Techweek Highlight Event

Techweek TV : Our Culture and its importance in innovation

Discover how Aotearoa's culture of kaitiaki (guardianship) is setting Kiwi startups apart on the world stage.

What's it all about?

Kaitiaki (guardianship and care) is at the heart of culture in Aotearoa. Rebecca Smith, Director of NZStory and industry representatives will talk about how important this culture is, how we can weave that into our story telling, and why it’s so important to embrace and include it. 

Panel members will lead the discussion on how we can inspire more Maori and Pacific growth in tech and provide equal opportunities. This session looks at how culture can set New Zealand apart on the world stage, what is being done already, what more we need to be doing, and why it is vital to continue promoting Maori and Pacific culture in Tech to the world. 

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Nationwide Webcast

Monday 20 May
11:00am - 11:55am

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Rebecca Smith


Rebecca Smith is the driving force behind New Zealand Story; an initiative set up to help exporters get a competitive advantage by sharing a strong, consistent story about what New Zealand has to offer in international markets.

With more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, Rebecca has worked in a variety of New Zealand businesses. As General Manager Brand & Communications for Fonterra’s NZ Milk Products division, Rebecca led the development of the dairy giant’s global B2B brand and spearheaded a new approach to global communications for the business. Prior to Fonterra she worked at BNZ and Telecom.

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Maru Nihoniho

Founder / Managing Director

Maru recently completed her Master of Applied Practice - Technological Futures. She was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to gaming and mental health and the Māori Entrepreneurial Leader Award from the University of Auckland.

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