15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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Hon Nanaia Mahuta (New Zealand)

Minister for Māori Development and Local Government and Associate Minister for the Environment

As a mother, and a constituent MP with 20 plus years' experience who has come from 'flax-root' politics, Hon Nanaia Mahuta remains connected to the aspirations of people from all walks of life. Those who work hard for a living so that their children can do better, kaumatua, trades-people, those who aspire to own their home, those who own small businesses and those who lead a range of services and organisations and huge iwi entities. 

During her time in Parliament, Hon Nanaia Mahuta supported policies and initiatives that built the capacity of communities, especially social service organisations, greater investment in education, employment and training opportunities particularly for young people, supported the continuation of the Treaty Settlement process and supported specific initiatives that lift the wellbeing and opportunities for young mums and those who are vulnerable and victims of abuse. 


Norbu Tenzing (Nepal)
Norbu Tenzing Norgay is the eldest son of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the historic first ascent of Mt. Everest on 29th May 1953.  Norbu is an advocate for reducing risk and inequity for mountaineering workers, especially on Everest.

He is also Vice President of the American Himalayan Foundation which is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable people of the Himalaya who have no one else.

Ben Sherman (United States)
Ben is a member of the Oglala Lokota (Sioux) Nation, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. He is the President of Medicine Root Inc. which specialises in Indian business development and has presided over numerous American Indian tourism development conferences, workshops and trade shows.

Ben is a founding member of the Native Tourism Alliance, Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel, First Peoples Fund, American Indian/Alaskan Native Tourism Association and the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and Chairman of the WINTA Leadership Council.

Wena Harawira (New Zealand)
Wena Harawira is from the Bay of Plenty tribes of Tuhoe, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Ranginui.

She is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in Maori media. She has spent more than 30 years working for television, radio and print here in Aotearoa-New Zealand and overseas, and has also been involved in a range of corporate, government and iwi-based projects.

Kauahi Ngapora (New Zealand)
NZ Māori with Ngāi Tahu (Ngāti Kuri) and Waikato-Tainui (Ngāti Mahanga/Ngāti Haua) links residing in the small coastal town of Kaikōura on the East Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Kauahi has been involved within the tourism and marine transport sectors for 25 years with Whale Watch Kaikōura a 100% Māori owned business.

He has worn many hats over this time from his entry role as a dedicated spew bucket emptier, right through to his existing role as the General Manager. Kauahi is a member of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Kaikōura Marine Guardians, a member of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund Panel and a director of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Billy Kenoi (Hawaii)
Born and raised on Hawaii Island, Billy Kenoi's parents instilled in him the values of hard work, fairness, respect, and aloha. He believes a healthy community begins with healthy children and families. These principles led his pursuit of higher education, his practice of public interest law, advocacy for the people of Hawaii at the federal, state and county levels, and his service as mayor of Hawaii Island from 2008 to 2016.

Mayor Kenoi's strong, strategic leadership guided economic recovery and growth, preparation for and recovery from natural disasters, and addressed the needs of a growing community. Since completing his two terms as mayor, he has been practicing law, teaching at Hawaii Community College, and working as a community advocate and volunteer committed to keeping Hawaii Island a special place to call home.

Chief Ian Campbell (British Columbia)
Chief Ian Campbell is a hereditary chief of the Squamish Nation located in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has served as an elected member of council since 2005, and appointed as a Political Spokesperson since 2008. He has been employed since 1999 as the Cultural Ambassador and Negotiator for the Intergovernmental Relations Department of the Squamish Nation, advancing Aboriginal rights and title, while invigorating substantive economic opportunities. 

Chief Ian Campbell successfully completed his Masters degree in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. He is an expert in Aboriginal cultures and protocols, and is fluent in the Squamish language, history, arts and culture. He is an avid mountaineer, hunter, outdoors man and canoeist. 

Dale Stephens (New Zealand)
Dale was recently appointed as Kaitohu - Director Māori Business for New Zealand Trade. Dale is an experienced senior manager having held the position of CEO for Touch Rugby New Zealand and Basketball New Zealand. After a career in the police, Dale worked in the HR and finance sectors before leading the Māori cultural input to Japan's World Expo in 2005 and also led cultural delegations to Asia to support business and tourism development. Dale has held a number of directorships, chaired cross-government advisory and policy groups, and won two international public government communications innovation awards. 

Outside of work, Dale is Ngāti Pōneke Young Māori Club Vice President and trustee for the Pipitea Marae Charitable Trust. Dale holds a Masters of Public Policy, Masters of Law, a Bachelor of Business Studies, a Diploma in Policing Science, and a degree in Te Reo Māori.

15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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