March 09, 2014
Best practice the aim of US hikoi
Five emerging Maori business leaders have landed in United States for what will be an intense three week tour.
Ngati Whatua Orakei deputy chair Ngarimu Blair, Ngai Tahu deputy chair Lisa Tumahai, Waikato Tainui trustee Paki Rawiri, Toa Greening from Te Huarahi Trust and Gina Rangi from Tuaropaki will visit tribes in Omaha Nebraska, Seattle Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and Anchorage Alaska.
Jessica Williams from the US Embassy, which organised the exchange, says they are the first group from New Zealand to go under the First People’s Economic and Business Development Programme initiated by former ambassador, David Huebner.
She says the purpose of the programme is to connect emerging Maori business leaders with emerging American Indian leaders for the purpose of business, cultural and educational sharing and to explore best practices.
The group has a blog to record their journey at: http://www.tipiwhenua.maori.nz/
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