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Techweek TV: Te Ao Māori, innovation and the future of food

Deliver a quadruple bottom line with business innovation driven by a Māori world view.

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Monday 24 May
12:00pm - 12:30pm


Nationwide (more than one region)
Free event
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What's it all about?

There is increasing demand for businesses to balance economic benefit with social, environmental, and cultural benefits - the quadruple bottom line. Te Ao Māori is a worldview that can help innovators realise these benefits, particularly in the food production sector where the biggest risks - and opportunities - lie. We talk about how businesses are innovating, powered by a Te Ao Māori lens, to achieve this balance of benefits and position themselves ahead of the pack in new global markets. Key opportunity areas include environment and food waste, holistic community food systems, and global wellness.


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Aroha Armstrong

Group Manager Māori Economy, Callaghan Innovation

As Group Manager Māori Economy at Callaghan Innovation, Aroha works with Māori businesses to identify opportunities and barriers to growth, and to connect them with relevant Callaghan Innovation support options, inclufding around partnerships, technology and funding. Connecting, collaborating and incorporating cultural diversity into the innovation ecosystem is both a challenge and an opportunity for Aotearoa New Zealand. Aroha has a strong background in creating and developing profitable and reputable businesses, such as Too Luscious, Playtopia Playland and Café Ltd. Her lifelong passion is supporting the development of Māori businesses and inspiring future generations through technology and innovation.

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Katy Bluett

Establishment Director, Future Food Aotearoa

Katy is passionate about growing NZ’s food and beverage (F&B) industry in bold new ways, and has recently taken up the role as Establishment Director for Future Food Aotearoa. The new movement is driven by nine founders seeking to propel a new generation of Future Foods businesses to be worth over $500m.
Prior to this, Katy led Callaghan Innovation’s F&B sector mission, working with more than 400 of NZ’s most innovative and promising F&B businesses. Katy has worked in a variety of local and international leadership roles across top FMCG, Ingredients and Foodservice businesses, helping launch over 1000 F&B products along the way.

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Rebecca Cass

Co-founder/ CEO, Qula

Rebecca Cass is an experienced entrepreneur and founder with a background in the food and beverage industry. She is skilled in early-stage product development, strategic planning, strategy, public speaking and team building. She is a qualified business development professional with a Bachelor’s Degree from Massey University. Rebecca is also a paediatric nurse and mother of two.

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Joseph Harawira

Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Wai Mānuka

Joseph is a director at 3 Māori Boys Limited and created Wai Mānuka – New Zealand’s premium non-alcoholic beverage that infuses mānuka honey, lemon juice and sparkling water. In its six months of trading, 3 Māori Boys has partnered with restaurants and cafes throughout Aotearoa. Wai Mānuka was also an official supplier to America’s Cup and now supplies Government House. Joe served in the NZ Army for seven years and has worked at a national level in both rugby union and rugby league. He has also founded a social enterprise.

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