This article was published on 2 August 2016
Cliff Curtis brought some Hollywood star power to the blessing of Te Whare a Māui, Callaghan Innovation’s Māori Innovation Hub yesterday.
The Innovation Hub at the Gracefield Innovation Quarter in Lower Hutt is a shared working space for Māori businesses, with tools to assist collaboration and innovation.
Mr Curtis, a childhood friend of Callaghan Innovation’s interim CEO Hemi Rolleston, talked about the Hub’s namesake: Māui, the demigod and hero of Polynesian mythology.
Maui was an inspiration for Mr Curtis growing up. The actor spoke of the connection between Maui and innovation, as someone who broke the rules to help people, and who succeeded through leadership, vision and cooperation.
“You gotta be cheeky enough to break the rules and convince everybody to believe in something that doesn’t exist,” Mr Curtis said.
The new Innovation Hub can be used by businesses currently working with Callaghan Innovation, to provide additional support to their work and to help foster cooperation between Māori organisations.
Maori businesses using the hub will be surrounded by and have access to specialist research facilities.
The space will be able to be booked for meetings, as a shared working space and for workshops.
The Hub will be officially opened for customers later this year.
Māori businesses working with Callaghan Innovation that want to use the Hub should contact their business and relationship manager.
If you are interested in working with Callaghan Innovation, call 0800 422 552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org