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TWTV: A showcase of Māori tech businesses protecting the environment

Kaitiakitanga represents the guardianship of natural resources.

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TWTV: A showcase of Māori tech businesses protecting the environment

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Wed 18 May 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM


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TWTV: A showcase of Māori tech businesses protecting the environment

TWTV session will begin at the scheduled date & time – click here to view

Kaitiakitanga represents the guardianship of natural resources, and can help businesses to act responsibly with the environment.

In this session we showcase Māori businesses whose purpose is deeply rooted in their connection to the natural environment, looking beyond profit and recognising how environmental impacts drive decision making in Māori business.

Sustainability and the environment is top of mind for many Māori businesses too - a report from BDO last year found that 88% of Māori businesses consider their business to be environmentally sustainable. Further, last year the Productivity Commission reported that Māori frontier firms are faster-growing, more innovative, more likely to export than other firms. Our panellists for this session will dive into this, and discuss where innovation, technology, the environment and Māori business overlap.

Be sure to tune into this session to hear from some of New Zealand’s leading environmental innovators on how they’re using tech to care for the environment, work with the land, and protect natural resources.

Panelists include:

- Rikirangi Gage, Te Whanau a Apanui

- Mana Newton, Tauhara North No 2 Trust

- Manu Caddie, Hikurangi Bioactives

- Damian Ngata, Callaghan Innovation

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Manu Caddie

Co-Founder, Hikurangi Bioactives

Manu Caddie (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Whare) is the co-founder of Hikurangi Bioactives and Rua Bioscience. He has been working with kaitiaki groups including Māori landowners, hapū and iwi entities on the development and commercialisation of intellectual property derived from indigenous organisms. Manu collaborates with researchers in genomics, biochemistry and medical science to identify opportunities for sustainable utilisation of taonga species and other organisms. Companies Manu is involved with have developed world-leading IP arrangements that include kaitiaki owning and controlling the use of all IP developed, and species and ecosystems as beneficiaries in any commercial success of IP derived from the species.

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Rikirangi Gage

Te Whanau a Apanui

Rikirangi is currently CEO for Te Rūnanga o Te Whānau (Te Whanau a Apanui), holding Directorships in TWA Holding Limited, TWA Fishing, Te Huata Charitable Trust and Te Huata International. 

Rikirangi is an active member of the Ringatū Church and is Chief negotiator for Te Whānau ā Apanui treaty in its Treaty claims.  Previous special roles held by Rikirangi include past Director of Te Ohu Kaimoana, Māori Television, Te Papa and New Zealand Geographic board. He was a member of Ministerial Advisory committee for the Oceans policy and Board of Enquiry for the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.


Mana Newton

Group CEO - Tauhara North No 2 Trust

Mana is the current Group Chief Executive Officer of Tauhara North No.2 Trust. Previous to this he spent many years at Deloitte in both the USA practice, specialising in external audit, and as a partner in Deloitte New Zealand business advisory, where he helped establish the Maori business
development team.
He is passionate about Maori development and has held various roles of governance supporting Maori entities to grow their commercial capability in a kaupapa Maori framework

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Damian Ngata

Māori Business and Relationship Advisor - Callaghan Innovation

Damian’s whakapapa is Ngati Porou and Te Whanau Ā Apanui,  His current position is Māori Business and Relationship Advisor, working in the Māori Economy team at Callaghan Innovation.  Damian has previously worked in sales roles managing key and national accounts for some of New Zealand’s largest companies.  He has also has a background in operations and service management.  A relative new comer to Callaghan Innovation, he is committed to the advancement of Māori businesses and organiations.