March 07, 2014
Indigenous business leaders to share experience
Five emerging Maori business leaders are on their way to the United States to to discuss economic development, trade, investment, and community networking with leading American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes.
The three-week trip is sponsored by the US Embassy as part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
It's the first time the embassy has developed a programme to bring together New Zealand and American indigenous communities.
One of the five, Ngai Tahu deputy chair Lisa Tumahai, says it’s an opportunity to learn about other indigenous economic and social frameworks and share experiences of tribal governance and iwi commercial models.
The other member of the delegation are Toa Greening of Te Huarahi Tika Maori spectrum trust, Gina Rangi of Tuaropaki Trust, Paki Rawiri of Tainui, and Ngarimu Blair of Ngati Whatua o Orakei.
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