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APEC 2021 LIVE with Business: Indigenous inclusion in the global financial economy - Together Greater

Hosted by Westpac NZ
13 October
Manaaki Te Ao, Manaaki Te Tāngata, e tipu pūtea ora. Care for the planet, care for people and grow financial wellbeing. 

New research into Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māori economy underpinned discussions at APEC 2021 LIVE with Business: Indigenous inclusion in the global financial economy – Together Greater, hosted by Premier Partner, Westpac NZ.

A new report commissioned by Westpac NZ has found that while Māori businesses are growing in number, they remain underrepresented within Aotearoa’s economy and face barriers to growth.

Led by a line-up of speakers and panellists from Aotearoa New Zealand and the APEC region, the session focused on indigenous inclusion in the global financial economy and how together, we can implement changes which benefit everyone across the global supply chain.

Panel Discussion

Opened by Westpac NZ Acting CEO Simon Power and closed by APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Chair Rachel Taulelei, this APEC 2021 LIVE with Business event included an insightful panel discussion with three women who are experts in indigenous business and governance.

Moderated by distinguished New Zealand journalist, Carol Hirschfeld, the panel featured Lucy Pelletier, First Nation businesswoman and Chair of Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation (Canada), Linda Te Aho, Chair of Te Arataura - Waikato-Tainui (New Zealand), and Mavis Mullins, Chair of Atihau-Whanganui Inc (New Zealand).

Discussing pathways for indigenous inclusion, panellists highlighted the need for fit for purpose solutions, including providing access to appropriate financial sector advisers, self-determination, tribal-led initiatives and communication that effectively crosses cultures. 

Sir Ian Taylor delivered an inspiring keynote address, highlighting the strength and innovation of Aotearoa New Zealand as a bicultural nation.

Where to from here?

Discussions were relevant to the theme of APEC 2021: Join, Work, Grow. Together - Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē - and initiatives aimed at connecting indigenous peoples from around the region to APEC, which is home to 245 million indigenous people.

A key objective of APEC 2021 is how governments and big business can work with indigenous communities here and across the region, to ensure economic growth is shared equally and no group is left behind.

Speakers and panellists

Carol Hirschfeld, MC, Head of Video/Audio and Content Partnerships, Stuff

Westpac NZ
Simon Power, Acting CEO, Westpac NZ 

Keynote speech
Sir Ian Taylor, Founder/Managing Director, Animation Research

Panel discussion
Linda Te Aho, Chair - Te Arataura - Waikato-Tainui  (New Zealand)
Mavis Mullins, Chair - Atihau-Whanganui Inc (New Zealand)
Lucy Pelletier, Chair - Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation (Canada)

Closing remarks
Rachel Taulelei, Chair, APEC Business Advisory Council

Cultural open and close
Jason Lock, Acting General Manager - Consumer Banking and Wealth, Westpac NZ.


Thanks to our Premier Partners