday hakari speaker

Hone Mihaka [Nga Puhi] is the Principal Director of Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys, an award-winning Maori tourism company based in the Bay of Islands. In 2001 he set out to do something different. To offer travellers to New Zealand indigenous experiences that are far from the normal Maori cultural performance and hangi dinner type cultural tourism experience. The company offers water themed activities utilising traditional customs on board 50ft Maori canoes, reliving stories that have been passed from fathers to sons, mothers to daughters since time began, in the Northland or rather North Auckland, (Te Hiku o te Ika) region in New Zealand.

His expert knowledge of his ancestral cultural landscapes is coupled with his other interest in protecting Papatuanuku promoting "a land of living landscapes" which continues to sustain its many tribal nations.

Hone is committed to achieving mutual success promoting Northland as a desirable place to live, work and invest. Clustering with business partners fosters the law of increasing returns and creates virtuous circles of growth and prosperity.

Angie Leslye Pont Chamorro (Rapa Nui/Easter Island)
Tuesday 9.10am

Angie Pont, artist, informant and curator. Studies, maintains and transmits the Rapa Nui culture, through the oral tradition received from her predecessors. Aware of the oral tradition contained in the a'amu tuai or the stories of their ancestors, the games of yarn or kai kai, the traditional songs riu and ute and traditional music and dance. A native speaker, she has created plays, music and dance with Maori Tupuna, such as "Te a'amu o te haka'ara ma'ohi Rapa nui", the story of the descendants of the Maohi Rapa people nui "and" Tatou e piri nei pahe hau ma'ohi Rapa nui ", which unites us as Rapa Nui people. 

Currently, she works in the field of cultural management, forming part of the Peu Tupuna Organisation (2017), which seeks to bring together the greatest exponents of the Rapa Nui active culture and lead the maintenance, transmission, preservation and protection of heritage immaterial of Rapa Nui.

Sammy Wilson (Australia)
Monday 11am

Sammy Wilson is a Yankunytjatjara man, born and raised on the Yankunytjatjara Pitjantjatjara Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Central Australia. He is the first-born grandson of Paddy Uluru, the senior traditional custodian of Uluru throughout the fight for land rights in the 1970s.

Member of the board of management of the jointly managed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park since 2008 and chair since 2014, he is also a member of the Central Land Council executive and a director of the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation.

Sammy has been working as a tour guide at Uluru for over 15 years and recently started tackling the challenges of setting up his own business, Uluru Family Tours. A staunch advocate for his people's rights, his driving passion is to see the cultural practices of his ancestors maintained. He believes that teaching visitors to his country through tourism is an integral part of this.

Kauahi Ngapora (New Zealand)
Tuesday 10.15am

NZ Māori with Ngāi Tahu (Ngāti Kuri) and Waikato-Tainui (Ngāti Mahanga/Ngāti Haua) links residing in the small coastal town of Kaikōura on the East Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Kauahi has been involved within the tourism and marine transport sectors for 25 years with Whale Watch Kaikōura a 100% Māori owned business.

He has worn many hats over this time from his entry role as a dedicated spew bucket emptier, right through to his existing role as the General Manager. Kauahi is a member of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Kaikōura Marine Guardians, a member of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund Panel and a director of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Chief Ian Campbell (British Columbia)
Moderator: Monday 11am, Tuesday 10.15am

Chief Ian Campbell is a hereditary chief of the Squamish Nation located in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has served as an elected member of council since 2005, and appointed as a Political Spokesperson since 2008. He has been employed since 1999 as the Cultural Ambassador and Negotiator for the Intergovernmental Relations Department of the Squamish Nation, advancing Aboriginal rights and title, while invigorating substantive economic opportunities. 

Chief Ian Campbell successfully completed his Masters degree in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. He is an expert in Aboriginal cultures and protocols, and is fluent in the Squamish language, history, arts and culture. He is an avid mountaineer, hunter, outdoors man and canoeist. 

Dale Stephens (New Zealand)
Monday 8.30am

Dale was recently appointed as Kaitohu - Director Māori Business for New Zealand Trade. Dale is an experienced senior manager having held the position of CEO for Touch Rugby New Zealand and Basketball New Zealand. After a career in the police, Dale worked in the HR and finance sectors before leading the Māori cultural input to Japan's World Expo in 2005 and also led cultural delegations to Asia to support business and tourism development. Dale has held a number of directorships, chaired cross-government advisory and policy groups, and won two international public government communications innovation awards. 

Outside of work, Dale is Ngāti Pōneke Young Māori Club Vice President and trustee for the Pipitea Marae Charitable Trust. Dale holds a Masters of Public Policy, Masters of Law, a Bachelor of Business Studies, a Diploma in Policing Science, and a degree in Te Reo Māori.

Pablo Calfuqueo Lefío (Chile)
Tuesday 10.15am

Pablo is the President of Mapuche Tourism Llaguepulli Lake Budi, Chile. With more than 20 years supporting and developing tourism ventures with Mapuche families and organisations in the Region of La Araucanía, he currently administers various projects in tourism areas, providing advice, training, consulting, formalisation of services, product promotion, project management and execution. His main personal attributes are his focus on the achievement of objectives, his leadership skills, independence of opinion, dedication to service and innovative spirit.

Pablo is also a member of the Executive Committee, Nahuelbuta Tourism Transformation Program and Costa Araucanía, a public and private initiative in Chile with a long-term road map with actions for 2015-2025 that considers a set of initiatives aimed at improving and raising a diverse and sophisticated touristic offer based on our natural and cultural resources. 

Awi Sapu (Taiwan)
Tuesday 10.15am

Awi Sapu, also known as Wang Chia-hsun, is from the Alang Tongan community within Ren'ai Township in Nantou, Taiwan.After graduating from college, he has returned to his own community to participate in public affairs. Through the memories of the elders, they have retrieved the traditions bit by bit and they want to revitalize the indigenous culture and pursue the sustainable development of community industries.

Awi currently serves as the Board Director of Alang Tongan Industry Promotion and Development Association of Ren'ai Township, Nantou County and the CEO of Taiwan Indigenous Community Revitalization Culture & Education Foundation. In addition, his dedication to the community has been recognised and allows him to the receive the 55th Award of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Taiwan in 2016.

Wena Harawira (New Zealand)

Wena Harawira is from the Bay of Plenty tribes of Tuhoe, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Ranginui. 

She is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in Maori media. She has spent more than 30 years working for television, radio and print here in Aotearoa-New Zealand and overseas, and has also been involved in a range of corporate, government and iwi-based projects.
Gerrard Albert (New Zealand)
Monday 11.00am

Gerrard Albert is of Nga Paerangi and Ngati Tuera, hapu (sub-tribes) of the Whanganui River. Between 2008 and 2016, Gerrard led the technical aspects of the negotiations between his Iwi (tribe), Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi, and the New Zealand Government in settlement of the longstanding Iwi claim over the Whanganui River.

A graduate of his Iwi whare wananga (tribal houses of knowledge) Gerrard has been guided by knowledgeable and influential Iwi leaders his whole life who consistently reinforced the maxim "Ko te Awa te tuatahi; tuarua ko te te Awa" ("The River is my first point of reference; the River is my second point").

Gerrard has spent over 25 years working in the environmental planning field with local and central government and with his Iwi. He is currently Chair of Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust, the Iwi trust which is responsible for implementation of the Te Awa Tupua settlement signed in 2014. This settlement culminated in the passing of legislation in March 2017 and established the Whanganui River as a legal person.

Chris Cocker (South Pacific)
Tuesday 9.00am

Chris Cocker hails from the Kingdom of Tonga and is the CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation. He has over 20 years' experience and expertise in Pacific trade, investment and global tourism marketing.

Before joining SPTO in June 2016, he had previously worked at SPC & SPTO (Fiji), the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) and the Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Chris is passionate about Sustainable Pacific Tourism and enjoys reading, travelling, music and especially international food. He is privileged and honoured to represent the Pacific Islands.

15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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