3rd - 4th October 2016
Novotel Hotel,



Sylvia (Hiriwa) Tapuke

Sylvia is an uri of Tūhoe, Ngāti Hineuru, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and Samoa.  She is married to Kelvin Tapuke of Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāi Tai, Te Whakatōhea, and Ngāti Porou.  They have two children Te Rangimarie and Kotuku.

Sylvia and her whānau enjoy learning about science and mātauranga Māori of their tribal areas.  They along with the wider whānau embrace the value of learning. She has spent over 20 years from pre-school to tertiary level, in kaupapa Māori, mainstream and alternative teaching spaces in roles such as teacher, co-ordinator, lecturer, tutor, and facilitator.

Sylvia has worked recently with Whakarewarewa Village in partnership with GNS to carry out research about the oral traditions of the Tarawera Eruptions and the Whakarewarewa Geothermal area.


Jacqui Horswell

Jacqui is an environmental microbiologist at ESR and leads the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research (CIBR). She has a wealth of experience of the New Zealand waste and land management sectors, having worked with them on her research for over 18 years. She is one of New Zealand’s leading experts on microbial contaminants (e.g. pathogens) in human waste. Jacqui has a wide range of skills and experience relating to sustainable waste management, and guides the integration of social, cultural and biophysical science in the CIBR programme.


Shane Kelly

Shane Kelly (Ngāti Apa) was born and bred in Hokitika. His professional background is in banking, where he worked for Westpac for a number of years. Shane also enjoyed a stint playing cricket in the UK, which then led him to enter the dairy industry. 

In 2003, Shane joined Landcorp and was involved in their conversion of pākihi type land to dairy. His work with Landcorp saw him named New Zealand Farm Manager of the year in 2009. The following year, Shane was appointed Operations Manager which meant he was responsible for over 4800 cows and 2100 hectares of land. 

In 2013 Shane joined Ngāi Tahu Farming as the Rural Project Manager. During his time as Rural Project Manager Shane was responsible for overseeing the conversion of forestry to irrigated pasture, which then resulted in him being appointed to his current role, General Manager - Dairy, in 2015.  


MS Srinivasan 

MS is a hydrologist with NIWA. His primary areas of interests are small catchment hydrology and environmental monitoring for improved water management. He has been working with irrigation schemes in the South Island, co-developing approaches to combine on-farm soil moisture measurements and short-term weather forecast. MS has been working with Ngai Tahu farms since 2012.


Mike Bradley

Mike Bradley of Rangitane o Kaituna and the Wairau, also Ngati Kuia and Ngati Apa of Te Waipounamu, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Kinahaku and several others, married with 9 children and 10 grandchildren.

Former roles included Chairman of Te Runanga a Rangitane o Wairau and Deputy Chairman of Ngati Apa Te Waipounamu.   The first Maori representative to be appointed onto the Marlborough District Council and was also a Maori director on the Challenger Scallop Enhancement Company.

Currently, chairman of Rangitane o Kaituna Inc, deputy chairman of Te Tau Ihu (Nelson/Marlborough/Tasman) District Maori Council and are their delegate to the New Zealand Maori Council.

My goal is to revive and restore native fish species through hatchery rearing technologies and release programs to promote the recovery of native fish.


Mark Jarvis

Mark is a Business Manager for the Plant & Food Research - Seafood Technologies portfolio in Nelson, which has a wide range of projects supporting the New Zealand seafood and aquaculture industry. Mark’s role is to engage with clients and funding bodies to develop Plant & Food Research's scientific activities and commercial services. 

Originally from the UK, Mark began working in the seafood sector in 2005 in a commercial role at the Cawthron Institute in Nelson. Mark started his career in research, and has published papers in protein biochemistry and molecular biology.  He has a BPharm from the University of Otago, New Zealand and an MBA from Anglia University, UK.


Russell Burton

Russell has over 30 years’ experience in working with the forestry and wood processing industries in New Zealand in such roles as engineering and science, securing investment, research management and commercialisation. He has played a key role in several of Scion’s spin out companies in addition to the above including Greenweld Technologies Ltd and Wood Hardening Technologies Ltd. Russell is a Director of Biopolymer Network Ltd an associate company of Scion. Within Scion, Russell has oversight of three areas: 

• Māori Partnership development supporting Māori in their aspirations to secure greater returns from their forests and their forested lands; 

• Scion’s Research Office which is responsible for securing and oversight of the funding contracts between various Government Departments and Scion;

• Scion’s Preseed Accelerator Fund which supports early commercialisation activities.


Taria Tahana

Taria Tahana (Te Arawa – Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino, Tapuika) is the Manager of Economic Wealth at Te Puni Kōkiri in Wellington.  The portfolio is focused on Whenua Maori, international trade, natural resources and the Maori Economy. 

Taria has experience in large and small companies both in New Zealand and offshore. She has run her own small business, and prior to joining Te Puni Kōkiri was the General Manager of Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust responsible for the settlement interests of 11 iwi and hapu. She also has governance experience on iwi and crown boards.


Melanie Mark-Shadbolt

Melanie has led and managed the Māori Theme within the Bio-Protection Research Centre since 2009, where she has developed and lead initiatives & research programmes that include; investigating the idea of Mātauranga Māori Bioprotection, promoting Centre research to Māori communities, and developing science education initiatives/outreach. 

Melanie is also the Māori Manager for NZ’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge and is co-developing a Challenge project that will examine ‘Mātauranga Māori characterisation of NZ’s biodiversity.’ 

Additionally, she is leading VM research in the MBIE – Smart Ideas project ‘Protecting NZ’s primary sector from plant pests: a toolkit for the urban battlefield.’ Co-leading the ‘establishment of a National Māori Biosecurity Network’ with colleagues Nick Waipara and Amanda Black (a MBIE-VM project) and, since 2011 has been funded through various research institutes and government agencies to examine the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes on Māori communities. 


James Whetu

James is a Director of Whetu Consultancy Group and is based in Hamilton. He is the Programme Lead for Vision Mātauranga in the Sustainable Seas Challenge. 

James has a sound awareness and a good practical understanding of the complexities around resource management policy and planning. For the past 5 years he has worked in the area of incorporating mātauranga Māori into planning processes to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and outputs for Māori and wider communities. This experience and knowledge has positioned him well to work with research institutes, policy makers, and tangata whenua to find pragmatic, whilst also innovative, approaches to recognise and provide for mātauranga Maori in a local context and to deliver the aspirations sought in MBIE's Vision Mātauranga policy framework.

This expertise is reflected through James being appointed on the Maori Advisory Committee for the Environmental Protection Authority, and the Maori Special Interest Group for the New Zealand Planning Institute.


Darren Ngaru King

Darren (Ngāti Raukawa) is a research scientist wit experience spanning the earth and human systems sciences. He is a member of NIWA's Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha), Natural Hazards and National Climate Cetres; and, is the Science Leader for the Vision Mātauranga Science Programme as part of the Deep South National Science Challenge. He was a contriuting autho for the 'Indigenous People' section of the Australia and New Zealand Chapters in the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports produced by the Inter-govermental Panel on Climate Change. His principal areas of research include (i) Climate and Māori society - investigating the linkages between human and biophysical systems including the factors that influence the risk, vulnerability nd endurance of climate-sensitive Māori sectors, systems and groups; and, (ii) Tsunami Geology - asssessing tsunami disturbance, recurrence and risk along New Zealands coast using grounded approaches in applied geology and Māori studies. 


Tanira Kingi

Tanira is currently the Research Leader in Primary Industry Systems in the Value Chain Optimisation Group, Scion and the VM Leader for the Our Land & Water, NSC. Tanira has a background in agricultural systems and land economics and has a PhD in agricultural economics and development from the Australian National University. He chairs a number of iwi entities including Te Arawa Management Ltd, Te Arawa Primary Sector Group and Whakaue Farming Ltd and is a member on several advisory boards to central and regional government on land and environmental issues including Te Puni Kokiri, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Landcorp Farming. Tanira  leads a number of research projects looking into reducing nutrient and greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral agriculture and the development of multiple iwi economic development platforms. Tanira is affiliated to Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Rangitihi, Te Arawa.


Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera (General Manager, Business Development & Innovation, Miraka) has over 15 years’ experience in the international dairy industry.  He’s a passionate advocate of creating value through driving innovation across the whole value chain.  Kusal’s career started with the New Zealand Dairy Board, eventually spending 11 years with Fonterra and a further 3 years with Sutton Group. He has also focused on the development sector within emerging markets, driving market expansion for TFA, Tanzania’s largest agricultural co-operative, whilst on assignment with VSA. His role at Miraka enables Kusal the opportunity to leverage an extensive career within dairy to effect real change in how we take nutrition to the world. He is looking forward to taking a smarter products to market that are better for you as well as better for the environment.


Julie Cakebread

Dr Julie Cakebread (Scientist, AgResearch) joined the Dairy Foods team as a research scientist from Southampton, UK in January 2012 where her research focus was asthma and host-pathogen interactions.  At AgResearch her research focus is the bioactivity of milk. She is interested in the development of milk products which support human immune health and prevent allergy.


Yvonne Taura

Ngāti Hauā – Rukumoana and Kai-a-te-Mata Marae

Yvonne Taura is a researcher for Manaaki Whenua and was a science advisor for the Waikato Raupatu River Trust (an entity of Waikato-Tainui), in Hamilton. She has just completed a 2-year secondment that supports a research partnership between the two organisations.  Her main role was to support tribal research initiatives and complete collaborative projects.


Trevor Moeke

Trevor is of Ngati Porou Ngati Awa Ngati Kahungunu descent.

He has worked extensively to promote Māori and indigenous development in governance, operation, and policy-making. His leadership experience across the public service, private sector and Iwi includes roles in Te Reo Maori revitalisation, wananga and education, international indigenous networks and trade, Maori broadcasting, and Maori business and economic development.

Trevor is a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury, working from the Office of the Executive on building Māori capability and leading Crown Māori engagement, relationships and policy. He is committed to making contributions of significance (such as lifting living standards for New Zealanders through imbedding the Living Standards Framework) and to making gains through diverse views and inclusive strategies in organisations. He actively supports Crown Maori partnerships and collaborations in tackling “BIG” challenges and building prosperity. He is also serves as a Director of the Ngati Kahungunu Assets Holding Company which manages fishing quota assets and seafood exports to key markets. 


Andreas Markwitz

Dr Andreas Markwitz is a Principal Scientist at GNS Science and leader of the MBIE programme 'Kā Rongo te Hā o Rūaumoko – Understanding the impacts of air pollution'. GNS Science and Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust are working together for two years to demonstrate a framework for integrating related scientific data and Mātauranga-a-iwi to better understand immediate and chronic health effects caused by air pollution events. This project takes into account realities of living with natural hazards and adapting to this environment. The research will have mutual benefits, providing insights into Māori understanding of frontier earth science, corroboration of historical earthquake and volcanic events and identifying new research opportunities. The research team contains experts who share an interest in exploring synergies between the two knowledge systems. Dr Markwitz is also an international programme leader in air pollution at the International Atomic Energy (IAEA, Vienna, Austria) which identifies transboundary air pollution across Australasia. Dr Markwitz is an established national and international leader in air pollution and materials science with more than 300 publications in international journals. 


John Reihana Kaati

John is uri of Apakura, Hikairo, Huiao, Urunumia and Waiora hapū of Maniapoto and married to Marj (nee) Tuwhangai and they live on their farm at Te Waitere.

John has been involved in a number of organisations across Maniapoto over the years: Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (25yrs), Waitomo District Council (18yrs.), Te Kauhanganui (9yrs.).  Chair of: Hauturu Waipuna Farm Trust, Nga Aho Rangahau o Maniapoto (NAROM) Land Block forum, Nga Tai o Kawhia Regional (Marae) Management Committee (RMC), Apakura Recreational Reserve & Land Block and Te Waitere Boating Club, also trustee/member of: Te Kotahitanga Marae, Te Motu Island Reserve (Kawhia Harbour), Te Hauauru Treaty Claims Collective and The Shores Future Consultation forum.

A number of John’s achievements have been: securing ownership on Maori land, establishing a rating system that benefits uneconomic Maori land, introduced farming systems that resulted in higher that average farm income surpluses, co-ordinating the Nga Taonga Tuku Iho Waitangi Tribunal hearings for Maniapoto and helped bring the Nga Aho Rangahau o Maniapoto – Threads of Research project (phase 1) to a successful conclusion.

John is a strong advocate for Maniapoto economic development and has shown in a number of areas his innovative approach to growth.


Victor Goldsmith

Victor has over 30 years of experience in Maori land governance and management. Victor is a director of Ngati Porou Forests Ltd, chairman of Ha Ha Station, a sheep & beef operation on the East Cape and chairman of Awatere Station a dairy support and forestry operation on the East Coast. Victor is the General Manager of the Ngati Porou Miere (Honey) Limited Partnership, a member of the Poutama Honey Group, the Maori representative of the Ministry of Primary Industries "Manuka Honey Industry working group"and a member of the interim Maori Manuka honey working group. Victor is also a Te Hono Alumni having attended the Te Hono (Stanford University) executive management programme in June 2016.


Glen (Joe) Tupuhi

Health related qualifications relevant to previous employment as a Probation Officer, held Management and senior positions in CYFS, Justice, Health Waikato and Hauora Waikato Mental health services. 

• Strategic Development Group Manager at Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa 2003 to 2015. 

• Chairperson and Trustee of The Ngāti Paoa Trust 2005 to 2012.

• Trustee Hauraki Māori Trust Board 2009 to 2015

• Trustee Pare Hauraki Fishing Trust 2009 to 2015 

• Executive Committee member Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki 2013 to 2015

• Hauraki representative Waikato District Health Board Iwi Maori Council.

• Mana whenua representative Auckland Council Independent Māori Statutory Board 2010 - 2013

• Member of government appointed Māori Economic Development Panel – Producing the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa action plan & strategy       2012 - 2014.

• NZ Institute of Directors Certificate and registration. 

• RMA Commissioners registration.

• Company Director / Partner, REZLAB Steel Structures Toi Consulting, Mokopuna Pataka Trust. 

• Strategic consultant Ngā Rau Tatangi – Māori Housing Foundation

• Chair Ngā Muka Development Trust – Cluster of northern Waikato marae


Janise Eketone

Uri of Ngati Uekaha and Ngati Tamainupo.

Chief Executive Officer of the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board the Iwi authority for Maniapoto, Janise has held this role for the past 8 years leading the Board to develop strategies derived from the Iwi’s aspirations.

Her background is in education and the health sectors.


Anna Crosbie

Anna is a Principal Adviser for MPI’s Investment Programmes Directorate, which is responsible for 11 of MPI’s investment funds, including the Primary Growth Partnership and the Sustainable Farming Fund. Anna has a Masters Degree in Urban Design, and worked in the United Kingdom for 18 years on large-scale urban regeneration and regional economic development projects, before moving back home. She lives in the Moutere Valley in Tasman and works from MPI’s Nelson office. 

A key key aspect of Anna’s role is to engage with primary industry companies to raise their awareness of MPI’s investment funds, and to help them develop proposals and a supporting business case where appropriate. She also works closely with other government agencies, CRIs, and stakeholder industry bodies. 


Francene Wineti

Te Atihaunui-a Paparangi, Ngati Rangi, Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairoa
Francene was raised in Tauranga and has a Masters in Aquaculture from Deakin University in Australia, and Master in Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington.
She is the Māori Business and Relationship manager at Callaghan Innovation. Her role is to help Māori businesses and Māori Organisations develop and commercialise technology.
She works with Māori to increase their return on investment in research and development, and to help them gain market advantage through the commercialisation of leading edge ideas and new products.  She has considerable experience in the fisheries and aquaculture sector previously working for New Zealand King Salmon company as a fish health performance scientist and at Te Ohu Kaimoana in fisheries and aquaculture policy, operations and industry development. She was one of the early recipients of the Te Ohu Kaimoana and Nippon Suisan Kaisha Global Fisheries Scholarship programme to Japan.
Francene is currently a director on Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited and Associate Director of Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation.


Kani Edwards

Senior Adviser with MPI covering the Waiariki region 

Branch. Maori Strategy, Policy and Partnerships (Maori Agribusiness)

Length of Service with MPI. 4 years  

Previous work history. Crown Forestry Rental Trust for 7 years as the Regional Manager for CNI and Northalnd regions. 18 years New Zealand Police. 

Currently the Chairman of Te Runanga o Ngati Manawa Trust 

Iwi Affiliations: Ngati Manawa, Ngati Awa, Ngati Hikairo ki Kawhia.    

Married to Georgina with 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.  


Mere George

Mere is partner at GHA, Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants in Rotorua.  She is a qualified Chartered  Accountant and has worked with commercial entities across a broad range of industries, including Māori businesses, public sector entities, telecommunications and insurance. Mere works closely with iwi groups, Māori trusts, marae and incorporations.


Taaniko & Vienna Nordstrom

Inspired by a visit to the Museum of the Native American in New York City, Taaniko created Soldiers Rd Portraits in 2013 with Vienna Nordstrom. It is an original concept using modern media, props and photography to recreate vintage style Māori portraits of people today and has been recognised on an international stage.

From the thousands of portraits Taaniko and Vienna have taken, these images have had a profound and positive effect on men, women, children and whanau of all cultures and backgrounds, but most particularly Māori.

In Aotearoa, Māori are significantly over-represented in the prison population and underlying themes behind this include a lack of understanding around identity, heritage, tikanga, whakapapa and kawa.

Consequently Taaniko and Vienna are pleased to partner with NZ Corrections in a ground breaking pilot which aims to transform prisoner cultural identity and self perception as an innovative way to approach prison recidivism rates.

The Soldiers Rd experience creates a paradigm shift in the way rangatahi or mauhere (prisoners) see themselves and their tupuna historically, currently as well as potentially in the future.

Their most recent project involves Maori and Pasifika men incarcerated in Waikeria Prison and the potential their portraiture  experience has on their life "outside the wire”. This meaningful work ignites the passion Taaniko and Vienna have for making a difference in people’s lives, helping them feel.


Judith Stanway

Mrs Judith Stanway, Deputy Chair for Scion, a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Accountants, has recently retired as a partner of BDO Rotorua Ltd and until recently was the Chair of BDO New Zealand Ltd, a New Zealand wide Chartered Accountancy and Business Advisory firm. Mrs Stanway is also a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and a Director of Whareata Forest Ltd, Te Papa Tipu Properties Ltd and a number of private companies. She has also chaired the Lakes District Health Board and been a director of Te Puia. Mrs Stanway lives in Rotorua, has worked with the forestry sector for many years and has a wide experience in tourism and with charitable organisations and was the Director of the Charities Commission. Judith was also chosen as 2012 Rotorua Business Person of the Year.