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Matariki X - is back for 2019!


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This article was published on 13 May 2019

Don't miss the Māori Economy event of the year! 

Friday 26 July 2019
Rotorua Energy Events Centre
Register now

What's new for 2019

Matariki X is back in 2019 to inspire and empower our Māori innovators. Connect with others, share new ideas, and learn how to better manage and grow your business.

  • In the morning, hear from a stellar line-up of influential keynote speakers and join a korero with our business thought-leaders.
  • Upskill with new ideas and business tools at afternoon Masterclass workshops. There’s something to inspire everyone with over ten workshops on offer covering topics including: Agile fundamentals, best practice governance, investment, crowd-funding, exporting, environmental innovation and social impact. 
  • Network with Matariki’s rising entrepreneurial stars, business influencers, senior Māori leaders, economic development specialists and Government representatives at the Eco-Connect dinner in the evening, with a special address from Animation Research Limited’s Ian Taylor.


2019’s fresh and expanded Matariki X format offers a range of exciting sessions – you choose whether to attend some or all of these. View full 2019 programme here. 

Session Content
Inspire session

9.00am – 12.30pm

Hear from some of Aotearoa’s entrepreneurial exemplars including: 
Bailey Mackey - CEO, Pango Productions
Rachel Taulelei - CEO, Kono NZ
Jesse Armstrong - Founder and CEO, Vaka Interactiv
Billie Jo Ropiha - Founder, B'DET
Nikora Ngaropo - CEO and Founder of Nikora Ngaropo Motion & Design | Young Animators
Miriana Stephens - Director, Wakatū Incorporation and Founder, NUKU ki te Puku
Then join an inspirational korero with our Matariki X 'A Courageous Conversation' panel of business thought-leaders: Takurua (Tak) Mutu, Lillian Grace, Shay Wright, Miriana Stephens and Hemi Rolleston. 

$150 per person*, includes morning tea and lunch 

Masterclass session

1.25pm – 5.00pm 

Select from a range of workshop topics including:
  • Separation processes for natural products
  • Doblin’s 10 Types of Innovation
  • Investment – building an investment ready company
  • Start-up to sustainability
  • Environmental innovation
  • Social impact
  • Building a global business with NZTE
  • Sound iwi investment practices and processes: Getting the basics right
  • Introduction to innovation mindsets
  • Demystifying data – how to make it work for you
$150 per person*, includes lunch and afternoon tea
Eco-Connect Dinner

From 5.15pm.

Network over dinner and drinks with an address from Ian Taylor of Animation Research Ltd.
$95 per person*, includes stand-up dinner, one drink and cash bar 
*a referral discount is available - see our registration page for full details of this offer.