October 16, 2018
Indigenous hui builds business capacity
Delegates have headed home from last week’s World Indigenous Conference fired up with new idea, connections and potential partnerships.
Speaker Ella Henry from AUT University’s Te Ara Poutama school of Māori development says the value of bringing together indigenous peoples can’t be underestimated.
Tribal and whānau businesses saw the potential of creating global networks to produce and market products from indigenous producers, including in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and film.
There was also talk of developing a global indigenous tourism brand or mark.
"Now people might say 'you fellas go off to these hui, not enough dooey,' but we have to remember we are still in make up mode as a people around our own business development so any oppornity to grow our business capacity, grow our skills and networks has got to be applauded," Ms Henry says.
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