Unique registration package for World Indigenous Business Conference

On: 24 September 2018

In what is possibly a first for conferences, a unique registration option is available for the World Indigenous Business Forum to be held in Rotorua early next month.

Based on the Māori concept of tuakana-teina, a discounted registration fee is on offer to anyone over 25 who registers both themselves and someone aged under-25. This approach aims to encourage young people – rangatahi – to attend and participate in the conference.

“Aligned with He kai kei aku ringa, the Crown Māori Economic Development Strategy, we want to ensure rangatahi are well represented, that they learn from their tuakana, and be amongst the very high calibre of other conference attendees. We also want them to be visible, participate and share their aspirations,” says Hinemaua Rikirangi, Executive Director, Māori Economic Development Unit at MBIE.

Adding “rangatahi are also being encouraged to seek out potential partners like corporates, private sector businesses, tertiary institutions, iwi trusts, rūnanga and authorities, to take advantage of the deal.” In less than 24 hours, Te Tumu Paeroa, the Māori Land Trust was inundated with responses after offering two sponsored places for rangatahi on their Facebook page.

MBIE is also hosting a rangatahi (youth) zone at the conference, and a panel presentation called Āpōpō – Imagining Indigenous Futures’.

The 9th annual World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) takes place from 9 to 11 October 2018 in Rotorua, and it is also the first time the conference will be held in New Zealand. The New Zealand event is being held in conjunction with Te Ohu Whai Ao Charitable Trust.

The Canadian based organisation was established in 2010 and its annual WIBF conference has so far been hosted in America, Australia, Namibia, Guatemala, Canada and Chile. Of the anticipated 1000 delegates, international registrations thus far, include delegates from Taiwan, Canada, United States of America, Namibia, Nigeria, Guatemala, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Chile, Norway, the Pacific, Colombia and more.

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