Māori history in Australia dates back 225 years when trade in flax rope supported the lucrative whaling industry. This signaled the first of many successful commercial ventures for Māori in Australia. Currently an estimated one in five Māori reside in Australian. born children with Māori heritage indicate this trend will continue.
Waitangi settlements, entrepreneurial businesses and prudent investment built the Māori economy in New Zealand to around $50 billion . Urban Māori groups in New Zealand such as Waipereira Trust are operational in Australia. Local Māori organizations produce goods and services whether imported from New Zealand or locally produced.
While Iwi groups in Australia are established, only one is able to receive funds from its parent in Aotearoa without incurring significant loss. Ngāi Takoto will present on experiences, benefits and challenges setting up in Australia. Now in their third year of operation with a kaupapa and operational history focused on members living in Australia
The Ngāi Takoto presentation
Ngāi Takoto will present their rationale, approach, structure and experiences in formulating what is today a successful operating organisation focused in providing for their iwi. The presentation will touch on the set up on both sides of the Tasman.
Why is this presentation important?
" Only one formal iwi structure organised to receive funding.
" One in five Māori live in Australia.
" Tino Rangatiratanga is about self determination.
Who should attend
Iwi, Hapu, Whanau, Community Groups, Individuals.
Cost - koha or a plate