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Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust convened the fifth annual Ngā Whetū Hei Whai - Charting Pathways for Māori Industry Futures Conference on the 31st August and 1st September 2015 at the Claudelands Exhibition Centre in Hamilton.

Each year Ngā Whetū Hei Whai; Charting Pathways for Māori Industry Futures Conference has acknowledged and celebrated an outstanding Māori Leader of our time for their contribution to Māori development and they are named the Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust Te Ahorangi/Emeritus Fellow. In 2015 we were proud to announce Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust Te Ahorangi/Emeritus Fellow Sir Mason Durie. Sir Mason is an outstanding leader of our people he is particularly noted for his leadership in the academic, health and research sector. His books continue to be “the go to” for young (and not so young) minds grappling with the future of Maori development. One of those books is “Nga Tini Whetu; Navigating Maori Futures”. In this book he writes that “Indigenous leaders need to be expert in navigating modern environments while remaining in touch with indigenous realities, indigenous aspirations and indigenous cultures”.

It was indeed a privilege and an honor to host our Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust Te Ahorangi/Emeritus Fellow for 2015 Taa Mason Durie as he presided over Ngā Whetū Hei Whai; Charting Māori Industry Futures Conference for 2015.

In 2015 we were very proud to have our international keynote speaker Dr Ernesto Sirolli from Sirolli Institute. He is a leader on the global stage of economic and social enterprise. He spoke at TED in Christchurch in 2012 and his insight of community development through his experiences in working with indigenous cultures is inspiring as was his presence at the 2015 conference.

Mauri ora

Richard Jefferies
Chairman Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust