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​Ngati Whatua CEO to speak at Pacific-NZ Fisheries Forum

5 May 2017

With an impressive and influential background in fisheries in New Zealand, Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) is delighted to welcome Rangimarie Hunia (Ngati Whatua) to the stage at the Pacific-NZ Fisheries Forum on May 15.

The current chief executive officer of Ngati Whatua Orakei's social development company Whai Maia brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry which will be the focus of the one-day forum at Auckland’s Rydges Hotel.

Whai Maia is responsible for the well-being of its 2600 tribal members and focuses on education, health, employment and environmental areas, and prior to becoming CEO there last year, Rangimarie has held several roles.

Rangimarie has been a director of the Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust and a director of the trust's commercial property investment company Whai Rawa.

With regards to fisheries, she has played an active role as a member of the Iwi Working Group established to facilitate understanding and iwi decision making in response to the 11-year Review of Māori Fisheries Settlement entities.

She is a director of Te Ohu Kai Moana, the Maori pan-tribal fisheries company and is also on the Commercial Board of the Institute of Directors.

Rangimarie is also a member of Global Women and was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards 2014.

Forum attendees will be exposed to Rangimarie’s broad experience in the commercial, environmental, education and social enterprise sectors – and given an insight to her knowledge of the current state of fisheries in NZ – and how Ngati Whatua can potentially work with Pacific partners in this industry.

Hosted by PCF in collaboration with Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA), delegates attending the forum will be able to learn from each other about better effectiveness and efficiencies; and about growing investment opportunities and gaining greater market access.

Guest speakers at the event aside from Rangimarie, include Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development Matua Shane Jones; James Movick, Director General of Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA); PITIA Chairman Frank Wickham; Principal Advisor Crown Maori Capability for the Office of the Executive at the NZ Treasury Trevor Moeke; Solander (Pacific) Director Charles Hufflett; along with Founder and CEO of Alfa Fishing – and PCF Grow Pacific participant Alfred Kalontas.

These speakers, among others, will focus on three themes running throughout the forum - iwi shared-learning on fisheries; investment opportunities in fisheries; and market access.

Forum tickets are available at ITICKET now.

The Pacific NZ Fisheries Forum will be followed by PITIA’s AGM on May 16.

Pacific NZ Fisheries Forum (hosted by PCF and PITIA)

Where:Rydges Hotel, Federal Street, Auckland

When:May 15, 2017 (8.30am registration)