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Producing the Māori Legal, Business & Governance Forum 2019 – how KiwiWords communications helped deliver a successful event

KiwiWords aka Michael Botur was conference producer for this year’s Māori Legal, Business & Governance Forum in Wellington. Here’s how our clear communications helped…

The Māori Legal, Business & Governance Forum is an annual conference owned by Conferenz. 

Michael Botur at KiwiWords in Northland was lucky enough to be conference producer at this year’s event. 

Conferenz doesn’t have any in-house Māori expertise so I when I was asked to produce the event, I think it was because I bring a foundation of knowledge around the basics of tikanga Māori from my experiences in Whangarei and Tamaki Makaurau. 

I was asked to help with this conference largely because:

  • Experience working in a kaupapa Māori organisation (I was on staff at He Waka Matauranga 2009-10, which is part of Literacy Aotearoa)
  • Experience networking with Māori health providers (this is part of my experience as a communications contractor for Northland District Health Board 2016-18)
  • Basic skills with te reo Māori pronunciation and literacy
  • Ability to handle written reo Māori communications, get spellings and macrons and plurals correct and ensure our reo Māori was pronounced correctly
  • Human soft skills in welcoming Māori attendees in a way which is culturally appropriate to Māori
  • Experience in journalism, PR and communications enabled me to contact speakers and delegates, negotiate the kaupapa (agenda) and what they could speak about with crystal clear communications and excellent record-keeping. 

This year’s Māori Legal, Business & Governance Forum in Te Whanganui a Tara / Poneke was all about…

  • Bringing leading edge updates from business, government, iwi, and legal experts. 
  • Sharing insight in the mission of getting the best for Māori in a post-settlement governance world. 
  • Legal and regulation advice or ideas on a business and innovation
  • Expertise shared around law, business and co-governance pertaining to Māori and iwi partnerships, mentorships and business relationships.
  • Mingling with leaders in the world of iwi business and PSGE leadership
  • Understanding where digital and Māoritanga intersect
  • Freshening understanding of what’s possible for your PSGE or Māori business

Māori TV and 1News spread the event through their channels, which was cool. 

Speaker guests we were honoured to have present at the conference included:

  • Linda Te Aho, Associate Dean Māori, Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato
  • Hon. Shane JonesRegional Economic Development MinisterNZ Government
  • Jim Sinner, Coastal and Freshwater Senior Staff Scientist, Cawthron Institute 
  • Annette Sykes, Human Rights Lawyer
  • Kerri Nuku, Kaiwhakahāere, NZ Nurses Organisation
  • Guy Royal, Director, Tuia Group
  • Barry Soutar, Executive Director, Te Tira Toi Whakangao (T3W ) the National Māori Tech and Investment Association
  • Ben Tairea, Founder, Āhau
  • Robyn Rauna, Former Chief Executive, Tāmanuhiri Tūtū Poroporo Trust
  • Charlotte Henley, Managing partner, Kensington Swan
  • Mihiarangi Piripi, Special counsel, Whaia Legal  / former Senior Associate, Kensington Swan
  • Steven Renata, Chief Energy Officer, Kiwa Digital
  • Shaun Awatere, Resource Economist, Landcare Research
  • Craig Harris, Commissioner of Crown Lands, Land Information New Zealand
  • Jamie Forsman, Managing Director, Kaihautu Consulting
  • Edward Ashby, Māori heritage expert, Auckland Council
  • Francis Milner, Chief Investment Officer, EverEdge Global
  • Mali Ahipene, Waikato Regional Council
  • Andrew Judd, former New Plymouth District Council mayor
  • Eugene Berryman-Kamp, CEO, Te Arawa River Iwi Trust
  • Andrew Judd, former New Plymouth District Council mayor
  • Toko Kapea, Director, Tuia Group

…and many more.

Need somebody not put off by the challenges of writing English communications for Māori audiences and vice versa?

Michael Botur, KiwiWords – Whangarei, Northland and Auckland. / 021 299 0984






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