A showcase of the Hi-Tech Kamupene Māori o te Tau – Māori Company of the Year Award, finalists for the 2022 Hi-Tech Awards
This event does not require registration.
Tue 17 May 9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
The Māori Economy is growing. In recent years, the number of Māori enterprises has grown from 918 in 2013 to 1,230 in 2021. Māori authorities and SMEs are also more likely to export, and have higher rates of innovation and R&D, than other New Zealand firms.
This session will dive into the values driving Māori business. The four ‘p’s (people, planet, purpose and profit) in business, are linked closely to Māori tikanga. Tikanga underpins the customs, systems, and processes of Māori society and organisations. It is the foundation on which reasoning, behaviour, decision-making, design-thinking and action are based. Tikanga is just as relevant today for Māori in business, as it was for tūpuna in their ways of living.
In a panel discussion with some of Aotearoa’s most inspiring Māori innovators, let’s unpack where tikanga has intersected with their business success, and explore how these core values and experiences can help future Māori tech innovators.
- Sam Vye, Envico Technologies
- Warner Cowin, Height
- Jeremy Banks, Plink Software
- Henare Johnson, Callaghan Innovation
Co-Founder, Envico Technologies
Sam is a co-founder of Envico Technologies, focused on developing innovative tech for conservation and environmental protection. Sam is originally a geophysicist and developed tools and technology in the natural resources industries and then at Yamaha’s drones division. 3 years ago, he co-founded Envico with Cameron Baker, together with a vision of developing innovative and efficient conservation tools for kaitiakitanga.
Founder & CEO - Height Management
Tangata ako ana i te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana - A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society.
Founder and CEO of Height, Warner leads a values-driven business operating within the infrastructure sector’s bidding and procurement space. A thought leader, Warner influences the way government buyers operationalise broader outcomes and engage with Māori - and works with Māori and Pasifika businesses, preparing them to successfully bid and deliver government contracts. Bringing extensive expertise gained in leadership roles for infrastructure providers in New Zealand and abroad, Warner has built Height into a highly regarded and sought-after consultancy, well known for living its values and making tangible impacts across the scope of the procurement process.
Chief Maori & Government Relations Officer - Callaghan Innovation
Henare Johnson has recently been appointed to this newly created role at Callaghan Innovation, which will guide the organisation to deliver on ambitions around growing the Māori economy, increasing internal cultural capability and continuing to build strong government relationships.
Henare has been involved in Māori development initiatives for the last 20 years, working at Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), where he was involved with ATEED’s strategy to implement activities and projects to grow Auckland’s Māori economy. In 2016, Henare joined Air New Zealand to grow the company’s engagement with te reo Māori and the Māori community. This resulted in Air New Zealand’s strategic alliances with Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu, and Te Matatini as well as growing the company's cultural capability.
Founder - Plink Software
Jeremy and his wife Melissa founded Plink Software in 2015, a Nelson based kaupapa Māori software company. Their journey raising their three daughters with Te Reo Māori as their first language was the inspiration for Plink.
Plink’s vision is to utilise technology to improve the lives of Māori through connection to identity. Knowledge of reo and whakapapa provide this connection.
Jeremy has been in the software industry for over 20 years and also holds a variety of governance roles, which keeps him active within his iwi and hapū organisations.